Plenty to love in Providence, RI

SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 3/5/2020, midnight
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Providence, RI

If you want to set your eyes on something like you’ve never seen before, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo is an event you don’t want to miss. During the month of October you can see the work of many artists who carve pumpkins into the most creative pieces of art. You’ll be blown away by the thousands of pumpkins that have everything from scenes from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Charlie Brown,” “The Nutcracker,” rock stars, cute koalas, and just about everything imaginable. It’s a magical night, walking through the zoo that’s a pumpkin fest.

If you want to go in winter, one thing you want to check out is the Ice Bumper Cars. The Providence Rink is the first outdoor rink to host this experience. The bumper car moves forwards, backwards and sideways with a full 360 degree turn radius.

Put January in contention too. Come mid-January for two weeks, Providence participates in Rhode Island’s hotel week where there are flat rates of $100, $200, $300 and $400 for hotels that usually charge upwards of $500 per night.

Explore the city’s varied neighborhoods. Each has its own vibe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and find a few that are your sweet spot.