As summer is now coming to a close and kids are starting to get back into school there may be a need to get that summer reading book they never got around to, or there are new book assignments already. So if you are looking for that very late summer reading book, want to squeeze in one last beach read, want to continue a series you started this summer, or are seeking out a new bookstore to visit, this list is for you. Compiled below are a slew of bookstores across the state and even a few across the border:
Mystic, CT Westerly, RI
Bank Square Books in nearby Mystic and Savoy Bookshop and Cafe in Westerly are two incredible locally-owned locations to browse books. Both are close to the Atlantic Ocean giving you scenic locales perfect to inspire beach reading or stay in at the cafe. The staff organize great author meet and greets and storytimes year-round.
Warwick, Smithfield, and Middletown
Barnes and Noble are the big guys, but their large facilities and multiple locations make them a great spot to check out the newest releases from your favorite authors. Barnes and Noble hosts plenty of free events. If you were a fan of our previous board game post (check it out here) you will be happy to know that Barnes and Noble hosts game nights and has a great selection of tabletop games.
Barrington and Cranston
Barrington Books has two locations, the flagship store in the Barrington town center and a second location in Garden City. Each location is a very walkable shopping area making it easy for you to pop in and browse the selection of books and unique gift ideas.
Books on the Square is aptly named for its great location right on Wayland Square. Step in before or after visiting the nearby cafes and catch a weekly storytime or author event. Books on the Square celebrated their 25th-anniversary last year and they remain a local favorite.
Books on the Square celebrated their 25th last year and this year Island Books in Middletown has that honor. This local favorite has remained a hub for book lovers whether they be year-round islanders or just stopping by for the beaches. RI Monthly has consistently named them the best bookstore in Newport County since 2006.
Island Bound Bookstore is out on Block Island, so if you are stuck on the Island and hate what you brought or finished already check out this store’s wide selection. Island Bound features both NYT bestsellers as well as local books that capture the beauty and history of the island.
Paper Nautilus is heavily influenced by its proximity to College Hill and its renowned campuses. Paper Nautilus has an eclectic assortment of books and gifts. Local authors are always in stock and the store prides itself on its H.P. Lovecraft selection. Head in and check out the collection and the visual art displays.
RiffRaff Bookstore is a one of a kind bookstore in the area, not only for its stock of books but in addition to a cafe, it also features a full bar. Discover books from independent presses and new voices as you sip on a cocktail or a coffee.
Right by the historic Slater Mill is this independently owned bookstore filled with both new and used books. Stillwater Books is a huge supporter of local authors with its ever-growing collection, as well as having its own independent publishing company.
Symposium Books is located downtown right on Westminster Street and provide a variety of new and used goods books as well as vinyl records. They are constantly adding to their collection and have a convenient delivery service for those in the area in need of a last minute gift. This is a popular spot in the heart of Providence for both young and old.
Located inside the Wakefield Mall, Wakefield Books is a proud supporter of local authors and its community. They offer discounts for many events and local educators and host local authors monthly. Wakefield Books also has a 24/7 online store perfect for those who have a late night craving for a book.
In addition to these great stores offering both new and old these stores are exclusively used bookstores. Do not let that scare you away, these stores have a fantastic selection of books at a discounted price and an ever-revolving inventory. So stop at these locations and peruse the shelves:
This bookstore just over the border in Massachusetts offers a wonderful variety of used books at a deep discount. Their inventory also includes audio books, comics, and a small selection of discounted new hardcovers. Call them up and clean off your shelves and have them buy back your books or textbooks and share with someone else.
Cellar Stories is located in downtown Providence tucked away right near Trinity Rep. Their inventory of used books is the largest in the Ocean State featuring over around 70,000 volumes. While the books are constantly changing the quality is always top notch.
To see which locations are in your area and their addresses check out the map below:
Olympic fever has struck. Speed Skaters Shani Davis and Maame Biney, Figure Skaters Nathan Chen and the Shibutanis, and the US Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams may have given you a hankering to get on the ice and learn a sport, how to skate for the first time, or it has inspired you to bring your significant other on an ice skating date. Here are the top rinks from around Rhode Island. All of these rinks have public ice times and many offer leagues, classes, or a chance to simply watch some local sports. Click their names for links to see their times, scheduling, and what each rink brings to the table.
2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
Photo Courtesy of TheProvidenceRink.com
Possibly the most well-known skating rink in Rhode Island is the Alex and Ani Skating Rink in Downtown Providence. This rink tries to bring the feel of Rockefeller Center with a Rhode Island twist. The Alex and Ani Center hosts tree lightings and plenty of events under the Providence Skyline and recently added ice bumper cars.
900 Phenix Ave, Cranston, RI 02921
This indoor rink is located in Cranston at the end of 37 West and hosts skating lessons along with youth and Men’s hockey leagues. It also has plenty of open skates along with the Friday Night Rock N’ Skate and a snack bar. A pro shop run by Bennett Sports resides inside Veteran Memorial Rink and offers hockey equipment and supplies.
4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Photo Courtesy of NewportSkatingCenter.com
Outside by the water in the heart of charming Downtown Newport is this outdoor skating rink. After the yearly grand opening and tree lighting, the skating center offers a bevy of daily and nightly events. Enjoy the holidays in Newport and breathe in the air off the bay.
