Disclosure: Visit Rhode Island invited A is For Adelaide on a day trip around Rhode Island (and Dave got to come, too!). All opinions are our own
As I promised in this post I was lucky enough to go on an awesome day trip all over Rhode Island.
I love to travel near and far, of course, but sometimes a staycation is the best! For Spring Break, this option proved to be the best for our family, and the day out was perfect! Each place we visited would be fabulous on it’s own, but were just perfect to pack into a day or long weekend, as well- making the perfect mini-vacation, pit stop on your way through, or perfect staycation for locals!
Our first stop was Biomes, New England’s only private marine education facility and hands-on aquarium. The small building looks unassuming, but once inside there is something for everyone! Their doors opened in 2013 and quickly became a favorite stop for Addie, who loves to fill her time at the touch-tanks and viewing sea life from all the amazing angles- YES! there are tanks at kids’ height!
We were treated to an awesome puffer fish demonstration… which, if you’ve never seen, can leave the front row of the audience a bit wet!
IMAGE FROM DADDY FILES‘ IG!
Biomes’ size gives you a great option for a rainy-day activity, or even as a place to spend hours having a hands-on experience, complete with an area to read and play about marine life! Open daily 12-5pm, children under 2 are free- be sure to stop by and enjoy some local marine life, all of which have been collected in Narragansett Bay by Biomes staff and volunteers- never purchased or imported!
Biomes Marine Biology Center
6640 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Heading next to Roger Williams Park Zoo, where we are already members, we were excited to check out the Birds Down Under exhibit, featuring over 500 birds including grass parakeets, cockatiels and various parrot species!
Of course, this was the time that Millie and I took a break to nurse, but Addie and Daddy checked out the birds! It was super cool and they even got to feed the birds with seed sticks that everyone gets at the entrance (thank you to Sarah of Sweet lil You for taking pics!). We wandered to our favorite animals next- elephants and giraffes, but were limited on time and the babes needed a nap before our next stop… however, if you’re in the area, Roger Williams Park Zoo has SO much more to offer.
It is one of the oldest zoos in the country! Located on 40-acres spread on a little more than a mile path, RWPZ offers over 100 different species to see. It is also home to many endangered species and participates in cooperative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure their future survival. The Big Back Yard gives a whole different zoo experience, as well, with a totally accessible playground and gorgeous splash park in the late spring and summer- all included in memberships, so if you’re local, consider signing you (and your family) up to reap the benefits of year ’round memories waiting to be made!
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue (In Roger Williams Park)
Providence, RI 02907
Finally, we were onto a Pawtucket PawSox game. To be honest, I haven’t been to one since college, and I miss watching… but I didn’t know how much! It was Dave, Millie and Addie’s first time at a professional game… and I was thrilled they happened to be playing my hometown Phillies’ Triple-A Affiliate team the IronPigs!
As it is Addie’s first year playing t-ball, I took her to watch some players warm up (who happened to be IronPigs), showing her that even the pros need to warm up and need to practice. As they went to take the field, walking towards their dugout, one of the players stopped over and handed her a ball. She was so happy, she held it high above her head- her excitement was palpable for most of the game!
When we first got to McCoy Stadium, we were treated to a super-cool tour and a delicious BBQ dinner!
After our local PawSox won the game, my tired ladies clung close to Dave and enjoyed a beautiful, patriotic fireworks display that left everyone in a standing ovation! With ticket prices affordable for the whole family, we are already planning to attend more games this summer!
Traveling in Rhode Island is a wonderful experience- a small state with so much to offer! I’d love to travel the world for spring break of course but isn’t it amazing the things there are to experience in just our backyard?
Pawtucket Red Sox, McCoy Stadium
1 Columbus Ave,
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Have you traveled to Rhode Island? What’s your favorite local spring break spot for your family?