Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to WaterFire, RI

July 21, 2012 6:00 AM


Summer days are warm and relaxing, but the season’s nights are cool and inviting. They provide the perfect backdrop for a view of the WaterFire in Providence. Walk by the water or stop in one of the many shops, but be ready for some visual excitement as this unique sculpture is set ablaze.

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Getting There

Head down I-95 south through Foxboro, where you should keep an eye out for Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place. Continue down 95 through Mansfield and the Attleboros into Rhode Island. Take exit 22A-22B-22C for RI-10 toward US-6W. Make a quick stop here at the Providence Place Mall to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat. Take exit 22A toward downtown and a slight left onto Memorial Boulevard, where you will be able to see the water. The trip from Boston to Providence is just about one hour.

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Pastiche Fine Desserts and Cafe
92 Spruce Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 861-5190

This family owned shop still makes all of its desserts from scratch, even after more than 25 years of service, to provide simple, yet delectable items. Stop in for coffee or tea, and a European-style café experience, or take a dessert to go. Desserts range from cakes and pies to tarts and cookies, and from chocolate and vanilla to fruits of any kind. They are available by the slice or as whole cakes. 

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235 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 272-4285

Craftland, a shop and gallery specializing in handmade objects, offers unique jewelry, journals, totes, T-shirts and prints. Do some shopping, or browse its gallery featuring the work of local artists. Prices here are reasonable, and the shop is tax free. Free parking is also available, which makes for easy access.

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Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02905
(410) 785-9450

Price: $3 adults/$1 children ages 6 to 12/free children younger than 6

The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center boasts the biggest indoor, public-display garden in New England, with more than 12,000 square feet of gardens. It offers two public greenhouses, a Conservatory and the Mediterranean Room, which contain more than 150 species of plants. The outdoor viewing spaces include the Rose Maze, the Perennial Garden, Pine and Hosta Dell, the Winter Garden, Wooded Hillside Garden and Overlook Terrace. Consider taking a guided tour of the center to receive more cultural and environmental information about the plants. As you view the center, be on the lookout for the carnivorous plant exhibit to find out which plants can trap and digest insects.

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Local 121
121 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-2121

Local 121 uses all fresh, local ingredients to create its amazing menus of food. Try a lunch or small dinner plate for a light meal, or indulge with a large dinner plate and dessert. This restaurant has something for everyone, with an inviting variety of meats and vegetables available. The atmosphere is classy yet comfortable, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Be sure to stop and chat with the dining room manager, as she always knows just what to suggest for your taste.

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101 Regent Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 273-1155

This Barnaby Evans sculpture in the three rivers of downtown Providence is a sight to be seen. All of your senses are engaged as more than 80 bonfires light up the night, giving off the scent of wood smoke as music from around the world is played. Stroll the WaterFire paths, or have a seat by the water to enjoy the show. WaterFire is appropriate for families and couples alike, as everyone will enjoy the spectacular views. Click here for the WaterFire schedule.

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