Rhode Island Attractions & Things to Do
Rhode Island offers much to see and do any time of year. Whether you're interested in historical attractions such as the Governor Sprague Mansion, or fun things to do with kids including the Providence Children's Museum or Roger Williams Park Zoo, you'll find a host of activities around Providence that are within close proximity to NYLO Providence/Warwick hotel.
Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick is a stately, historic house that is fully furnished and open to the public for group and self-guided tours. The house was built in 1872 as a wedding gift for the home owner's daughter. The house has been passed to family members through the generations. Visit www.cloudshill.org.
Drum Rock. Drum Rock is a legendary Warwick landmark believed to have served as a messaging device of the Narragansett Indian tribe. A loud boom is sounded when Drum Rock is rocked back and forth. Visit www.warwick.gov.
Goddard Memorial State Park.
Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick is among the most popular public parks in Rhode Island. Goddard Memorial State Park features a 9-hole golf course, sports fields, forested areas, beach and lake, equestrian trails, and a performing arts center that is available for special events including weddings and festivals. Visit http://www.riparks.com/goddard.htm. [ Back to Top ]
Governor Sprague Mansion.
The historic 28-room Governor Sprague Mansion in Cranston is the birthplace of two Rhode Island governors and was once home to one of the richest families in the United States, the Spragues. The Sprague family revolutionized the printing process for calico cotton fabric, producing millions of bolts. The mansion was built in 1790 and today features a fully restored parlor, sewing room, carriage house and stable. Tours are offered through the Cranston Historical Society. Visit www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.
Harbor Light Marina. Harbor Light Marina at the mouth of Warwick Cove is a full-service marina offering 225 boat slips up to 50 feet long. The marina features laundry facilities, pump-out facility, fuel, restrooms, and showers. Seasonal and short-term slip rentals are available. Visit www.harborlightmarinainc.com.
Monster Mini Golf
. Monster Mini Golf in Warwick puts a ghoulish twist to miniature golf. This 18-hole miniature golf course is indoors and it glows in the dark! Monster Mini Golf is family-friendly and also features an arcade and games that award tickets for prize redemptions. Open year-round. Visit http://www.monsterminigolf.com/Warwick%20Directions.htm.
The first revolt that eventually led to the American Revolution occurred in historic Pawtuxet Village. It was here that local patriots destroyed the English schooner, HMS Gaspee. Pawtuxet Village, located on the Pawtuxet River, is home to quaint shops, restaurants and bars, and historical homes. Visit www.pawtuxet.com. [ Back to Top ]
Providence Children's Museum.
Providence Children's Museum is an exciting attraction for kids and their families. Hands-on exhibits allow children to make all sorts of things including water fountains and 3D replicas. Fun exhibits include Pets & People, Bone Zone, The Children's Garden, and Strings Attached - an exhibit dedicated to the world of marionette puppets. Visit www.childrenmuseum.org.
Roger Williams Park Zoo.
An estimated 130 species of animals call Roger Williams Park Zoo home. The zoo is the third oldest in the country and is the recipient of countless prestigious awards including the International Conservation Award. Roger Williams Park Zoo is affiliated with the Species Survival Plan for endangered and threatened animals. One of the zoo's most popular attractions is the Marco Polo Trail exhibit that traces the explorer's three-year cultural and zoological adventure through Asia. Visit www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org.
St. Mary's Church. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, St. Mary's Church is the oldest Catholic parish in the state. The design is Gothic architecture. St. Mary's Church was established in April 1828 and was dedicated as a National Historic Shrine in 1968. Mass is held daily. Visit www.stmarynewport.org.
Warwick Museum of Art.
The Warwick Museum of Art is more than a museum. It's also a cultural center and is regarded as the city's largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to thought-provoking arts exhibits, the Warwick Museum of Art offers poetry and literature readings, live music, and theatrical performances. Visit www.warwickmuseum.org. [ Back to Top ]
Waterplace Park & Riverwalk.
Waterplace Park & Riverwalk is one of the most popular attractions in Providence. The pedestrian- friendly urban park is marked by Venetian-style bridges cobblestone paths that meander along the Providence River. Waterplace Park is the site of the famous WaterFire arts installation that features 100 bonfires blazing atop the river. Free concerts are held here throughout the summer. Visit www. http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=86#. [ Back to Top ]