Things To Do in Rhode Island

Up to 51% Off at State of the Arts Karate and Wellness Center

State of the Arts Karate and Wellness Center

Warwick

$50 $25

Instructors lead children and adults in kickboxing techniques, while also instilling values such as respect and self-confidence

77% Off at Ocean State CrossFit

Ocean State CrossFit

Multiple Locations

$215 $49

Intense 45-minute workouts prep students for all physical activities through a mix of functional-movement exercises and equipment

50% Off Musical Instrument Course

New England Music Studio

Pawtucket

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 50% Off The Original Wedding Expo Tickets

The Original Wedding Expo

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

Wedding expo unites future newlyweds with 65+ bridal merchants presenting gowns, photographers, florists, and bakers

45% Off Tour and Tasting at Sons of Liberty Spirits Company

Sons of Liberty Spirits Company

Wakefield-Peacedale

$20 $11

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Taste award-winning whiskeys inspired by the flavors of fine craft beers

Up to 52% Off a Standup-Paddleboard Yoga or Fitness Lesson

Paddle Surf RI

Westerly

$120 $59

After an on-land lesson on form and safety, instructors coach boarders as they paddle or surf across flat waters or along calm ocean shores

Up to 67% Off at The Butterfly Zoo 

Newport Butterfly Farm

Tiverton

$18 $11

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A perfect educational experience for kids, an enclosed greenhouse features native species and butterflies from the tropics

Up to 55% Off a Surfing Lesson

Rhody Surf

Middletown

$165 $75

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Certified instructors teach groups the basics of surfing on land, then send them out to sea for practice

Up to 56% Off at East Coast Paddle Sports

East Coast Paddle Sports

East Greenwich

$35 $17

Explore the coves and inlets of Narragansett Bay aboard a standup paddleboard or kayak

Half Off Standup Paddleboarding

Peter Pan Surfing Academy

Narragansett Pier

$90 $45

With board and wetsuit rental included, instructors teach groups how to balance and maneuver atop a stable but agile standup paddleboard

Up to 52% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Hunter Ridge

Ashaway

$120 $59

Lessons with instructor of 25 years instills the value of hard work and good horsemanship in both children and adults

Up to 54% Off Horse-Riding Lessons in Middleboro

Horseplay Stables

Middleborough

$85 $40

Horseback-riding lessons in disciplines including huntseat, jumping, classical dressage, or western pleasure

Up to 66% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

J.L.M. Equestrian

Scituate

$175 $69

Friendly steeds welcome riders to climb aboard for safe, supervised instruction and rides at a picturesque, tree-lined farm

Up to 60% Unlimited Dance & Fitness Classes at Krissy's Studio

Krissy's Dance & Fitness Studio

Providence

$100 $39.99

Fitness studio motivates patrons to bust-a-move in dance and fitness classes, including Zumba, Brazilian Booty and CHAIR

Up to 53% Off Children's Art Classes

Blue Door Studio

Cranston

$15 $7.50

Themed classes for ages 5–10 which include exploration of various media like paints, chalk and more

Up to 50% Off Zombie-Themed 5K

Zombie Charge

Bison Brook Farm

$69 $39

Outrun zombies through a 5K with 8–12 obstacles, including climbing walls; afterward, unwind at a Survival Party with beer and live music

Up to 61% Off a Kiteboarding Lesson

Kite Sports of Connecticut

On Location

$100 $49

Land-based classes teach students how to set-up, launch, and land kites, along with safety standards and wind theories.

Up to 52% Off Bingo Event

Edgewood Eagles Football & Cheerleading

Riviera Bingo Palace

$68 $35

Players vie for $500 and $1,000 payouts at one of the largest bingo halls in the state; proceeds benefit a local kids' sports organization

50% Off Surfing Lesson

Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop

Narragansett Pier

$60 $30

Boasting 90 percent success rate for rides within first hour of lessons, instructors teach surf fundamentals to riders of all levels

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Unknowing passersby often overlook the inconspicuous entrance to Vanity due to its clever—albeit anachronistic—disguise as a telephone booth. A tribute to the profusion of speakeasy clubs that popped up in the Prohibition era, Vanity decorates its posh interior with black-and-white photos, vintage-inspired décor, and coat racks that look suspiciously like undercover cops.

