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FREE EVENT: May 25, 3 PM - Slater Mill, Downtown Pawtucket: Make It Yours Rhode Island Road Show, where the State of Rhode Island needs YOUR input on helping to market Rhode Island, and in particular, our exciting Blackstone River Valley! More

May 28: Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park launches 100 Days of Summer with free tours on Blackstone Valley Explorer The tours will be offered at 11 AM, Noon, 1 PM, and 2 PM. Tickets are free, and will be available on a first come, first served basis at the dock at the Central Falls Landing, 45 Madeira Avenue, Central Falls, RI.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat public tours on the newly designed Riverboat and Samuel Slater Canal Boat overnight accommodations and charters.

June 6: Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

American Girl Train Rideģ 2016 tickets now on sale.

THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride - 2016 events now on sale.

October 22: Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley tickets now on sale (formerly Fall Foliage Tour)

Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours

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News and Info

April 27, 2016: Providence Business News - Commerce RI to Rhode Islanders - Make It Yours  More

April 20, 2016: Valley Breeze - Woonsocket on track for new train service Heritage Corridor moving to Whitinsville to make way for railway   More

April, 2016: MSN Travel - The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016  More

April 5, 2016: Regional Tourism Councils now involved with tourism marketing process  Turn to 10 

How to Use Bikeways and Bike Tourism to Boost Your Business Download Presentation

Guest Mindsetter Robert Billington: Welcome Home Pawtucket Red Sox More

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

Since its creation in 1985, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been a leader in transforming Rhode Islandís Blackstone Valley into an internationally-recognized visitor destination -- a strong, vibrant region for visitors and residents alike. Working in conjunction with local communities, state and federal governments, and like-minded nonprofits and businesses, the Council has not only increased the number of visitors and enhanced their experiences, but strengthened the regionís economy, created a stronger, cleaner environment, and improved the quality of life for Blackstone Valley residents.  More

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

In its first 30 years, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has won a number of prestigious international and local awards and recognitions including the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award, UN World Tourism Council Ulysses Award, and UN SBEST Certification of Excellence.  More

One reason for our success?  We're not like all the other tourism councils.

Creating and operating events and attractions, cleaning the environment, and creating economic and infrastructure development have all been important in our efforts to build a stronger Blackstone Valley for visitors and residents.

Unlike the other tourism councils, in order to meet our mission of promoting sustainable tourism throughout the Blackstone Valley, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has developed and managed a number of events, attractions, development projects, and information/education projects. One of the poorest regions in the state without beaches, mansions, and other major assets ready to promote, the Council has had to raise substantial funds beyond state funding to develop and operate projects to encourage people from throughout the world to visit the Blackstone Valley and turn it into an internationally-recognized destination. More

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Council Business

Annual Dinner and 30th Anniversary Video

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2015 Annual Dinner Presentation (PowerPoint) | 2015 Annual Report