Our Centers

The Bay Center

Providence Bay Center via Drone

The Bay Center, dedicated on June 2, 2005, is an award-winning building with a mission. We designed and built this green building to serve our community as a living classroom and center for our marine science educational programs, administrative offices and community meeting space. The trails on our grounds are part of the Providence Urban Greenway Trail, inviting community members to enjoy this rare and beautiful urban access point to the Bay from sunup to sundown. The building itself represents Save The Bay’s approach to brownfields redevelopment and environmentally-friendly shoreline development.

The 15,042 sq. ft. building is located on a 6.07-acre site donated to Save The Bay by Johnson & Wales University. It features two classrooms, community meeting rooms, an art gallery, administrative offices, and an adjacent boathouse with a fixed pier and dock.

The Prince Charitable Trusts dock features a T-wharf capable of housing our fleet of education and restoration vessels. The wharf and dock have become the hub for upper Bay educational programming. Using the dock, children can collect and study upper Bay critters or test water quality in a matter of minutes, direct from habitat to the Bay Center classroom.


100 Save The Bay Drive,
Providence, R.I. 02905
(Directions below)


Building: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grounds: Daily, dawn to dusk.







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*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS app may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium, Newport

Exploration Center and Aquarium building
Exploration Center and Aquarium building at Easton’s Beach, Newport.

Our 1,500-square-foot interactive marine science center is home to more than 40 species, all right from Narragansett Bay. Our year-round exhibits are always changing, but you’re likely to see rare lobsters, seahorses, sea robins, terrapins and turtles, jellyfish, eels, and of course, lots of fish.

Three touch tanks allow you to get up close and personal with little skates, sea urchins, sea stars, dogfish sharks, many different kinds of crabs and more. And, with Newport’s only ocean-facing beach just outside our front door, you can continue your beachcombing experience after your visit.

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The South Coast Center, Westerly

Inside the South Coast Center
Inside the South Coast Center

Our South Coast Center in Westerly invites visitors to learn about the amazing creatures of the rivers, bay, and salt ponds of Rhode Island’s southern coast, home to some of the most diverse and ecologically important habitats and marine creatures. The Center features an interactive touch tank, several aquaria highlighting native marine and freshwater species, a kid’s story time area, a craft table, a watershed map of the south coast, and much more to educate both children and adults.

The center opened in 2007 with support from the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Since that time, support from the Foundation and other local members, donors, and partners has helped Save The Bay to continue its work to advocate for water quality improvements to local waters, restore native habitats, and educate our youth about marine and coastal science.

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