In the crazy-glorious whirlwind of summer parties and trips, it can be easy to start off with all kinds of big plans, only to find yourself wiped out, broke and bewildered, when Labor Day rolls around.  Don’t worry – we’re on it and we’ve totally got you covered with a wicked awesome summer bucket list methodically developed by scientists at Brown University*.

For the competitive among you (and you know who you are) it is GAME ON. Can all this fantastic family fun be accomplished in one summer? Who the heck knows, but we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t love to see you try!

Check out the bucket list below or print out a copy to take with you on this epic summer quest. PS, do us a favor and tag your photos with #RhodeIsland – so we can stalk shamelessly live vicariously through you! This is Part One of the Bucket List, but if you can't wait to find out the rest, download your list today! CameraPopsicleNow let's get started!

*No scientists at Brown University or any other university for that matter had anything to do with anything on this page... ;P

1. Go to the beach.

So obvious, and yet so necessary. Set up your spot, settle in and then kiss being productive goodbye. Instead, ride the waves, read a book, worship Ra, or just float - all while the kids run around like hooligans delighting in sand, mud, hermit crabs and splashing each other. Dig deep, release your inner slacker and just "be" at the beach. 

Andy's Way

If you’re into clamming, or just a pleasant stroll, this is your spot. It’s a large crescent of sandy beach on... Read More ›

Baby Beach

This is the beach that locals want to keep secret – a well-sheltered beach with gentler waves and less... Read More ›

Ballard's Beach

Ballard’s Beach is a Block Island tradition, with a hotel and an oceanfront restaurant, plus tiki bars serving... Read More ›

Barrington Town Beach

Four acres of beachfront overlooking Narragansett Bay. Lifeguards on duty from June to September. Parking... Read More ›

Blue Beach

Located on the southwest tip of Quonset Point, Blue Beach has a small parking area off Circuit Drive, with a... Read More ›

Blue Shutters Town Beach

Very popular family-oriented town beach. It's a pretty spot with spectacular views of Block Island Sound.... Read More ›

Bristol Town Beach

The Town Beach and Sports Complex is a 47.15-acre park located near the entrance to Colt State Park. It... Read More ›

Calf Pasture Point Beach

Calf Pasture Point Beach, visible from Spink’s Neck across the Allen Harbor channel, is accessible to cyclists... Read More ›

Charlestown Beach

Secluded, romantic and known for amazing sunsets. Charlestown Beach is a great spot for a sunset picnic and... Read More ›

Charlestown Breachway

This beach offers a panoramic view of Block Island Sound and is known as one of the best salt water fishing... Read More ›

Charlestown Town Beach

Resident passes and cottage passes are accepted. New bathroom facility with cold-water rinsing stations. Fees... Read More ›

Compass Rose Beach

This is the old sea-plane beach at Quonset Point. It is a popular place to launch small craft such as Hobie... Read More ›

Conimicut Point Beach

Saltwater beach with a park. A great spot for bird watching and sunsets, with view of the Conimicut... Read More ›

Cooneymus Cove

Cooneymus Cove is one of three secluded beaches on the west side of the island, furthest from town. It's wave... Read More ›

Cow Cove

Cow Cove includes pretty coastal views, the historic North Light and Settler’s Rock, a monument inscribed with... Read More ›

Crescent Beach

A stretch of white sand beach along the east side of the island. Crescent Beach stretches along the Island's... Read More ›

Dinghy Beach

Featuring majestic views that make a perfect backdrop for photos, Dinghy Beach is a small sandy cove with a... Read More ›

Dunes Park Beach

Small beach geared to families. Soft sand, clear water. Privately owned facility. Read More ›

East Beach/Ninigret Conservation...

East Beach, located in Charlestown, takes up three miles of prime beach shoreline. It is the easterly... Read More ›

East Matunuck State Beach

Noted for its strong surf, this beach sports a futuristic pavilion and a huge parking lot. Boats entering and... Read More ›

Easton's Beach (First Beach)

Easton's Beach, located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the Cliff Walk, is a 3/4 mile long surf beach... Read More ›

Fogland Beach (Tiverton Town Beach)

Fogland Beach is a black stone beach on the south side of Fogland Point. The beach is a favorite of kayakers... Read More ›

Fort Adams State Park

The second largest bastioned fort in the U.S. Key to Narragansett Bay area defenses, 1799 to 1945. Designed to... Read More ›

Fred Benson Town Beach

Known locally as Crescent Beach. Chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and concessions available to rent on a daily... Read More ›

Georgiaville Pond

Public beach, freshwater swimming, stickers required to park. Boat launch. $4 walk-in day pass for... Read More ›

Goddard Memorial State Park Beach

Saltwater beach in Goddard Park by the stables and performing arts building Read More ›

Goosewing Beach

The Goosewing Beach Preserve is a magnificent system of pristine coastal pond, beach and dune environments.... Read More ›

Gorton Pond

Disabled-accessible fishing pier. Small beach, no lifeguard. Read More ›

Grinnell's Beach

Summer of 2019 brings you a new and improved family beach where you will find a new parking lot, new... Read More ›

King Park Beach

King Park is a Newport City park at the south end of Newport Harbor. Read More ›

Lincoln Woods State Park

This 627-acre park is located just outside of Providence. It includes all of Olney Pond and offers facilities... Read More ›

Little Pond

Located in a quiet residential area. Small beach, no lifeguards. Read More ›

Mackerel Cove (Jamestown Town...

