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Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

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Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Apologies for the wide-open request, but I need some help narrowing the field a bit.

My Mom (>90) wants to take the train down from Boston and meet up with us (myself and kids 13 & 8, driving from NY) in Providence for a summer weekend in the area.

So I'm looking for recommendations for a pleasant weekend spot in general vicinity where my Mom would be comfortable and the kids would find fun things to do.

In the past, we've spent a enjoyable weekends with this grouping in the Groton/Mystic area and also in Rockport, MA, so something along those lines would be great. Possibly a beach town, definitely decent restaurants, low-key activities kids would enjoy, not too much arduous walking, just a nice place to be together as a family.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Roger Williams Park and Zoo.

Beaches in Narragansett and South Kingston.

Plenty of neat, day-tripping things to do in Bristol.

A real cool restored area is the Gilbert Stuart Museum- he of the famous portraits of Washington, Madison, Monroe, Jefferson, etc. His likeness of Washington is on the dollar bill. Its in Saunderstown, No.Kingstown, RI

http://www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com/index.htm

Pawtucket bills itself as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, and the birthplace of Labor Day. Downtown has some historic mill areas, etc.

pawtucketri.com/about/pointsofinterest.php

I really enjoyed living in Rhode Island for the five years I was there. I am sure your will get more info and posts soon. Have fun, D

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2. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Wickford village, is a small, beautiful harbor village in North Kingstown with boutique shopping. Blithewold Gardens in Bristol too.

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3. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

I'd suggest one day at the beach... Galilee if possible. It is the best place to watch boat traffic while you swim, sun, wade or just sit under the shade of an umbrella.

Another suggestion... take one of the several harbor cruises available at Newport. Lots of friendly hands to help your mom board and who doesn't love a cruise? I've heard the Adirondack II is good. If it's too pricey for you the Newport/Jamestown Ferry is a lot of fun. The kids could tour Fort Adams (escorted hard hat flashlight tours) while you and mom enjoy the Yatching Museum. Everyone would enjoy Rose Island LIghthouse and Bannister's Wharf has something for everyone.

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4. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Thank you so much for your replies. Somehow I didn't get the notifications, so didn't realize anyone had responded.

I'll investigate all these recommendations and come back with some more refined questions, but here are few follow-ups to start.

- If staying in/near Providence, any recommended lodging locations?

- My mother mentioned something about regular night walks on Saturdays, but all I could find was a specific event later in the year. Ring any bells?

- Alternatively, I spotted something that looked lovely in Little Crompton. Any thoughts about whether that (or something else near Newport) would be a better home base, or whether we should shoot for closer to Providence? Obviously it's a matter of taste, but it's good to hear others' opinions.

Again, thank you all for responding to what I realize is a VERY open ended question.

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5. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Your mom was probably thinking of WaterFire. Check the schedule for this year's lightings at

http://www.waterfire.org/season-schedule

Just a caution that the walk alongside the river is made of cobblestones and footing can be very tricky for your mom.

Little Compton is one of the most beautiful places in RI. The beach there is my absolute favorite. Great for walking as well as swimming. The only downside is you have to cross a few feet of beach stones to get to it. Again, I'm thinking your mom might have a hard time there. The village is very charming and quaint. There is a vineyard there that is very beautiful and a nice place to grab some lunch. Other than the beach there isn't really anything for kids to do, but it's a great place to relax. It's a bit out there... Newport and Providence are about 30 minutes away and Narragansett is nearly an hours drive.

In Providence the Westin is in a great location, across the street from a mall and Waterfire.

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6. Re: Summer weekend near Providence -- ideas to please all ages

Was a college student in RI for years and was great.

-Newport is always great, traffic etc, but is doable.

-Beaches in Narragansett are not bad and they have some small areas to see although nothing touristy

-Providence has some nice restaurants, etc

-Roger Williams Zoo is cool as well in Cranstonish area

-Block Island didnt seem to be mentioned, and it is a fairly short ferry ride there.

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