Warwick Offers Families Miles of Reasons to Go Outside and Play

April 28, 2011 at 11:26 am EST
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With so many recreational options, Warwick families often wonder what isn’t there to do.

Between hiking, kayaking, backpacking and mountain climbing, residents are constantly on the go, enjoying Central Rhode Island’s great outdoors.

The Warwick Township Parks and Recreation Department alone has 61 city and school playgrounds and nine parks featuring everything from sandy beaches to inline skating parks. The Mickey Stevens Sports Complex includes ice rinks, a swimming pool and tennis and basketball courts. And Confreda Sports Complex just opened last year with playgrounds and four lighted soccer fields.

One of the newer recreational offerings is the East Bay Greenway’s 1.5-mile jaunt through Warwick. Local recreation officials also continually extend walking tracks throughout the area that connect neighborhoods and provide a safe environment for pedestrians.

With bike paths, athletic fields and a large beach, the 196-acre Warwick City Park offers a blend of land and riparian activities. The same can be said for the 489-acre Goddard Memorial State Park, which features a beach, a 9-hole golf course, picnicking, athletic fields and an equestrian facility with 18 miles of bridle trails.

Of course, there are many parts of Rhode Island that can only be viewed from far out in the bay. Many locals and visitors enjoy sightseeing in Narragansett Bay and companies such as Southland Riverboat accommodate large groups with various narrated cruises. The new RI-Vineyard Fast Ferry has quickly proven popular as the state’s first high-speed passenger service with 90-minute runs between Quonset Point and Martha’s Vineyard.

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