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Great Things to Do in Rhode Island -- find fun activities year-round

Art and children's and cooking museums; historic houses; nature trails; boat cruises; historic Newport tours; unusual shopping, and more fun activities on land and water, year-round. Be sure to phone ahead or look at the website of places you want to visit to check hours and other details, especially for activities affected by weather.
Girls Camel Ride - Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-785-3510

Go wild at this multiple-exhibit zoo with huge range of animals, rides, activities

It’s wild and wonderful at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, where you can wander from one amazing “land” to another, observing each exhibit’s interesting inhabitants. In the Fabric of Africa, watch an elephant take a bath or a giraffe nibble on a treetop. In Faces of the Rainforest, see titi monkeys sleeping with their tails intertwined. In Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek, check out the moon bears, red pandas and snow leopard. In North America, bison graze and wild turkeys show off their courtship displays. The zoo also has a carousel, gigantic play area, farmyard where you can interact with goats, sheep, alpacas and other animals and, in Explore & Soar, zip rides and train excursions. Lots of places to dine, shop and relax.
Lighthouse Cruise Save The Bay Narragansett Bay Rhode Island
Save The Bay

Multiple Centers & Dock Locations Providence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MA Phone: 401-272-3540

Explore Narragansett Bay through tours and interactive marine science center exhibits

Get to know Narragansett Bay up close and personal through activities and tours at Save The Bay. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to connect the community, year-round, to the bay. Take a daylong lighthouse tour and motor by up to 20 active and inactive lighthouse sites, stopping for lunch and exploration around Rose Island. Go on a tour to observe migratory harbor seals or on a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into the bay for foliage and seal views. At the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport, an educational and engaging marine science center, visitors interact with three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits to learn about the skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, seahorses, turtles, crabs and lobsters that call Rhode Island home.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
Blue Roadster - The Great Race - Warwick, RI to Fargo, ND
The Great Race - Warwick, RI to Fargo, ND

Starting at Rocky Point Park Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone: 800-989-7223

Explore vintage cars as they assemble in R.I. state park to begin ‘The Great Race’

Get up close to 120 vintage automobiles as they assemble for the world’s premier old-car rally, The Great Race, in Warwick’s Rocky Point State Park. Talk to the cars’ drive-and-navigator teams before they head out on the nine-day, 2,300-mile adventure across 10 states, ending in Fargo, N.D. Rules require that the cars be built in 1974 and earlier, but most are pre-World War II vintage, including this year’s oldest participants, a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber, 1917 American LaFrance and 1917 Peerless racer. There’s also an X-Cup category featuring cars built specifically for the event by young people, in groups and shop classes. When all the rally cars leave (in one-second intervals!), it’s spectacular. Other area events include a tour of a private car collection in Providence, and “Newport Day,” featuring the Audrain Automobile Museum and Newport Car Museum.
View from the Cliff - Rough Point Mansion - Newport, RI
Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-8344

Walk through this mansion and experience the eclectic collection of its last owner, Doris Duke

Built as a "summer cottage" for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt in 1891, Rough Point Museum today tells the story of the life and legacy of its most recent owner - heiress, collector, and philanthropist Doris Duke. Walk from room to room, from the solarium featuring breathtaking ocean views, to the Kitchen with a deluxe 1920s cigar case and marvel in between at the eclectic collection. There are sumptuous Flemish tapestries, gilded French furnishings, vibrant Chinese export ceramics, stately portraits, and more objects that reflect the wide-ranging tastes of their collector.
Open seasonally March-early January - Gor information about operating hours please check the Rough Point website.
Paddys Beach Club - Misquamicut Beach, RI
Newport, Rhode Island - A Year Round Destination!
The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat -Train & Boat Excursions through the Connecticut River Valley - with all the bells & whistles!
Outdoor Toast - Newport Vineyards - Middletown, RI
Newport Vineyards

909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI, 02842 Phone: 401-848-5161

