Narrated Boat Tours

Providence, United States

From USD 35.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 50 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local guide
  • Price does not include parking fees. There is free & metered parking throughout our neighborhood.
  • Gratuities (optional). Our Captains and Crew appreciate your cash gratuities!
  • Soft drinks, coffee/tea, ice cream & water are available for purchase in our cafe, or you may BYOB.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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 inside The Landing to check-in, and explore our new gift shop and ice cream store!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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147 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Last minute booking. The...
Diane_M, Oct 2022
Last minute booking. The sun was shining and we were steering down the river. Captain Tom very informative about the river and it’s history
The tour guide was very...
Jake_S, Oct 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly to provide a welcome experience. Would highly recommend to friends and family.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for coming aboard for a narrated tour this past weekend, Jake! As you got rained out on Saturday afternoon, we appreciate you rebooking to Sunday. Rainouts can be very costly to us, so we are grateful that you could reschedule to the next day. Thanks again!
It was an incredible...
Natalie_J, Sept 2022
It was an incredible experience, seeing the river up close and being able to feel the breeze on your face and the tranquility of a boat ride receiving kisses from the sun.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Ahhhh...what a perfect description of our narrated tours! Thank you so much for taking the time to send in a review, we appreciate your business!
Scenic Tour
Angela_D, Sept 2022
It was very scenic. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a great way to see the city. No shade cover so wear sunscreen and a hat.
The tour guide was great!...
Gabriella_S, Sept 2022
The tour guide was great! Very informative and interesting. They were very patient with my elderly parents.
It was a beautiful day,...
Melissa_C, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful day, the narrated I formation gave me a renewed and enhanced appreciation for Providence♥️‼️I would recommend this experience for tourists and native Rhode Islanders like me. Well-Done👏‼️
Loved going out to where...
Janine_P, July 2022
Loved going out to where 195 once crossed the river and then going under where it is now. Gave good perspective. Captain was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
My family and I had a...
John_D, July 2022
My family and I had a very nice enjoyable boat tour. The guide was very well spoken and taught us the history of providence.
The tour was just Okay....
Lor_L, July 2022
The tour was just Okay. Nothing special. Kinda boring. I would not recommend it. Not a single person tipped. He did a good job presenting, but the content needs to be looked at and updated.
Response from Host, July 2022
Lor, sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the tour as much as the majority of our patrons do! We love our city and have a great time showing it off to our patrons. I realize that you booked your single seat through Viator, but 80% of our guests book through our website where they add a gratuity to their reservation, (not an option on Viator) so the majority of our tips are electronic, especially since COVID.
Providence Boat Tour
Carol_W, July 2022
Great tour! The boat ride was enjoyable and we learned all about the history of the waterways in Providence. The boat was safe, clean and comfortable. We would highly recommend taking this tour.
The caption and tour...
Ellen_W, July 2022
The caption and tour guide were great! Did not get ice cream at the check in but it looked delicious! I’d recommend this tour!
A great time!
Deanna_L, July 2022
The Captain was very informative, pleasant and kind. Answered all questions that all of the guests asked. The tour itself was a fairly inexpensive treat!
Interesting historical tour by water
Laura_S, July 2022
Very interesting update on the Providence River, its history, and the history of the shorelines. I recommend this tour.
You will love it!
Clare_C, July 2022
This trip was amazing! The Captain was an outstanding wealth of information who obviously loves history and Providence! All 4 in our group loved it!
Boat tour
Karim_S, July 2022
In depth tour of the town of Providence in the comfort of riding on a boat. A must see when visiting here and when checking in, get a taste of their yummy ice cream.
Enjoyable tour
James_B, June 2022
The pace and quality of the historical information The narrator made the information enjoyable. The journey was short but well worth the time and cost
Response from Host, July 2022
Thanks for joining us for a tour James! We really appreciate the great review, thanks for taking the time to send it in. After many years of tweaking our times, we found that the one hour tour seemed to work best for our schedule and for our patrons. Glad you enjoyed our tour guides narration. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Up the river without a paddle.
Sheila_C, June 2022
I learned a lot about Rhode Island. And our captain was very knowledgeable. Not being from there it was a little hard to find. More signage is needed.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thanks for joining us for a tour! We really appreciate the great review, thanks for taking the time to send it in. We just recently moved into our new space, so our signage wasn't done as quickly as we had hoped, but it's all up now. Glad you found us with your confirmation email instructions! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Great time with family!
Andreina_F, June 2022
I liked the whole experience. The explanation and fun personality of the captain was great and the views magnificent!
Response from Host, July 2022
Thanks for joining us for a tour! We really appreciate the great review, thanks for taking the time to send it in. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Great tour!
Todd_T, June 2022
Great tour and way to see the waterfront. Captain Peter was a fantastic story teller; shared fun stories about early and more recent history in a very intriguing way. The 7 PM tour was timed perfectly with the Sun setting over the city.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thanks for joining us for a tour! I love the 7pm tours, perfect time to be out there. We really appreciate the great review, thanks for taking the time to send it in. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Cool tour
Doca_F, June 2022
Good experience with great information. The seats are just uncomfortable after while. Great views. Started on time.