We have a few school vacations coming up and if your kids are anything like my son, they are always “bored”. The unfortunate thing is that most of us are not independently wealthy, so we sometimes must get creative with finding things to entertain them. Cue the Mr. Potato Head statues located throughout Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the home of Hasbro and Mr. Potato head. In 2000, the state decided that they needed to boost tourism and chose Mr. Potato Head as their “travel ambassador”. The result was a whole lot of 6-foot fiberglass statues (some reports say 37, others say it was closer to 45) decorated buy artists and placed around the state. They were met with mixed reactions and now, 17 years later, there are only a handful left in the state. Rumor has it that there is one in Virginia and a few others are owned privately. One was even for sale on EBay for a mere $5,000, but I digress.
On one of those days where the kids are bored and you need something inexpensive to do, take a Potato Head adventure; the only cost is the price of gas. There is a total of 8 left in RI. A friend and I searched them out over the course of several trips and much research. I have taken all of that away for you. We truly made it an adventure, finding them and taking selfies with each. I have them listed in no particular order.
The Original Mr. Potato Head – located in Pawtucket at 1027 Newport Avenue. He is right outside the Hasbro headquarters building. Rumor has it that as of October 2016, this potato is missing. I’m not quite sure if he was removed for repairs or kidnapped, but hopefully he has returned. If you want to verify if he is there before you go, call ahead at 401-431-8697.
Firefighter Mr. Potato Head – Located at 166 Mishnock Rd, West Greenwich, RI at the Mishnock Fire Department. You can’t miss him.
Sun Baked Potato – Located in Westerly, RI at the airport. You must go through the lobby and out the door in the back. Staff was very nice and had no issue with us doing this. She is on a pallet and apparently is moved around, so you may have to ask where she is.
Meet the Potato and Vino D-Vine – This is a two-for-one deal. The 2 Potato heads are located at Clements Market in Portsmouth, RI.
Regular Joe Potato – This potato is located at the Dunkin Donuts on Metaco Road in Warren RI.
Elephant Potato Head – This one is in Chepachet, RI behind the town hall and next to the small white one room schoolhouse.
Red Hot Mr. Potato Head – This potato is located outside the Day-O-Lite building on Chestnut Street in Warwick, RI.
There is also a Patriotic Potato Head in Bristol, RI that is only brought out for the 4th of July parade. We missed him, but hope to see him this summer.
My friend and I loved hunting down these Potato Heads (of course, we love roadside attractions and oddities) and hopefully you and your family will too. Be sure to stop by my Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/adventuregirls0608/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Adventuregirls0608/) that chronicle our many adventures and maybe you’ll find a few ideas!