Glasses of wine, pints of beer, full menu, amazing views: all the makings of a great day

There’s plenty to do at the Newport Vineyards these days – and all of it is enjoyable. It might start with your selection of a perfect cabernet, chardonnay or pinot grigio to sip indoors or outdoors while you admire the vineyard’s sweeping vistas. Or you might wander into the beer side of things with a flight of fresh brews from the Taproot Brewery, where you can also order off a full menu of shareable noshes, entrees and desserts. The award-winning vineyard also offers private winery tours and tastings and a full schedule of special events, from live music to days that feature specialty sliders on the menu. And, there’s a retail shop selling wine, beer, home goods and branded merchandise.
Gondola at Waterplace Park - Go Providence - Providence, RI
Go Providence

10 Memorial Boulevard Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-456-0200

Providence - The Creative Capital

Providence, RI is known for its vibrant culinary, and arts and culture scenes. The RISD Museum is home to a vast collection of art, ranging from the ancient to the avant-garde. Theater lovers will want to see a show at the beautifully gilded Providence Performing Arts Center or at the Tony Award-winning Trinity Rep. One of the city's most popular events, WaterFire, is a multisensory art installation highlighted by a series of bonfires installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence. Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village has delighted generations of visitors and the BankNewport City Center boasts ice skating in the heart of downtown. For more things to do in Providence, visit GoProvidence.com.
Food Forager Group - Ocean House Resort - Watch Hill, RI
Ocean House Resort

1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: Toll-Free: 877-346-9442

When you stay at this oceanfront inn, you’ll need a list to decide among all the activities, attractions

When you arrive at the Ocean House, take the time to make a list: There are so many different things to do on and off the inn’s 13 gorgeous acres of oceanfront property. There’s the private white-sand beach, with cabana service and surfing and paddle-board lessons, the tournament-level croquet lawn, putting green and shuffleboard court. There are movies in the screening room, children’s day and evening programs, bikes to take out to explore Watch Hill Village’s shops and galleries, and a heated indoor saltwater lap pool. Go for a sail on a yacht or a ride in a Mercedes – or just relax in your spacious room, suite or cottage. Nearby activities include a carousel, lighthouse museum, theaters, wineries, casinos and hiking trails.

Visit our sister properties - Weekapaug Inn - Watch Hill Inn
block island ghost tours
Ghosts Have Made a Mark on This Wind-Swept Island

Block Island Ghost Tours are run by local people who cherish and want to describe the spooky history of this wind-swept island. Two tours are available: the Old Harbor Walking Tour touches on ghost ships, man hunts, Native American massacres, and dire The easy one-mile tour takes on hour. The Spirits with Spirits tour is a haunted pub crawl lightened with liquid libations. Includes the Harborside Inn and Club Soda, located in the basement of the the second oldest hotel on Block Island. Leave your car at home; you’ll get a complimentary taxi ride back home. Ferry information. Tours offered May through Halloween and by appointment in the off season.
Visit Misquamicut Beach - Rhode Island's family beach town
Kid Fun, Unique Cuisine, Ocean View - Stay in Warwick, See Rhode Island!
the glass station
Glass Blowers Create Shop & Studio of Delicate Art

The Glass Station Studio and Gallery on Main Street in Wakefield is an art project for Eben Horton and Jennifer Nauck, and a shopping delight for you. The glass blowing workshop is attached to the gallery, allowing visitors to see the artists at work and even to try blowing glass for themselves. The gallery offers many glass objects, from small hostess gifts to large platters, vessels, and sculpture. In addition to the owner / artists, other glass and jewelry makers display their art here. This is a fun shopping experience. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays. 401-788-2500
blackstone bikeway ri
Don’t Forget Your Helmet

