So Summer

Water Fun

Because they don’t call it the Ocean State for nothing


Water Sports

With locations in Wickford and Charlestown, the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island offers gear for sale or rent, plus lessons, demos, guided tours and group events. 9 Phillips St., Wickford. 562 Charlestown Beach Rd., Charlestown. 888-SEA-KAYAK,

In addition to more land-lubbing bike and scooter rentals, Gansett Rides will get you out on the water with jet ski and kayak rentals that you can launch from the nearby state Pier #5. 145 Boon St., Narragansett. 401-363-9550,

Learn from the pros at Peter Pan Surfing Academy with daily lessons at Narragansett town Beach. The academy also offers instruction in stand-up paddleboarding. 401-575-0003,

Take a half-day stand-up paddleboard lesson with Jamestown Outdoors and once you get the hang of the sport, you can join one of their $40 sunset SUP tours, offered every Thursday in the summer. 34 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. 924-2885,

Just like the name says, Paddle Surf RI offers SUP and surfing lessons on some of Rhode island’s best beaches, including Misquamicut, Weekapaug and Watch Hill. check out their hour-long SUP tours, which include basic instruction and a guided-flat water paddle.

Rob Jones, owner of Wakefield’s Drift Surf Shop, personally leads classes on surfing and SUP at Narragansett town Beach, by the Point Judith lighthouse, or “wherever the waves are.” 540 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield. 932-6919,

Narrow River Kayaks offers daily tours, including a sunrise and sunset tour, a full moon tour, a moonlight paddle, eco-tours of the upper and lower Narrow River, bird lover’s and photography tours. 94 Middlebridge Rd., Narragansett. 401-789-0334,

Learn to plumb the depths of the ocean at DiveOnIt Scuba Supply, which has a full-service scuba school in Jamestown, and offers dive certifications for the whole family. 23 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. 401-423-0001,

Charter Boats

Running four vessels out of the fishing hamlet of Galilee (Narragansett), Frances Fleet offers half-day, full-day, night and overnight extended trips, as well as whale watching. 33 State St., Narragansett. 401-783-4988,

Also operating out of Galilee, Seven B’s V offers daily (and year-round) deep sea fishing aboard an 80’ custom fishing yacht with a full galley serving breakfast and lunch. Dock RR, Port of Galilee, Narragansett. 401-789-9250,

Snug Harbor Marina and full-service tackle shop does it all, from selling gear and bait, to booking charter boats, to running fishing competitions, including its annual shark tournament, in which over $25,000 was awarded last year. 410 Gooseberry Rd., Wakefield. 401-783-7766,

Royal Crustacean Charters, and its 42’ sailboat victoria, offer guests a variety of options, including full-day cruises, a sunset dinner cruise and a weekend sail to Block island for two. Norton’s Marina, 3 Division St., East Greenwich. 401-742-3978,

Rhode Island Bay Cruises invites guests aboard the 400-passenger Millennium for a 90-minute, 30-mile scenic cruise past ten lighthouses, through Newport Harbor and under both the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. 1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown (Quonset Point). 401-295-4040,

Enjoy the pleasures of boating without the burden of ownership with Wickford Boat Rentals, which maintains a full fleet of late model motorboats. 1 Phillips St., Wickford. 401-295-0050, 

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