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EVOLUTION Pilates and Nutrition sculpts bodies and minds through comprehensive, individualized approaches to pilates, yoga, nutrition counseling, and personal training. Pilates mat classes strengthen your abdomen, back, and hips while improving posture and developing flexibility without bulking up or stressing joints. Easy to follow and fun to flow through, these classes are physician-recommended for exercisers of every age, fitness level, and daytime dramedy preference. Mat movers meet throughout the week for hour-long blocks, typically in the morning and afternoon hours. To view a complete schedule, click here.

685 Metacom Ave
Bristol,
RI
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From its unobstructed perch directly on the bay, the Herreshoff Marine Museum showcases a vast sampling of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s historic fleet of power and sailing yachts. Herreshoff helped usher in the early 20th-century's golden age of yachting, building eight consecutive America’s Cup winners before constructing the first torpedo boats for the U.S. Navy, which until that point had relied on splashing the enemy’s vessels whenever the lifeguard wasn’t looking. A family membership grants two adults and up to four children free year-round access to 60 classic yachts, plus steam engines, fittings, photographs, and memorabilia. Members also get to wander the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, which honors the inductees of yachting’s premier competition.

1 Burnside St
Bristol,
RI
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Ideally located between Providence and Newport, Uncommon Art Gallery offers 45 artists in every possible medium at prices which are very affordable. Every item, aside from photography, in our gallery is a one of a kind original. As our name suggests, we try to present art work which cannot be found in most galleries.

736 Hope St
Bristol,
RI
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Named as one of New England’s top five public gardens in Yankee magazine, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum spans 33 acres of lawns, gardens, trees, and historic stone structures. Through October 3, Blithewold is celebrating the seasonal color scheme with Autumn Splendor, a festival that includes access to colorful grounds (daily) and the more than a century-old mansion (Wednesday–Sunday), plus free children’s story time for children to read encyclopedia entries to each other (Friday at 11 a.m.).

101 Ferry Rd
Bristol,
RI
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An Orana Catamaran and fleet of Beneteau sailboats bear the Rob Swain Sailing School and Charters insignia, indicating their status as floating classrooms for the school's pupils. The accredited outfit maintains facilities in Rhode Island and the British Virgin Islands, where it boasts access to steady trade winds and plenty of sunshine. Sailors-in-training can start with the basic keelboat course, learning basic sailing techniques and terminology such as "starboard" and "water" before advancing to courses on coastal navigation, bareboating, and performance racing.

259 Thames St
Bristol,
RI
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As the sun sets, cityscapes buzz with neon silhouettes as runners clad in glow-in-the-dark garb race through the GlowBash 5K's metropolitan courses. But the late starting time and futuristically-clad participants are not the only things that set this race apart from other 5K trots. Competing in teams of two or more, runners must follow 10 clues provided at the start of the race that will guide them to a series of predetermined checkpoints and challenges. Depending on the route they take, runners can cover anywhere from 3 to 5 miles in a path that can take roughly 2.5 hours to complete. After the race, each participant receives a medal and access to a post-race party, where they can mingle with fellow runners rather than going home and jogging alone on their human-sized hamster wheel. The race benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

805 Hope Street
Bristol,
RI
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