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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Providence

**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Providence. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Lavender Waves Farm
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Blithwold Mansion Gardens
Green Animals Topiary Gardens
Wilcox Park
Kinney Azalea Garden
Wicked Tulips Flower Farm


Get Wild on a Hike

  Snake Den State Park
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
Fort Wetherill State Park
Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy
Blackstone Park Conservation District
Wolf Hill Forest Preserve
Osamequin Nature Trails and Bird Sanctuary


Time Travel Today

  Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Primitive Art and Culture
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Coggeshall Farm Museum 
South County Museum
The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park
Jamestown Museum


Make Life a Beach

Easton's Beach
Salty Brine State Beach
Roger Wheeler State Beach
Charlestown Breachway
Scarborough State Beaches(North & South)
Warwick City Park / Buttonwoods Beach
East Matunuck State Beach
East Beach
Misquamicut State Beach


 Get Active Outside

Lincoln Woods State Park
World War II State Park
Al Carrington Water Park – at Richardson Park
Warwick City Park / Buttonwoods Beach
  Burlingame State Park and Campground


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Newport Art Museum
Providence Children's Museum
Tomaquag Museum
National Museum of Illustration
RISD Museum
Boston Children's Museum
Electromagnetic Pinball Museum


Explore These Cities

  Town of Barrington
Town of Scituate
Town of North Kingstown
Middletown, RI
Town of Lincoln, RI
Town of Smithfield, RI
Jamestown, RI
Block Island, RI


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame
Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
Audrain Auto Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm
Barden Family Orchard
Clark Farms
Cucumber Hill Farm
Frerichs Farm


Spectator Fun!

Providence Bruins
Providence Rugby
Boston Red Sox
Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics


Treat Yo' Self

  Bannister's Wharf 
Munroe Dairy's Sacred Cow Ice Cream Shop and Market 
Mr. Lemon
Tricycle Ice Cream 
Chocolate Delicacy
U Scream Ice Cream
Cool Licks Creamery
Newport Creamery
Like No Udder
Hope Creamery
Wright's Dairy Farm


Connect with Nature

Beavertail State Park
John H. Chafee Nature Preserve
Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
George Washington State Campground and Management Area
Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Colt State Park
Brenton Point State Park
  Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks and Water Parks

Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park
CoCo Key Boston Water Park
Salem Willows
Six Flags New England
Canobie Lake Park
Water Country


Talk to the Animals

  Roger Williams Park Zoo 
Norman Bird Sanctuary
New England Aquarium


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Paul Revere House
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge
Hunts Mills
Stepstone Falls
Albion Falls
Shannock Falls


Get Active Indoors

  Kidz Wurld
Kingston Bowl
Sky Zone Trampoline Park- Providence
R1 Indoor Karting
United Skates of America, Rumford, RI
Kidz Kastle- Rhode Island
Fantasyland LLC
Breaktime Bowl & Bar


Challenge Yourself

  Escape Rhode Island
Adventureland Family Fun Park
The Great Escape Room- Providence
Rock Spot Climbing
Legoland Discovery Center- Boston


Shop Your Heart Out

  Long Wharf Mall
Brick Market Place
Premium Outlets - Wrentham Village
Bowen's Wharf
Arcade Providence



Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Providence. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away