5 Ways to Spend Your Day on the Water

Whether it’s kayaking or paddle boarding, surfing or boating, there are plenty of water activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Do you want to spend a day by the water but the beach isn’t exactly what you had in mind? Check out these five fun ways to cool off and soak in the summer sun.


Paddle through waterways with East Coast Paddle Sports on your own stand-up paddle board. Or, check out the new party board – a massive paddleboard that is fifteen feet long and five feet wide – that can hold four to six people at once. The cost to rent an individual paddle board is $25 per hour or $75 for a full day of adventure, and the party board costs $240 for a four-hour rental. Plus, pack a lunch because you may choose to spend all day paddling after you get the hang of it! East Coast Paddle Sports, 2 William Schmid Dr., Wakefield, 368-5455, ecpaddlesports.com.



Rent a kayak from Narrow River Kayaks for your own self-guided tour of Narrow River at Middlebridge or join one of the several guided tours that are offered. Guided tours include but are not limited to; a sunrise and sunset paddle, ECO tour and a starlight or full moon paddle. Located only a mile away from the ocean, the scenery will meander and change with the river. See the website for tour and kayak rental prices. Narrow River Kayaks, 94 Middlebridge Rd., Narragansett, 789-0334, narrowriverkayaks.com.



Everybody’s gone surfin’, surfin’ in the U.S.A! Peter Pan Surfing and SUP Academy are now offering four-day-long surfing camps at Narragansett Town Beach and South Kingstown Town Beach. They also offer private lessons and sessions for small and large groups in Narragansett for a more individualized experience. Surfing lessons cost $60 for an hour long private session, $50 per person in a small group setting and $45 per person in a large group setting. Do you already have hangin’ loose down pat and looking to ride solo? Full and half-day surfboard rentals and wetsuits are also available to rent. Peter Pan Surfing, Narragansett Surf Shop, 74 Narragansett Ave., Narragansett, 575-0003 or 789-7890, peterpansurfingacademy.com.



Discover the history and beauty of Providence by boat with Providence River Boat Company. Cruise past Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Industrial Harbor on a narrated daytime or sunset excursion. Special tours, including WaterFire rides, a boat ride with Santa and vineyard voyages are also set to sail. All tours are by reservation only. Providence River Boat Company, 525 South Water St., Providence, 580–2628, providenceriverboat.com.



Head to your local pond to cast a reel or down to Bowen’s Landing in Newport to join a Fish’n Tales fishing trip. The two or three-hour daily fishing charter provides the rod, tackle, bait and ice – all you have to do is cast the reel and have fun! Fish’n Tales also offers daily ninety-minute lobstering trips where you will watch how lobster traps are hauled from the sea floor. You will have the opportunity to help the crew sort the catch and re-bait the traps for a hands-on experience like no other. Fish’n Tales, 31 Bowen’s Landing, Newport, 619–4431, fishntalesadventures.com.


Updates by Nicole Boucher. 



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