5 Fun Things to Do in August in Rhode Island

Get outside and enjoy the weather while you can.


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Employees from the human resources department at Citizens' Bank got in a work out recently stacking wood for WaterFire.

It starts about mid-July. People start talking about how summer's almost over. And I just want to hang on to it, kicking and screaming. Here are some ways to continue to enjoy the season.

1. Pile wood for WaterFire. Do your own version of Cross Fit for one of Rhode Island’s most well known events. Join the hearty souls stacking wood on Allens Avenue for WaterFire. You can sign up to volunteer on the website. August 3, 5-8 p.m. 164 Allens Ave., Providence. waterfire.org.  

2. Take an easy paddle on the Woonasquatucket River. Looking for something a little less strenuous? Join the Greystone Mill Pond Paddle. It starts out at Cricket Field in Johnston. You’ll pass wetlands and maybe spot some herons. Advance registration is requested by contacting Erik Talley at etalley@wrwc.org. Cost is $35 if you need a boat, $15 if you have your own. August 4, 6 p.m. 4 Riverside Ave., Johnston, wrwc.org/events.php

3. Learn how to clam. There’s still time to sign up for a class led by quahogger Jody King. Classes are August 4 and 19 in North Kingstown. Find out more here.

 4. Vie for "Worst Example of Naval Architecture" in the Fools Regatta. This popular event in Jamestown showcases the creativity of vessel makers every year. Sign up to make your own boat, or watch the display. August 13, 9 a.m. East Beach, Jamestown, jyc.org/FoolsRules/ThisYearsFoolsRules.htm

 5. Visit a historic lighthouse. Take a two-hour narrated boat tour around the upper bay and Providence Harbor. You’ll learn about the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and stop off to see Pomham Rocks  Lighthouse. Tours are August 13 and 27 at 9 and 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. $45. 401-580-2628, providenceriverboat.com/pomham/

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