So Summer

Family-Friendly Fun

Keep the little ones (and the kids at heart) entertained


Get your hands wet at Biomes, South County’s only aquarium, where you can pet a shark and an octopus. 6640 Post Rd., North Kingstown. 401-885-4690,

Shadow Pines Alpaca Farm is a ten-acre farm where you cannot only meet the animals, but purchase products made from their wool. 181 Purgatory Rd., Exeter. 401-295-7859

Who says ice skating is only for the cold weather? Boss Ice Arena at the University of Rhode Island offers lessons year-round. 1 Keaney Rd., Kingston. 401-874-5480,

Adventureland is pure fun: think mini-golf, go karts, batting cages, a carousel, video games and ice cream when you need a minute to cool off. 112 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett. 401-789-0030,

Casey Farm is a working farm that dates back to 1750. Heirloom vegetables, a barnyard full of animals, a weekend farmer’s market and daily tours make it worth the stop. 2325 Boston Neck Rd., Saunderstown. 401-295-1030,

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory is an outdoor shopping area that defies description: it’s a collection of shops, a café, a petting zoo and a beloved local landmark for almost half a century. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown. 401-364-1060,

The Tomaquag Museum is dedicated to preserving Rhode Island’s Native American heritage through activities, demonstrations and festivals. 390A Summit Rd., Exeter. 401-491-9063,

The Atlantic Beach Park is an oceanfront family fun center in Misquamicut, offering rides (including a 1915 carousel), ice cream and access to the Windjammer surf bar that, despite its name, is a family-friendly restaurant. 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. 401-322-0504,

Take in the sights of Rhode Island from above – way above. Bird’s Eye View Helicopters offers sunset tours, lighthouse tours, views of the Newport Mansions and more. 211 Airport Access Road, Middletown. 401-843-8687,

Faith Hill Farm, in east Greenwich, is an equestrian farm that offers riding lessons for kids and adults at all skill levels, and has summer horse camps for kids. 2056 Division Rd., East Greenwich. 401-254-1788,

If your kids are bouncing off the walls, take them to Launch Trampoline Park. the indoor trampoline facility has extreme dodgeball, fitness classes and toddler time – as well as the fun of jumping up and down in a room filled with a giant trampoline. 105 Pace Blvd., Warwick. 401-828-5867,

A ski area in the winter, Yawgoo Valley has plenty to offer in the summer, too. its water park has pools and water slides along with volleyball and horseshoes. 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd., Exeter. 401-294-3802,

Water Wizz water park, along Westerly’s Misquamicut Beach, has six waterslides offering varying degrees of thrill, from the Giant Waterslides to the Little Dipper. Misquamicut Beach, Westerly. 401-322-0520,

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