Get out of the House This Summer!


You may be bogged down with homework, but even the most diligent student needs a break every now and then,  Breaks help you re-focus on the task at hand, and keep you from getting cranky and petulant.  People who live in Rhode Island know all about the beaches, but what about those sunburned days when you just want to be in air conditioning, or you want to do a little more than just lie around?  There are plenty of adventures to be had within a short driving distance from Bryant, and many are cheap or even free.

Waterfire: Waterfire is a regular event in Providence that is both free, and fantastic.  The actual Waterfire is baskets of cedar placed in the river and lit at sunset.  The soothing glow of the fire against the velvety backdrop of the water is enhanced by music that changes as you walk along the river walk.  Waterfire attracts thousands of people to downtown Providence, and in addition to the beauty of the event, there’s also a carnival atmosphere.  Food vendors set up shop in the park and along Canal Street, Dunkin’ Donuts is always giving away free iced coffee samples, there’s often other live music set up downtown, and it’s all free!  It’s a fine way to spend a Saturday or Friday night, just make sure to get there early for the best parking.  Waterfire does full and partial lightings about every other weekend in the summer, check out the full schedule.

Free Fun Fridays:  Every year museums and visitor’s sites all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts participate in Free Fun Fridays, which means that participating locations open their doors to all comers free of charge.  Starting July and ending the last Friday in August, each Free Museum Friday gives you four options to choose from, and all you have to do is show up.  You can even make a day of it.  Pick an outdoor space, like Tanglewood or Shakespeare on the Common, pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy a nice leisurely day out.  You might even learn something.

RI Family Guide: The Rhode Island Family Guide sounds like it’s just for families with small children, but it’s chock full of fun ideas for all ages.  It’s a handy way to browse sites and activities around the Ocean State, and pick what you’d like to do.  It includes contact information and address, and is broken down geographically so you can eliminate those long drives if you don’t have much time to adventure.  A lot of the sites listed in the family guide may also have special summer events, which are always fun to check out.  This may be just the thing to discovering a new way to spend your down time this summer.

Take to the Sea: There are many ways to have a sea-worthy adventure this summer even if you don’t know anyone who owns a boat.  There are several sailing companies that operate short harbor cruises all day and into the evening in Newport.  Some include a fully narrated tour of the harbor, and others are just pleasure sailing.  There are also seal watch tours and lighthouse tours.  There is no better way to cool off on a hot day than by boarding a sleek water vessel–you’ll be glad you did.