In addition to fabulous dining, shopping, and performance venues, the Creative Capital and its outskirts have plenty of activities ready. Whether it’s soaring over the zoo, taking aim with foam-tipped arrows, or embarking on a scavenger hunt, here are five memory-making adventures to cap your summer!
Sure the zoo is home to over 100 different animal species, but did you know that now you can see them all from great heights? The Soaring Eagle zip ride is the perfect way to explore from a new vantage point – 115 feet above ground! The Explore and Soar attractions offer either a zip ride experience or a train ride through the woodlands. And you don’t want to miss Dinosaurs Among Us, an immersive walk-through featuring 60 life-size animatronic and interactive dinosaurs. Check out prehistoric-themed selfie stations, meet and greets with baby dinos, and hands-on fossil dig stations before the exhibit closes on August 13. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, RWPZoo.org
The Providence Rink is popular year-round, with ice skating and bumper cars luring families during the winter months, but it’s not to be underestimated in the summer. This time of year, the rink comes to life with roller skating, roller hockey, and more. Adult sports leagues including volleyball, dodgeball, pickleball, and soccer run Monday through Wednesday all season. Adults can sip craft beer, wine, or a cocktail at the Trinity Beer Garden, which offers popcorn and snacks for the kiddos. Head to the rink on August 19 at sunset for The Super Mario Bros. Movie – free popcorn included! Reserved seating must be purchased in advance. 2 Kennedy Plaza, TheProvidenceRink.com
A new addition to the local entertainment scene is Archery Games PVD in Olneyville, an indoor fast-paced combination of dodgeball and archery designed to get you moving. The paintball-style game uses foam-tipped arrows, and participants are required to wear masks and arm guards for safety. They host team building events, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and birthday parties for kids ages 10 and up. Never arched before? No worries, each session includes a training period before players are allowed on the field, or swap the bows for blasters to partake of Nerf Wars! 40 Sonoma Court, ArcheryGamesPVD.com
Buzzers and bells abound at the Electromagnetic Pinball Museum, a fun alternative to the national chain-style amusement centers – and a great way to get everybody off their phones. The facility boasts dozens of vintage pinball machines, and you can play all day for a flat daily fee of $10. Even better, the museum takes an active role in the community running programs and events to educate the public about the science, history, art, and culture behind the game. The museum is also involved in Project Pinball, a program that places pinball machines in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. Rainy day fun awaits! 881 Main Street, Pawtucket, ElectromagneticPinballMuseum.com
Learn why escape rooms are all the rage at The Great Escape Room, where teams must work together to get out of a complex series of challenges. Your group has 60 minutes to work through a part scavenger hunt, part puzzle-solving mission, crack the code, and flee the room. With a variety of rooms and themes like Poker Night at the President’s Bunker and Sherlock’s Study: What’s Up Watson, the Great Escape Room has stories to entice anyone. Pro-tip: plan an any-ages birthday party outing and see if your team has what it takes to win! 146 Westminster Street, TheGreatEscapeRoom.com
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