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Fun day in Rhode Island

Join me for a day of fun in Rhode Island!
Host: Claire P cell[masked]
I thought we could start with a bike ride on the East Bay Bike Path, then come back to Providence . Have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (downtown ) stroll around Federal Hill (before and/or after dinner, depends on how long we take for the bike ride), where it is so architecturally rich, and if anyone cares to, there is also a mall for some shopping. After our stroll downtown, we will then enjoy the Waterfire Lights at the Waterplace Park on Memorial Blvd. We can’t pack much more fun in a day than this, now can we?

East Bay Bike Path: Rhode Island's best-known rail-trail, the East Bay Bicycle Path, hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. The 14-mile paved path accommodates a wide variety of users. Markers on the pavement every half mile help you keep track of your progress.

The trail takes you through an alternating landscape of stunning natural areas, as well as more urban enclaves. Spur trails lead to several parks and conservation areas, including Colt State Park in Bristol, Burr's Hill Park in Warren and Veterans Memorial Park and Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington.

Since the India Point section of the trail is currently under constructions, we will meet at 1:00pm at the first parking area for Veterans Memorial Parkway. Should the first parking area be full, I will go to the second lot. Look for my white Toyota or the meetup sign.
Directions to Veterans Memorial Parkway: Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence ( 2 parking lots): From I-95 North and South: Take Route 195 East to Exit 4 (Riverside), continue on Veterans Memorial Parkway to the first bike path parking area approximately 1/4 mile on your right. Another parking area is located 1/4 mile south on your right. From 195 West: Take Exit 6 South Broadway. Take a left turn at the bottom of the exit onto South Broadway, and then continue straight on South Broadway for approximately 2 miles to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway, bike path parking areas will be approximately 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile intervals on your left.

FYI, the exit off of 195 that used to be taken to get to Veterans Memorial Parkway, is under construction, it now only says Taunton Ave right because it doesn’t access the Parkway. I was told that we need to take the next exit called Warren Ave . From the exit, follow these directions: Turn right at the light, turn left at the stop sign passing 133 Bar( on your right.) pass the animal hospital (also on your right) through the stop sign, the next stop sign is Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn Right and the first parking lot will be on your right up the road a bit. I recommend you bring your GPS, Tom Tom or Garmin in the chance you cannot find the Parkway.
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Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (please let me know if you plan on attending, so that I can make reservations) downtown Providence will be at 6:00 pm. They serve American food. You can explore the menu by going to the link below:

WaterFire Lightings: All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on a few scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please go to the link for more information:
We will plan on meeting at about 7:30-8:00 at the Waterplace Park in Providence.

I plan on parking in the Waterplace Parking Garage ($7 flat rate parking). But there are many other parkings in the area. There is also a great shopping mall in the same area we will be in. So for the shoppers, there is an opportunity to splurge.

You may join me for any of the three events. Just plan accordingly and meetup with us at the planned location and time we expect to get together.
For the bikers, you should dress in layers. Bring plenty of fluids and snacks. Sun lotion, helmets, etc. Also, it’s a good idea to have a spare tire in the chance you get a flat on the path.
Please note that route 95 is under construction as you get into Providence RI. Allow extra time to get to the location you plan to meet us at.
Because this is a long commute, I want to encourage anyone who can give someone a ride, to post it on the meetup event so that many of us can take advantage of this fun day. With that being said, I have room for one biker in my car. Please call or text my cell phone if you want to hop in with me.
You can call or text me on my cell for any inquiries[masked]-0897.

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  • Claire P

    I loved the Water Fire. I definitely would recommend it to anyone who's never been. The bike ride and Cheesecake Factory were also most enjoyable. Maureen, Boo, thanks for joining me.

    June 9, 2013

  • Claire P

    Just letting the group know that the Fun day in RI is on as scheduled. The rain is supposed to let up just in time for the bike ride at 1:00 and will stay clear for the remainder of the day. I can't wait to see the Water Fire downtown!

    June 7, 2013

  • Claire P

    Just wanted to add that if you are not a biker but still want to check out the park or the trail, you could walk or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon in the park. Just a suggestion.

    May 6, 2013

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