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Unique and curious places to visit in Rhode Island

Bristol and Warren


Blithwold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum 

Thirty three acres of lawns, gardens, specimen trees, and historic stone structures - bring a picnic.

Bristol Art Museum

Check out their ever changing and wonderfully curated exhibits.


Herreshoff Marine Museum

A Wunderkammer of gorgeous wooden boats.


Warren's George Hail Library

Visit the Charles Whipple Greene Museum  hidden upstairs - open only on Wednesday afternoons.


Delekta's Pharmacy and Malt Shop

Edible Cabinets!

Warren Firemen's Museum

Located in coolest little building in town - be sure and make arrangements ahead of time so you're sure they'll be open.

Van's Spa

Old school dinner with the best burgers in the East (or any other) Bay (for under 5 bucks!).

The Galactic Theater 

Hipster Micro Movie Lounge with great local music and traveling acts - now serving beer and eats!

Archive books and Snackery 

Chillax with art, good books, light snacks and beer!

Pivotal Brewery 

A gorgeous-enormous industrial space decorated with your grandmother's furniture - AND they have some of the best craft beers around! Our favorite place to bring a picnic. (EDIT - Picnickers are no longer welcome indoors if a food truck is visiting so check their social media or just visit Ragged Island 5 minutes away - see below)

Basil and Bunny

Delicious and lovingly crafted plant based comfort food right next door to Pivotal.


Their bakery makes best bread in the East Bay, hands down. (EDIT - their baker just moved away to France, DAM IT!). Rumor is they will be opening a new bake shop in the summer of 2023.

Flo's Clam Shack,

Yep, this is THE PLACE to have an authentic Rhode Island clam cake.


Newport, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Little Compton

Newport Tower Museum

Explore Rhode Island’s fascinating horological mystery. A MUST SEE! - Visit Jim Egan's web site and make arrangements for a tour NOW!!!

Miantonomi Park

Time your visit so you can climb the stone tower.

The Newport Mansions  

Touristy yes, but you must go. Be sure to save time to wander Newport's labyrinth of twisty streets - hidden architectural gems abound in this historically intact city by the sea.

Newport Harbor Shuttle

This is the best way to experience Newport Harbor (on the cheep), plus some of the guides will share a bit of curious Newport History if you ask them. Buy one ticket and ride all day - 6 stops around the harbor.


Cliff Walk Newport

Spring, Summer and early Fall - A National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. Do it!

The Lawn at Castle Hill

Pssst! You Don't need to spend fifty dollars a plate for dinner to enjoy THE most spectacular view in the state. Just pull up a chair on The Lawn and order an Arnold Palmer, Ice Tea or Lemonade - all are less than 5 bucks. Then go for a walk to the lighthouse and explore the coast up-close and finish your visit with a peek at the cozy parlor in the main house. (EDIT - POST COVID - you must reserve a place)


Bowen's Wharf and Banisters Wharf

Go at night and at least have a drink at The Candy Store if you can - its magical.

Drawing Room Antiques

The owners really should charge admission. A WONDERFUL and uniquely Newport antique shop.


Redwood Library 

Patrons can be a little snooty, but you gotta take a peek.


Green Animals Topiary Garden 

Sure the gardens are amazing - but see if you can find the hidden toy museum.

Newport Car Museum

An enormous wonder-room of rolling mechanical sculptures. This place is really worth seeing. Be sure and try the simulators at the end of your visit.

Ragged Island Brewery

This place brings new meaning to the idea of a "Beer Garden".  They sport an excellent selection of craft beers and seltzers served in a beautifully appointed greenhouse full of lovingly cared for succulent plants. But that's not all! They also have a spacious deck with views of the bay, a grassy lawn with comfy chairs and picnic tables, live music 4 nights a week PLUS 37 acres of farmland and woods to explore. Picnickers are always welcome here.


Little Compton Historic Society 

The Wilbor House Museum is a pleasure palace for the reconstructive archaeologist. Travel through room after room of reimagined history. The surrounding outbuildings are also filled with curious delights. A must see in summer months.

Tours of Fort Adams Tours, Newport

From the top of the Fort walls to the depths of the underground listening tunnels.

Fort Wetherill, Jamestown

Great views of the bay + perfect picnic spot + scary underground tunnels + Lil Rhody's secret graffiti park.

Providence and Beyond

Ladd Observatory

Opened 1891. Public telescope viewings on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting.

RISD Nature Lab 

Make arrangements way ahead of time – or get to know a RISD alum.

Providence Athenaeum

One of the most unique and magical places in Rhode Island - besides Musée Patamécanique of course. Open to the public - all are welcome to peruse the collections. 


Necronomicon Providence and the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Bookstore

So you're also a fan of H.P. Lovecraft? Well then you must visit this bookshop - which is also the home-base for The Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council

Riff Raff Books

Cozy bookstore offering rare titles, events & Wi-Fi, with a bar for espresso, beer & cocktails.

Loui's Family Restaurant

The best and quirkiest place on the East Side for breakfast and lunch.

Wonders of the Wurlitzer at the PPAC

Organ concerts on specific Mondays and Wednesdays in the spring and fall. All concerts are free and open to the public. 


The Dirt Palace

Feminist art space founded in 2000 in an abandoned library building in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. Check out the changing window gallery.

Prospect Terrace 

If you’re looking for an eagle eye perspective on the city, don't miss sweet little park.


Rhode Island State House Tour

The dome is the fourth largest, self-supported marble dome in the world.


Olneyville New York System

Ya eva had a gagga?


Roger William’s Park Museum of Natural History

Be sure to visit the Victorian parlor and taxidermy exhibits upstairs.


Roger Williams Park Botanical Center  

A small but sweet retreat on a midwinter afternoon.


RISD Museum

You can wander for hours through this labyrinth of history, art and design.


Cellar Stories                                                          -

Our Favorite Bookstore.



See a show, catch a performance, take a class.  AS220 envisions a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential.

Empire Review

Providence's longest-running and funniest sketch & variety show. It happens on the first Sunday every month at 8:PM and its a MUST SEE!


Big Nazo

Check their calendar and see one of their shows. 


The New England Wireless and Steam Museum 

Don’t Miss the Steam-Up!

Spring Lake Penny Arcade

Of course they're not all penny games. Bring some nickels, dimes, and quarters as well!


The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

Quirky, fun and super Rhode-Islandy.

Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown

Open every Friday night (weather permitting) for viewing of celestial objects.

Know of another unique and curious place to visit in Rhode Island?  DO TELL!


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