On the Blackstone River Bikeway, cyclists can enjoy a 10-mile stretch of scenic, car-free, bicycle-induced bliss extending from Central Falls, through Lincoln and into Cumberland. The mighty waters of the Blackstone, once known as “America’s hardest working river,” were once the power source for America’s first textile mill, built in 1790, and the many subsequent mills that would appear throughout the industrial revolution. See the interactive map to find and use the numerous parking lots and access points.
Diamond Blue on Block Island, RI
Surf’s Up in Block Island

From beginner level to experienced, you can find the perfect surf lesson for you at Diamond Blue Surf Shop at 442 Dodge Street in Block Island. You do not need to go all the way to Hawaii to learn how to ride the waves, the deep blue sea is ready to receive you in your own backyard. Experienced instructors give lessons in the basics and beyond, from technique to etiquette. Rentals are available too. May through October.
The Blackstone River Valley, from Providence, RI, to Worcester, MA,
RI's Blackstone Valley: Industrial History, Biking, Paddling, Tasting

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 bicycling, paddling the river, tasting ethnic foods from two centuries of immigration, and tours of historic sites like Slater Mill in Woonsocket. Six visitor centers help you plan your tour. Choose a self- guided tour.
Newport Foodie Stroll
Get to Know Newport by Touring Local Restaurants

One of the most pleasurable ways to explorea new place is through its food. The Newport Foodies Stroll welcomes guests to this charming Colonial-era city by guiding them through a walk with stops at classic and well-loved dining spots. In less than 2 miles, guests will stop in at five locally owned restaurants near Lower Thames Street. The tour runs rain or shine May 1- October 30 on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and noon and last 2.5 to 3 hours. These have become so popular a winter stroll has been added. Details at the stroll website.
ninigret pond
Peace on a Pristine Pond

A visit to Ninigret Pond off Route 1A in Charlestown is a unique experience on the water. The pond is shallow, brackish, and protected from the Atlantic by a narrow barrier beach. Kayakers skim the surface and dart among the grassy hillocks while clamdiggers stand in the shallow water beside their boats and rake for quahogs. Watch for kids hitch-hiking from one tiny island to another. And, if you have a kayak, bring it!
the lady next door in warren ri
Fun Browsing & Shopping With The Lady

The Lady Next Door a vintage clothing and collectibles store on Water Street in Warren, is a condensed marketplace of the best and most interesting stuff from estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. Founded by a former prop master and set decorator for Trinity Rep theater group, the store, under newer ownership, offers delightful millinery, clothing, pottery, linen, toys and many other items. Fun browsing.
goat hikes at simmons farm in midletown ri
You and a Goat, With a Leash in the Middle

You and a Goat, With a Leash in the Middle Simmons Farm at 1942 West Main Road in Middletown is happy to share it goats, pastures and fields, and views by offering goat hikes for the public. Admission of $10-$40 is all it takes to acquire a goat to walk on a leash. Bring one or two kids age 9 or younger. Farmer Karla leads the hikes, which include views of Narragansett Bay at the top of the farm, a busy brook and open pastures. Greet the pigs and Galloway cows. Dress in layers with comfortable shoes. The hike ends at the farm stand with a warm cup of hot chocolate. Choose your date and time.
touro synagogue
America's First Synagogue

Touro Synagogue, at 85 Touro Street in Newport, Rhode Island, built in 1759, is the first synagogue in America. Visitors of all religious and cultural backgrounds are captivated by the rich history on display at this National Historic Site. Thirty-minute tours of the building are available at times when services are not taking place, making this an interesting and fun thing to do on your Newport vacation. The stunning design of the architecture is fitting to the rest of Newport’s classic New England look. Visit the “Old Jewish Synagogue” and discover the history of this historic place. Tours are available July- September. 401-847-4794.
providence children's museum providence ri
Children's Museum Is a Delight for the Small Fry

