Staying in Providence? 5 ideas for the (looong) weekend

You aren’t going to Mardi Gras for the long weekend, and you’re not going home either. Instead of watching TV shows in your bed all day (which is more difficult since the demise of Megavideo), go out and explore Providence and beyond. There’s really a lot to do beyond College Hill…

Ice skating at Kennedy Plaza costs $6 and is open until 10 PM.

1)   Go ice-skating at Kennedy Plaza downtown. Who cares if you haven’t skated since you were 9 years old? It’s like riding a bike…you never forget. And even if you do, worst-case scenario is you fall on your face in front of some Providence locals, big deal.

2)   Visit Newport for the annual Winter Festival, which includes activities like mansion tours and scenic trolley rides. For those 21+, indulge in a package deal that includes a helicopter ride, vineyard tour and wine-tasting.  The festival takes place the 17th to the 26th.

3)   A bar crawl might be kinda lame when campus is so empty, so go on a food truck crawl instead. You’ll be the expert on which new food trucks to frequent and which ones to avoid.

4)    The Farmer’s Market on Wriston might end when winter starts, but the Pawtucket Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM, even in rain or snow.

5)   Ship up to Boston! You can shop on Newbury Street, go to the Museum of Fine Arts or visit Harvard Square and browse a variety of different shops and cafes while you smirk at the nerds.

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