For locals, there are two traditional ways to think of tourists: as the people who support our economy by visiting to appreciate all that South County has to offer, and as the people who make us late to everything for three solid months because they clog up the roads. This year, don’t complain about them: join them. Take a tourist’s view of southern Rhode Island and explore something you haven’t seen before.
The Rhody Ramble is a project running through September that was designed to bring kids and families closer to Rhode Island’s heritage. There are 18 participating sites in the state, including the Babcock-Smith House Museum in Westerly, Watson Farm in Jamestown, the Old Washington County Jail in Kingston, Paine House in Coventry and Smith’s Castle in Wickford. Keep track of your progress and find out about special contests at www.rhodyramble.org.
For a bit of active fun, take the family to one of the area’s fun centers. It’s known as RI’s only ski resort, but Yawgoo Valley outdoor recreation facility has plenty to offer in the warmer months, too. Yawgoo’s water park offers pools and water slides. When you need a break from the beach, head to Westerly’s Water Wizz, the state’s other water park. Six water slides offer varying degrees of thrill, from the giant waterslides to the little dipper. Adventureland, a family fun complex in Narragansett, is the kind of place where any kid can have a good time. A carousel, batting cages, mini-golf, an arcade, bumper boats and go-karts will have them playing to their hearts’ content.