The Providence Children’s Museum on South Street in Providence is a joy for kids and parents because of the enormous variety of themes, and play and discovery areas. Examples: Water Ways is a water play environment; Play Power uses air tubes and magnetic mazes to enhance pure play; The Children’s Garden is an oasis of native plants; The Climber is a two-story-high climbing maze; Underland is a subterranean world of roots, worm tunnels and critters’ burrows. And that is only a partial list. The museum hosts lots of seasonal and special events. Really – the place has everything for kid fun and learning. 401-273-5437.
Pump House Music Works - Wakefield, RI - Photo Credit Bob Kidd Photography
Get the Spirit at Pump House Music Works

You get the feeling from the street view – just from the beauty of this old stone building – that the Pump House Music Works at 1464 Kingstown Road in Wakefield is a special place. The place started as a guitar-making school by Shady Lea Guitars, and has evolved into a live music venue, with shows every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. All manner of performers play music in all genres in this cozy, 125-seat space. Monthly open mic and pot luck socials, backyard barbecues and holiday parties are times for music makers and listeners come together and build community. A full bar helps add to the joviality. See schedule of events. 401-824-9971. [photo by Bob Kidd]
Knickerbocker Cafe - Westerly, RI
The Blues Finds a Place to Wail at the Knickerbocker

The Knickerbocker Café, a longstanding club serving up primo blues, jazz, and R&B, reopened in 2009 on Railroad Avenue in downtown Westerly after having been shuttered for a number of years. As if to make up for lost time, the places howls every weekend with excellent live music in a small, relaxed club atmosphere with tables wrapped around a little but hard-used dance floor. Groups that appear and re-appear at the reincarnated Knickerbocker include Soul Shot, The Shiny Lapel Trio, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Commander Cody Band, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers, Roomful of Blues … you get it. Got it?
AS220
Arts and Food, With a Deeply ‘60s Vibe

AS220 is a non-profit community arts space at 115 Empire Street in downtown Providence with a mission of providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 is part incubator and part bazaar for the visual and performing arts. The Empire Street Complex HAS a performance space, galleries, studios, and the Perishable Theatre. Also: there is very good food and grog at AS220 Food + Drink . Find a genuine 1960s vibe with good, solid, representation from the vegetable category, Satisfying and groovy. This is not an off-the-shelf art experience. 401-831-9327.
Frosty Drew Observatory - Charlestown, RI - Photo Credit Scott MacNeill and Frosty Drew Observatory
Summer Stargazing Nights From a Coastal RI Park

Stargazing Nights are happening each Friday at the Frosty Drew Observatory in beautiful Ninigret Park in Charlestown. If the weather allows, the observatory opens itsSky Theatre and telescopes for free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in the night skies. Expect to see nebulae, star clusters, binary stars, the moon, and possibly Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Tickets can be acquired online only! A link to tickets will be posted on the observatory’s website no earlier than the day before the event. Requested donation of $5 per person over the age of 5 years. Learn more about what to expect at the observatory’s YouTube channel. This is a great activity for science-loving kids (Photo courtesy of Scott MacNeill and Frosty Drew Observatory).
Block Island Art Trail
Block Island Art Trail Map

Block Island is a beautiful and fairly undeveloped island retreat by ferr off the coast of southern Rhode Island. Its pleasures are many: lighthouses, beaches, shopping, walking in many nature preserves. Here’s something else: take yourself on an exploration of island galleries with this Art Trail Map. The map includes sites of farmers markets, so if you plan your adventure on market day, you can nibble your way from shore to shore.
Re Antiques and Interiors - North Kingstown, RI
Re Antiques and Interiors Makes Browsing Easy

Re Antiques and Interiors at 7511 Post Road in North Kingstown loves the concept of “re-”in the sense of re-use, re-design, and renew. The collection of antiques found here is vast in scope and very, very interesting. The objects to browse and buy are curated by the shop owner, who knows how to invite antiques into a contemporary design setting that maintains relevance with current interior trends. Here’ s a nice feature: on the Re Antiques and Interiors, you can click on the dropdown ”Shop” and see many and very detailed photos of what is in the store. Check website for operating hours. Pictured here: a Black Forest carved box with Meershaum pipes. (On your trip here, don’t miss the chance to also visit the charming village of Wickford, just a bit further down Post Road).
block island trading co
Take a Piece of the Island Home

