Great Places in Rhode Island


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Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the US, but they are a busy one. There are several activities and events that occur on any given day. So whether you are just looking to get out of the house or if you want to take a trip to Rhode Island you are sure to be able to find something to do in February. Ranger Days are an annual event in Woonsocket. The event is held in conjunction with the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor and the Museum of Work & Culture. Ranger Days are held at the Museum of Work & Culture and feature discussions about the history of Rhode Island. Ranger Days are free and open to the public.

The Winter Bash is held in Providence annually and brings together over a 1,000 people from the state. The event celebrates citywide restoration efforts and features live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a full bar. Attire ranges from blue to ball gowns and an eclectic mix of people are seen. The Newport Winter Festival is another big bash. This even features over 150 separate events and activities over ten days. Food, music and fun are always included with events such as horse-drawn hayrides, sand sculptures, Chili Cook-Off, City-Wide Scavenger Hunt, Ice Sculpting Competition, Children’s fair, Pizza Cook-off and much more!

Visit Cranston for the Annual Mardi Gras Ball. This is New England’s authentic Louisiana Mardi Gras celebration that features four Zydeco bands, Cajun and Creole food as well as non-stop dancing. Costumes are optional but the best win prizes. The Winterfest Tour of Inns and B&Bs allow the public a chance to view all the overnight options in Newport County. Visit Bowen’s Wharf for the Seal Tours and Save the Bay for a lecture and two-hour boat tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. The boat is heated but you will want to dress warm so that you can get a close up view of the seals that winter in Narragansett Bay. The seals are common to the Narragansett Bay area from October through April. They migrate each fall from Maine and Canada to winter in the warmer waters and protected harbors of Rhode Island. Harbor seals are the most common marine animals to be seen in New England. They often shore rest on rocks and “haul-out" sites when the tide is low. One year 169 seals were counted in the bay.

Rob Vrabel is the co-owner of , the largest directory of fun things to do in Rhode Island. Visit this great directory at


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