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Report to the Legislature at the 11/12/2015 Tourism Commission Meeting  Download PowerPoint

NEW: November 13: RI NPR: Rhode Island Tourism Challenges  More

Read about the great town of Burrillville by RI National Public Radio Read Articles

Boston Globe: American Girl popularity spurs tourism in Blackstone Valley Read Article


Donate to the Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust Fund

2015 Annual Dinner Presentation (PowerPoint)

2015 Annual Report

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Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours


Tourism Council Announces Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust Fund  More

View press reports for the Blackstone Valley National Park here | Park Website

Providence Journal - Robert D. Billington: Let's look at refreshing McCoy Stadium More

Rhode Island Small Business Journal: Blackstone Valley - A Visitor Destination  More

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30 Years of Turning Rhode Island's Blackstone
Valley into an Internationally-Recognized
Visitor Destination

In the beginning, or as we like to call it, the mid 1980s, Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley offered little in the way of attracting visitors to the region. Sure we had a couple of major attractions and a rich industrial heritage (being home to our country's industrial revolution is no small thing). But they came with a regional economy on the decline, some of Rhode Island's poorest communities, and an extremely polluted industrial river, whose only message to visitors was, "approach at your own risk."  Today, thanks to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and many partners, the Blackstone Valley is considered an internationally-recognized visitor destination, and has become a region where even our poorest communities have become more attractive places to live and work.

Home to some of Rhode Island's most visited attractions and only historical national park, the Blackstone Valley, through its many historic sites and museums, is THE place to relive our great industrial heritage. It is a major arts destination and the location of some of our state's finest, most unique, dining establishments.  Its many parks, farms and open spaces containing miles of waterways, hiking trails, bike paths, and abundance of wildlife and fall foliage make it one of the state’s outdoor recreational hotspots. At the heart of that renaissance is the Blackstone River which is now a haven for boaters, wildlife watchers, and fishermen.  More

Tourism Council Tours & Events

While the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council promotes the entire Blackstone Valley to visitors and residents, it has also created and operates a number of tours and events. Be sure to take advantage of all our events that are designed to be fun and educational for the entire family.

View our tours and events

How are we doing? Don't take our word for it!

International awards & recognition include...

  • Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award
  • UN World Tourism Council Ulysses Award
  • Society of American Travel Writers Phoenix Award 1995
  • North American Travel Personality of the Year
  • UN SBEST Certification of Excellence 
  • North American Travel Personality of the Year - World Travel Awards
  • Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement - RI Council for the Humanities  More

What to See and Do in the Blackstone Valley

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Events
and Attractions

Other Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Projects provides information about all the fun and interesting things to see and do in Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley provides a searchable calendar of events

Detours provides maps of attractions centered around area or type of attraction

View all Council events with online ticketing below (Use Whistletix for Polar Express)