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7 Activities to Spring into the Season

By Caitlyn Federico

Spring is finally here! We’ve set our clock forward, seen temperatures break fifty degrees and maybe even driven with the windows down. Not only have we entered the season, but Rhode Island has as well. All across the state, activities of every kind have begun to kick off the start of the season.

Gondola Trips

Courtesy of La Gondola’s Facebook

La Gondola in Providence will open April 1 for its 2017 season. Without even leaving the state, you can experience a little bit of Venice. Whether you want a romantic evening, a night out with friends or just a unique view of the capital city, a ride in these authentic Venetian gondolas should do the trick. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, 421-8877, gondolari.com.

Ghost Tours of Newport

Courtesy of Ghost Tours Newport’s Facebook

For those who like the spooky, hair-raising, blood-pumping version of fun, the Ghost Tours of Newport are for you. The Olde Town Ghost Tour begins this Saturday, April 1st at 8pm. This lantern-led tour through historic Newport takes you down dimly lit lanes to discover the ghosts and the haunted legends of the city. 25 Americas Cup Avenue, Newport, ghostsofnewport.com.

Rail Explorers

Courtesy of Rail Explorer’s Facebook

New to Rhode Island, Rail Explorers lets you experience the outdoors in a unusual way. Pedal specially designed ‘carts’, on the railroad tracks along Narragansett Bay. The ‘Northern Ramble’ track takes you by beautiful waterfront estates, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve. The ‘Southern Circuit,’ starting at Portsmouth Grove Station, is set to open in July. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net.

Federal Hill Culinary History Tour

Courtesy of Walter Potenza’s Facebook

For the Italian in all of us, the Federal Hill Culinary History Tour has two tour options that any foodie would love. In the first tour option, Walter Potenza, master chef and historian, will give you a taste of Federal Hill’s history and food. You will learn culinary terminology, product information, how to shop and how to store food. During the tour, you will also be able to meet the people who make Federal Hill’s dining so special . The tour ends with a visit to the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit, which features images of the first Italian Immigration. The second tour option allows you to participate in a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch or dinner. The tour season will begin April 2. 286 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-2652, federalhilltours.com.

Rustic Tri View Drive-In

Courtesy of Rustic Drive In’s Facebook

Who wouldn’t love to open their trunk, snuggle into some blankets and watch a movie on a giant screen with a little fresh air? There’s no better place to kick back and watch a movie than at the Rustic Tri View Drive-In. This authentic 1950s facility has three screens with two consecutive feature films played on each. Gather a group of friends and, starting in April, watch all the newest films in the comfort of your own car. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield, 484-5452, yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.

C And L Stables in Goddard Park

Courtesy of C and L Stable’s Facebook

C and L Stables offers beachside horseback riding through eighteen miles of scenic trails in Goddard Park. Enjoy views of East Greenwich Bay while you ride. With docile horses and trails for many experience levels, it‘s a comfortable experience for everyone, even beginners. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 886-5246, candlstables.info.

Warzone Paintball and Airsoft

Courtesy of Warzone’s Facebook

Warzone is Rhode Island’s only outdoor paintball and airsoft field. It is home to more than thirty-five acres of land containing villages, forts, bunkers and trenches. Warzone takes parties, although you can come as an individual and join the fun. All equipment and ammo is provided for you, and there are referees to ensure you’re playing safely and by the rules. 320 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown, 228-6366, warzoneri.com.

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7 Things to Do When the World Ends

Yesterday, scientists set the Doomsday Clock to two-and-a-half minutes from midnight. The clock, which symbolically indicates how close humankind is to global disaster, crept half a minute closer to universal destruction because of rising nationalism around the world, comments by President Trump about the use of nuclear arms and his administration’s denial of climate change. Whether you believe we’re on the cusp of the apocalypse or you just like to live extravagantly, check out these fun activities.

 

Enjoy the view

Courtesy of Providence G Rooftop’s Facebook

From the Providence G Rooftop‘s elevated perch, sip a specialty cocktail or craft beer as you watch nuclear Armageddon rain down on the Creative Capital. With its great location in the middle of downtown, you’ll be able to see some of the city’s finest edifices, like the Biltmore and Superman building, obliterated in the blink of an eye. If mankind’s senseless destruction whets your appetite, try one of the specialty pizzas!

Go for a climb

Courtesy of Hannah Robinson Tower’s Facebook

At a whooping 812 feet, Jerimoth Hill in Foster is the state’s highest point. Drive or walk up this lofty mount as sea levels violently rise. Don’t exert yourself too much though! The air is thinner up there, after all. If you’d prefer a man-made escape, try the Hannah Robinson Tower in Narragansett. At forty feet tall, it should hold of rising sea levels for a while at least.

Watch the sunrise

Courtesy of Sachuest Point’s Facebook

Head on over to Sachuest Point to enjoy the miracle of nature’s beauty. As the first rays of a new dawn pierce through the mushroom clouds, ponder humankind’s dubious fate. See if you can spot some of the park’s rare critters, like the saltmarsh sparrow and New England cottontail. With the threat of human encroachment obliterated, these species just might see a comeback.

Eat a really good meal

Courtesy of Hemenway’s Facebook

When you’re fighting a bunch of mutants for a can of Spaghetti-O’s, you’re going to regret not eating well while you could. Indulge while you can! If you’d like some upscale seafood, try the scallops at Hemenway’s. For those hankering for comfort food (we don’t blame you), try Bucktown. Try one of the po’boys with a side of waffle fries or mac’ and cheese. It might be high in calories, but you’ll need them if you’re planning to outrun the mutant hordes.

Get your dose of culture

Courtesy of 2nd Story Theatre’s Facebook

When civilization collapses, there’s not much room for arts and culture. For the next two weeks, 2nd Story Theatre is putting on the play Seascape, which tells the story of two humanoid sea creatures that are deciding whether or not to live on land. Perhaps the play will provide some philosophical guidance as you transition to life post apocalypse.  At the very least it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

Buy a boat

Courtesy of Providence Boat Show’s Facebook

It might sound like something you’d do in a mid-life crisis rather than an international crises, but but hear me out. If our planet’s fate is remotely similar to the plot of  Waterworld, a boat  will be vital to survival. Even if the continent isn’t subermerged beneath the sea, a boat is the perfect way to flee any nuclear wasteland. Fortunately, the Providence Boat Show is coming to town this February! Pick through countless motorboats, yachts and sailboats to find the vessel that will power you through the end of the world.

Drink up

Courtesy of Foolproof’s Facebook

There’s no better time to hit the booze than the end of the world. Fortunately for us, Rhode Island has its fair share of breweries. Check out RI Monthly’s February issue for a comprehensive guide to local brews. A couple of the big names in our state’s craft beer scene include Foolproof, Revival and Bucket, although there are plenty more to check out. Make sure you call ahead; hours tend to change when it’s the end of times.

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