Sandy Mackerel Cove, also known as Jamestown Town Beach, is sheltered from the currents of Narragansett Bay,... Read More ›

Mansion Beach

Secluded beach on Block Island, famous for its big waves. It's best to arrive by bike, as the limited parking... Read More ›

Melville Pond Recreation Area

One hundred sixty two acrea of coastal woodland dotted by wetlands, ponds, and brooks. The Nature preserve... Read More ›

Misquamicut State Beach

This beach is one of the largest in the state. It generally has modest surf and good sand with a gradual... Read More ›

Mohegan Bluffs

The bluffs rise about 200 feet above the sea and stretch for nearly three miles. Spectacular vistas. Nature... Read More ›

Moonstone Beach

Nestled in the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge's 2-miles of coastline is Moonstone Beach. Over two miles... Read More ›

Napatree Point Beach & Conservation...

Napatree Point juts out from the Watch Hill area in Westerly, and is a wonderful place for a stunningly... Read More ›

Narragansett Town Beach

Narragansett Town Beach is a classic New England saltwater coastal beachfront that offers some of the best,... Read More ›

Oakland Beach

Bay inlet beach. Saltwater beach, restaurants nearby. Boat ramp on Bay Ave. Read More ›

Pulaski State Park and Recreational...

Located within the 4,000-acre George Washington Management Area, the 100-acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area... Read More ›

Quonochontaug Pond

Quonochontaug Pond is a saltwater pond in South County and is connected directly to the ocean via... Read More ›

Roger Wheeler State Beach

Also known as Sand Hill Cove Beach. This popular beach has fine white sand, calm water and a very slight... Read More ›

Sachuest Beach (Second Beach)

Sachuest Beach, locally known as Second Beach, is a South facing, mile long, family friendly beach with good... Read More ›

Salty Brine State Beach

Also known as Galilee Beach. This tiny beach, barely 100 yards long, is set close to the busy Galilee docks... Read More ›

Sandy Point Beach

This shallow, natural beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for... Read More ›

Scarborough State Beach North

Scarborough State Beach, with its newly renovated pavilion and expanded beach area, along with renovations to... Read More ›

Scarborough State Beach South

Scarborough State Beach, with its newly renovated pavilion and expanded beach area, along with renovations to... Read More ›

Scotch Beach

Scotch Beach is accessible from a small parking area located on its namesake road leading to the right-of-way.... Read More ›

South Kingstown Town Beach

This beach, on the fringe of the village of Matunuck, is South Kingstown's official public beach. It has a... Read More ›

South Shore Beach

It's secluded and peaceful, but rocky; camping through application, but no campground. Read More ›

Spink's Neck Beach

Spink’s Neck Beach is a long, narrow stretch of sand and shells in Davisville on the northern side of Quonset... Read More ›

Spring Lake Beach & Arcade

Recreational facility with 750 feet of beachfront offering volleyball court, food concessions, paddleboats,... Read More ›

Surf Beach

Right at the south end of Crescent Beach sits Surf Beach, named for The Surf Hotel which sits just above it.... Read More ›

Teddy's Beach

Teddy's Beach is located on Park Avenue in Island Park at Stone Bridge. This beach is owned by the State of... Read More ›

Third Beach

Third Beach is a beautiful, family friendly East facing beach. Third Beach has less waves and overlooks Third... Read More ›

Union Street Beach

Union Street Beach is a small, picturesque park overlooking the beautiful Bristol Harbor. Located on Hope... Read More ›

Vaill Beach

Rocky but private, Vaill Beach is very secluded and is a good place for beach combing, finding glass floats... Read More ›

Warren Town Beach

The perfect spot for a family picnic or a great beach day with the little ones, the Warren Town Beach has... Read More ›

Warwick City Park & Buttonwoods...

