Roger Williams Park
located off Elmwood Ave, Providence

 

Sure, you probably know and go to our fabulous zoo, but what about the park itself? The 435 acres of Roger Williams Park offer a lot of wonderful opportunities to view wildlife, interesting old trees, flowers, and natural areas – not to mention the many outdoor attractions including the Carousel Village and Playground, Rose Garden, Temple to Music, Betsey Williams Cottage (left), Museum of Natural History, and the Botanical Center. In 2017, a trail improvement and marking project greatly enhanced the park – I never knew there were so many amazing woodland trails – five to be exact! And now they’re even better.

Length: varies
Difficulty: varies
Maps: There are five trails to choose from:
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RWP-Roosevelt Sign-Carousel-9-smaller
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Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 0.9 mile
You might want to bring: a sketch pad, a journal, or bubbles

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Roger Williams Park website.

Get directions or follow ours: From Route 95 North, take exit 16 and bear right at the fork to a traffic light. Make a left at the traffic light onto Elmwood Avenue. Turn right into Roger Williams Park. Look for a small parking circle on your right (after about 0.1 mile), next to the Betsy Williams Cottage and monument. From there you can use the map(s) to find the starting point of each of the hikes.

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