425 East Ave, Burrillville, RI 02830
Located at Burrillville High School this rink is open on Sundays from 11 until 11:50 for open skating. Aside from that, you can catch Men’s League and High School hockey games here. This rink is run by the school department and is perfect for a family activity.
101 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917
The Smithfield Rink is on Pleasant View Avenue right by the Middle School and Senior High School. The rink offers public times for both skating and hockey and even provides Goalies. This is a wonderful setting for group events and lessons.
1 Keaney Rd, Kingston, RI 02881
Boss Ice Arena is the rink at the University of Rhode Island. Come catch Men and Women’s Ice Hockey games at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. Boss Ice Arena is available for birthday parties, office parties, and other private gatherings.
25 Andrew D Ferland Way, Pawtucket, RI 02904
The Dennis M Lynch Arena in Pawtucket is open year round and offers public skating time, hosts leagues, and provides refreshments at their snack bar. You can even host a hockey tournament there. It is right off Exchange Street and conveniently located close to I-95.
975 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 02889
The Thayer Arena offers year-round skating opportunities with free skating all weekend and skating lessons. Warwick Figure Skaters and Warwick Junior Hockey both hold events here. Thayer Arena also offers school day rentals and is located at the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex right on Sandy Lane in Warwick.
61 Main St, Westerly, RI 02891
Photo Courtesy of WesterlyLandTrust.org
The Washington Trust Community Skating Center is open for Y members and the public and offers plenty of activities including curling and sled hockey. Hockey and skating lessons, as well as skate sharpening, are also available. The facilities are located in Westerly right by the Connecticut line, just 10 minutes from the ocean.
Have a safe time out there and if you think the weather is not right to go out and you want to stay in check out our Top Board Games and Escape Room blog posts to find some great indoor activities. If you know any other good spots to skate like a local pond let us know in the comments. Let us know of any other good activities you know of from around Rhode Island or anything you would like to see here on this blog.
July is finally here and it’s the perfect time to hit one of the many beaches in our beautiful Ocean State. To help you choose, we’ve made a list of our top 10 favorite beaches in Rhode Island to check out this summer.
Ballard’s Beach (Block Island) – Ballard’s Beach on Water Street is a popular spot with an outside bar, music, food and towel service. Guests are allowed to bring their own food, but no alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is served by the Ballard’s staff right to your chair. 42 Water St, New Shoreham, RI
Mansion Beach (Block Island) – Block Island is Rhode Island’s own tropical paradise with 17 miles of shoreline that’s open to the public. The island has many lovely beaches for all ages. A notable family-friendly beach is Mansion Beach (on Mansion Road) a little off the beaten path, but well worth it. This peaceful spot is on the northernmost section of the Island with clean sand and clear water. There are no lifeguards or facilities, however, so keep an eye on the kids and bring a picnic–but be sure to take your trash with you! Mansion Rd, New Shoreham, RI
Goosewing Beach (Little Compton) – Adjacent to South Shore Beach, Goosewing Beach has been managed by the Nature Conservancy since 1989, making it a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 75 acres of land, this historical landmark features pond, beach and dune environments. The beach also includes an environmental education center built in 2010 where visitors can learn about the different habitats on the preserve. 125 South Shore Rd, Little Compton, RI
Narragansett Town Beach (Narragansett) – Popular for surfing, the Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of town. The 19-acre beach includes amenities such as snack bars, changing rooms, and restrooms. The Pier Marketplace as well as several restaurants are nearby. 39 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI
Roger Wheeler State Beach (Narragansett) – Roger Wheeler State Beach is a lifeguarded beach popular for families with young kids because of the calm waters. The beach includes a playground, bathrooms with showers, snacks, and picnic areas. 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI
Scarborough State Beach (Narragansett) – One of Rhode Island’s most popular beaches, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett is fun for all ages with newly renovated pavilions as well as concession stands, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and walking paths. 970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Easton’s Beach (Newport) – Adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach–or “First Beach” to locals–is Newport’s largest public ocean surf beach. Easton’s Beach is fun for all ages with a playground, carousel, and a Save the Bay Exploration Center. All beach necessities can be rented, and you can enjoy food from the concession stand under the cabanas. Free beach concerts are popular in the summer. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI
Gooseberry Beach (Newport) – Set back in a cove with calm waters and great views, Gooseberry Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind year round. Enjoy a snack at the Gooseberry Cafe or swim in the calm waters and watch the sunset. 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI
Misquamicut Beach (Westerly) – Misquamicut Beach is Rhode Island’s largest state beach located just off of bustling Atlantic Avenue. Aside from the gorgeous shoreline, the beach hosts weekly concerts, movies, and car shows. Water slides, mini golf and bumper boats make this spot great for all ages. A newly constructed pavilion offers a central observation tower as well as refreshments. 257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI
Watch Hill Beach (Westerly) – Watch Hill Beach is known for its antique carousel, clear water, and perfect sand for long walks in the beach. With private bathhouses and nearby shops, Watch Hill makes for a relaxing summer outing. 151 Bay Street, Westerly, RI