Zoos in Rhode Island with kids

It’s animal time in Rhode Island, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Rhode Island because The Ocean State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

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    Providence

    Spend the day in one of the oldest zoos in the country, with 130 species of rare and fascinating animals from around the world, including elephants, giraffes, snow leopards, and kangaroos!

  • The Butterfly Zoo

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    Tiverton

    It's all things butterflies at this Rhode Island Butterfly Zoo! A day out with the family surrounded by these fluttering colorful creatures!

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  • Kidz Kastle

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    Warwick

    5000sq ft of indoor play space for kids with an indoor playground, sports court, tea cup rides, inflatables, playhouses - and a pirate ship!

  • Norman Bird Sanctuary

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    Middletown

    Norman Bird Sanctuary constitutes the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. A wildlife refuge, NBS encompasses over 300 acres and 7 miles of trails that wind through a diversity of ...

  • Colt State Park

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    Bristol

    464 acres of drives, lawns and stone walls along one of Rhode Island's most incredible shorelines. The "Gem" of the State Parks System!

  • Beavertail State Park

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    Jamestown

    Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline.

  • Burlingame State Park

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    Charlestown

    This very popular state recreation area offers 50 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, a swimming beach and a nearby DEM boat launch for boating and fishing.

  • Fort Wetherill State Park

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    Jamestown

    Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp.

  • Goddard Memorial State Park

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    Warwick

    Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's most popular Metropolitan Park.

  • Haines Memorial State Park

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    East Providence

    features a handicap accessible boat ramp, restrooms, and game fields which are available for rent.

  • Lincoln Woods State Park

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    Lincoln

    One of Blackstone Valley's great treasures, this popular New England getaway offers swimming, fishing, jogging, horseback riding, and the beach!

  • Misquamicut State Beach

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    Westerly

    One of the state\'s most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front. There are also many local attractions for children. This modern pavilion includes many new concepts including rails, ...

  • Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area

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    Glocester

    Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, the 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a "day use" facility offering users a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

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    Narragansett

    acilities and Activities include: Restrooms, Restrooms for the Disabled, Parking, Beach, Pavilion with Coin Operated Hot Showers, Playground, Picnic Tables, Concession and Swimming.

  • Snake Den State Park

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    Johnston

    The 1000 acre undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers and plants and also a working farm. In the fall, the foliage at Snake Den is something to behold. ...

  • World War II State Park

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    Woonsocket

    Facilities and Activities include: Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Tennis courts, Horseshoe Courts, Shuffleboard Court, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Bandstand, Picnicking, Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, ...

  • Fort Adams State Park

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    Newport

    Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

  • Water Wizz of Westerly

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    Westerly

    Make a SPLAH at this Rhode Island water park, with giant water slides, tunnels, and spills for all ages!

  • Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum

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    Bristol

    Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England. Your exploration of Blithewold will include a dozen different gardens, specimen trees, and a 45-room English style manor house, all ...

  • Atlantic Beach Park

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    Misquamicut

    That classic beach front fun with an antique band organ, charming carousel, and fun kiddie amusement rides! There is even ice cream and an arcade!)

  • Ryan Family Amusements

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    Newport

    Ryan Family Amusements entertainment center features bowling, huge games rooms with arcade games, and lots more fun for all the family

  • Bayview Fun Park

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    Misquamicut

    Voted best mini-golf course in Rhode island. Excitement for the Whole Family! Featuring: NEW 19-Hole Mini-Golf!, Slic Track Go-Karts, Bumper Boats! Batting Cages!

  • The Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railroad

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    Newport

    Sit Back, relax and enjoy the salt air breeze as you travel along the cozy west shore of Aquidneck island (Newport RI) in an open platform coach built 1904 or an 1884 parlor car.

  • Providence Childrens Museum

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    Providence

    Kids aged 1 to 11 can play, create AND learn in this hands-on children's museum in Rhode Island! A day out filled with imagination and fun.

  • Herreshoff Marine Museum

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    Bristol

    The Herreshoff Marine Museum and America\'s Cup Hall of Fame are dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff ...

  • South County Museum

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    Narragansett

    The mission of the South County Museum is to inspire wonder and a better understanding of the agricultural and rural village life in coastal Rhode Island before the emergence of suburban communities.

  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

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    Newport

    The Museum's galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits, dynamic videos, and popular memorabilia from historic champions and the superstars of today.

  • The Museum of Yachting

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    Newport

    The Museum of Yachting is dedicated to preserving the culture of yachting by fostering education and enjoyment of its history through the presentation of vessels, artifacts, literature, events, and ...

  • The National Museum of American Illustration

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    Newport

    The Museum's American Imagist Collection features masterpieces of illustrative art and is the largest such collection in the world. Illustrators combine personal expression with pictorial ...

  • Newport Art Museum

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    Newport

    The Museum's collections and exhibitions focus on the visual arts of Newport and southeastern New England, reflecting both the rich heritage of the past and the lively art scene of the present.

  • The New England Wireless and Steam Museum

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    East Greenwich

    The Museum is an electrical and mechanical engineering museum emphasizing the beginnings of radio and steam power. The museum honors engineers who achieved greatness and served the public good by ...

  • RISD Museum of Art

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    Providence

    A fascinating and educational insight into paintings, sculptures, costume, furniture from all over the world! For those art buffs out there....

  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

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    Providence

    Spend the day at Rhode Island’s only natural history museum AND the state’s only public planetarium! A family day out choice since 1896!

  • Slater Mill Museum

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    Pawtucket

    The American Industrial Revolution is brought back to life in this historic Rhode Island museum, with tours through 18th and 19th century buildings!

  • Adventureland of Narragansett

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    Narragansett

    Charming and enchanting family fun in Rhode Island with this amusement park - great for all ages!