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10 Great Things Under $10

Monday, July 26, 2010


Save your pennies for your next lobster roll. We've rounded up another great bunch of bargains, and they're ready for you right now. What are you waiting for?

Wild Horses.

This is not just for kids, not by a long shot. Rhode Island is home to some of the finest, most historic (and stil fastest) carousels in the nation. Get your start down in Westerly, at Watch Hill to be exact, at the famous Flying Horse Merry-Go-Round (151 Bay St, Westerly, 348-6007), and keep an eye out for the imminent post-refurbishing reopening of the Crescent Park Carousel at Bullock's Point in East Providence (435-7518). Both are cheap, magnificent thrills (kids only on the flying horses, by the way).

Old-Time Baseball.

There is nothing more old-fashioned, fun, or cheap. We're talking America's Pastime at Cardine's Field right in Newport. Head over to watch the Newport Gulls take on challengers all summer, at prices that feel like they got stuck in the 1970s: single-game tickets are only $4 for adults, $2 for kids 13-18, seniors, and military, and kids younger than 13 watch for free.

Go (Prudence) Island Hopping.

It's the best boatride in town. For just $6.20, you can ride the Prudence Island Ferry round-trip to one of Narragansett Bay's quiet jewels. Want your bike? At $1.10 extra, you're still under budget. This charming, old-style ferry leaves Bristol five times a day on weekdays, and more often on Saturday and Sunday. Prudence Island Ferry, Church St Wharf at Thames St, Bristol, 253-9808, or go here for schedule and fares.

Play for Pennies.

Yes, Providence's Perishable Theatre has done it again, offering an alluring bit of theatre for only $5. Yes, five dollars. The monthly Live Bait series held on the first Friday of every month (next one coming up August 6) offers up personal stories for half a sawbuck (this month's theme is "Real Lies"). Pair that with the famous $5 top-shelf cocktail at Gracie's around the corner, and you're still right on the money. And so, so, happy.

Farm Team.

See one of the state's most historic (not the mention beautiful) farms, on equally historic and beautiful Jamestown. Watson Farm has been a part of the RI landscape since 1796, and for just $4 for adults, $3 seniors and $2 children (military free),

you can take a self-guided tour of this still-working farm and visit with the many animals raised there. 455 North Rd, Jamestown, 423-0005, or go here for more information.

Cheap Date(s).

It doesn't really get any better than this: for a mere $5, rent a boat, canoe, kayak, or tag along on a boat-borne guided tour of the waterways of Providence's Roger Williams Park via Roosevelt Lake. And while enjoying this crown jewel of Providence, tick off another great under-$10 deal: the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium just on the other side of the park. With the Cormack Planetarium also available, it's a fantasic deal for daters and families alike. Admission to the Museum is only $2 for adults, $1 for kids 2-7; the Planetarium is $3, $2 for kids 4-7. 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence. Museum phone 785-9457.

One More Cheap Date.

Bring your own lunch and enjoy a deluxe boat tour of the Blackstone River on the Blackstone Valley Explorer for only $10 ($8 kids and seniors). This 45-minute cruise explores the wetland bird habitat of the Valley Falls Marsh and surrounding historic landscape. Tours depart from Central Falls Landing at Madeira Ave and Broad St in Central Falls. Public tours
are offered on Sundays only at 1, 2, 3 & 4. 



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