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There are so many different ways to experience Rhode Island, it would be foolhardy to try to list them all. But fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and we're just the fools for the job.

Do we have to tell you that the following is offered for informational purposes only, and that inclusion of a tour on this page should not be construed as an endorsement by Quahog.org? Well, consider yourself told.

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There are a number of walking tour pamphlets for Blackstone Valley towns and villages available from the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Pick 'em up at the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, Pawtucket; the Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket; or anywhere tourism brochures can be found.


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Blackstone Valley Explorer
Central Falls and Woonsocket
June to October
Since 1993, the forty-nine-passenger Explorer has treated more than 120,000 passengers to a number of river tours along the Blackstone River. In addition to being available for charter use, there are a number of regularly scheduled narrated and custom tours held throughout the warm weather months, in addition to various educational programs. Cruises are also offered at special events throughout the state. Call (401) 724-2200 or (800) 454-BVTC, email blackstonepatti@conversent.net, or visit the Blackstone Valley Explorer website for more information.

Frances Fleet Whale Watches
33 State Street, Galilee, Narragansett
July 1 to August 31
In mid-summer majestic Finback whales are attracted to the warm waters off the coast of Rhode Island to feed. On a whale watch trip you might also see Humpback, Minke, Pilot, False Killer, and Sei whales, as well as Portuguese man of war, and leatherback and loggerhead turtles. Deep sea fishing trips and private charters are also available. Call (401) 783-4988 or (800) 66CATCH, or visit the Frances Fleet website for more information.

Southland Cruises
Galilee, Narragansett
Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Enjoy an eleven-mile tour of Point Judith Pond and the Harbor of Refuge aboard Southland, an authentic flat-bottom riverboat. Call (401) 783-2954, email info@southlandcruises.com, or visit the Southland Cruises website for more information.

America's Cup Charters
Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, 49 America's Cup Avenue
High rollers will love the opportunity to helm one of seven twelve-meter racing yachts, or to just sit back and let the captain and crew do whatever it is that they do. A three-hour chartered sail will run you a couple thousand bucks, mere pocket change, and it comes with a lobster roll and champagne boxed lunch. Call (401) 849-5868, or visit the America's Cup Charters website for more information.

Gansett Cruises
Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Let Captain Jeff O'Brien do the driving as he takes you for a tour around lower Narragansett Bay in the forty-nine passenger M/V Gansett. Enjoy a Sunrise Breakfast Cruise, Mid-Day Cruise, or a Sunset Cruise, each with complimentary local munchies, while local guest guides share their personal views of Newport history and lore. Dog friendly! Call (401) 787-4438 for reservations, or visit the Gansett Cruises website for more information.

Newport Cruise Company
2 Bowen's Ferry Landing, Newport
May to October
The Newport Cruise Company's Majestic is Newport's premiere luxury yacht for charter. The first class amenities of the Majestic combined with the unsurpassed beauty of Rhode Island's Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay make for an unforgettable experience on the bay. A variety of cruise offerings are available including one-hour narrated harbor tours, luncheon cruises, and elegant dinner cruises. Call (401) 849-3575 for reservations, or visit the Newport Cruise Company website for more information.

Sail Newport
Bowen's Wharf, Newport
May to Mid-October
Sail aboard the Adirondack II, an eighty-foot sail vessel built in the tradition of the pilot schooners that were popular around the end of the nineteenth century. Day sails and sunset cruises are the perfect way to see the sights of Newport. While you experience the joy of a leisurely sailing cruise, you'll see the picturesque views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, including Hammersmith Farm (the former Summer Whitehouse of JFK), Fort Adams State Park, Brenton Cove, historic lighthouses, and the Newport Bridge. Call (401) 847-0000 for reservations, or visit the Sail Newport website for more information.

Save the Bay Newport Seal Watch Tours
Bowen's Ferry Landing, Bowen's Wharf, Newport
November through early May
Come aboard Save The Bay's marine education vessel, Alletta Morris, where educators provide expert commentary on the Bay's migratory seals. Binoculars are provided for the one-hour trips to the seal haul-out near Rose Island. Runs on weekends and school vacation weeks, times based on tides. Call (401) 324-6020, or visit the Save The Bay website for more information.

Narragansett Bay Cruise Tours
1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown
May through October
Experience firsthand the breathtaking coastline and ten historic lighthouses on a thirty-mile route through the waterways of North Kingstown, Jamestown, and Newport. Call (401) 295-4040, or visit the Narragansett Bay Cruise Tours website for more information.

Save The Bay Ultimate Lighthouse Tours
Save The Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence
Selected Saturdays, June through October
Sail down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage, viewing more than twenty active and inactive lighthouses, including a tour of Rose Island Light. Lunch and binoculars are provided. Call (401) 272-3540 x133, email rdatta@savebay.org, or visit the Save The Bay website for more information.

Rhode Island "Jewels of the Bay" Lighthouse Cruises
Quonset Point, North Kingstown
A one of a kind ninety-minute narrated cruise of lower Narragansett Bay. Sights include nine beautiful lighthouses, ten islands, Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, Hammersmith Farm, the Jamestown and Newport Bridges, aircraft carriers, and much more! Free Parking. Call (401) 295-4040 for reservations, or visit the Rhode Island Bay Cruises website for more information.

Providence Piers Harbor Tour
Providence
June to mid-October
Take an hour-long guided tour of Upper Narragansett Bay and the city waterfront and hear the story of how Providence evolved from Indian village to twenty-first century "Renaissance City." Call (401) 274-0900, or visit the Providence Piers website for more information.

Bay Queen Cruises
461 Water Street, Gate #4, Warren
April to December
A variety of Narragansett Bay cruises are available aboard the Vista Jubilee: Newport brunch cruises, luncheon cruises, weekend/dinner cruises, Sunday sunset cruises, and special event cruises. Call (401) 245-1350 or (800) 439-1350, or visit the Bay Queen Cruises website for more information.

Lastly, always be sure to check Quahog's Events Calendar for upcoming one-off walking tours, bus tours, or bay, harbor, or river cruises.


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This article last edited September 29, 2017

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