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South County Like a Tourist: Get on the Water

With a nickname like the Ocean State, swimming and boating are just what you do here

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Have a Whale of a Good Time with Frances Fleet

Setting sail from the port of Galilee, Frances Fleet offers whale watching excursions four days per week through the end of the month. What creatures might you see at sea? Finback whales, giant sunfish, tuna, Portuguese man-of-war, loggerhead turtles, dolphins and more. Be sure to bring your camera! Reservations are recommended. 33 State Street, Narragansett. 783-4988, www.FrancesFleet.com

Watch the Sunset From a Kayak

We challenge you to walk around Wickford Village on a sunny summer day and not stop to rent a kayak. It’s as if the cool, blue water has some sort of magnetic pull on hot, tired visitors. The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island offers sales, rentals, tours, group events and instruction to meet whatever needs you have. Venture out on a guided tour of the harbor or take a tranquil Kayak Sunset Paddle trip. 9 Philips Street, Wickford. 294-4400, www.KayakCentre.com

Cruise Around Newport Harbor

No boat? No problem. Cruise Newport has got you covered. Offering sailing aboard the 72’ Schooner Madeleine and high-speed motor yacht tours aboard the Rum Runner II, multiple trips are available including the Lighthouses and Mimosas Cruise, the Smugglers Cocktail Cruise, the Scenic Day Sail and the Sunset Sail. 24 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport. 847-0298, www.CruiseNewport.com

Take a Lighthouse Tour

On the 90-minute Lighthouses of Narragansett Bay cruise, you’ll get up close to ten historic lighthouses, many of which are privately owned and not open to the public. While adults will delight in the historical tour narration, young imaginations will run wild as children envision what it would be like to live in lighthouse as a keeper. 1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown. 295-4040, www.RhodeIslandBayCruises.com

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