Pinching pennies never felt so good! Check out our picks for the best bargains in Rhode Island for 2015.
Best Dining Deal
Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence
Providence is the rare New England destination where summer is the low season, so restaurants entice diners away from beaches and back into the city during Restaurant Weeks, July 12–25 this year. Nearly 100 venues in the state’s northern half participate, offering three-course lunch and dinner menus at value prices. Lunch: $14.95. Dinner: $29.95 or $34.95.
Best Cheap Night Out
Misquamicut Drive-In Movie Night, Westerly
At the retro price of $10 per carload, drive-in movies at Wuskenau Town Beach are affordable for your whole crew. Favorite classic movies such as E.T., Jaws, Goonies, Saturday Night Fever, Jurassic Park, and The Wizard of Oz will be screened on Friday nights from May 15 through June; Thursday nights in July and August, plus Friday, July 3; and Friday nights in September and October.
316 Atlantic Ave. 401-322-1026; misquamicut.org
Best No-Frills Brewery
Whaler’s Brewing Company, Wakefield
It’s like chilling in the basement with your best buddies—only these three guys are perfecting complex, robust ales and can’t wait for your feedback. With their brewery aspirations propelled by a Kickstarter home run, Whaler’s owners are creating a destination for beer connoisseurs, while ramping up local distribution. Your $8 souvenir tulip glass lets you taste everything on tap, including signature Hazelnut Cream Stout and potent 9.5% alcohol American Strong Ale, plus all their latest experiments.
1070 Kingstown Road. 401-284-7785; whalersbrewing.com
Best Place to Kick Up Your Heels
Mishnock Barn, West Greenwich
Don’t know your lindy from your rocking chair? Country-dance instructors Dan and Kelly Albro will have you burning up the floor on Beginners’ Nights Monday through Wednesday. It’s just $9 for an adults-only evening out that beats your usual workout—unless your gym has a bar. The foot-stompin’ fun heats up on Fridays and Saturdays, and admission’s only $8; a smidge more when there’s a live band. No cover charge on Band Nights, the first Thursday of every month.
200 Mishnock Road. 401-397-3505; mishnockbarn.com
Historic Highlight- Best Free Tour
Rhode Island State House, Providence (1904)
On guided weekday tours of this stunning structure, you’ll stand beneath the world’s fourth-largest self-supported marble dome and see treasures like Rhode Island’s original 1663 royal charter and Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Washington portrait. Free.
82 Smith St. 401-222-3983; sos.ri.gov/publicinfo/tours