Rhode Island is a small state with strong customs and traditions. Unsurprisingly, there are dozens of places that inspire state nostalgia and represent a certain part of our childhoods. These are the places that, even when permanently closed, you’ll still give directions based on its old location. These are also the places that, if they’re still in business, you simply must go from time to time to reminisce.
1. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence
Every Rhode Islander remembers the field trips, family trips, and visits with friends to Roger Williams Park Zoo.
2. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park, providence
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a fall tradition and every visit brings back memories of past years.
3. Every single Del's Lemonade stand
This delicious lemonade will always bring back deep nostalgia feels.
4. Gregg's Restaurant
Gregg's Restaurant brings back memories of post school dance pancakes with friends in high school, lunch with grandparents, and amazing birthday cakes.
Oh and don't forget their infamous pickles that most Rhode Islanders get the occasional craving for.
5. Wright's Dairy Farm, North Smithfield
Trips to Wright's Dairy Farm for fresh bread and amazing chocolate milk are always wonderful and sure to bring up memories from our childhoods.
6. Rocky Point Clam Shack, Warwick
While Rocky Point Amusement Park is no longer there, this clam shack features remnants of the park and its classic recipes. The perfect place to go when feeling some Rocky Point nostalgia.
7. Allie's Donuts, North Kingstown
Rhode Islanders love Allie's Donuts.
Who wouldn't love this place?
8. Oakland Beach Carnival, Warwick
Every summer a wonderful little carnival comes to Oakland Beach just in time for 4th of July fireworks. Memories of watching the fireworks over the bay with laughter and carnival sounds in the background are just so very Rhode Island.
9. Big Blue Bug, I-95
Few things scream Rhode Island nostalgia like the Big Blue Bug. Its worth a drive by from time to time.
10. Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House. Narragansett and Warwick
Everyone has their chowder loyalties, but Iggy's has stood the test of time as a Rhode Island icon.
11. Gaspee Day Parade, Pawtuxet Village
The annual Gaspee Day Parade in Pawtuxet Village brings back fun memories and is a wonderful family friendly event.
12. Newport Creamery
There are an "Awful Awful" lot of reasons for the Newport Creamery to be on this list.
13. Mulligan's Island Golf and Entertainment, Cranston
If you went to high school in Rhode Island, there's a good chance you spent your fair share of Saturday afternoons playing mini golf at Mulligan's Island with friends.
14. Haven Bros Diner, Providence
Haven Bros is truly a Rhode Island tradition.