5 Ways to Spend Your Day on the Water

Whether it's paddle boarding or kayaking, watery fun is just around the corner.

Do you wanna spend a day by the water but the beach (all that sand in places sand wasn’t meant to be) isn’t exactly what you had in mind? Check out these five ways to cool off and soak in the sun this summer in ways that the whole family will enjoy!

  1. Paddle boarding

Tall or short, young or old, paddle boarding with East Coast Paddle Sports is a summertime fun activity you can’t miss! Stand up paddle boarding, more commonly known as SUP, is all about finding balance on the board. Don’t worry if you fall in though, it’s easy to get back on because the boards are both wide and stable. The cost to rent a paddle board is $15 per hour or $65 for a full day of adventure. Pack a lunch for a family day on the water because you may choose to spend all day paddling after you get the hang of it! East Coast Paddle Sports, 38 Water St., East Greenwich, or 2 William Schmid Dr., South Kingstown, 360–2282, ecpaddlesports.com.

  1. Kayaking

Rent a kayak with 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 tour, full moon tour, starlight paddle tour and a bird lover’s tour just to name a few. Located only a mile away from the ocean, the scenery will meander and change with the river. Narrow River Kayaks, 94 Middlebridge Rd., Narragansett, 789–0334, narrowriverkayaks.com.

  1. Surfing

Everybody’s gone surfin’, surfin’ U.S.A! Rent a surfboard, go to surf camp or take private surf lessons at Second Beach in Middletown. Rhody Surf offers a four-to-one student teacher ratio for their summer camp, but if you are looking for an even more individual instruction, enjoy a one-hour-long lesson learning how to ride the waves. A private lesson is $95 and each additional student is $65. Cowabunga! Rhody Surf lessons, Sachuest Town Beach, 315 Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown; Rhody Surf shop, 8 Fair St., Newport, 216–9283, rhodysurf.com.

  1. Boating

From Providence River Boat Facebook.

Discover the history and beauty of Providence by boat with Providence River Boat Company. The sightseeing tours offered include daytime tours and sunset cruises which cruise through the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Industrial Harbor. Special tours are also added throughout the season for nights of WaterFire, and if you like planning in advance, Providence River Boat Company is offering a one-day only ride with Santa! Mark your calendars and take in the breathtaking views of our Capitol City with a fun, relaxing and narrated tour. Providence River Boat Company, departing docks vary,  Providence, 580–2628, providenceriverboat.com

  1. Fishing

Head to your local pond or down to Bowen’s Landing in Newport to join Fish’n Tales for a day of throwing out your line and hoping dinner is at the other end! Fish’n Tales offers a two hour or three hour daily fishing charter where the rod, tackle, bait, ice and fun are included in your purchase. Is fishing not your thing? Well have you ever been lobstering before? Fish’n Tales also offers daily seventy-five minute lobstering trips where you will watch how lobster traps are hauled from the sea floor. But don’t get too comfortable! 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.