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Address: 575 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903-4344
Phone Number:
+1 401-580-2628
12:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence...

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun, fully narrated tours! Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest. We are celebrating our 26th season along the Providence waterfront, and were recently named the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Member of the Year and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner. Tours are by reservation, walk-ups are not guaranteed, please call prior to your arrival. We are closed for the winter but will re-open May 1st.

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Fun for the whole family

Our family went of a half an hour tour with Captain Tom on a cold and beautiful December morning. The owners are helpful, organized, knowledgeable and very kind. It was nice to... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Our family went of a half an hour tour with Captain Tom on a cold and beautiful December morning. The owners are helpful, organized, knowledgeable and very kind. It was nice to see WaterFire park, Providence downtown area and the river from a different perspective. Tom shared lots of stories about the city, buildings, history, life in RI, and.... the... More 

Thank Rotem G
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

It was a very nice, pleasant tour. I learned alot about the interesting history of the city. It helped me appreciate the beauty & & historical significance of Providence.

Thank msusdiva2
Williston, Vermont
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was a wonderful experience for our entire family both young and old. Capt. Tom invited us on board with our drinks from the Hot Club to enjoy this relaxing ride on the river. Tom did an excellent job sharing the history of the river, explaining the various historical buildings and answering all our questions. After the ride we stayed... More 

Thank kimballsimmons
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The captain was very informative and had some interesting facts to show us. The boat kept a nice pace and was clean. We just missed the water fire exhibit and plan on coming back to do the tour at that time. We really enjoyed it!

Thank Robbin336
New Rochelle, New York
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

We went on the last ride of the night after dinner for my stepsons birthday. It was beautiful and relaxing with great live music playing and great sights. pretty expensive but worth it for a special occasion

Thank Dgokey
Pueblo, Colorado
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had spent the day walking all around providence visiting various local historical sites and taking a walking tour as well as the ghost tour. However I will say that taking the boat tour gave us another perspective of providence. Capt Tom provides a great narrative regarding the history of the waterways and changes to the community... More 

1 Thank Kenmarsam
Shen. Valley, VA
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Recently went on a midweek daytime ride. Narrative was most informative and knowledge gained about Providence was very helpful in planning the rest of our stay. Wonderful tour guide and Captain....engaging, humorous and passionate about Providence history. Would recommend daytime ride vs. Waterfire night ride if you are interested in Providence history, as being able to see buildings and other... More 

2 Thank leddfd
Succasunna, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We wanted to see waterfire by the river. We booked with Providence River Boat Company. We had a great time. The boat ride nice and smooth. The staff was very accommodating. You do need to be on time or the boat will leave without you.

Thank J M
Columbia, Maryland
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We did an evening waterfire boat ride. I had never seen the Water Fire event before and loved it. Yes, there are lots of people around, but that is unavoidable. We still had a great experience and it was worth the $35 for the ticket

Thank Emily B
Florida City, Florida
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We flew into Providence for the downtown Waterfire event. After a delicious Chinese dinner at Jacky's, we walked around the basin area until our pre-scheduled boat ride at 8:00pm. Well-organized tour and friendly staff. Wonderful experience and highly recommended!

1 Thank TicoLee

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