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Find great and fun things to do in the Blackstone Valley

This is the home of the American Industrial Revolution, which was launched at a mill in Pawtucket and powered by the strength of the Blackstone River. A place of old towns with immigrant flavor, you can browse country stores; ride horseback on forest trails; or paddle your own canoe or kayak past the dams, canal locks, and bridges that tell the story of America’s hardest working river. For fun activities, there are local breweries and wineries to sample, a sophisticated jazz venue to enjoy, and a gambling casino with video slots, table games, and top name entertainment year-round.
Purple Cat Winery in chepachet ri
Purple Cat Winery Welcomes Adventurous Explorers

Lots of people don’t know how much inland beauty is found in Rhode Island’s western regions. A drive out to the wonderfully named village of Chepachet will get you to the famous Ancients and Horribles Parade on July and also to the new Purple Cat Vineyard and Winery at 11 Money Hill Road. The Purple Cat offers small batch handcrafted wines, available for tasting and purchasing in the tasting room daily, year-round, from noon to 8 p.m. The Cat also has a delightful bistro featuring a healthy menu with teas, javas, and smoothies; and a theater company presenting performances by local people. Come to the pretty inland places of Rhode Island. 401-566-9463
McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket ri
Baseball Is a Blast at McCoy

Triple-A baseball from intimate, front-row seats at cheap prices awaits baseball fans at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox , an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Among the special events at are post-game fireworks on selected dates; lots of gifts for young fans, like mini-bats, World Series pennants, photo balls, regulation PawSox baseball bats and other fun stuff. This is the place for families because it is friendly, casual, and easy on the wallet. Phone: 401-723-7300.
Chan's of Woonsocket
Sophisticated Jazz Sounds

Since 1965, Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining on Main Street in Woonsocket has been a legendary place to take in a Chinese dinner followed by a close-up, live performance by masters of jazz, blues, folk, cabaret, and comedy in a sophisticated nightclub setting. Your host is John Chan, son of the founder, who greets and seats guests in family-style tables close to the best music to be found anywhere on the East Coast. Music is live and vibrant every weekend and some weeknights, including open mic nights once a month. Some upcoming performers include Duke Robillard Band, Commander Cody, Bellevue Cadillac, Ana Popvic Band, Lil’ Ed and the Blue Imperials, and more great jazz and blues. Silk ties and high heeled shoes are right in style at this place of glitter, fun, and excellent music. Phone: 401-765-1900.
Slater Park Carousel
Hooves in Harmony at Slater Park Carousel

Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket is a huge public park along Ten Mile River, with lots of amenities and activities for adults, kids, and families. In the park is the Looff Carousel, built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, a craftsman of carousel construction at the height of that form of entertainment in America. The carousel was installed in the park in 1910 and restored in 1978. It has 44 horses, three dogs (a rarity), a lion, camel, giraffe, and two chariots. It is generally open during the spring and summer. Check with the City of Pawtucket for hours of operation at 401-639-4237.
Brown & Hopkins Country Store on Putnam Pike in Chepachet
Primitive Country Furnishings and a Warm Welcome

Brown & Hopkins Country Store on Putnam Pike in Chepachet defines itself as “purveyors of fine primitive country wares, period lighting & reproduction furniture [with] everything from penny candy to primitive cupboards.” The store, in business since 1809, sells primitive country home accessories, curtains, furniture, lighting, quilts, framed prints, fabric by the yard, candles, florals, garlands, primitive dolls gourmet specialties and, of course, penny candy. The shopkeeper, Liz McIntyre, promises: “Stop in soon... old fashioned hospitality awaits you!” Open daily. Phone: 401-568-4830
The Blackstone River Valley, from Providence, RI, to Worcester, MA,
Historic Blackstone Valley

The Blackstone River Valley, from Providence, RI, to Worcester, MA, is a crucible of American industrial history. The town of Pawtucket, RI, is where the Englishman Samuel Slater built our country’s first cotton spinning mill in 1790, based on plans stolen from England. Over the next centuries, the river became an industrial zone for early mills and a magnet for immigrant workers from French Canada and elsewhere. Today, visitors can enjoy tours of historic sites -- principally the Slater Mill.
Six visitor centers help you plan your tour. Choose a self- guided tour and follow this map.