Downtown Providence Kayak Tour


For the last 10 years, the city of Providence and its waterfront has gotten a face-lift and the city is making a revival. This popular paddle takes you into downtown Providence via the Providence River and is a great way to view all the improvements that are responsible for the recent growth of the area. We launch from Bold Point Park in East Providence and paddle along the newly renovated India Point Park. We explore the old shooters location and see how these renovations are opening up new recreational opportunities. In order to get into the relocated river, we paddle under the shiny new 195 suspension bridge and through the famous hurricane barriers. This will take us to the downtown section of this paddle tour. We are soon surrounded by sculptures and riverside walkways designed and created by our local RISD artists. At this point we begin to paddle through the suspended fire grates used to create Providence’s renowned WaterFire in which thousands of people walk the river’s edge to be warmed and entranced by the glow, sounds, and smells of the fires. We then enter the basin at Water Place Park and paddle around the river’s urban building riverbanks with its distinctive views of the Downtown Area. Come with us and explore Providence by kayak and enjoy this unique experience!

COVID update:  Due to current restrictions, we are not running the group course listed below.  We are running private instruction out of our rental facility in Lake Pearl, Massachusetts, and we may be able to travel to RI for private lessons/tours.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 for availability.

Trip Details

Downtown Providence Tour 2.5 hours Bold Point Park
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Directions to Bold Point Park

Closest physical address:
500 Waterfront Drive
East Providence, RI 02914

From the West
Take 195 East. Take Exit 5 Warren Avenue exit. Turn right onto Warren Ave. Continue down Warren Ave. At the stop sign take a LEFT onto Waterfront Drive (MTTI TECHNICAL SCHOOL WILL BE FACING YOU). Travel to the end of Waterfront Drive to Bold Point Park

From the East
Take 195 West. Take Exit 6 toward RI-103/East Providence/US-44. Turn left onto Broadway. Turn right onto Warren Ave. Continue down Warren Ave. At the stop sign take a LEFT onto Waterfront. Drive (MTTI TECHNICAL SCHOOL WILL BE FACING YOU). Travel to the end of Waterfront Drive to Bold Point Park.

Included/Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment. Equipment provided includes appropriate kayak, paddle, and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water and snacks for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. In addition to items on the list paddlers will need hat and gloves. Footwear can be provided for you.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. Courses/tours are open to those 16 years and older.  Families with younger children, please reach out for a private tour. For participants 16 or 17 years old, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to paddling. If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.



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