March 30, 2017
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.