However backwards-looking the décor, the menu reflects ultra-contemporary tastes with its mix of New American and Italian flavors. A selection of starters—aptly named "temptations"—include Italian eggrolls stuffed with shaved cold cuts, and "Vanity plates" include such colorful dishes as the Double Cross Delmonico rib-eye steak. Like any respectable speakeasy, Vanity features a lengthy drink menu with elderflower-flavored cocktails, sugar-rimmed martinis, and gin and tonics garnished with fresh eviction notices.

566 S Main St
Providence,
RI
US

Established: 2012
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Private Studio
Recommended Age Group: Adults

1655 Elmwood Avenue
Cranston,
RI
US

Rhode Island Fitness's Johnston location holds fitness classes throughout the week to ensure members can commit to their routine no matter how hectic their schedule. Participants of all fitness levels work through a series of movements under the watchful, encouraging eye of their expert instructors. Inside the massive, open studio, exercisers can tackle an indoor obstacle course, monkey bars, rock wall, climbing rope and cargo net. In addition to adult classes, kids can also learn fitness basics alongside peers as their instructors focus on instilling discipline and concentration while giving kids a outlet for their energy. The studio is used as a training site for 5Ks and other races as well as police and firemen academies.

12 Sunnyside Avenue
Johnston,
RI
US

Ann and Michael Martini have long shared a love and familiarity with Rhode Island's culinary landscape. Ann left her post at Rhode Island Monthly to work with chefs, restaurants, and food events, and Michael, a professional chef, has let his knives fly at upscale Rhode Island eateries for more than 25 years. Together, they bring outsiders into New England's culinary gems to sample signature dishes, tour kitchens, meet chefs, and get lucky guests’ tongues autographed. Ann coordinates each tour, then sends Michael off with up to a dozen people to receive insider access to restaurants, gourmet shops, and other palate-pleasing stops. For two hours, groups cover about 2 miles of ground at a leisurely pace. There are treats to sample at each stop—although, according to the Sun Chronicle, "What's almost as good as the food is the fact that the chefs welcome tour guests into their kitchens, which in many cases have sous chefs and other personnel beginning to prepare for dinner service."

26 Marlborough Street
Newport,
RI
US

Bikram yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India who first devised and researched the idea of performing poses from traditional Hatha yoga in a heated environment in the early 1970s. Sessions generally last 90 minutes, incorporating 26 poses and two breathing exercises. Owner, Derek, and his fellow teachers lead students through these poses during classes that take place inside an eco-conscious studio with a sky-lit yoga room covered in Flotex antimicrobial floor covering. The heated studio also keeps the air moving, which prevents it from becoming stagnant or making lungs feel socially awkward. After class, students can rinse off their hard-earned sweat in the showers, browse the athletic boutique, or relax in the lounge.

166 Valley St.
Providence,
RI
US

From spring through autumn, morning through nightfall, the M/V Gansett can be spotted skimming gracefully atop the tides of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay's east passage. Built in 1969 as a passenger vessel and later altered into a working lobster boat, it was completely restored with modern amenities before returning to the water in June of 2007. Today, passengers climb aboard to absorb historic sights of Jamestown and Newport during relaxing, 90-minute trips, which were named the Best Harbor Tours in Newport by Yankee Magazine in 2013. Knowledgeable guides share facts throughout every cruise, and complimentary Rhode Island-inspired eats served straight from the galley let guests discover the flavor of the Ocean State without having to plunge a straw into local penny fountains.

2 Bowen's Landing
Newport,
RI
US