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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
Kids with Turtle Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence Rhode Island
Roger Williams Park Zoo

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

Zoo offers so many exhibits and interactive areas, you’ll need more than one visit!

Who can resist a family outing to the zoo? At the Roger Williams Park Zoo, your family cam visit Africa and its zebras, cheetahs and elephants; explore the Amazon Rainforest’s free-flight aviary (you’ll love the toucans); follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps and try to find the secretive snow leopard; check out harbor seals and bison in the North America exhibit; collect eggs or interact with goats and sheep at the Alex and Ani Farmyard. The Hasbro Our Big Backyard offers dozens of play and exploration ideas including a building zone and creativity corner, you can go on a zip or train ride, and Carousel Village is fun for kids of all ages. Dining options range from salads and burgers to pizza by the slice.
Central Rock Warwick - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
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!
Goddard Memorial State Park - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
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.
Aquarium Boy - Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay, RI
Save The Bay

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

Family-friendly programs educate and entertain in and along Narragansett Bay

On land and sea, you can’t beat the family activities offered by the nonprofit Save The Bay organization. Among the family-friendly public programs led by trained educators and naturalists to connect the community to the bay all year long are seal-watch and nature cruises, ranging from one to one-and-three-quarters hours, and daylong lighthouse tours that motor by up to 20 lighthouses and include lunch and exploration at Rose Island. At the very interactive Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport, three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits get you up close and personal to skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs, lobsters, seahorses and turtles – all in all, more than 40 species from the bay and Rhode Island waters.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
Kid Fun, Unique Cuisine, Ocean View - Stay in Warwick, See Rhode Island!
The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat -Train & Boat Excursions through the Connecticut River Valley - with all the bells & whistles!
1931 Auburn - The Great Race - Warwick, RI to Fargo, ND
The Great Race - Warwick, RI to Fargo, ND

Starting at Rocky Point Park Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone: 800-989-7223

Beginning of ‘Great Race’ at state park lets everyone get up close to vintage cars

Spend a spectacular Saturday checking out the 120 vintage automobiles that will assemble in Rocky Point State Park to begin the nine-day, 2,300-mile Great Race. Talk to the driver-navigator teams before they set out on their adventure that will take them across 10 states, passing through secret check points and ending in Fargo, N.D. This year’s vintage cars include a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber and a 1917 American LaFrance (all cars must be manufactured in 1974 or earlier; most are pre-World War II). Other area events include a tour of a private car collection in Providence, and “Newport Day,” featuring the Audrain Automobile Museum and Newport Car Museum. The 120-acre park by Narragansett Bay is also great for hiking, biking and fishing.
Launch Trampoline Park - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
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.
Rocky Point Park - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
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.
Bonito Girl - Tails Up Fishing Charters - Warwick, RI
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.
Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth RI with VisitNewEngland.com
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.