About Blackstone Valley – Blackstone Valley Tourism

About Blackstone Valley

Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley is one of the state’s most exciting visitor destinations.

Carved by the powerful, forty-five mile long Blackstone River, the Valley runs from Worcester, Massachusetts to Pawtucket, Rhode Island and holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and of our nation’s economic freedom.

Blackstone Valley is Rhode Island's National Historical Park...where authentic period communities dot the region, and over a dozen museums tell the captivating story of its colorful people and places. Here, history lives and breathes, revealing a window to America’s transition from an agricultural to an industrialized way of life.

The scenic vistas, the outdoor recreation, the architecture, the food, and the charm of our region all make it worth a visit. We welcome you, and invite you to linger...to get acquainted with us and our vibrant, beautiful Blackstone Valley.

Our History & Culture

Blackstone Valley is a rolling, 240 square mile region in the northern part of the Rhode Island. It encompasses the cities of Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket, and the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield and North Smithfield. Its people represent cultures from Native American and “Old Yankee”, to recent immigrants who enrich their adopted Valley with an entrepreneurial spirit, great food, and amazing traditions.

Blackstone Valley contains some of the state’s most prominent attractions such as Slater Mill, Twin River Casino & Hotel, and the Pawtucket Red Sox. To highlight our country’s role in the industrial revolution, Blackstone Valley contains a number of museums and historic sites that provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about, and relive, our country’s heritage and early history.

Come visit the impressive nightclubs, theatres, galleries, and many arts-related festivals here in Blackstone Valley that make our region one of Rhode Island’s prominent arts districts!

Our Sports & Recreation

Get outside in Blackstone Valley! With dozens of miles of trails, bike paths, and rivers...our region is know for its hiking & biking, kayaking & boating, and fishing!

Whether you're coming to do some bouldering in Lincoln Woods State Park, ice skating on one of our ponds, or riding at an equestrian event - Blackstone Valley is prime for excitement!

Our parks are plentiful! Our sports are stupendous!

Our Dining & Cuisine

Flavor? We've got it here in Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley! With local traditions such as chicken family-style and dynamite sandwiches...to the blossoming authentic food scene in Central Falls...and the fabulous wineries and craft breweries across the region (we are Rhode Island's Beer Capital!) - we've got something any foodie would love to discover!

Come taste for yourself!!!

Header photo by AJ Collette