Dockside Tours

Living History Tours

Even my tech-loving kids had fun! … We actually LEARNED a few things about American and Alexandrian history, and were entertained at the same time. - TripAdvisor Review
Make your mark and join the Continental Navy. Travel back in time and learn about life aboard a Continental ship as Providence’s newest recruits.
Meet the legendary Captain John Paul Jones and hear him tell the tale of one of Providence’s exciting adventures.
Head into our Naval History Theater, and view the exclusive multi-media film, Providence: Dawn of the U.S. Navy.

When you sign up to tour Providence, you step back in time into the shoes of a sailor fighting the American Revolution.  A sailor straight out of the 18th Century will assign you your role among the crew, show you the ropes, and give a short briefing on your duties and the mission assigned to Providence by the higher ups of the Continental Navy.  When you’re ready, you will board Providence and present yourself to her esteemed captain – the legendary John Paul Jones, Father of the American Navy.  From there, you will visit the quarterdeck, the main deck, the captain’s cabin, and the hold to see where you’ll be spending the next several months during your time at sea.  You may even learn to load a cannon!

After disembarking, you will head to the Naval History Theater for an exclusive showing of the short film, Providence: Dawn of the US Navy, produced especially for Tall Ship Providence and featuring four subject matter experts and many beautiful shots of the ship at sea.


Tours run every day of the week except Tuesday, and are one hour long. We recommend you check availability online the day of your tour if you plan to purchase tickets at the dock. See below for a calendar of available tours.



Adults                           $24

Seniors & Military       $20

Children (3-13)            $17

2 & Under                     Free

What to know before booking:

  • All guests must have a ticket, including infants, whose tickets are complimentary.
  • The ship does not leave the dock during this tour.  If you are interested in sailing with us, check out one of our Public Sails.
  • Tours run rain or shine.  Check the weather the day of your tour and be sure to dress accordingly.
  • Providence is a working ship, and access to the upper and lower decks are via short ladders.  We recommend wearing flat shoes that are easy to climb and explore in.
  • Tours begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before your tour’s start time.
  • Tickets are nonrefundable.


Visiting Providence with a group of 10 or more? Take advantage of our Group Pricing!



It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. - John Paul Jones