Cranston Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Cranston; our list of the best things to see, including AMF Bowling, Durfee's Hardware and Nick's on Broadway.
  • The best place in Cranston: AMF Bowling

    AMF Bowling

    1450 Elmwood Avenue
    Mon/Tues 9 AM to 11 PM Wed-Thurs 9AM to 12AM Fri/Sat 9AM - 1AM Sunday 9AM - 12AM. Prices Vary. AMF Bowling is a great place for the family to enjoy quality bowling at an affordable price. This location offers plenty of lanes to accommodate any size party. AMF offers great deals weekly on food and bowling, they even have one dollar bowling nights throughout the week. They offer "Xtreme Bowling" during certain nights which includes bowling with lights, music, food and beverages. Whether your just looking to play a quick game or have fun with the entire family AMF is sure to please all ages. Great place to throw birthday parties, take the elementary schoolers on a Friday field trip, or just have fun with a couple or friends! With flashing lights, disco balls, loud music and fun bowling, you are bound to have the time of your life.
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  • Durfee's Hardware

    Durfee's Hardware

    65 Rolfe St.
    * M-F: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM * Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM * Sun: Closed. This is the hardware store where true Cranstonians purchase their hardware. They make keys, sell all kinds of nuts, bolts, and other small pieces of you home improvement project. They also sell tools for home improvement. This store is one of the few places in town where you can get $2 bills for your change if you would like.
  • Nick's on Broadway

    Nick's on Broadway

    500 Broadway
    A culinary masterpiece. The fact that it's only open 5 days a week for dinner makes it that much harder to get into. The food is all local, and boastful of the fact. Make reservations and expect to wait for your table even if you are on time. Entrees $20-34
    Federal Hill
  • Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University

    Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University

    Meant to excite your senses and pique your appetite for art and artifacts about food service and cookery, this museum documents the history of the culinary and hospitality industries, and includes a diner and stove museum. The Culinary Arts Museum is recognized as a premiere institution dedicated to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. Tues-Sun, 10AM-5PM. 315 Harborside Blvd.
    Downtown food nearby
  • T's


    1059 Park Ave
    under $10 for Breakfast. This is a charming restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. There is another location in East Greenwich, RI. They have an everyday menu that they make new additions to regularly, as well as a seasonal menu. There is friendly service and great tasting food (with large portions). Due to the popularity of this restaurant, there can be a wait of up to an hour during peak times.
  • Sweenor's Chocolates

    Sweenor's Chocolates

    43 Hillside Rd.
    Sweenor's is a small local candy store with another location in Wakefield, Rhode Island. This store sell many kinds of candy, bark and fudge and has candy-themed gifts for many of the holidays throughout the year. There is a large variety of sugar free candy.
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

    Roger Williams Park Zoo

    1000 Elmwood Ave
    open all year around from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.. $12/adult, $6/child (ages 3 – 12, under 3 are free) and $8/senior (ages 62+). The first Saturday of each month, the zoo is free for Providence residents with some proof of residency.. Roger Williams Zoo has a variety of different animals for one to enjoy. This is the third oldest zoo in the United States and blends history and culture with the animals each area houses. Roger Williams Zoo is under near constant renovation in order to give you and yours the best zoo experience possible. Make sure to view the Marco Polo exhibit which is included in the cost of your admission ticket. Follow the path of Marco Polo and watch a video of his exploration on a replica of his ship. End your Marco Polo journey with real live camels, further simulating his travel. The zoo also features a fun and exciting dinosaur exhibit. A separate admission of $4 per adult and $3 per child or senior is charged in addition to regular zoo admission. As in the past, proceeds will go towards future zoo improvements and new exhibit construction. The DINOSAURS trail opens a half-hour after zoo opening and last entry is a half-hour prior to zoo closing.
    South Elmwood food nearby
  • The Whiskey Republic

    The Whiskey Republic

    515 S Water St
    Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and R&B. Thursdays ladies get in free. $1 Corona until 11PM. $3 margaritas. Pool tables, lounge areas and booth tables. The bar acts like an island, where the dance floor is located to the left of the small stage. There is another bar located in the back of the place. Outside enclosed area for smokers.
    Fox Point
  • The Artist's Exchange

