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Readers' Choice: Be a Tourist In Town

A summer getaway not in the cards this year? No problem... there are plenty of things to do right here to help you enjoy a summer stay-cation.

With the weather warming and the school year entering the home stretch, it’s time to start making plans for summer vacation.

But for many families operating on a tight budget, an extravagant trip out of town for the whole family simply isn’t a reality, leaving them to consider options closer to home.

That doesn’t mean their summer vacation has to go to waste. There are plenty of things to do right here in town and around the region. This week, Patch wanted to help you become a tourist in your own town. We want to know what are your favorite destinations to hit on your summer “stay-cation.”

Will you take a walk through the , visit the or spend a few nights at one of the area hotels or bed and breakfasts.

Vote in our poll below, then share your thoughts in the comments section. Since we couldn't possibly name them all in our poll, add your favorite destinations in the comments section below, and they will be considered for this week's winner.

We'll leave the poll up all week then close voting at 9 a.m. Friday. At noon that day, we'll share your top local pick. Then be sure to watch the site over the weekend when we tally up the top votes and announce the favorite places to be a hometown tourist throughout Rhode Island.

Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Kathy May 07, 2012 at 12:39 PM
You left Waterfire off the list. That's a definite summer "do". Does Seekonk still have the Speedway? If so, ti should be on the list as well. And one of the many mini-golfs around. And Gillette Stadium! Gosh ~ you could have a great staycation here.
Chrys Swenson May 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Blue Hills Reservation. Tons of trails to hike and you can also see local wildlife at the small zoo. There is a weather observatory and also a small museum.
Andrea Holden May 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Westport town beach, facilities, lifeguards and food small fee for parking/entry Massassoit State Park, Dighton State Park Colt State Park in Bristol RI Mass Audubons Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Lasalette Shrine Stony Brook Nature Center Patriots's Place Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary Lincoln Woods State Park (fresh water beach) Visual Arts Center and Morse Allen Wildlife Sanctuary Providence Children's Museum Raynham Flea Market McCoy Stadium/Pawsox Pow Wows Local farms and farmers markets Buttonwood Park Zoo Battleship Cove and Caraselle (check times) Norton Mass Golf Museum Fuller Craft Museum Edaville USA (admission a little high but fun) North Attleboro Nat'l Fish Hatchery Newport Summer Festivals

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