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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.

Roger-Williams Park Zoo Carousel - Family Activites in Rhode Island
Soaring Eagle Zip Ride - Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo

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

From active animal exhibits to classic carousel rides, there’s so much to do at this zoo

It’s no wonder families flock to the Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village: There’s so much to do! Watch an African elephant take a bath or a Masai giraffe reach high for a snack. See if you can spy the secretive snow leopard or the shy red wolf. From bison to bears to bald eagles, the zoo’s animals will amaze you. Even explore amongst free-roaming sloths, birds and monkeys at the Faces of Rainforest. Time to dine? Grab a gourmet burger or made-to-order salad at a comfortable concession. Glide 115 feet above the zoo in side-by-side seats on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. Or visit the nearby Carousel Village, ride a colonial horse on a classic carousel or take a train ride.
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Central Rock Warwick

275 West Natick Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-889-5452

Get yourself and you kids up and moving, enjoy some (overdue?) exercise for yourself, and build family bonds with a day or afternoon at Central Rock Gym Warwick, an indoor rock climbing facility that welcomes everyone. Kick it free-style and just spend some time messing around on the walls with your kids, or get more serious by joining a coach-led weekly climbing team. The 20,000-square-foot facility offers space for adult or kid birthday parties. Try staffed climbing, when experts take you out on high wall ‘top rope’ climbing in any area of our facility. Create a family outing tradition!
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Rocky Point Park

3275 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-738-2019

Family fun comes easily at this park, whose very name, for Rhode Islanders, recalls a large, fabulous amusement park that entertained people with neon-lit splendor on this site for almost 150 years. The Rocky Point Park rides are gone, but families now enjoy walks along the elevate coast, picnics, playing on the wide fields, and fishing. A large, new fishing pier will offer plenty of space to cast a line off a planned 260-foot-long wooden walkway leading from the existing blacktop path out to a 21-by-111-foot main deck above the water’s surface.
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Goddard Memorial State Park

1095 Ives Road Warwick, RI, 02818 Phone: 401-884-2010

A sunny weekend any time of the year draws flocks of families to Goddard Park, Rhode Island’s most popular park (which is actually located at the end of a long country road). With its spacious lawns and forested walking trails, the park is a serene place, but it is also a place for family play. The park has 355 picnic tables, some with grills, where families enjoy restful gatherings. Eleven game fields and lots of open space invite kids for Frisbee and games. A sandy swimming beach is a big draw on hot days. The park also has a performing arts center for weddings and other family gatherings.
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The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat -Train & Boat Excursions through the Connecticut River Valley - with all the bells & whistles!
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Launch Trampoline Park

920 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-828-5867

What do most kids need? They need to move and they need a certain degree of silliness. Launch Trampoline provides both, in an indoor setting immune to changes in weather. Come and burn up some young energy on 11,000 square feet of huge jumping surface. Even better: you can bounce off the (angled) walls! This indoor trampoline park is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. If you or your kids run out of their own ideas for movement, options for activities include group exercise classes, trampoline dodge ball, and a foam pit. Great choice for active kids for a birthday party or family gathering. And, adults, don’t sulk – come hit the trampolines for your corporate event.
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Tails Up Fishing Charters

1161 Old Succotash Road Wakefield, RI, 02879 Phone: 401-302-0963

Plan a family day on the water, cruising by a lighthouse or reeling in a striped bass

Get your family hooked on fishing or exploring and cruising Rhode Island’s coastal waters at Tails Up, where they provide a saltwater connection to people of all ages, interests and abilities. Fishing charters for amateur anglers to experienced sport-fishing enthusiasts offer inshore and off-shore adventures everyone is sure to enjoy, whether they’re just reeling in their first sea bass or fighting a feisty striper. Tails Up also provides boating and fishing lessons. And scenic tours range from cruises to harbors, lighthouses and private beaches to tranquil trips that let you experience Rhode Island’s lovely sunrises and sunsets. There’s plenty to explore along the coast year-round, and Tails Up is always open to discussing program modifications and special requests.
Touch Aquarium Save The Bay Narragansett Bay Rhode Island
Save The Bay

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 learning about one of the earth’s most diverse ecosystems: Narragansett Bay. Save The Bay offers several hands-on experiences for every age. Kids in grades K-12 can explore the 400+ miles of beautiful Bay shoreline, in and on the water, during Save The Bay’s week-long summer BayCamps. Take a trip to the year-round, beachfront Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach in Newport offering several touch tanks and close-up views of hundreds of local creatures. Climb aboard a vessel for a wintertime tour to see harbor seals in their natural habitat.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
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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.
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