It’s almost that time again! Before you know it summer vacation will be upon us. Parents everywhere will ask that same question they do every year….what can I do with my children? With four children of my own, it was always difficult to find affordable, fun activities to do over summer vacation. I want to share with you some new ideas, along with some of the tried and true.
Summer’s a beach!
Most beaches do have fees but I choose the nicer, less expensive ones.
My first choice is Easton’s Beach in Newport RI, not far from Salve Regina.
Visiting local farms is also a great way to entertain the kids. It can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. We visited Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown RI last year and it was an enjoyable day for all of us.
Right next door to Coggeshall Farm, you will find Colt State Park, one of my family’s favorite places. I have been taking them there since they were small. Located on Rt. 114 in Bristol RI, it is open year-round. This park offers 4 miles of bicycle trails, 10 large play fields, a historical museum, 6 picnic groves with picnic tables, and the open air Chapel-By-The Sea. This is all FREE!
Fort Barton, on Lawton Avenue and Highland Road in Tiverton RI, provides fun for those who love nature. The Fort has historical significance because of the Battle of RI. It is also FREE.
My article would not be complete without mentioning two popular local bicycle paths. These, of course, are FREE. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the weather, the family, and get exercise.
The first path I is the Mattapoisett Rail Trail, which runs one mile west from Mattapoisett Neck Road to Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Path. It is an enjoyable place to ride bikes or just walk. It can be picked up from many different areas. For more information visit the website at http://mattapoisettrailtrail.com.
The second bike path is the East Bay Bike Path.
Roger Williams Park Zoo and Buttonwood Park Zoo are also great places to go with the family. They are affordable and offer more than just the animals.
Buttonwood Park Zoo is at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford, MA. Parking here is also free and there are places for picnics and a playground.
When it rains
So now I’ve mentioned several places to go when the weather is nice, but what do you do when it’s raining out you ask? I have several ideas for you that are affordable and family friendly.
Get all the details in the June issue of South Coast Insider
Enjoy your summer and don’t forget the sunscreen!