Fun Things to Do in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island may be the smallest state in terms of geographic size, but it is packed with fun things to do with your kids.

Free Fun

If your kids are old enough to enjoy breathtaking scenery, take them on a walk along Newport’s Cliff Walk (http://www.cliffwalk.com/). It stretches 3.5 miles along the coast and gives guests a view of Newport’s mansions and the rocky coastline. You can also take your kids on a free self-guided tour of the Rhode Island State House (http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/statehousetour/) in Providence, giving them a look at the way government operates

Educational Fun

If you have young children in your family, under the age of 10, plan to take them to the Providence Children’s Museum (www.childrenmuseum.org). Here they can explore science, history, and social science topics through hands-on displays. On clear nights, take your kids to the Frost Drew Observatory (www.frostydrew.org) in Charlestown to have the chance to gaze at the stars through a working telescope. For a trip back in time, take your kids to the Gilbert Stuart Museum (www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com), which lets them see how life was in the 1750s on a recreated and carefully restored farm and mill.

Environmental Fun

Rhode Island is a small state, but it has many environmental features that allow you to teach your kids about nature. The state has one zoo, the Roger Williams Park Zoo (www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org) in Providence. Here your kids can get close to wild animals in natural-looking exhibits. The zoo has over 100 species of animals. If you want to take your kids to the beach, consider a trip to the Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick (http://www.riparks.com/goddard). You can also enjoy one on one time with farm animals at the Dame Farm in Johnston. Providence has a Museum of Natural History (http://www3.providenceri.com/museum) for a look at the history of the environment. For swimming and fishing with your kids, plan a visit to the Lincoln Woods State Park (http://www.riparks.com/lincoln), which has a freshwater beach and swimming area.

Seasonal Fun

The city of Newport goes all-out for Christmas, with its annual Christmas in Newport festival (http://www.christmasinnewport.org/). Each day during December it has a different Christmas-themed event, including outdoor concerts, tree-lightings, indoor performances, and more. While you are there, make sure you check out the highly decorated Newport Mansions. If your kids are old enough for the frightful experience, the Scary Acres (http://scaryacresri.com/) haunted corn maze and hayride operates every day in October. For calmer fall fun things to do, head to Phantom Farms (http://www.phantomfarms.com/) in Cumberland to pick your own apples or choose the perfect pumpkin.

Just for Mom Fun

When you need to relax, head to Newport and the Hotel Viking for luxury spa treatments at SpaTerre (http://www.hotelviking.com/viking). You just might want to stay the night at the historic hotel if you have the opportunity. When you want to shop, the Warwick Mall’s (http://www.warwickmall.com/) 100 stores await.

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