June 27, 2017
Don’t get us wrong – Rhode Island is full of fun and cool things to do that can keep us busy. But sometimes you need a change of scenery and to switch things up a bit. After all, they are some of Rhode Island’s biggest fans, we know because we see them all the time on our tours. So, why not explore what our neighbors have to offer and get out of dodge every once in awhile, we know how small Rhode Island can get, try something new across the border? Our neighbors in Massachusetts and Connecticut have plenty for us Rhode Islanders to enjoy from time to time.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA
New Bedford is about a 40-minute drive from Providence. It’s a historic whaling city and rich with history and culture. The city has recently put in a great effort to revitalize its downtown, which is now bursting with shops, galleries, and restaurants. The New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded in 1903 by children of the forefathers of the American whaling industry. The Museum shares that history with the public. Within the Museum there are art galleries, impressive whale skeletons, and a new discovery center.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds “Free Fun Fridays” on the last Friday of every month. There are free activities like face painting and hands-on crafts.
Admission to the New Bedford Whaling Museum is $17/adult, $15/senior, $10/student, and $7/youth. Children age 3 and under are free.
Portugalia Marketplace 489 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA
Fall River is about a 25-minute drive from Providence and is often referred to as “Little Portugal.” Portugalia is a premier market where you can order the culinary cuisine of Portugal and the Azorean Islands featuring specialty foods straight to order. Visiting the Portugalia Marketplace is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s loaded up with fresh fruit and produce, specialty groceries, meats, cheeses, seafood and they even have a whole room dedicated to “bacalhau” or dried salted cod, a traditional Portuguese method of preserving the fish that goes back to the 14th century. On-site, there is also Castas & Trigo, a beer, and wine shop stocked with the best Portugal has to offer. Ponto de Encontro offers espresso, cappuccino, pastries, and fresh sandwiches. O Fiel Amigo is a temperature-controlled room with a wide variety of the finest salted cod.
What Portugalia Marketplace does best is provide a unique shopping experience, all rolled into one.
Padanaram Village South Dartmouth, MA
South Dartmouth is about a 40-minute drive east of Providence. Padanaram is a quaint and cozy historic village right along the Apponagansett River. Padanaram is home to the New Bedford Yacht Club, shops hosting locally-made goods, art galleries, and restaurants. Stroll through the village and take in the shops before lounging at the beach. Grab a bite to eat at farm-to-table Little Moss Restaurant or burger joint, Chumley’s. It’s a great adventure to take with the kids or for a relaxing night out.
You can get to Padanaram Village by putting “Bridge and Elm Street, South Dartmouth, MA” into your GPS.
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Women At Work Museum 35 County Street, Attleboro, MA
Attleboro is about 20-minute drive north of Providence. Visit the Women At Work Museum for a day of appreciating true lady power! The Museum has 7 major exhibits organized by business, historical, educational, cultural, community, and governmental organizations. Women pilots, astronauts, seafarers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and athletes are all spotlighted. They may not be in the history books, but they are famous at the Women At Work Museum!
The Museum hosts over 100 educational events and workshops every year. Events include Meet Women in Technology, Leadership Seminars, and Women Engineers Forum.
Women at Work Museum is open on Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.
Crave Mead 7 Main Street, Blackstone, MA
Blackstone is about a 30-minute drive north of Providence. Never heard of mead or not too sure what it is? Mead is made with honey, water, and yeast. Crave Mead uses high quality, local honey, in their mead and create yummy, unique drinks. Flavors include Crème brûlée made with natural caramelized honey flavor, Apple Cobbler made from apple mead and spices, and Pomegranate Sour Cherry with pomegranate and sour cherry juice. Yum!
Crave Mead offers Tours and Tastings every Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm. Learn all about making mead – from honey to glass!
Old Saybrook Old Saybrook, CT
Old Saybrook is south about an hour and a half drive from Providence. Old Saybrook has it all – small town charm, a bustling downtown, great restaurants, and gorgeous beaches. Take a day trip or stay a couple of nights to soak in all of the charm. Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce has great guides for Antique and Consignment Shopping, Businesses, and Restaurants. Click here for all the important info!
There is also a great Historic Walking Tour Guide, which you can download here. Stroll down Main Street to get up close with the gorgeous historic homes and a historic tavern turned pharmacy, which still serves ice cream from its original counter.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Hartford is about an hour and a half drive from Providence. Fun fact: the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States. It was the first American museum to purchase works from the likes of Salvador Dalí, Caravaggio, and Frederic Church. The museum’s collection spans over 5,000 years and includes approximately 50,000 works of art. This isn’t an amateur’s art museum. For more information about the collection at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, click here.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is open Wednesday – Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Museum admission is free from 4 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday – Sunday, excluding holidays. Admission is $15/adult, $12/senior, $5/student. Youth under 18 are free.
Museum admission is free from 4 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday – Sunday, excluding holidays. Admission is $15/adult, $12/senior, $5/student. Youth under 18 are free.
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The Bradley Playhouse 30 Front Street, Putnam, CT
Putnam is about a 45-minute drive from Providence. The Bradley Playhouse is a gorgeous, 114-year-old vaudeville theatre. It won Yankee Magazine’s Best Community Playhouse in 2016. The Playhouse is run by volunteers of The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc. (TNCT.) TNCT puts on eight main season shows every year. The current production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starts on June 30 and runs until July 9, 2017. For this season’s productions, click here.
Bradley Playhouse tickets prices range from $10 to $24. For main season tickets, click here.
Sculpture Grounds 80 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
Old Lyme is about an hour drive from Providence. The Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme is on 4.5 beautifully sculpted acres. Over 100 sculptures are woven throughout different gardens and courtyards. Explore the grounds, take photos with the sculptures, and dine al fresco. The ESB Gallery is situated in the second half of the grounds. There are several small-scale sculptures inside and a mixed media art exhibit. Studio 80 is located next door but isn’t open to visitors.
The Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
The Book Barn 41 West Main Street, Niantic, CT
Niantic is about an hour drive from Providence. The Book Barn in Niantic is actually several locations, all within a mile of each other. There are over 500,000 books spread across four locations. Their selection is constantly changing as they’re buying and selling new (used) books. All of their books are the highest quality. They supply complimentary coffee, tea, cocoa, cookies, crackers, and donuts to sustain you throughout your book-finding adventure! Relax in one of The Book Barn‘s gorgeous gardens, read your new favorite book, and enjoy the ocean air. Niantic is seaside, so you can even take your new books with you to the beach!
The Book Barn is open every day, 9 am to 9 pm for browsing.
You’ll be hungry after all that exploring! Come back home for a Rhode Island Red Food Tour in Providence or Newport. Chow down on plates from some of the best restaurants in New England. Sip on craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Keep the adventure going while strolling the historic streets and learning about the local history and culture. You’re bound to learn something new about the Ocean State!