What to do and see in Pawtucket, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 7, 2017 Carley Gatson

Pawtucket /pəˈtʌkɪt/ ( listen) is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.
Restaurants in Pawtucket

1. McCoy Stadium

Ben Mondor Way, Pawtucket, RI 02860 +1 401-724-7300
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4.5 based on 269 reviews

McCoy Stadium

A popular baseball field (home of the Pawtucket Red Sox) for minor-league games that draws a huge crowd.

Reviewed By apatriot73 - Massachusetts

I have been coming here for years and years. It is a great place for watching AAA Baseball . It is much better in many ways than seeing MLB first hand. The prices for everything are drastically cheaper, less crowds, better parking-free if you get there early, including handicapped and easier traffic.

I would recommend going to MLB at least once in a lifetime though. Many stars come from AAA. The players usually like giving autographs.

Lastly, McCoy has events sometimes, like walking the field, fireworks and more.

2. Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2711 +1 401-454-6500
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4.5 based on 790 reviews

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating.

Reviewed By ANNE R - New England

RISD Museum continues to be top-notch! we were there Jan 2015 and much of the displays delighted me-again, or newly! Beautiful furniture design-a cherry music stand as eye-catching as a sculpture--some classics from mid-century 1900's still sharp and stand-out well-designed---but I also want to compliment the guides this time. We were given suggestions and offered assistance to see more of what we were obviously enjoying by several guides-and helped navigating some of the more confusing halls and connections between areas. All was done pleasantly and so helpfully-I was really impressed and grateful!

3. Blackstone Valley Explorer

20 Madeira Ave, Central Falls, RI 02863-1019
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Blackstone Valley Explorer

The newly renovated 40-passenger riverboat will bring you on an intriguing and relaxing cruise through the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. For the last 25 years, hundreds of thousands of passengers have come to learn and discover interesting facts about Blackstone Valley, and see the quiet beauty many are often surprised to find! Whether you’re a tourist visiting Rhode Island’s National Park, a local resident wanting to learn more about your backyard, or someone simply looking for a fun and unique experience, we love to share the rich history and scenic landscapes that become extra special when taken in on the waters that created them all. The peacefulness, beauty, and wildlife you can now find along the river is a bold juxtaposition from the rough industrial past that birthed America’s Industrial Revolution and made us famous. 45-minute Nature and Heritage Tours are every Sunday at 1, 2, and 3 PM 45-minute Environmental Tours are the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 and 11 AM

Reviewed By JEFFREY K - MAYFIELD HEIGHTS

This was a relaxing 45 minute cruise up and back the river. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting, but there's not much to see. There is some wildlife and old mills to see, but I would not call this a history tour.

The focus is on the environment. While not preachy, their goal was to inform you on the poor condition on our rivers.

4. Slater Mill Museum

67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860-2127 +1 401-725-8638
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Slater Mill Museum

A National Historic Landmark, the Slater Mill is a living history museum and educational center.

Reviewed By jmgraham200 - Madison, Wisconsin

I took my mom and friend to Slater Mill last weekend, we had a private tour because no one else showed up. Our tour guides were extremely informative and friendly. We toured 3 buildings, they answered all of our questions, provided a terrific background to the Industrial Revolution and how Slater helped to build and create this revolution.

5. Providence Performing Arts Center

220 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903-3707 +1 401-421-2997
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4.5 based on 499 reviews

Providence Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By Hunchat - Chatham, Massachusetts

I have been coming here for years and I marvel at the interior every time I walk through the doors. I have sat at many different locations here and I've always have a good view of the stage. My favorite seats are front row of the balcony.

6. Hartley's Pork Pies

871 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln, RI 02865-3508 +1 401-726-1295
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5 based on 18 reviews

Hartley's Pork Pies

Reviewed By ThereGoHappyPeople - Manville, Rhode Island

Hartleys Pork Pie Shop (for take out) is one of those rare businesses that has been open for a VERY long time, has changed virtually nothing, and is still in business making the same fantastic pork pies. The shop is so tiny, I think only 3 customers at a time could fit in! You can get pork or meat and potatoes, but the hot ones with the juices bubbling on top are the best! You do need to watch their hours though. But worth it. DELISH!!!

7. Slater Memorial Park

1A Newport Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02861-4413 +1 401-728-0500
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Slater Memorial Park

Reviewed By NMitchell2014 - Comber, United Kingdom

We stopped here for approx. 1 hour. The park seems very big with lots of different paths and trails. There is also some nice water areas and nice buildings. This would be a great place for a picnic or bbq in good weather

8. Brown University

1 Prospect St, Providence, RI 02912-9127 +1 401-863-1000
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Brown University

University located in Providence.

Reviewed By tranzactnow - Perth, Western Australia

Brown University is made up of a number of architecturally very interesting buildings to view. We visited the University on a very cold winter morning after heavy snow storms and the place was a million post card pictures. Located very close to the CBD of providence if you are looking for picture shots take a stroll around Brown.

9. State House

82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903-1105 +1 401-222-2357
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4.5 based on 311 reviews

State House

This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.

Reviewed By tranzactnow - Perth, Western Australia

If you are visiting Providence and have even the slightest interest in grand buildings then you should not miss State House. Free entry during the week will allow you to see a most spectacular building with what I was told was the fourth highest dome of any building in the USA. Contained within the building are the legislative chambers of Rhode Is. The building is quite spectacular and well worth seeing.

10. Blackstone Valley Visitor Center

175 Main St, Entrance/parking in rear off Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860-4132 +1 401-724-2200
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center is the welcome center for Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley. Known as the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Blackstone Valley is home to many historic and cultural sites, as well as great outdoor recreational opportunities, arts and entertainment. The Visitor Center is located just minutes off of Interstate 95 in Pawtucket, RI near the Massachusetts border. Come see our museum-style timeline wall covering the history of the region and giant floor map showing the lakes, rivers, highways, parks and attractions across the entire Blackstone River Valley! We also offer visitor information, brochures, guides and maps. In addition, Blackstone Valley Visitor Center also hosts a gift shop with locally made gifts and souvenirs, a rotating art gallery of featuring local artists, and a theatre to view a short movie on the history of Blackstone Valley.

Reviewed By Saxeygirl - Salt Lake City, UT

This visitors center is located on a corner and the address given, while it maybe the front of the building, is not the main entrance to the visitors center. The entrance to the visitors center and the parking lot is around the corner. This building used to be a large department store which went out of business. This review is based on what we experienced and not what is the "norm". We happened to visit the morning after they had rented out the space for some event and when we walked in everything was covered with black drapes and there was nobody around. We noticed a map on the floor and went over to look at it. While we were looking a woman came to an area in the center of the large room that had counters set in a circle with space in the middle for "workers". She had several pamphlets in her hands and was trying to get everything put back together. She explained why the place looked like it did and offered to show us the video which played in a corner room set up for that purpose. The theatre seats were from a historic building. The video was worth the time to see. When we left everything was still covered in black drapes so I'm not sure what the place would look like and offer on a normal visit.

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