What are the five best things to do with kids in Providence?

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Melanie Nayer

From beaches to bird-watching, there’s plenty to do in Providence to entertain kids of all ages. Here are the five best Forbes Travel Guide-recommended activities for kids:

1. Roger Williams Park Zoo. This beloved zoo is set on 430 acres and offers a lot more than animals. Besides standard zoo fare (giraffes, elephants, kangaroos) you can canoe or paddle boat on the river, walk the outdoor gardens, play in Carousel Village or take a walk through the Museum of Natural History. When you need a break, take one of the miniature trains that loop around the grounds.

2. Providence Children's Museum. Designed for younger kids, Providence Children’s Museum is packed with fun educational exhibits, including a time-travel adventure, geometry lab and water explorations. Many of the exhibits are free.
3. Crescent Park Carousel. Built in 1895, the Crescent Park Carousel is considered a work of art and has recently been restored to its former beauty. For just a buck, kids can ride one of the 62 hand-carved figurines. The park, located about 15 minutes southeast of downtown Providence, also holds family movie nights on Fridays during the summer.
4. Rhode Island Bay Cruises. Launch from North Kingston, about 30 minutes south of the city, and check out the lighthouses and the islands that line the coast. You’ll also pass by the famous mansions in Newport, as well as popular attractions like Fort Adams and the Newport bridges.  
5. East Bay Bicycle Path. Get your kids rolling on Providence’s mostly flat, 14.5-mile path that traverses through state parks, by coves and over bridges. Hop on the path at Colt State Park or Haines Memorial State Park.

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