    50 Rolfe Square
    Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. Artists' Exchange houses The Black Box Theatre and multiple art studios, as well as a gallery, art boutique and cafe. Classes in ceramics and theatre are offered to the public. It contains studio space available for rent.
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  • Donley County Courthouse

    300 S
    This historic, Romanesque Revival Courthouse was built in 1891 and is the oldest surving courthouse in the Texas Panhandle. In the 1930s, the third story of the courthouse was removed for safety concerns. In 2001, a $4.2 million dollar restoration of the courthouse allowed for the historic structure to be returned to its former splendour.
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  • The Century Lounge

    5 Elbow Street
    (Formerly the Last Call then the Call) This establishment attracts a large amount of different styles, but its focused mostly on rock, alternative, and blues. Although it isn't very big, the inside is composed of exposed brick and wood, and gives the place a warmer, cozier feel than your typical venue. It also has a bar, and a very good sound system for a building that size. The bands that come to the lounge are usually progressing bands which have gotten some publicity, and regional bands of the area. Ticket prices are relatively low, ranging from $5-20.00. The Century Lounge is a good bet for a cheap show with a personal feel or to see and support local bands.
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  • Clothing Collaborative

    220 Elmwood Ave
    Sells typical items found at a consignment shop, offers a variety of business dress and casual attire. Most items are moderately priced ranging from $5-$40.
  • The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park

    1000 Elmwood Ave
    221 [19] Museum: Su-Sa 10AM-5PM. Admission is $2, $1 for children under 7. Planetarium: Weekends 2PM-5PM, also open on holidays and school vacation (summer, winter and spring break). Admission is $3, $2 for children under 7. Founded in 1896, the Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and houses the state’s sole public planetarium. The museum is modest in size, yet houses a wide array of local selections: birds, marine animals, insects, floral and faunal species, minerals, fossils and much more. Exhibits specializing in the tools and textiles of New England’s Native American populations can bee seen here. The building's colonial style of architecture is history lesson in itself. See the museum for a quiet and intimate learning experience. This museum is highly recommended for children, as it hosts tons of interactive activities and workshops. The Cormack Planetarium offers multiple programs and exhibitions such as Cosmic Collisions, Field Trip to the Moon, Our Place In Space, Sky Views, and much more. Shows rotate often and are offered to both general and family audiences. The planetarium shows run usually for a half hour, and are available Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm as well as Daily during RI Spring and Winter breaks [20]. The planetarium now features a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling, which is able to show the starry sky and the motions of the planets at unprecedented detail.
    South Elmwood food nearby
  • Cranston Public Library

    140 Sockanosset Cross Road "+1"
    Also known as Central Library, Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9-8 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-5 Sunday 1-5. Close to the Route 37 East exit. The Cranston Public Library is governed by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the Cranston City Council. Wide selection of books, and space for art to be exhibited. Updated services and technologies such as Wifi.
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  • 848 Park

    848 Park Ave
    Neoclassical architecture restored for theatre for performing arts. Martini Lounge offers a selection of 130 plus. Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday nights at 9p. Catering.
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  • Tennis Courts

    Located near the fields of Doric Ave
    , Park View Blvd., Peerless Ave. Great way to spend the morning. During summers, these courts will be packed.
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  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

    1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907
    Museum: 10am-5pm (4:30pm last admission). Closed 10:00am-12:00pm first Monday of every month. Planetarium: Saturday to Sunday 2:00pm. Museum: $2 (free for children under 4 years old Planetarium: $3 Children: $2 (ages 4-7). The Museum of Natural History opened in 1896 and is owned and operated by the city of Providence. It houses more than a 250,000 objects (2% on display as is typical of most museums). About 85% of the collection is natural history, while the other 15% is cultural materials. First Saturday of the month is free for residence of Providence (excludes North and East Providence). The Cormack Planetarium was constructed in 1953, and had its first major renovation in 1993. It features state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling on which the stars are projected. The projector can show stars and planetary motion in astonishing detail. Upgrades have been performed throughout the years, the latest of which being the installation of a new full dome video system (2011). Shows last approximately 35 minutes, with over10 available for viewing (Cosmic Collisions, Eyes on the Skies, and Field trip to the Moon—to name a few).
    Elmwood eat nearby
  • Patriot Cinemas

