In 2006, friends Mike and Courtney—independent researcher for the historical society and ghost tour guide, respectively—drew up a unique business plan to spook Providence locals and tourists alike with fact-based ghost tours. Their combined interests in the paranormal and knack for research led them to pillage the minds of staff members and records at the Providence Historical Society, the public library, and the Rhode Island State Archives for accounts of abnormal and violent events. They dug through old files and microforms of oft-forgotten morbid events—including murders, suicides, and fires—gathering facts to present objective stories about real people. Once they’d crammed their skeptical minds with grim and gloomy facts, the tours were ready to begin. Today, these truthful and skeptical accounts of paranormal activity chill the spines of tourists and terrified library books as guides lead walking tours, lit by lantern, through centuries-old Providence streets. Since its inception, Providence Ghost Tour has been counted among TripAdvisor's top 10 ghost tours in America, and was featured on an overnight paranormal investigation with Syfy's Ghost Hunters frontmen, Brian Harnois and Keith Johnson.
Housing 5,000 square feet of play structures and interactive activities, Kidz Kastle incites imaginative play in youngsters. The center showcases its dedication to child safety by cleaning equipment multiple times throughout the day with a chemical-free sanitizing system and provides parents with a WiFi-equipped viewing area so they can maintain vigilant watch over their chubby-cheeked cherubs or fantasy foosball team. Kids romp through an indoor playground, complete with custom-designed playhouses, an interactive Eyeplay system, indoor sports court, fantasy teacup ride, and foosball and air-hockey tables. Through interactive revelry and activities, kids are provided with a means to develop creativity and social skills, as well as a welcome diversion from normal routines spent trying to grow goatees.
Travel Leaders RI's professional agents help day-trippers explore exciting destinations for business and pleasure. The bus trip includes a full day in New York City, with plenty of time to explore the Big Apple and the Feast of San Gennaro itself, where an expected one million people celebrate Italian-American culture, the splendor of good walking shoes, and the patron saint of Naples. The 55-passenger air-conditioned bus, which plies passengers with a restroom and reclining seats, rolls out of the Cranston at 6:00 a.m. for a nonstop 3.5-hour journey to New York City and its non-hot-dog-related spoils.
Join the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for the second annual Leisurely Bike Tour, tracing a laid-back path through the historic Blackstone River Valley, which saw the birth of the American Industrial Revolution. Throughout the three-hour tour, which takes off from Pawtucket Visitor's Center, cyclists cruise through four Blackstone Valley communities while noshing on historical tidbits imparted by tour guide and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council president Robert Billington. Feast eyes upon historic sights such as Pawtucket River, King Phillips War battle sites, and a 13-foot-tall tomahawk and the grave of the 78-foot-tall warrior who wielded it. For mid-cycling sustenance, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council fills each belly with complimentary water and an energy bar.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, immigrants flocked to Rhode Island in search of work and prosperity within the state's mill towns. Their labors?both on and off the factory floor?helped define the culture of the Blackstone Valley. Today, the Museum of Work and Culture preserves their stories for future generations.
The New England Golf Expo showcases the best aspects of golf, tourism, and the good life throughout New England. Held inside a massive convention center, the expo brings the golfing community together with more than 110 local, regional, and national vendors peddling their golf goods and services?from courses and equipment to restaurants and shopping. While attendees bounce around checking out new clubs, historic memorabilia, and new models of caddie droids, they can also participate in interactive exhibits and competitions such as long drive, closest-to-the-pin, and putting challenges.