The weather has been unseasonably amazing lately and should only continue to get nicer. Spring has almost officially blossomed and summer is creeping upon us very soon. I can bet that you love to spend time outdoors on beautiful spring and summer days (and it you don’t, well, I don’t think you’re human), but your usual outdoor routine might get boring after a while.
Do you know that there are state parks scattered all around Rhode Island, all with their own quirky, personal, and historical charm? Luckily, I’ve been working at one for the past five years. As a seasoned vet in the Park Ranger world, I have some hints that will definitely get your spring and summer plans off to a great start. Here’s the low-down on RI Outdoor-Life. Where are your favorites?
- Lincoln Woods State Park. Lincoln, RI. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little biased towards this park, since it is where I have been fine-tuning my ranger career for the past five years. Located in Northern RI, right outside of Providence, this is your first breath of fresh, wooden air outside of the city. It loops around a large pond and has daytime picnic sites that are available for rent for only $2. The park is mostly a one-way for drivers, leaving an entire lane for runners, walkers, dogs (on leashes, of course), and bikers. As I mentioned, you can picnic here by day but the park closes at sunset. Don’t let me find you gallivanting through the park once the sun goes down! There are no lights and it’s kind of creepy at night, anyways. There is also a beach area, tons of fishing spots, and trails throughout the park that will certainly make for an eventful day outside. Who knows, we might even run into each other. 🙂 The park is open to walkers year-round, but the gates officially open this Friday, April 13th.
- George Washington Memorial Camping Area. Glocester, RI. Another upstate RI gem, this campground was recently featured on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot (don’t worry, I haven’t heard of any sightings firsthand). Unlike Lincoln Woods, overnight camping is available at this park. Hiking, cycling, camping, fishing, and swimming are some of the activities that you can accomplish during a day (or more) at GW. You can also find Pulaski Memorial State Park located within the vicinity of this park, adding more daytime use opportunities to any outdoorsy-person’s schedule.
- Goddard Memorial State Park. Warwick, RI. This park is considered RI’s most popular Metropolitan Park. There are TONS of activities available, but they are only by day. Picnic sites, fields, and even a Carousel building available for rent. Like golfing or even horseback riding? Both are options here at Goddard.
- Burlingame State Campground. Charlestown, RI. Located in Southern, RI, almost on the Connecticut border, this rustic campground is perfect for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. If you’re looking for a location hidden from it all, this is the spot for you. Log cabins and other camp sites are available for rental here.
- State Beaches. South County, RI. There are a number of beaches in Rhode Island, including: Salty Brine State Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, Scarborough State Beach, and Roger Wheeler State Beach. Each beach has its own individual rules, but many share similar regulations. If you’re from RI, you know that these are some beautiful spots to spend your hot summer days. If not, be sure to give them a shot during your next trip to Lil’ Rhody.
There are many more State Parks, Beaches, and Campgrounds in this small state, so I obviously couldn’t name them all. Be sure to check out RIParks.com for a complete listing, along with a break down of all the parks’ rules, regulations, and prices. I guarantee you’ll have a blast but be sure you follow the rules…you wouldn’t want a park ranger to ruin your day! 😉