    Route 1A
  • Garden City Center

    Route 2
    There are over seventy stores, ranging from large to small. However, all of the stores can be pricy. They are clustered in smaller groups resembling neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods open onto a white trellised walkway. This arrangement is not only good for shopping but also for strolling and window shopping. Of course, shoppers can either browse the stores while walking through the shopping center, or they can go straight to their favorite stores. There is plenty of parking throughout Garden City, so going straight to a favorite store is simple. Garden City is a picturesque place to take a walk through. In the summer time local bands play in concerts at the center of the shopping, in the gazebo. Many car shows also take place during this time of year, and in the winter the complex is lit up with holiday lights.
  • Standard Liquors

    829 Eddy Street Providence R.I.
    Featuring an array of specially selected Wines, Liquors, and Beers since 1937. Standard Liquors is one of the oldest businesses in South Providence
    Lower South Providence
  • Cranston Track and Field

    This track is located adjacent to Hugh B
    Bain Middle School. This field serves a wide variety of causes including soccer, football, baseball, a playground for kids, and includes two rings for running, a larger 1/2 mile track and a smaller quarter mile track. During the spring and summer the people of Cranston will generally congregate here to enjoy many of the previously stated outdoor activities. *Great place to bring kids to let this wear themselves out*
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  • Francesca's Collections

    100 Midway Road
    Mond - Sat 10AM - 9PM Sun 12PM - 6PM. Vary. Francesca's Collections is an exclusive boutique with the latest in women's fashion. It offers one of a kind items ranging from clothing to jewelry. This location in Garden City is fairly new and features a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their store is organized well allowing for easy shopping. Francesca's retail is priced at mid-range with plenty of sales throughout the store. It is a great place to find affordable gifts for any women. If you don't want to spend too much money but feel the need to buy some new clothes, Francesca's Collections is the place for you!
  • Legion Bowl and Billiards

    This complex offers duck pin bowling
    It has been around since the 1950's and has league play both during the week and on weekend mornings. They host birthday parties and events, and offer deals for students of all ages.
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  • Providence Children's Museum

    Providence Children's Museum

    100 South St.
    Open September to March Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays 9am to 6pm (8pm on select Friday evenings) and April to Labor Day daily 9am to 6pm (8pm on select Friday evenings). $8.50 per person, children under 12 months free. Offers a variety of exhibits to provide hands-on fun. The Museum accepts cash, check, Discover, Visa and MasterCard. Family memberships can be purchased at [2]. Park a picnic lunch and eat either in one of the 3 assembly rooms or in the beautiful outdoor picnic area. The Museum is fun for all ages and includes exhibits such as a water table, an exploration of the history of Rhode Island, wind rooms, dinosaur digs, building blocks and so much more.
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  • Relish

    377 Broadway Ave
    Relish is a gifts boutique located on Broadway. The store is owned by someone from Portland, Oregon who has brought over a fresh Western U.S. influence to both the products and atmosphere in the store. They will carefully wrap your purchase up for safe travel home.
    Federal Hill
  • Sprague Mansion

    1351 Cranston St.
    This mansion was built in the late 18th century by the Spragues, a well to do Cranston family. The mansion received additions in 1864, and it has been kept intact ever since. There are tours through the mansion, and the suggested price for these tours is $3.00 for children and $10.00 for visitors 12 and up. The tours mainly focus on the history and architecture of the building. The mansion is also open to weddings, birthday parties, and other events. Of course, holding events at Sprague Mansion can be expensive, but the house is so beautiful that it’s worth spending the money. There are rumors that the mansion is haunted, but that is not widely believed. This is considered one of America’s most haunted mansions” and it is open to the public for tours. Around Halloween each year they also hold an annual Ghost Party— playing on their reputation and the home’s history of tragedy to maintain a building of significant historic value. Sprague Mansion is definitely worth a visit for visitors and Rhode Island residents.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Cranston uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.