Like many other watery places in New England, Block Island, an easy ferry ride off the shore of Rhode Island, digs deep into people’s hearts. It is a unique place, mostly undeveloped, and blessed with a stairway down a glorious bluff and lighthouses and great places to drink and dine. Block Island Trading Company at 1 Water Street (where else?) offers a big array of fun Block Island-infused gifts to take back to your own home or to pass around to other like-minded friends. 401-859-1524. Photo by Jon MacKenzie with permission.
Stadium theatre woonsocket ri
Theater Presents Entertainment for Every Taste

The Stadium Theatre in Monument Square in Woonsocket, listed on the National Historic Register and a fine example of the Vaudeville period in American entertainment, was built in 1926 and restored in 2001. The range and variety of performances at the Stadium is vast and includes classic plays, comedy, music, and tribute groups. There are lots of seasonal shows at holiday times and plenty of good live entertainment all year. Fans of the theater come back again and again. A sample of the shows in recent years include “Nunsense,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Show Me the Glory,” “Annie,” “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Cinderella,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” 401-762-4545.
Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick IR
Find a Warm Welcome to the Victorian Age at the Mansion

People interested in beauty and elegance of the Victorian age will love a visit to Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum at 4157 Post Road in Warwick. The house was built in the 1870s a wedding gift for Elizabeth Ives Slater. Ownership of the house descended through the oldest female and is now in the fourth generation of the family. Since 2000, Clouds Hill has been opened to the public. (It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.) The museum hosts lots of special events, including formal dinners five times a year. Displays of wedding attire, household appliances, carriages and riding equipment are perfectly intriguing. Guests are met with a true spirit of hospitality by volunteer docents who love discussing Victorian culture. 401-884-9490. [photo by Ian Iannuccilli.]
chepachet farm in RI
Maple, Llamas, and Wool Blankets Come From This Welcoming Farm

Chepachet Farms and Sugar House at 226 Tourtellot Hill Road in Chepachet is a working farm where farmers Jody & Neil Esposito welcome everyone to visit and enjoy the maple sugaring season, farm animals, and the Green Thumb horticultural program that celebrates the work of farms. Sugar season is usually late February to mid-March, and the sugar house and maple store are open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days when boiling is happening (call ahead or check the farm’s Facebook page). Also at the farm, guests can meet the resident llamas, draft horses, miniature horse, donkey, sheep, goats, ducks, pot-bellied pig and chickens. You can even choose and buy a Rhody Warm blanket or throw for the chilly times of the year. 401-568-9996.
twin river casino in rhode island
Twin River Doubles Down on Gaming Fun

The Twin River Casino opened in Lincoln in 2007 and it just keeps growing. Formerly the Lincoln Park greyhound track, the casino has offers 300,000 square feet of gaming space, with 4,500 video slot machines; virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette); and 80 live table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps and more. It hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country. There is live entertainment by national headliners, comedy, dining, and a cigar bar, Twin River Casino is a 10-minute drive from Providence and less than an hour from Boston. 877-82-RIVER
Virtual reality play in providence
You Think You’ve Seen Reality? Try It Virtually

Base Station VR, at 286 Thayer Street in Providence,, is Rhode Island's first dedicated virtual reality arcade and lounge. This is a virtual reality experience that you cannot get with cheaper headsets. Experiences include Beat Saber, Arizona Sunshine, Superhot VR, Skyfront VR, Elven Assassin, Job Simulator, and many more. Categories of experiences include action, adventure, scary, puzzles, and others. Come alone or bring friends. An eight-by-eight-foot space allows room for movement. Try a $5 demo. The operators swear you’ll be hooked on this otherworldly experience. Open year-round, but hours vary. Check the website. 401-484-1895.
muse paintbar
Yes You Can … Have Fun Creating Art

