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by Mary Ann Kelley

Rhode Island Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are listed alphabetically by city.

Colt State ParkBristol

Colt State Park in Bristol is often referred to as the 'gem' of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays ten large playfields, six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables and its' popular open air Chapel-By-The-Sea.

East Bay Bike pathBristol

The East Bay Bike path is a 14.5 mile, 10 foot wide, ribbon of asphalt that provides a safe place for unobstructed cycling. Users can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as the path takes them by coves and marshes, over bridges, and through State Parks. This Bike Path's southern tip will eventually link-up to the Blackstone Bikeway presently under construction.

Burlingame State Park and CampgroundCharlestown

The 3,100 acres of rocky woodland belonging to this area nearby surround Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The entrance to the park headquarters and camping area is off U.S. Route #1 in Charlestown. This campground may fill on some summer weekends.

Charlestown BreachwayCharlestown

Located on east side of "the Breachway" is a camping area for self contained RV's, a state beach, some of the best salt water fishing in South County, a salt water beach, and a panoramic view of Block Island Sound. This location also has boat launch with limited parking.

Haines Memorial State ParkEast Providence

Casimir Pulaski Memorial Recreation AreaGlocester

Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, the 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a "day use" facility offering users a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. From the first class trout fishing in the spring, to enjoying a picnic, a short hike, or a cool swim in the 13 acre Peck Pond in the summer, to cross-country skiing on the 10 miles of groomed trails into the adjacent George Washington Management area in the winter, Pulaski provides year round enjoyment for all ages.

Beavertail State ParkJamestown

Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline. The Park attracts people from all over the country, to enjoy it's pristine environment. Beavertail's most popular activity is sightseeing, and can be done from the comfort of a vehicle, in one of the four overlooks or on foot, from the rocky coastline. Beavertail also provides some of the best saltwater fishing in the area, along with offering hiking trails, and a naturalist program that attracts hundreds of people each year.

Fort Wetherill State ParkJamestown

Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp. Known for its spectacular view of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, Fort Wetherill has been a popular sight for viewing the numerous Tall Ship Events and America's Cup Races. The area is also a major attraction for scuba diving, with Diving Clubs from New York State, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island using the facilities at the boat ramp year round. Additionally, the park offers family and group picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and exploring on the park's 61.5 acres of property.

Snake Den State ParkJohnston

Snake Den State Park is located along Route 6 in Johnston, Rhode Island. The 1000 acre undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers and plants and also a working farm. In the fall, the foliage at Snake Den is something to behold. Snake Den is accessible at a small parking lot past Dame Farm on the right hand side, which is located on Brown Avenue in Johnston.

Blackstone River BikewayLincoln

The Blackstone River Bikeway is scheduled to be a 17.1 mile by 12-foot wide scenic bike-path under construction by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The southern end of the Blackstone River Bikeway will eventually link to the popular East Bay Bike Path, making a continuous 31.9 mile route for alternative transportation.

Blackstone River Visitor CenterLincoln

The Blackstone River State Park which opened in January 2006 reflects the efforts and cooperation of several federal and state agencies and represents a true commitment to serve the public in a variety of ways. These agencies include the state departments of: Environmental Management, Transportation, State Police, Historical Preservation and the federal departments of: Federal Highway Administration and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the regional, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

Lincoln Woods State ParkLincoln

Nestled between routes 146 and routes 123 , Lincoln Woods State Park is one of Blackstone Valley's great treasures. A short ride from Providence, Pawtucket, and Cumberland, it is a popular get away for northeastern Rhode Islanders. Visitors can enjoy swimming at the fresh water beach, trout fishing, playing ball, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, or just relaxing under a shade tree.

Fishermen's State Park and CampgroundNarragansett

Fishermen's State Park and Campground offers campers a 'seaside village' atmosphere where visitors will find neatly trimmed grass, tree lined paths, and activities for the whole family. Whether your looking for a place to pitch a tent and enjoy a camp fire, or park your R.V. and play some basketball or tennis, Fishermen's can accommodate you. One of Fishermen's most attractive features is its close proximity to popular State Beach areas like Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, and Salty Brine. The Park is also just 1 mile from the Block Island Ferry Dock and 15 minutes from scenic Newport.

Roger W. Wheeler State BeachNarragansett

Salty Brine State BeachNarragansett

Scarborough North and South State BeachesNarragansett

South County MuseumNarragansett

The museum is located within Canonchet Farm, a large public park owned by the town of Narragansett. The collections contain more than 20,000 items dating from 1695 to 1950, though most are from the Victorian era, c. 1840-1910. The museum has become a popular attraction and its exhibits have helped to keep alive Rhode Island's rural, village, and maritime heritage, providing a fascinating glimpse of the hand-craft technology and everyday life of the people of the past two centuries.

Touro Synagogue National Historic SiteNewport

The oldest synagogue in the United States - The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762, and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. Today, the synagogue celebrates not only their story, but serves to honor all who came to this shore seeking to worship freely.

Brenton Point State ParkNewport

Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport's grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park affords its visitors one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the cool breezes and majestic views of the Atlantic.

Fort Adams State ParkNewport

Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The park offers a wide range of activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking. Fort Adams is perhaps best known for its annual summer concerts when the JVC Jazz Festival-Newport, and the Apple & Eve Newport Folk Festival draw thousands to enjoy the music and beautiful surroundings.

Roger Williams National MemorialProvidence

Liberty of Conscience - Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state.

Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, also known as the RISD Museum, is Rhode Island's leading museum of fine and decorative art, housing a collection of 84,000 objects of international significance. It is southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The RISD Museum strives to be a vital cultural resource by educating and inspiring a wide variety of audiences: families and individuals, scholars and researchers, artists and designers, and students of all ages. The Museum maintains an active program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures ranging from ancient times to the present.

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Providence

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island's only natural history museum and is home to the state's only public planetarium.

East MatunuckSouth Kingston

Goddard Memorial State ParkWarwick

Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's 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 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.

John H. Chafee Nature PreserveWarwick

The John H. Chafee Nature Preserve shall at all times and in perpetuity be managed in a manner consistent with the terms and conditions of a conservation Easement signed by and between the State of Rhode Island, department of Environmental Management (grantor) and the Town of North Kingston, (grantee) on March 26, 2001, and which further reflects and honors the conservations ethic of the great statesman for whom it is named. More specifically, its agricultural, educational and scenic values, and its natural and historical resources shall be preserved and protected while being made accessible to the public in a manner respectful of and consistent with these principles.

Misquamicut State BeachWesterly

One of the state's most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front. There are also many local attractions for children. This modern pavilion includes many new concepts including rails, outside showers, tower and composting toilets. This beach does fill to capacity during sunny summer weekends.

John H Chafee Blackstone River Valley NHCWoonsocket

Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution - The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful textile mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural, cultural and historic treasures.

World War II State ParkWoonsocket

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