Outdoor time is so important at the moment. Luckily, Rhode Island offers countless family friendly activities to spend quality, safe adventures with loved ones. Here are just a few favorites across Rhode Island.
Roger Williams Park Zoo has a wide array of animals including monkeys, elephants, giraffes, and more. It is spread across 40 acres and includes wetlands, desert, mountain, and Saharan landscapes sure to spur the imagination. Plus, kids can ride a colonial horse or take a train in the Carousel Village.
Even though it is a mere 12 miles off the coast, Block Island feels like another world. Take the ferry, rent a bike or moped, grab a taxi, hike, or drive to one of the island’s more remote regions. The kids will love Abrams Animal Farm and the Lewis-Dickens Farm along the way.
Spend the day on the beach, shop in local shops, or grab a bite to eat. Block Island has an extensive trail system, enticing beauty, and varied terrain making it an unbeatable place for the entire family.
The Breakers isn’t just for adults. Kids will also marvel at the creatures throughout the property such as dragons, lions, and a dolphin. The elaborate furniture and lighting is also sure to dazzle.
The Green Animals Topiary Garden is also a favorite with children. Both open daily from 10 a.m. Use the free Newport Mansions app for a self-guided audio tour.
Hop on the bikes and head to the East Bay Bike Path. It passes through many recreation areas and parks from Providence to Bristol. It is especially good for families as it is mostly flat. Everyone from the wee ones to granny can probably traverse the trail.
If cycling isn’t your thing, hop in the car and take a scenic drive in Newport. The Ten Mile Drive passes by some of the most elaborate “summer” homes of the city’s elite in the past. Plus, you can stop at any one of many public accesses to the shoreline if you want to sit near the water.
The drive includes four legs and starts at Thames Street. Expect to spend at least 35 minutes, but preferably more if you truly want to take in the views.
The Audubon Environmental Education Center offers a peek into the natural wonders of our area. Visitors will enjoy marine life, a tide pool, interactive exhibits, and a variety of local habitats.
The Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge spans 28-acres and includes walking and biking trails through the marshes towards an outstanding view of Narragansett Bay.
Grab the family and head out on a one-way 6-mile expedition along spectacular Narragansett Bay. The Northern Ramble passes through estates, golf courses, a topiary garden, and a nature preserve.
Visitors will be shuttled to the train and need to wear a mask while on the bus. Expect the tour to take approximately 90 minutes.