Muse Paintbar, with many locations, including a cozy storefront on the very hip North Main Street in Providence, rocks the slogan “Making Masterpieces and Memories.” Bring a friend or a group to enjoy some wine or tasty snacks while you follow close directions by an artist-leader in creating a painting. Bring your inner Van Gogh if you wish, but, really, no artistic talent is required. You are here for fun and to splash some color on a palette. Go into Muse’s website to see exactly what paintings will be the specific subject for each day’s class. You can do it! 401-764-3600
RISD museum
Breathtaking Art of Many Ages and Cultures

To see a wide variety of spectacular artwork from many cultures and ages, visit the Rhode Island School of Design Museum on Benefit Street in Providence. The RISD Museum houses over 80,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture to French Impressionist paintings, from Chinese stone and terracotta sculpture to contemporary art in every medium, including textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture. It also serves the general public with a full schedule of special exhibitions, lectures, tours, concerts and other programs. 401-454-6500.
blithewold in bristol ri
Magnificent House With a Marvelous History

Which is more beautiful, the house or the gardens? Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol is a turn-of-the-century mansion on 33 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking Narragansett Bay. The house is grand but very comfortable and very much a reflection of the generations of accomplished men and women who lived there. A tour is an eye-opener into earlier generations of elite Rhode Island families. In warmer seasons, the gardens offer 50,000 flowering bulbs, a Japanese water garden, and an exotic bamboo stand. Lots of special things to do and seasonal gardening events and displays, including a monumental Christmas tree, take place throughout the year. Phone: 401-253-2707.
Craftland - Downtown Providence, RI
Craftland is Gift-Shopping Heaven

212 Westminster Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone:

A little bit like a brick-and-mortar Etsy tucked into Providence’s artsy Downcity district, Craftland is an artist-owned shop full of unusual handmade gifts and “and select pieces of artistry and weirdness from across the country,” according to its proprietors. It’s hard to tell what you might find here, but categories could include photography, stationery, clothing, accessories, original artwork, housewares, toys, prints, jewelry, stationery, and oddities that defy categorization. Craftland began in 2002 as a holiday pop-up, but its popularity led it to become a year-round establishment. And, Craftland purchases are tax free.
Poke Bowl
What is a “Poke Bowl” Anyway?

Poke is the next generation of sushi, according to a West Coast chef. The word itself means to slice or cut in the language of Hawaii, and the dish is usually chunks of raw, marinated fish — usually tuna — which are tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and sauces. In early 2020, Yelp included among its top 100 eateries in the United States the Hometown Café & Poke Bar at 185 Camp Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood of Providence. Hometown’s co-owners described poke as “deconstructed sushi in a bowl, but more bold and flavorful.” Hometown started in 2017 in a trailer, but now it’s in a bright and sunny storefront. You don’t need to be a daring diner to love poke; try it! 401- 868-1247.
biomes marine center
Feed Your Inner Explorer at Biomes

The marine biologists at Biomes Marine Biology Center at 6640 Post Road in North Kingstown really want to teach you what they know about sea life, particularly the plants and creatures who live in Narragansett Bay. The Biomes Center is New England's only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium zaround. The scientists here host demonstrations throughout Saturdays, Sundays, school vacation days, and every day during the summer, noon to 5 p.m. Daily events include pufferfish and octopus demonstrations, and feedings of tortoises, shark, horseshoe crabs, skates, stingrays, and sea horses. Discover the marine biologists in yourself or your family! 401-885-4690
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.
walking tour by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Walk the Majestic Streets of the East Side of Providence

