A Boat Tour Through History

After staying the night in the new and improved Hilton Garden Inn, it was time to learn more about how Providence has improved over the years. There is something special about our little city and all of the history that is still standing today.

Did you know that there are boat tours offered on the Providence River that take you through Waterplace park and the surrounding areas? The Providence River Boat Company offers 45-50 minute informative tours that you can pick up right at Hot Club on South Water Street. Captain Tom does an outstanding job of teaching you the history behind all of the buildings, monuments, and bodies of water that you pass on your cruise.

Although I climbed aboard a daytime cruise on a windy Sunday afternoon, there are also sunset cruises that are perfect for the summer and even cruises with Santa in the winter. The best part? All cruises are no more than $25 a person.

Feeling fancy? You can also schedule a private charter for up to 6 people per boat. These charters are BYOB and even offer a few food options during your hour long excursion. They also have a sound system so you can listen to the music of your choice while socializing with your favorite people.


All aboard! Check below for some pictures and fun facts about the city.

 Be sure to call 401-580-BOAT to learn more by scheduling a tour.


The Providence River flows for 8 miles and was created at the convergence of the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck Rivers. It also marks the entrance to the Narragansett Bay.


Ever wonder how the city prepares for Waterfire? Check out how many logs are stored underneath the bridge (and boats too)!


That dome-shaped building used to be the highest point in Providence and serve as a lookout for ships. Look at how tall the surrounding buildings are today in comparison!


I’m always enamored by the gorgeous foliage and nature in Providence. I can’t think of any other place that does a better job of keeping their city as pure and beautiful.


One of the many outstanding memorial statues in Providence and probably the largest I have ever seen in my life. It is located right in front of the Providence County Courthouse.


The Market House was built in 1775 and used to function the same way as Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. It is now owned and operated by RISD.


The Narragansett Electric company has been in this spot since 1937 and is right next to the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier.


The tour ends right where it begins, at Hot Club! Find out how Hot Club got its name by taking the tour. P.S. The bar is also featured in “Something About Mary”.

Taking a waterfront tour is such a great way to introduce your family and friends to your new home or college town. Also, you can learn tons of new things on the way that will make you appreciate Providence so much more than before.

Schedule your own tour tour with the Providence River Boat Company by visiting their website at http://www.providenceriverboat.com!