A 126-acre beach park with three baseball fields, picnic areas and shelters, three miles of paved bicycle... Read More ›

Warwick Pond, Buckeye Brook

An 85-acre pond in the middle of Warwick, just east of the airport. There is no parking lot, but there is... Read More ›

Watch Hill Beach

This small beach lies behind the antique Flying Horse Carousel in the heart of Watch Hill. It is popular with... Read More ›

Watchaug Pond Beach

Freshwater beach within Burlingame State Park. Read More ›

West Beach

While not great for swimmers and a bit rocky for laying on the beach, West Beach is very secluded and gorgeous... Read More ›

Wuskenau Town Beach

Formerly called Westerly New Town Beach. On Atlantic Ave, not far from Misquamicut State Beach. Open to the... Read More ›

2. Drink a Del's.

An RI institution since 1948, for a Rhode Islander it's not really summer until you've had a Del's. You'll find this slushy goodness throughout the state from Cumberland to Block Island in flavors like watermelon, blueberry and classic lemon. Trust us, a brain freeze has never been so worth it.

3.Hit the splash pad at WWII Memorial Park, Woonsocket

What kid doesn't love a splash pad? This one's surrounded by ball fields, a playground, picnic tables and walking paths - as well as restrooms which are always a good thing with little ones.

4. Hike Lincoln Woods.

It's 627 awesome acres of woods, trails and paths that surround Olney Pond, with its beach, new concession stand and kayak rentals. The more adventurous can do some mountain biking or check out some bouldering. PS, you can bring your dog along for the fun!

5. Take a boat tour.

We're not called the Ocean State for nothing, you know. Our coast is 400 miles long and it is made for boating: motorboat, sailboat, riverboat, schooner, yacht, dinghy, whatever. The bottom line is, get your family out on the water this summer and feel the salt spray on your skin and the wind in your hair as you fish, chase the horizon, or learn the history of the bay. And don't forget the ferries! Getting from A to B is much more pleasant with a drink in your hand and traffic in your wake. :)

12 Meter Charters

Sail aboard the legendary America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts! Our beautiful 70-foot yachts are available for... Read More ›

Aces Wild Fishing Charters

Docked in the port of Galilee where the Rhode Island fishing charter fleet is located. Both inshore and... Read More ›

Adirondack II

Fall in love with Newport from the deck of the classic 80’ schooner. Daily ticketed sails, and private... Read More ›

Adventure Rhode Island Fishing...

Enjoy light tackle charter fishing for Stripers, Flounder, or Totaug with father and son Earl and Chris Bell... Read More ›

Amazing Grace Harbor Tours

Sightseeing at its very finest. Join us for a relaxing tour or private charter around the harbor aboard the... Read More ›

America's Cup Charters

Uniquely Newport - our fleet of winning legendary America’s Cup l2 Meters are available for Private Charters... Read More ›

Antique Yacht Collection

The Antique Yacht Collection specializes in PRIVATE yachting & boating experiences aboard select and... Read More ›

Archangel Charters

"Archangel" is a 28-foot Hydra-Sports Vector 2796 model with twin Yamaha 250's which flies to the fishing... Read More ›

Bareboat Sailing Charters

Your Newport, RI sailing charter adventure will start in the most famous harbor in New England…Newport, Rhode... Read More ›

Bartram & Brakenhoff Yacht...

A luxury yacht charter is an experience unlike any other, and our experts at B&B Yacht Charters, Inc. are... Read More ›

Big Game Sport Fishing Charters

Big Game Sport Fishing was established in Snug Harbor Rhode Island in 2008 by USCG licensed Captains Brian... Read More ›

Blackstone Valley Explorer

Once polluted, the Blackstone River has recovered beautifully! On our cruises you may see swan, herons, geese,... Read More ›

Block Island Express

High speed ferry. Seasonal Ferry connecting New Londoon, CT and Block Island Read More ›

Block Island Ferry

The Traditional ferry is our year-round service ferry. The traditional service operates out of the Pt. Judith... Read More ›

Block Island Fishworks and Sandy...

Since 2002, we have been Block Island's headquarters for everything fishing! The only full-service bait tackle... Read More ›

Bluenose Yachts & Charters

Bluenose Yacht Charters offers the newest, and cleanest fleet of quality yachts in New England. Our entire... Read More ›

Bonita II Sportfishing Charters

There is over 65 years of experience in this 2nd generation family business offering inshore and offshore... Read More ›

Brady Yachting

Chart your own course with Brady Yachting, for the only unique upper-bay sailing charter excursions around.... Read More ›

C-Devil II Sportfishing

We are a full-time professional charter operation with 30 years of experience offering inshore, offshore, and... Read More ›

Captain Sheriff's Charters

From the novice angler, to the experienced fisherman seeking big game species, Rhode Island has it all and... Read More ›

Cherry Pepper Sport Fishing

Whether you are an experienced fisherman seeking an exciting offshore adventure or a family looking for some... Read More ›

Classic Cruises of Newport

Classic Cruises of Newport is the local favorite for sailing and power boat tours and sunset harbor cruises.... Read More ›

Conanicut Marina/Jamestown and...