Providence has many distinctive neighborhoods, and one of them – The East Side – is particularly endowed with natural and architectural beauty, along with connections to the state’s founding principles of religious freedom. The self-guided East Side walking tour created by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau starts at the magnificent State House and then ambles across the Providence River, past a national memorial named for Roger Williams, the city’s founder, and other places along North Main and Benefit streets that are equally stirring for their roles and their architecture: First Baptist Church, Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum and Brown University. Follow the tour on your phone and feel the pull of lofty minds from our past.
Southeast Lighthouse - Block Island, RI
Light Atop the Bluffs

Please don't miss this Block Island icon. That is, Southeast Lighthouse, perched atop the Mohegan Bluffs, which rise abruptly to a height of about 200 feet above the sea and stretch for nearly three miles along the southern shore. The lighthouse was moved from the edge of the bluffs in 1993 as natural forces eroded the bluffs closer to the structure. You can go into the lighthouse in July and August. A short distance west of the lighthouse along the Mohegan Trail is the top of a chain of stairs built into the side of the bluff, leading to the beach far below. If you are fit to climb lots of stairs and are looking for a fun thing to do outdoors, the hike to the beach is fantastic.
Maze and Clayhead Preserve off Corn Neck Road - Block Island, RI
A Quiet and Beautiful Walk on Block Island

Maze and Clayhead Preserve off Corn Neck Road on Block Island is secluded spot to take in the peace and quiet of nature on the island. The preserve is 190 acres of walks and rambles where you can see some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. Within the preserve is a sandy beach that’s off the beaten path enough to be almost deserted. You can walk along picturesque bluffs or wander a series of interconnected, unmarked paths. During the fall, the maze is one of the best spots on the continent to see migratory songbirds. To reach the trail, look for a post marker on the right side of Corn Neck Road, about 3 miles from town and across from a big yellow farm house. Turn right down the dirt road and go straight for one-third of a mile until you reach a parking area.
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown - Great Things To Do
Immerse Yourself in Bird Life at Sachuest Point

At 240 acres, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown is important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds. Nature- and bird lovers know this rocky peninsula as the place to see colorful harlequin ducks, loons, eiders, gannets, and, in winter, snowy owls. A walk on the three miles of trails around Sachuest Point reveals several habitats, including salt marshlands and steep rocky shorelines around the perimeter. Elevated observation platforms along the trails provide unobstructed views. The visitor center is an ideal way to begin or end a trail walk; creative exhibits tell you all about the land and creatures you will be traversing. You can get a permit for nighttime fishing. - Trail map - Brochure
paint and vino
Paint the Town

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it sure packs a punch when it comes to art and relaxed fun with a group of friends. Paint and Vino at 150 Main Street, Pawtucket offers a unique ladies' night out at 7 p.m. nearly every day of the week and weekends. Practice the art of painting in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush before, Paint and Vino can provide you with a full evening of creative fun and wine tastings in Pawtucket’s buzzing art scene and night life. Local artists teach these group painting classes step-by-step, and New England wine will be served during the party. Reservations are required; make reservations through the website. 401-680-0856
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
rogue wave painting at block island gallery
Galleries Are Full of Surprises on BI

Block Island is all about restful pleasure and what is better for that than a stroll through one-of-a-kind art galleries? Among our favorites is Jessie Edwards Studio on Water Street, presenting contemporary American paintings, works on paper, wood turnings, and fine ceramics (open May through December, and always by appointment in the winter). Find a ferry to make the trip over. [Painting shown here is by Rhode Island artist Susan Klas Wright]
Sacred Labyrinth on Block Island, RI
Sacred Labyrinth on Block Island

Off Corn Neck Road on Block Island is a labyrinth of paths lined by stones, with a beautiful view of the North Light and Sachem Pond. The labyrinth, unlike a maze, is a single winding path that leads to the center point and back out. Walking the labyrinth is a universal ritual that has survived unchanged for thousands of years. People report that labyrinths can heal body and soul. It's on the west side of the road, just a little bit south of Sachem Pond. Look for wooden steps over the stone wall.