Home to more than 71,000 people, Pawtucket is the fourth biggest city in Rhode Island. It borders the capital city, Providence, and is the home of Hasbro, Inc.
Check out Pawtucket's long and interesting history as an industrial center, and its image today as an arts and entertainment hub. The city offers just about everything in between! So get on a bus rental in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and explore the state's self-proclaimed creative community.
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Check out the Slater Park Looff Carousel. This is the oldest Looff stander carousel in the entire globe and was built by Charles I.D. Looff in the 1890s. It has been at Slater Park since the 1910s and features 44 horses, three dogs, a lion, a camel, and a giraffe, as well as two chariots.
The city has a thriving arts and entertainment district where you can meet the artists, painters, sculptors, and designers while admiring their work. You can find all forms of artwork in all media.
The galleries you can find in the district includes:
Apart from these, you also have the artists that work and live in artist studios that are housed inside renovated mills all around the city.
These mills include: Blackstone Studios, Hope Artiste Village, Lorraine Mill, Mad Dog Artist Studios, Montgomery Street Studios, Pawtucket Armory Arts Center LLC Artist Studios, Riverfront Lofts, the mill at 250 Esten Avenue, the Design Exchange, and the mill at 545 Pawtucket Avenue.
For instance, at Lorraine Mill, you would find Peter Roux, Rachel de Montaigne, Sean Thomas, Mary Ann Rossoni, Second Story Graphics, Kirstin S. Street/ Street Works, Kirstin Lamb, Karen Philippi, Jess Regelson, Gurvitch Images, David Witbeck, and Wendyll Brown.
And at the mill at 545 Pawtucket Ave., you have Rebecca Siemering, Robert Waters, Karen Rand Anderson, Chelsea E. Bird, Coral Bourgeois, David Delay, Fire & Ice Studio, Deborah Goldhalft Design, Loyd Martin, and Himatsingka.
Other artist galleries you can go to include:
Public art. The city has an outstanding Public Art Mapping project that makes art accessible to the public. Some of the recognized public art works include:
Museums. As for museums, Pawtucket has the Slater Mill Historic Site. The national historic landmark is situated next to the Blackstone River and was the first spinning mill that was powered by water in North America. The mill was originally built in the 1790s and several additions were added in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is now used as a living history museum, a community center and educational center.
You could also check out the Daggett House, which features period antiques and furnishings that were owned by the Daggett Family and the family of Nathanael Greene. There are also preserved needlework on display as well as Civil War items.
Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame highlights the many musicians, music educators and music industry luminaries who made an impact to the state's and the country's music scene. Inductees include The Mark II Winston Cogswell & Ray Peterson, Cheryl Wheeler, Duke Robillard, and Francis Madeira, among others.
Performance arts. Do check out performances by the Community Players and the Sandra Feinstein GAMM Theatre. You can also go to the Mixed Magic Theatre, which can seat ten dozen people. It also features a big art gallery and a full lobby.
You can check out live music performances at the Met, Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Machines With Magnets, and News Cafe.
Festivals. Check out the Pawtucket Arts Festival, where the entire city comes together to thrill participants in both performing and visual arts. The activities during the festival include interactive workshops, dance performances, musical concerts and theater. Performances include concerts by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, Planet Groove, Duke Robillard Blues Band, Blackstone Valley Heritage Series, theater performances from Sandra Gamm-Feinstein Theatre and Everett Dance Theatre, as well as Dragon Boat Races. The festival also has unique exhibits. More than 30,000 people attend the festival each year. The Exchange Street Open Studios brings dozens of artists together. This happens during the yearly Pawtucket Arts Festival.
Another big event you should not miss is the Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival. You can have fun at a carnival, check out the Cherry Blossom Festival Princess, and attend the ceremonial tree planting. There is also a marathon race during the festival.
Other festivals you should not miss:
You can find a lot of great restaurants in Pawtucket where you can experience different flavors and different cultures. First stop is La Arepa, where you can get the best Latin American fare in the city. You can also go to Heritage Tap where you can eat traditional American food and have a pint of beer. You can check out the Indian food at Rasoi Restaurant, or the Vietnamese food at Pho Horn's. Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub is everybody's favorite pub, while Sullivan's Publick House comes really close.
Then if you are craving for Mexican food, check out Tacos Don Nacho, while vegans would love Garden Grille. Maria's Breakfast & Lunch is the best restaurant if you want to have a heavy breakfast to start your day right. Meanwhile, burgers are the specialty at Boundary Brewhouse. Italian food is the best at Bella Pasta and Spumoni's, while Li Lai Wok and Ming Garden have the best Chinese food.
Pizza lovers would love My Daddy's Pizza & Grille, House of Pizza and Newport Avenue Pizza, while Royal Fried Chicken serves the best chicken wings.
