Amusement parks in Rhode Island are few and far between. As America's smallest state, Rhode Island is known for its charming New England beaches and small town atmosphere. But Adventureland in Narragansett offers family fun in the form of go-karts, batting cages and bumper boats. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Rhode Island amusement parks.
Adventureland of Narragansett
If you're looking for a fresh way to entertain your family in Rhode Island, visit the town of Narragansett and stop by Adventureland. With a number of interactive attractions, Adventureland is the perfect place for an active family to expend some energy this summer.
Under A WaterfallThe bumper boats are an alternative and giggle-inducing way to cool off. Ride under a waterfall, bump friends and spray a water cannon.
Other AttractionsAdventureland features a beautiful miniature golf course, a go-kart course, batting cages and a newly opened carousel. The park also hosts birthday parties and group events. If it's a beautiful summer night, a birthday or just a day off, Adventureland offers a variety of activities to get your blood pumping.
Snacks On The OutskirtsWhile there are no substantial food options inside of the park, there is a small ice cream shack. Don't be too disappointed -- the surrounding town of Narragansett offers dozens of cozy and tasty restaurant and snack shack options.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Adventureland.
Address: 112 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI 02882
Hours: The park is open June 15 through Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: General admission, $19.
Atlantic Beach Park
Family-owned and operated, Atlantic Beach Park dates back to 1920, when it was originally called the Atlantic Beach Casino. Located on the southern shore of Rhode Island, the park can be best described as a family beach. There are amusements such as bumper boats and arcade games for the kids, and sports bars and cocktail lounges for the adults.
Take A SpinThe main attraction at Atlantic Beach Park, and the oldest by far, is the carousel. The three-row ride, built in 1915, was shipped from Warwick, Rhode Island's Rocky Point Amusement Park in 1996 after it went out of business the year before. Though some restorations have been made, many of the original horses and chariots are still very much intact. Not just a fun ride for kids, this historic attraction is a must-see for all ages.
Other AttractionsAside from being a historic landmark, Atlantic Beach Park has much more to offer to the whole family. Kids will be excited to skip from 9-hole miniature golf to the arcade game room and other rides like the Flying Chairs. Teens can hit the batting cages across the street or peruse the local surf shops in the surrounding area. Adults can take in the ocean view from the patio bar and enjoy live entertainment on weekend afternoons.
Beach And Sea FoodThe Windjammer Snack Bar has everything from beach food such as hotdogs and hamburgers to quality seafood like lobster rolls and clam chowder. For dessert, head over to Dusty’s Original Dairy Bar and pick up a soft-serve ice cream cone to savor on the beach.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Atlantic Beach Park.
Address: 321-388 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
Hours: The hours are subject to change, though most rides and activities close between 9 and 10pm depending on weather. Check the website for more information.
Price: Ticket prices are not listed; most attractions are pay-per-ride. Parking is $20.
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Quassy Amusement Park
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that the carousel at Atlantic Beach Park was transferred from Rocky Point Amusement Park in 1988. It was 1996.