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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.
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.
Waterfront View - Goddard Memorial State Park - Warwick, RI
Goddard Memorial State Park

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

Plenty of activities, from bridle trails to sandy beaches, at this expansive park

Stroll, swim, see an equestrian show: There are plenty of fun family things to do at Goddard Memorial State Park. The 472-acre park has 355 picnic tables, so definitely bring a lunch! There are 18 miles of bridle trails and 11 game fields, spacious lawns and forested areas and an expansive sandy, saltwater beach for swimming (there’s a seasonal lifeguard) and fishing. Launch your kayak or canoe from the boat ramp. Equestrian shows, concerts and other events are held in the pavilion. There’s also a par-36, nine-hole public golf course. (Call for a tee time, since walk-ins are not allowed.) This four-season park along the shores of Greenwich Cove and Greenwich Bay is a great place to spend the day. - Park Map (PDF)
Beach - Rocky Point Park - Warwick, RI
Rocky Point Park

1 Rocky Point Avenue Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone:

From amusement park to state park, Rocky Point has been a favorite with families for decades

Rocky Point has been a favorite gathering place for families for almost two centuries, first as the Rocky Point Amusement Park and, since 2014, in its reincarnation as a multi-use state park. Rocky Point Park, set on 124 acres in the upper part of Narragansett Bay, features hiking and biking trails and, in the highlands, wide open fields for recreation. It’s a great spot for family picnics and walks along the craggy beach, exploring tidal pools and seeking out shells and sea glass. A public fishing pier consists of a long wooden walkway from the blacktop path out to a main deck 13 feet above the water. Leashed dogs are permitted in the park. Movies are shown on the lawn in the summer.
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Corn Maze at Morris Farm - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Warwick Office of Tourism

3275 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Outdoor and indoor activities engage every member of your family in Warwick

Indoors and out, Warwick has enough activities to keep every member of the family entertained. Picturesque parks have beaches, nature trails, paddling, boat ramps, ballfields – and a public golf course! In Goddard Park, you can even arrange to go horseback riding at C and L Stables. Freshwater ponds have great swimming and fishing. There are kids’ programs at the Warwick Public Library, and pick-your-own blueberries at Rocky Point Farm. Greet the animals or pick pumpkins at Morris Farm or soar in the air at Launch Trampoline Park. At The Impossible Dream Playground, children of all physical abilities can join in the fun. There’s fun shopping at the Warwick Mall, movie theaters and an art center with family-friendly improv theater nights.
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.