Visitor Centers

To help you find your way around the Blackstone Valley, stop in at one of the Blackstone Valley Visitor Centers  where you can pick up visitor information about things to do in the area.

Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center - Lincoln, RI

Interstate 295 North, between exits 9 and 10

The Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center is open 24 hours a day. Along with tourist information, the visitor center also houses restroom facilities and a State Police satellite office. The visitor center is also directly linked to the Blackstone River Bikeway and provides access to the Blackstone River State Park which includes the Blackstone River, the historic Blackstone Canal and the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Transportation Museum via a half mile bikeway link.

Captain Wilbur Kelly House

Captain Wilbur Kelly House Transportation Museum - Lincoln, RI

Lower River Road
401-333-0295
http://www.riparks.com/History/HistoryBlackstone.html

Located along the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Blackstone Canal is the Kelley House, home of ships captain and mill owner Wilbur Kelley that has been transformed into a museum on transportation in the Blackstone Valley.  The Kelly House is located with the Blackstone River State Park and is operated by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center - Pawtucket, RI

175 Main Street
401-724-2200
www.tourblackstone.com

Located across the street from historic Slater Mill, the visitor center is a great place to start a tour of the Valley, to spend a few minutes learning about the nationally significant history here, or to learn more about specific Valley sites. Don't miss the award-winning film “Hidden in the Blackstone Valley." This 20-minute feature tells the story of the rise and fall of the textile mill industry on the Blackstone River and the role it played in setting the American Industrial Revolution in motion. 

Roger Williams National Memorial - Providence, RI

282 North Main Street
401-521-7266
www.nps.gov/rowi

The Memorial is located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence, and celebrates our Freedom of Religion as first proclaimed by Roger Williams and now set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The memorial is set upon 4.5 acres of landscaped park and includes several interpretive exhibits about Roger Williams and his time, including a short film.

Museum of Work and Culture - Woonsocket, RI

42 South Main Street
401-769-9675
www.rihs.org

The Museum tells the story of the immigration and labor experience of the Blackstone River Valley, and provides visitor information for the entire region.  This is the perfect place to get a feeling for the people of the Blackstone Valley who came to America to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone Valley.

River Bend Farm - Uxbridge, MA

287 Oak Street
508-278-7604
mass.gov

River Bend Farm Visitor Center is located in a 1,000 acre state park along the Blackstone River Canal and towpath. The visitor center is part of the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park; offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic and wildlife watching areas. It is open year-round, seven days a week, during daylight hours.

Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - Worcester, MA

414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
508-753-6087
www.massaudubon.org

Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban sanctuary in New England. There are over 300 acres of woods, fields, streams and marsh areas to explore. It also provides visitor information for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Trails are open every day, dawn to dusk.

Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center

Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center - Worcester, MA

www.blackstonevalleycorridor.org/wbvc

The Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center will serve as a gateway to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and, also to the City of Worcester. The visitor center will provide a connecting point to recreational, historical, cultural, and geographic attractions in the Blackstone River Valley and Central Massachusetts. More than a park, this will be an interpretive and cultural center for the region.

Worcester Historical Museum - Worcester, MA

30 Elm Street
508-753-8278
www.worcesterhistory.org

The Worcester Historical Museum is a unique organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Worcester's history in all time periods and subject areas.  The holdings of WHM encompass thousands of unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of Worcester history.