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Interest to Children

The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a unique natural history museum and aquarium that puts fun and excitement into experiencing nature. Interactive environmental exhibits allow you to look inside a 33-foot life-size model of a Right Whale, observe marine life in a tide-pool tank, explore a cornfield at night, and view other fascinating nature exhibits. Walking trails lead from the Center across the 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge along a 1/4 mile boardwalk, which crosses the East Bay Bike path to Narragansett Bay.

Bank of America skating center - A full-scale outdoor ice rink located in the center of renaissance Providence. Twice the size of Rockefeller Center in New York City, the 14,000 square-foot rink is a year round facility. The rink hosts numerous family events and is also available for rental. Birthday and tent parties are also available during the skating season. Ice skate rentals are available.

IMAX Theatre - Rhode Island's only IMAX theatre, a large format film featuring a six story high screen. The 425-seat stadium style auditorium, features a state- of- the art digital sound system and 3-D features.

Interest To Children

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Fort Adams State Park
Newport County
The second largest bastioned fort in the U.S. Key to Narragansett Bay area defenses, 1799 to 1945. Designed to be the most heavily armed fort in America and to garrison 2,400 troops. Three tiers of guns defended Narragansett Bay's East Passage. For guided tour information call 841-0707. Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, offers panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking. Fort Adams is perhaps best known for its annual summer concerts when the Jazz and Folk Festivals draw thousands to enjoy the music and beautiful surroundings.

Fort Barton
Newport County
Revolutionary War redoubt. It was the troop staging area for the invasion of Aquidneck Island and Newport and the eventual Battle of Rhode Island. Observation tower and 3 miles of nature trail walks. Excellent wild plant walk. Trail guides available at the Town Hall.

Frosty Drew Observatory
South County
A unique facility for providing hands-on experience in observational astronomy.

Goddard State Park
Warwick & West Bay
Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Islandís most popular Metropolitan Park. The park offers a beautiful natural environment with spacious lawns, fields, and forested areas with a variety of trees from all over the world, including 62 deciduous and 19 evergreen species. Visitors can make use of a newly renovated saltwater beach and bathhouse, a nine hole golf course, an equestrian show area, 18 miles of bridle trails, 355 picnic tables, 11 game fields, and a new performing arts center for weddings, concerts, picnics and special events.

Green Animals Topiary Garden
Newport County
Eighty sculptured trees and shrubs, some shaped in animal forms. Espaliered fruit trees, a rose arbor, and formal flower beds. Small children's vintage toy display. Museum store.

Hannaway Blacksmith Shop
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
One-story, barn-like structure built in the late 19th century. Recently restored as a demonstrative blacksmith shop. Open for special events.

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport County
World's largest tennis museum featuring interactive exhibits, extraordinary videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions - past, present and future. Known as Newport's "Sporting Mansion", the structual masterpiece is one of the finest examples of Victorian shingle-style architecture in the world. The six-acre complex features 13 pristine grass tennis courts - all open for public play. Site od the first US Tennis Championships (known today as the US Open), world class tennis tournaments are still played here each summer.

Jamestown and Newport Ferry
Newport County
A scenic boat tour of lower Narragansett Bay & Newport Harbor or combine a visit to your favouite Island destination for lunch, shopping and site seeing. An all - day pass allows on and off at all destinations. One way fares and private charter service also available.

Jamestown Windmill
Newport County
1787 windmill owned by Jamestown Historical Society; recently restored.

John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Information available about activities and sites in the Blackstone River Valley which runs from Worcester to Providence. Discover opportunities for walking through mill villages, exploring canal towpaths, canoeing and visiting historic sites that illustrate the Valley as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. NPS Ranger assistance is available, with advance reservations.

Lincoln Woods State Park
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
This 627 acre Park is located just outside of the city of Providence on R.I. Rput 146 North. It includes all of Olney Pond and offers facilities used by thousand of visitors each year for picnicking, boating, baseball, freshwater, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and is also very popular for jogging and walking. During the winter months it is also popular for ice fishing, ice skating and snowmobiling.

Misquamicut State Beach
South County
Seven miles of sandy, white beach, clean, clear, water with moderate surf little undertow. There is parking for 3,000 cars.

Museum of Newport History & NHS Store
Newport County
Spectacular exhibits by the Newport Historical Society bring to life Newport's role in the American Revolution, its emergence as a Gilded Age summer resort, and the history of its people from pre-colonial times through the 20th century. Shop the NHS Store, featuring history-oriented books and souvenirs, or buy a ticket for the Newport History Tours walking tours. For a tour schedule, see

Museum of Primitive Art and Culture
South County
Upstairs, across the street from Peace Dale Library. An archaeological and ethnological collection of American Indian, South Seas, African and other regional weapons, tools, implements and utensils.

Museum of Work and Culture
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
This modern interactive museum presents the compelling and poignant story of the French Canadians who left the farms of Quebec for the factories of New England. It illustrates the remarkable cultural preservation of faith, language, and customs. It also recreates the unique Woonsocket origins of the rise of the Independent Textile Union which grew to dominate every aspect of city life.

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Newport County
Learning center, butterfly garden, self-guided trail and guided nature walks; swimming, boating and picnicking. No lifeguard on duty. Ferry from Bristol. No camping.

Narragansett Indian Longhouse
South County
Historic meeting place for Narragansett Tribal Members.

Narragansett Indian Meeting House/Church
South County
Weekly Sunday church services.

Narragansett Indian Monument
South County
Carved from a single Douglas Fir by Peter Toth, this 23' sculpture is one in series of 4l throughout the country honoring the American Indian.

Native Newporter Tours
Newport County
Walking and driving tours of Newport. Transportation and shuttle services for small private groups.

New England Wireless & Steam Museum, Inc.
South County
Exhibits include early radio, telegraph, and television equipment, as well as stationary steam, hot air, gas and oil engines. Reference library contains many early scientific texts. In a National Historic District and includes a National Register Historical Building, the world's oldest radio transmitting station with its working original equipment.

NewGate Theatre
Greater Providence
NewGate's intimate loft theatre, in Providence, is home to performances ranging from cutting edge plays to classical dramas.

Newport Art Museum
Newport County
Founded in 1912 by a group of prominent artists, it is housed in the John Griswold house (1864), designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the architect of many Newport mansions in the Stick Style, and in the Cushing Memorial Gallery (1921). Changing exhibitions of contemporary and historical art of Newport and Southeastern New England. The museum offers art classes, lectures, tours, performing arts events, and evening summer picnics.

Ninigret Park
South County
This 227 acre park features a state of the art playground, ball fields, ten-speed bike course, tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, and a freshwater swimming pond with public beach, lifeguards on duty (seasonal). Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory are privately owned and operated but information can be obtained by calling 401-364-9508 or writing to PO Box 160, Charlestown, RI 02813. Seasonal special events are held, call for updated schedule.

Norman Bird Sanctuary & Museum
Newport County
A 300+acre wildlife refuge offering over 7 miles of hiking trails. Take a leisurely stroll through the woods or hike to the top of Hanging Rock to a breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding areas. Educational programs are offered for all age groups. Guided walks for schools and community groups are available, but should be scheduled in advance. A trailside museum and the Barn Owl Gift Shop are also available to browse in.

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