Family activities get you into the parks and on the Rhode Island seashore

Little Rhody is big on family fun. It’s easy to travel about this compact state, and a great place to stay with kids and pets. You’ll enjoy the Ocean State’s many beaches, parks, farms, nature preserves, and outdoor activities. Roger Williams Park Zoo offers close encounters with over 100 species of rare and fascinating animals. Race go carts on the longest family track in New England. Visit gigantic green animal sculptures and quaint fishing villages. There are lighthouses, Block Island and Newport to explore, plus renowned colleges and universities, great restaurants and delicious local seafood to savor.

1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-785-3510

Fun and Fascination for Everyone in the Family

Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to 100 species of rare and fascinating animals, making every visit an adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Along with our major animal exhibit areas, the Zoo offers many resources to connect kids and their families with the outdoors, and to inspire nature at the acclaimed Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard play area. The Zoo is open year round with special family events, like Children’s concerts and shows, Animal Encounters, Animal Birthday Parties, and more, scheduled throughout the year. For more information and hours please visit rwpzoo.org.

Multiple Centers & Dock Locations Providence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MA Phone: 401-272-3540

Enjoy great family fun and help protect an environmental treasure

Get the whole family involved in protecting, restoring and educating about on of the earth’s most diverse and biologically productive ecosystems. Save The Bay offers several highly entertaining and educational hands-on experiences for every age. Kids in grades K-12 can explore the more than 400 miles of unparalleled natural beauty along the shoreline, in and on the water during Save The Bay’s weeklong summer BayCamps. The ocean-front Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach in Newport is open year-round, offering several touch tanks and close-up views of hundreds of creatures that call Narragansett bay home, not to mention the perfect place for beachcombing outside. Or get the whole family involved in protecting the environment by participating in a beach cleanup – keeping trash and litter out of local waters. In the winter, bring the whole family to climb aboard a Save The Bay vessel for 360º views of visiting harbor seals in their natural habitat. Save The Bay is working to keep this environmental treasure swimmable, fishable, and accessible to everyone. You can too!

Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, Providence RI and Fall River, MA.

1098 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA, 02771 Phone: 508-336-8307

Race your family and your friends at Seekonk Grand Prix

Here’s a great day out for the whole family – go karts on tracks designed with everyone in mind. The longest Family Track in New England gets you revved up through speedy straight-aways, hairpin curves and tunnels and two of you can now ride the new two-seater go-karts. The Slick Track will test your mettle, and there’s a new Rookie Track for the youngest and Kiddy Track and Beginner Track as they grow - so there’s never a time not to be driving your own cart. Bumper cars and boats stretch the envelope of fun and you can take on the family in a friendly game of mini golf. Rain or shine enjoy more than 60 of your favorite arcade games.

Green Animals Topiary Gardens

380 Cory's Lane off Route 114 Portsmouth, RI, 02871 Phone: 401-847-1000

Fun, fanciful gardens of topiary animal figures. Great for families and kids. See full description of Green Animals Topiary Gardens.