Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State, due to its many inlets and bays for tourists to explore. The 400 miles of shorelines offer gentle swimming areas for young swimmers and bigger surf for those who want to try their balance on a surfboard. Kids... see more »
Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State, due to its many inlets and bays for tourists to explore. The 400 miles of shorelines offer gentle swimming areas for young swimmers and bigger surf for those who want to try their balance on a surfboard. Kids can learn through doing at museums where they are given the freedom to create, imagine, and have fun. Get competitive playing some sports in the park or relax in the evening and star gaze with the family.
Leave your cares behind at Narragansett Bay, which has a breakwater barrier protection for safe swimming. The town beach is perfect, with clean sand and a location right in the middle of town, so a beach snack is never too far away. Visit Newport's public national recreation trail, Cliff Walk, for a fantastic stroll along the New England coastline through wildflowers, historical buildings, and fascinating geology. Only 3.5 miles long, this walk is gentle enough for even younger kids.
Play with power at Providence Children's Museum, where children can send objects zooming through air tubes and magnetic mazes. Introduce your children to the climber, a two story-high play area for the kids that will help get out all of their energy. Don't miss the time traveling exhibit, which focuses on immigrants from all over the world who came to Rhode Island. Visit RISD Museum for a Tours for Tots read-aloud adventures, and discover new art ideas in the gallery.
Spend your summer listening to jazz and folk music at Fort Adams State Park, where festivals celebrating both styles take place. Wide open spaces are perfect for having a cozy picnic or a family soccer game out in the fields. Take in the dazzling night sky through a telescope at Frosty Drew Observatory. Real astronomers give presentations in the Sky Theater and will be able to answer your budding scientist's questions. Open your children to a new experience during public stargazing every Friday night, but make sure the weather is clear before making your way there.
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