WaterFire Boat Rides

Providence, United States
WaterFire Boat Rides
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 45.00

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


WaterFire—an annual installation by artist Barnaby Evans, which sees lighted braziers and flickering flames reflected along the Providence River—is a much-loved Providence event, and this boat tour offers unparalleled access to the exhibition. Meet your captain at the basin of Waterplace Park, hop aboard your vessel, and set off along the full length of the installation after dark, to enjoy the best views of the fires.
  • This boat tour offers a special, up-close way to discover WaterFire
  • Multiple departure times are available to suit your sightseeing schedule
  • Set off after dark for impeccable views of the flames reflected in the river
  • Bring your own beverages along to accompany the journey

What's Included

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities (optional). Our Captains and Crew appreciate your cash gratuities!
  • Price does not include parking fees. There are parking garages & metered parking throughout downtown
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks are available for purchase close by, or you may BYOB.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 10 Memorial Blvd
    10 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Our docks are located in the basin of Waterplace Park at this address. Our check-in table is at the water's edge, just outside of the Union Station Tunnel. This is also very close to the Capital Grille Restaurants outdoor patio.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

WaterFire (Pass By)

Providence River (Pass By)

Water Place Park (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      23 reviews
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      Moms magical birthday night.
      Michelle_D, Sept 2023
      I was a little disappointed thinking I had rented the Gondolla, when I was redirected to this boat. That was a little heartbreaking as it was for my moms 83 birthday. But the woman who had us get on the boat was wonderful and it ended up being a great experience the people all sang to my mom and the night was magical. The music and fire all serene . Thanks for a wonderful night.
      Magical night!
      ritika_s, Aug 2023
      Very organized entry and everyone was so friendly and helpful getting off and on the boat with an ankle injury, the boat operator was so nice and offered a helping hand. This was such a beautiful experience highly recommend!
      Awesome experience
      lindagrace42, Aug 2023
      What a beautiful experience. Had a chance to make new friends too. Such a fun and wonderful evening at WaterFire
      Not bad thow
      Tyler_D, July 2023
      I just wished it was the small boat with only people we know but it’s was good experience and the driver needed to lighten up and be more fun
      Wonderful time!
      Aleksandr_R, July 2023
      We enjoy this beautiful show with a spirit of magic! Kudos to hosts for organizing it so smoothly. Special thanks to Kristin!
      Ultimate Waterfire Experience
      David_P, July 2023
      Beautiful experience watching the lighting of Waterfire Providence. Our comfortable small boat got us so close to the river biers being lighted, virtually making us a part of the experience. Highly recommend!
      Letitia_R, June 2023
      It was a treat for the senses: the smell of the burning wood, feeling the warmth of the fire contrasting with cool breezes coming off the water, the sight of towering modern buildings surrounding you while you float by, and best of all, the music. The use of various genres from opera to salsa energized, exhilarated, soothed and inspired us. The music made it a magical experience. In addition, the courteous and friendly service was exceptional. It was an awesome way to end the day.
      Amazing time
      Kiana_P, June 2023
      The most awesome thing is that seeing the fire up close to take pictures! I would recommend this anyone that love taking a ride on boats !
      Was fun- just not as much fun as I anticipated.
      Eric_P, Sept 2022
      It was fun- but kinda steep. I thought I booked a gondola ride for 2- and for the $110 it cost, that seemed totally reasonable. But I was on a group tour on 16 other people and not on a gondola- definitely not a problem- but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Get there early!
      Response from Host, Sept 2022
      Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy WaterFire this past weekend! We had a great time with all of our passengers, and had such positive vibes from everyone Saturday night, but to each their own, as they say. The description of our WaterFire boat rides specifically states that it is not a private tour, and our capacity is (18), so I'm not sure why you thought you were booking a private gondola for (2), that's a completely different company from ours. We do recommend booking directly on our website, as opposed to third party sites such as this one, to avoid their extra fees. Our WaterFire rides are $40 on our site. And lastly, I'm going to be honest with you,'s really unfortunate to receive this 3-star review from you today after you arrived late (missing your scheduled boat ride) and we graciously accommodated you and your guest when we were totally sold out for the evening. So yes, get there early, like your emails said.
      Daphanie_W, Oct 2021
      The boat ride was smooth. The captain was great. She greeted everyone with a big smile. All the people from being admitted onto the boat, from getting off the boat was very nice and accommodating. The view was fantastic. I feel special being looked upon in admiration from the spectacular. They wanted to be on that boat too! A few people yelled out, " how do you get on." I loved it!
      Response from Host, Oct 2021
      Thanks so much Daphanie! I remember who you are and I was SO happy that we could bump you up to an earlier time slot last Saturday night for WaterFire. Your smile getting off the boat said everything :) Thank you so much!

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