The Jamestown Newport Ferry offers scenic transportation on lower Narragansett Bay and in Newport Harbor and... Read More ›

Drifter Too Sportfishing Charters

The Drifter Too is a 36' Harris sport fishing boat. On the Drifter Too our main objective for the day is... Read More ›

East Bay Charters

Lighthouse Tour East Bay Charters offers private excursion of over 15 lighthouses on Narragansett Bay. View... Read More ›

East Bay Sailing Foundation

East Bay Sailing Foundation (EBSF) encourages both juniors and adult participants to learn to sail and race... Read More ›

East Coast Charters LLC

East Coast Charters LLC is a fully licensed and insured outdoor guide services specializing in light tackle... Read More ›

Fish On! Charters

For the seasoned angler looking to score that trophy fish or a first time angler just looking to catch some... Read More ›

Fish'n Tales Adventures-Newport

Welcome aboard from May - October!!! Join the captain and crew aboard the 50′ fishing boat Northeastern out of... Read More ›

Fish'n Tales Adventures-Wickford

November thru April Explore the beautiful Wickford Harbor as we tour one of the best seal watching locations... Read More ›

6. Visit a petting zoo.

If you or your little ones are animal lovers, then you'll be hitting a petting zoo at some point this summer. Get your quarters ready for the feed machines and the antibacterial gel ready for post-petting. Then get in there and snuggle those goats to your heart's content!

7. Watch the cows get milked at Wright's Dairy Farm.

Wright's has been a Rhode Island fixture since 1914, and they invite anyone who's interested to come and watch their cow's get milked each day (even on Christmas) from 3pm-4:30pm. Once you've watched the pretty cows get milked, you can pop over to the Wright Scoop, a 1966 Streamline Trailer turned quirky ice cream shop with a "cow-to-cone" philosophy and some crazy good small-batch ice cream.

8. Play disc golf at Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket.

This all ages and abilities disc trail is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. What's better than some friendly family competition? Just remember to BYOD (bring your own discs).

9. Root, root, root for the PawSox.

Summer and baseball go together like peanut butter and jelly, and taking in a game this summer is essential. So, grab the fam and head to McCoy to watch some fantastic baseball. You'll be having so much fun, by the time it comes to belt out "Sweet Caroline" your only serious consideration will be hotdog vs pretzel. Plan it right and you'll catch post-game fireworks, or go on Sunday so the kids can run the bases after the game. Total. Home. Run. :)

10. Collect sea shells.

Sea shell collecting is awesome. Each one is different, different colors, some broken, others just fragments and still others that are absolutely perfect. You don't have to be a kid to love it either - if you fancy yourself an artist, DIYer or other crafty type, there are loads of great things you can do with shells. All you need is a bucket and a beach - super simple!

Roger W Wheeler State Beach-Narragansett-South County

11. Attend an outdoor concert.

Beautiful music, nature and fresh air. What is not to like? Enjoy an outdoor concert with the wee ones and make a picnic of it with food, drinks and a comfy blanket. Or you can head to a food truck night that combines terrific food options with great music (and no lugging a picnic basket!).

12. Meet the chickens at the Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown.

Billed as an international bazaar and home to a cafe, artwork, unique clothing, jewelry and more. This Rhode Island gem also features gardens, bamboo,  chickens, ducks, goats and emus. It's a great place to wander around.

13. Bike a bike path.

Fun fact: RI has more than 60 miles of scenic bike paths to keep pedal pushers happy. Gather the family and set off on a cycling adventure.  Many go by the water, are tree lined and some pass historic sites. No bikes? No problem! We've got plenty of places to rent.

14. Eat at a clam shack.

This is a must, obviously. There's nothing like leaving the beach still sandy and hair funky from the salt air and hunkering down at a picnic table for clam cakes and chowder at a local shack. Some are award-winning, all are beloved - each with their own passionate following - and all that seafood is fresh off Rhode Island docks. YUM.

15. Stargaze at Frosty Drew Observatory, Charlestown.

Are your little ones interested in science and astronomy? Well, they will be after a night at Frosty Drew. Rhode Island has the darkest stretch of night sky from Boston to New York and the stars show up and show off in spectacular fashion in Charlestown. Don't miss a chance to show the kids the wonders of the galaxy from the Sky Theatre at Frosty Drew.

16. Yak to a Yak at 1661 Farm & Gardens Animal Farm, Block Island.

Did you know that just across the street from The 1661 Inn is their Farm & Aviary? Home to a menagerie of interesting animals that include - you guessed it, a yak - as well as camels, llamas, pygmy and fainting goats, black swans red kangaroos and more. Get up close and personal with lemurs, alpacas and who knows what else! 

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of the Summer Family Bucket List!