Free Family Fun in the East Bay Area
The beautiful East Bay and surrounding area has a variety of things to do in the summer. Parks and beaches provide activities such as hiking, fishing, biking, swimming and more, all for free.
Slater Park on Newport Ave in Pawtucket has basketball and tennis courts, a playground with swings, and a dog park to let your dog run and play. They also have a carousel and a scenic 2 mile long bike path that connects Slater Park to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence.
India Point Park on India Street in Providence has 18 acres of land and a shoreline of 3,600 feet where you can sit and enjoy a picnic with a view. There is a lot of parking along the street.
The East Bay bike path starts at India Point Park and runs 14 miles through Riverside, Warren, Barrington, and ends in Bristol. There are also places to park along the way if you want to start from a different location.
Sabin Point Park, located at Sabin Point in Riverside, has a playground, picnic area, basketball court, walking path, and fishing pier. If you have a dog there are plenty of dog parks near Waterman Street in Providence, Haines Dog Park in Barrington at 3 Haines Park Road, and Pawtucket Dog Park on Armistice Boulevard.
Colt State Park on Route 114 in Bristol has a beautiful shoreline. It also has a four mile bike path with an area for a family picnic.
There are a couple of playgrounds in East Providence. Glenlyon playground is located at 14 Linden Avenue and Agawam Flynn Field and Playground is located where Centre Street and Pawtucket Avenue meet.
Lincoln Woods is another great location for this summer. They have a beach with lifeguards and space for kayaking. There is a place for horseback riding, fishing, and walking at Breakneck Hill Road. Fishing is allowed at Olney Pond in Lincoln woods as they constantly refill the pond with fish. Some other great spots for fishing are the Providence and Seekonk rivers along route 95. Shad Factory Pond on 65 Reed Street is also great for fishing, as well as bird watching and hiking. Visit https://www.ri.gov/DEM/huntfish to obtain your fishing license.
Audubon Society on Park Street in Attleboro has many outdoor activities, including handicap accessible hiking paths. Audubon also has an aquarium and nature center if it’s raining. The Rehoboth State Forest on 90 Peck Street is great for dogs, riding bikes, and hiking. Blackstone Boulevard is a great place to ride a bike and walk or jog along the shaded path. There is a Farmers market on the boulevard on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pierce Field, located at 201 Mercer Street, hosts many events during the summer such as fireworks on the Fourth of July. The annual Heritage Festival takes place at Pierce Field. This year. It is scheduled for July 13 - 15th. Mark your calendar for fun, food, & entertainment. Pierce Field also has two basketball courts, two tennis courts, four baseball fields, and a stadium.
Warren Town Beach on Water Street is child friendly with shallow water and a playground. There is a lot across the street from the beach for parking.
The East Bay and surrounding area is up and coming with an abundance of things to do for free during the summer when the weather is nice. I hope you get the chance to take a break and enjoy the beautiful weather this summer.
Anthony is a graduating senior at The Providence Country Day School who spent 3 weeks with us as an intern at The Reporter. He starts at Bryant University in the Fall and hopes to someday own a business and be his own boss.