Other local favorites here include:
Further, you can have some of the best brews at the Bucket Brewery on Carver St. Here, you can get artisan craft beers and the bi-monthly Friday Night Sound Check. Or go to Foolproof Brewing Company for more craft beers, and a facility tour.
Shopping. You have unique stores and local businesses that give you a world of choices when it comes to shopping. The city is a great place to find that bargain or hard to find merchandise.
Check out the bargains at Golden Ship Outlet Import and Moore Fabrics Factory Outlet Store. Or go down Main Street to see some great items for sale at Ahler's Designs, Rag and Bone Boutique, Artee Fabrics & Home and Apex. Then you have Broad Street where you can combine history and shopping. You have ethnic restaurants, unique shops and other businesses along the street. The street extends from Pawtucket, into Central Falls and then Cumberland. You can shop at Union Fruit Market, Savon Shoes, Fortune Fashion, Isabel Furniture Store, and Dulce's XPO Boutique, among others.
For some great artworks and other pieces, you can check Hope Artiste Village. Or you can visit the farmers markets here, that include Wintertime Farmers Market on Main St. and Slater Park Farmers Market. And if you collect antiques, try your luck at the Rhode Island Antiques Mall where you have 20,000 sq. ft. of space featuring around 200 antiques dealers from all around the New England region. Check out vintage art, furniture, home decor, rugs and other collectibles here.
Other shops you should not forget to check out are Chika's Womens Clothing, Forget Me Not gallery, Pawtucket Picture Frame, and Small Pleasures.
The Pawtucket Red Sox is an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and plays their home games at the McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket Country Club is where you can play a round of golf in the city. The Pawtucket course has 18 holes, a slope rating of 126 and course rating of 71.2. The golf course was designed by Willie Park, Jr. and was opened in 1902.
Other sports venues you can go to include the Blackstone Valley Sports Center and the Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association Soccer Complex.
There are more than 50 sites in the city that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can go to the John F. Adams House, one of the oldest existing Italianate houses in the city. The house features Indian porch columns and Moorish windows, making it an architecturally important structure. Other houses in the city that are architecturally and historically significant are:
Aside from these houses, you can also see the Blackstone Canal, which was a waterway that linked Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Around 85% of the canal remains today and you can still visit several sections in Pawtucket. Or you could visit the Bridge Mill Power Plant, which was built in the 1890s.
You can also check out the old Pawtucket Armory built in the 1890s, which is now an arts center. While the Pawtucket City Hall is an art deco building built in the 1930s.
Then there are the varied historic districts that feature more historic sites and places in a smaller area, making it easier for you to tour on a bus rental in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. These historic districts are Church Hill Industrial District, Conant Thread-Coats & Clark Mill Complex District, Downtown Pawtucket Historic District, Exchange Street Historic District, Quality Hill Historic District, and South Street Historic District.
The city also has several churches that are designated as historic: Pawtucket Congregational Church, St. John the Baptist Church, St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception Complex, and St. Paul's Church.
Other sites you can visit include Art's Auto, the Church Hill Grammar School, Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library, Division Street Bridge, Fifth Ward Wardroom, Fire Station No. 4, First Ward Wardroom, Gately Building, Gilbane's Service Center Building, Hope Webbing Company Mill, Main Street Bridge, Modern Diner, Old Slater Mill, Pawtucket Elks Lodge Building, Pawtucket Post Office, Pawtucket Times Building, Pawtucket West High School, Phillips Insulated Wire Company Complex, and Riverside Cemetery.
Chocolate Mill Overlook Park has access to the Blackstone River that gives you the chance to do some boating, canoeing and kayaking. There is also a veteran's memorial here as well as Rhode Island's biggest cottonwood tree. Meanwhile Daggett Farm has great picnic grounds, a plant nursery, a zoo and food vendors. Meanwhile, the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial Park pays tribute to the war veterans of the city. It has an amphitheater that can seat more than 200 people and is where summer concerts are held.
The city's parks and recreation choices are varied and diverse. From biking and hiking to canoeing, fishing and ice skating, to playing sports, and other outdoor opportunities, you can find it all in the city's many parks.
Check out the sports fields at:
Then you have the Blackstone Valley Sports Center where you can have fun on the ice. You can skate here, watch a hockey game or get into figure skating. There are also several ways to see the Blackstone River and the Seekonk River. You can go on bike tours, go rowing or kayaking. You can even fish at the State Pier or at Town Landing. There is a public boat launch at the Pawtucket Town Boat Landing Ramp.
If you want to bring out your skateboarding talents, be sure to check out the world-class skateboard park that you can find at Jenks Junior High.
But you should never miss out on Slater Memorial Park, the queen of all parks in the city. Slater Memorial Park has animals you can see, sports fields, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a working carousel.
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