101 Family Day Trips from Providence | Kids Out and About Providence

101 Family Day Trips from Providence

**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination.

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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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

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park
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

 

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!

  Pawtucket Red Sox 
Providence Bruins
Rhode Island Rebellion
Boston Red Sox
Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Bannister's Wharf 
Sweet Melissa's
Mr. Lemon
Betty's Candies 
Chocolate Delicacy
U Scream Ice Cream
Cool Licks Creamery
Newport Creamery
Like No Udder
Hope Creamery
PVDONUT
Wright's Dairy Farm
Del's

 

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

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
OAK KNOLL WILDLIFE 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
BounceU of Warwick, 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