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Blackstone Valley is a region of Central Massachusetts extending from Worcester southeast toward Providence, Rhode Island. Wikitravel extends the area to include some other towns of Greater Worcester.

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Other destinations[edit]

  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, [1].


Get in[edit]

By Air

The nearby city of Providence, RI has a large international airport and Worcester,MA has a smaller national airport.

By Car

Route 146 is the main highway running north and south between Worcester and Providence.

  • It intersects with I-95 and I-295 in Rhode Island and with I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) in Massachusetts.

Get around[edit]

The main method of transportation in this region is by car. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) offers bus service to certain parts of Blackstone Valley. Check the schedule for specific bus routes [2].

See[edit][add listing]

Historic Sites and Museums, including

  • Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI [3]. A museum that houses the first operating cotton mill in the country.
  • Brown & Hopkins Country Store, 1179 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI [4]. The oldest country store still in operation in the U.S.
  • Smith-Appleby House, 220 Stillwater Road Smithfield, RI [5]. One of the few 17th century houses still standing in RI.
  • Daggett House, 16 Second Street Pawtucket, RI. Oldest standing house in Pawtucket,RI.

Blackstone River, which runs throughout the region. Tour it on the Explorer[6],the only riverboat in RI, or on the Samuel Slater Canal Boat[7], which can be used for river tours or an overnight bed and breakfast.

Sports

  • Pawtucket Red Sox[8]. Boston’s Triple AAA farm team that plays at McCoy Stadium.
  • Worcester Sharks[9]. AHL team that plays out of the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.
  • Providence Bruins[10]. AHL team that plays out of the Dunkin Donuts Center in downtown Providence. Primary development team for the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

Theater Local theater organizations offer various theatrical and musical productions, which are sometimes shown over dinner. Some local communities also have annual concerts. Check out the following theaters:

  • The Sandra Feinstein GAMM Theater, Pawtucket, RI. [11].
  • Community Players, Pawtucket, RI.
  • Mill River Dinner Theater, Central Falls, RI.
  • The King’s Feast, Pawtucket, RI. [12]
  • Stadium Theater, Woonsocket ,RI. [13]
  • The Blackstone River Theater, Cumberland, RI. [14].

Itineraries[edit]

  • Canal Days on the Blackstone River. Explore some of the remaining stone sections of the canal, walk the towpaths, examine a granite lock and learn about the men who built them.
  • Explore Four Centuries of History in the Blackstone Valley. Begin the day in the Slater Park riding a centuries old carousel and end at a butterly garden in Chase Park. In between you will be learning all about the history of this region.

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  • The Blackstone Valley Bicycle Path which will run 48 miles from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. The path currently starts in Lincoln, RI and follows the Towpath along the Blackstone Canal, through Woonsocket to the MA state border. Hop on the path anywhere in between or schedule a bicycle tour.
  • A Blackstone Valley Tour Package costs $350, which is based on double occupancy, and includes 2 nights’ accommodations and requires a reservation. Bike, helmets and water are available for participants. Half day, one day and multi day packages available at varying prices.

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There are many different restaurants and diners in this region that offer many different types of food. Famous for family-style, all you can eat chicken dinners. Other restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, including Cape Verdean, Chinese, Colombian, Dominican, French, Guatemalan, Indian, Italian, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. There are bakeries that offer Italian and Italian/American, Italian/French, Portuguese and Spanish inspired goods. Also, a variety of Asian, Cape Verdean, Dominican, Indian, International, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish markets are present in this region.

Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway Tours 

From Cumberland, RI to Putnam, Ct. enjoy fall Foliage and Shopping Excursion to Putnam, CT full 3 1/2 hours in Putnam for antique shopping, dining, and Putnam Fall Festival. Samuel Slater Canal Boat and B&B Launched in May, 2000 as a millennium project, the 40-foot canal boat is the only one of its kind plying American waters. Docked at its permanent docking area at Central Falls Landing, The boat can seat up to 12 for river tours and can be chartered for up to 4 as an overnight bed and breakfast.

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