City Life

Paddle Through Providence

Providence Kayak Company gives you a new way to explore the heart of the city

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It’s always nice to get a fresh perspective on something familiar, and especially on the city where you live, work and play. That’s why the folks behind the Providence River Boat Company and La Gondola have teamed up to start the Providence Kayak Company.

“To see the city from that perspective is really cool and something a lot of people don’t do,” co-owner Kristin Stone says of paddling up and down the Providence River. Floating underneath the roadways that cross the river, she points out, offers up a new way of seeing the city.

Paddlers have their choice of single or tandem kayaks to roam from Waterplace Basin along the river towards the location of the proposed pedestrian bridge or through Olneyville by way of the Woonasquatucket River. “At the right tide,” Kristin says, “you can go pretty far.”

With summer almost behind us, grabbing onto a paddle seems like the perfect way to hang onto those lazy days – at least until the kayaking season wraps up Columbus Day weekend.