flying_horseRhode Island may be our smallest state, but it’s big on family entertainment. If you’re headed through New England, don’t overlook the treasures of Rhode Island:

  1. Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence – The zoo allows visitors a walking safari right by an elephant’s watering hole and through tree houses that put you eye to eye with a giraffe. The surrounding park includes lovely gardens, a historical center and even a playground!
  2. The Mansions in Newport – These breathtaking residences – eleven properties on 80 beachfront acres – served as summer cottages for the rich and famous in the 19th century. My daughter swears the Breakers, built by the Vanderbilt family, could double for the Van Trapp mansion in “The Sound of Music.”
  3. Flying Horse Merry Go Round in Westerly – The oldest carousel in the country (1876), the horses on this merry go round actually fly – that is, they’re not attached to the floor, but suspended from a center frame. So they fly out instead of the customary up and down. Cool beans, huh?
  4. Uncle Buck’s Sugar House in Ashaway – For a sweet farm visit, try Uncle Buck’s, where it’s all about the maple. You can tour the farm, get a demonstration of maple tapping and sample some freshly popped kettle corn.
  5. Water Wizz in Westerly – Mark this one “slippery when wet” – and it always is! Two speed and three serpentine slides mean you can choose your experience at this fun outdoor water park. And there’s a “Little Dipper” for the guppies in the family.