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Providence, United States
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iconOffered in: English


Get an in-depth look at Providence from a boat cruise that travels along the waterways of Rhode Island’s capital city. Your guide shares live commentary about historical landmarks and modern destinations as you take in sites including the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, Providence Industrial Harbor, Providence River, Waterplace Park and the pedestrian paths of Riverwalk. Choose a daytime or evening cruise, and feel free to bring your own refreshments on board.
  • See more of Providence from a boat
  • Insightful commentary provided by the guide
  • Hear about history, architecture, and nautical lore
  • Choice of departures makes it easy to fit into your schedule
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Price does not include parking fees. There is free & metered parking throughout our neighborhood.
Gratuities (optional). Our Captains and Crew appreciate your cash gratuities!
Alcoholic/soft drinks are available for purchase next door, or you may BYOB.
101 Dyer St , 101 Dyer St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

We are located at 101 Dyer Street, Providence, RI 02903, a leisurely 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the Rhode Island Convention Center, Kennedy Plaza and most downtown hotels. Come on inside to check-in and explore The Landing, our new Rhode Island-themed art, gift and souvenir store!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • We do not operate in severe or unsafe weather conditions. In the case of cancellation due to weather, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Providence River Boat Co.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Narrated Boat Tours?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Narrated Boat Tours?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Narrated Boat Tours?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Narrated Boat Tours.

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95 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Such a great crew on and off the boat!
, May 2022
We bought this cruise for our parents in Providence as a Christmas/Mothers Day gift. We live in Florida and fhe purchase was done online. Our parents had never heard of the trip and were so excited to receive the tickets as a gift. Five months later and up to the day of the trip, the office staff have been amazing and so helpful. On the day of the trip, Mothers Day weekend. the weather was downpouring rain and 40 degrees weather( why we live in Florida). The trip was canceled due to weather but the crew and office have made it easy to transfer the reservations to another day in June when the weather will be better. The staff bent over backwards to help with directions, answer questions, and call us in Florida to update us. We will report back in June but we know our parents will have a great time. Thank you Viator!
Tour guide very...
, May 2022
Tour guide very informative with history of city as it related to the river and significant buildings of the city and their relationship ho the river.
Interesting and enjoyable
, Oct 2021
We were on the 11:00 tour. Our guide made the trip very interesting and was enthusiastic in discussing the Providence history.
Must take this tour!
, Sep 2021
We learned some very interesting facts and saw interesting monuments, art and building! I was very enjoyable!
Providence by boat
, Sep 2021
It was very informative. One problem people were talking and made it difficult at times to hear and the guide made no attempt to ask the people to be quiet. It distracted from the tour!
Great facts on a fun trip.
, Sep 2021
We had a wonderful time on the boat tour of Providence. It was full of interesting facts. Would recommend this trip while visiting this area.
We had a great time.
, Sep 2021
We had a great trip. I expected the narrator to point out the good features of the city, and he did. But he also told some stories about how trashy some sections used to be. I was pleasantly surprised to find that our 50-minute trip lasted for an hour and five minutes. I would highly recommend the river cruise, but be advised - finding a parking place on Bridge Street can be challenging. Get there early.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for the great 5-star review John_K! And yes, parking is a bit challenging this season (construction projects in our neighborhood) so that's a great tip for others. Much appreciated, thanks again!
provinence tour would take again highly recommend
, Aug 2021
rding under the hurrican barrier intersting to see it from a differetn view i see it all the time i liver in providence awesome tour guide live in providnece got to learn alot of new info thank you for a great tour.
A tour you don’t want to miss!
, Aug 2021
This narrated boat tour exceeded our expectations. The staff was friendly and captain Tom was personable and very knowledgeable! We highly recommend this tour when you’re in providence! You will not be disappointed… Captain Tom is also a really great photographer…😊
Informative and beautiful scenery
, Jul 2021
Great and informative narration. Beautiful city that embraces it's river. Captain was fun and engaging . Reasonable price for a great time. Parking a bit difficult but worth the price of other lots
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks so much for the great 5-star review! We have barely raised our tour prices in the last 5 years, so I'm really happy to hear that you felt it was reasonable, and seemingly appropriate. Thanks for joining us!
Perfect tour
, Jul 2021
Excellent boat tour. Guide was great, we saw and learned a lot, and it was just long enough. We recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much Christopher! We're so happy that you enjoyed your recent tour and we thank you for taking the time to write a review. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Loved it!
, Jul 2021
This tour was interesting and beautiful! I'm so impressed with how Providence has revitalized the riverwalk area. The many beautiful bridges gave the feeling of being in Venice. :-) Our guide was friendly, informative and happy to answer questions. The cost of this tour is a steal! Go, and enjoy!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks Denise! We really appreciate the great review, it's very helpful to prospective guests. We have barely raised our prices in 5 years, so I'm happy to hear that we're at the right spot. The value of our tour is very important to us. Thanks again!
An excellent way to spend your day
, Jun 2021
Leaving the gate to enter the marina. It was nice being able to be in the ocean. The boat being at ocean level made the experience even more exciting.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
As much as we WISH we got to work on the ocean everyday, we have to correct you here...your tour was actually on the Providence River, which eventually (about 5 miles away) flows into the Atlantic ocean! I'm glad you mentioned the level of the boat, we worked hard on that when having the boats built for us...and this is exactly why! Many thanks, we appreciate your business!
Well worth it!
, Jun 2021
We went even though it was raining. The rain let up and the evening was perfect. Most fascinating and informative tour. The guide was excellent.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for the awesome review! Your business is much appreciated.
, Jun 2021
Such a nice relaxing tour! Great narration and patient tour guide! A highlight of my trip to Providence!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the great review Nancy! We love what we do and we're always so glad to hear that folks enjoy our relaxing tour throughout the city. Thanks again!
Providence Boat tour
, May 2021
Captain Tom was an awesome tour guide. We enjoyed it very much and learned a lot of very interesting information.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the 5-star review Helen!
Fun boat ride in Providence
, Oct 2020
Fun boat ride around the river and bay. So interesting to learn about the history of downtown Providence and how how radically different it has been.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We appreciate the great review, thanks for joining us for a tour of Providence Charles!
Very informative our guide was fantastic!
, Oct 2020
The scenery and the ride on the river was great. Our guide was fun and informative. I highly recommend this excursion!
Really cool boat tour
, Aug 2020
It was a very nice boat ride and very informative, our captain Tom was great and felt safe on our trip , would reccomend to any whose not from the area
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thanks for the great review, Kristin! We appreciate your business and hope to see you back in Providence soon!
, Jul 2020
Great experience! The boat was clean, we were allowed to bring a cooler with drinks, the captain was awesome and knowledgeable. Recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks again for joinings us for a tour, we so appreciate your business! I'll be sure to pass on your kind remarks to your Captain!

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