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Looking for somewhere new and exciting to take your Valentine instead of the same old cliched date night? Or maybe you just want a place to hang out with friends and get away from the romance of the day. Well, there are some exciting and fun opportunities in Rhode Island that provide a fun and alternative experience. These attractions provide drinks and plenty of entertainment, no matter the occasion or the company you are with.
Shelter Arcade Bar is a 21+ facility that features arcade cabinets across multiple decades along with Skee-ball and pinball. There is no cover charge and all of the games are free to play. This is a barcade, so grab a beer or cocktail to drink as you mash buttons. Shelter hosts many special events, including a pinball league, live music, and theme nights.
For more information, check out their website HERE.
Free Play, is a spacious barcade featuring row upon row of classic games and an extensive bar. There is a cover charge to get in, $10 on Friday and Saturday and $5 every other day, but the name comes from the fact that the games are all free unlimited play. An array of pinball tables offer sights and sounds of many classic cultural icons, while you can also play at the air hockey table, or Skee-ball machines.
For more information, check out their website HERE.
R1 Indoor Karting is a magnificent facility full of unique opportunities. The main attraction is the European-style asphalt mega track. Strap on official helmets and gear as you race against friends, lovers, and strangers alike on this large time trial course. The newest attraction is the astonishing Axe Bar where, yes, you get to throw axes at targets. The Axe Bar provides drink and food service, while a professional throwing coach guides you through the process. For the full bar, head to the Fuel Restaurant and Sports Bar complete with Billiards and Bowling Lane.
For full details, hours, ages, and events visit their website HERE.
Built in the 1920s this duckpin bowling alley is a piece of Pawtucket and Rhode Island history. The restored lanes bring forth a lively history that will keep you coming back. Pinsetters build on the landmark atmosphere as they reset the duckpins by hand, and will even cheer you on and keep score. Breaktime Bowl & Bar is located inside Hope Artiste Village, and as the name suggests, has a bar with a wide selection of brews and food options.
For more information on their history and reservations, please visit their website HERE.
These places are great locations for singles and couples alike. They offer an array of activities to help keep you entertained all night. Spend your Valentine’s Day or any other night at one of these great local businesses.
Let us know if you are going to one of these great places or somewhere else for Valentine’s Day, even if it’s your beautiful home.
For the past several years Escape Rooms have been opening their doors and locking them behind us.
Escape Rooms provide an experience where you and up to 10 people, depending on the room, are locked inside and tasked with getting out. The only way to unlock the room is for you and your group to work together and solve the series of clues and riddles that the mastermind creators have concocted. Each room has a different theme or storyline to explain why you have been locked inside and why you only have one hour to get out.
Escape Rooms are perfect for parties or just a get together with a group of friends. It is possible for multiple groups to go in the same room if you do not have enough people in your initial group. So it can even be a great place to meet new people. These rooms also offer a good opportunity for you and your coworkers to do some fun team building.
Discussion is key. Found a key? Let everyone know. Have a thought on the riddle? Discuss. Does something look funny or remind you of something a message said? Work it out with your teammates and try to smash the record time, or simply make sure that your group photo at the end does not have you holding up a sign that exclaims to the world that you could not escape.
These rooms usually cost under $30 per person and can be booked in advance or scheduled for a certain time. Here are the top rooms in the state.
Located on South Main Street on the East Side of Providence, Escape RI was founded by Ethan Carlson and Escape Industries. Ethan got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale University and has used his knowledge to create technologically based puzzles. Rooms are based off HP Lovecraft, reclusive billionaires and their secrets, and military test bunkers among others. Escape RI keeps things fresh by retiring one room and introducing a new one every few months. So this place can never get stale. The intricate, handmade puzzles give you an experience most people can not replicate at home.
Escape RI offers a true immersion experience with a storyline, as well as electronic timers that can also show hints. “The Bunker” has been a popular attraction, allowing for up to 10 players, but has just a 14% success rate. Their newest room is “Andromeda Station” where up to six people returning from a space mission try to figure out why the space station is on lockdown.
To take your shot at success, check out their website at EscapeRhodeIsland.com, or if you have additional questions email them at email@example.com.
Lock and Clue
Lock and Clue is located at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket and offers multiple experiences, from backstage of a reality show to try to escape from a murderous butcher. Lock and Clue has great hosts along with separate game operators for each room making sure everyone gets the full attention of staff members. The hosts wear costumes and act in character when bringing groups into their room in order to engross players. Lock and Clue uses sound effects, music, and lighting to create unique puzzles and captivates their customers.
Lock and Clue has recently diverted from the norm of other escape rooms by making any booking private, meaning that no matter how many slots are empty they will not be filled with another group.
Lock and Clue is currently working on a large expansion, which they hope will make them New England’s largest escape room in terms of size. When completed, the expansion will result in a total of seven rooms and almost 9,000 square feet. They have also recently completed the “Zany Zoo,” an escape room designed specifically for kids age 7-11.
Businesses will be pleased to know the Lock and Clue has an attached kitchen and serving area, along with a conference room with digital projector perfect for meetings and completing teamwork exercises.
If you have interest in reserving a room with them check out their website at LockandClue.com or for questions contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Escape Room
The Great Escape room is a national chain that has made a home right in Downtown Providence at 146 Westminster Street. Many of the rooms have a Sherlock Holmes theme and include Holmes’ very own Library and Moriarty’s Gameroom. The Great Escape makes their rooms more intimate by putting a facilitator in the room in order to give clues and answer any questions participants may have. They also employ a scavenger hunt into their rooms, forcing participants to gather the clues to solve the larger puzzles. Their newest room, the President’s bunker, deviates from the usual Sherlock theme and instead has you attempt to avert a nuclear disaster.
To show off your inner Sherlock or if you have questions, head to their website at TheGreatEscapeRoom.com or contact them at Providence@TheGreatEscapeRoom.com
RI Riddle Room
While not having escape in the name The Riddle Room is still an escape the room experience that offers two rooms of varying difficulty. Located at 20 Water Street in East Greenwich, The Riddle Room was founded by Rhode Island natives Kara Zanni and Byron Delmonico. Their goal for the rooms has been to not only create engaging puzzles but also to capture the audience with deep storytelling that makes players feel connected to the course of events. The storylines for the rooms are based on real-life local events and locations, while the props they use have an authentic feel that will make you feel like Atwells Ave moved to East Greenwich. Their newest room, La Cosa Nostra, is a Federal Hill mobster themed room.
To check out their rooms with local flavor go to their website at RIRiddleRoom.com or email them at ContactUs@RIRiddleRoom.com.
Have you ever had a “chance meeting” where you learn about an interesting organization? That happened to me last Saturday night. After visiting Waterfire in Providence, my wife and I stopped into one of our favorite restaurants on North Main Street – we hadn’t been there in months. We waved hello to a waiter, whom we have gotten to know over the years.
He stopped by to visit, and in the course of finding out what was new, he mentioned an organization with which he is actively involved, ProVisions United. This group is a “public charity committed to offering universal food care, hope and dignity to all people through collaborative local & world community strategies to create, support and sustain self-reliance. [Their] mission is to empower local and global nutritional self reliance programs through collaborative fund raising initiatives to nourish and sustain people and improve quality of life.”
But that is only part of it. This coming Friday, the 6th of November, the group is hosting an event at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket called “Wonderland – A night of food, fun, and fantasy.” The event is supported by twelve top Restaurants and Caterers from the area. The night does have an admission price of $50 per person, with the proceeds going to local and global food pantries.
As Thanksgiving approaches this month, here’s a good chance to help those in need.