Rhode Island Monthly 2015 Summer Guide : Page 7

Private Paddles If the salty surf intimidates you, or you’re simply looking for more tranquil places to kayak or canoe, we have some spots for you. Rhode Islander Chuck Horbert, who paddled across the entire state with a group last summer (including portages), shared some of his favorite spots to stray from waterway tra ic. “Paddling is healthy, physically and mentally…and Rhode Island has some great resources,” Horbert says. Get o the beaten pond with these aquatic adventures. By Shana Sims around whenever you’d like, or loat along for the full six miles around the perimeter of the pond and its coves. Horbert recom-mends this route for beginners and anyone looking for a quiet refuge. Hunt Golf Course. There are plenty of places along the way to pull over and explore. Bungay River As part of the ten-mile watershed, this little river is a great place to see some wildlife on calm waters. You can start in Attleboro, Massachusetts. “That’s the best way to access the bog kind of habitat,” Horbert says. See all sorts of birds and turtles as you steer away from the sounds of the city. The farther down the river you go, the more technical it gets with turns and lower waters. Pawtuxet River When you think of Warwick and Cranston, you might not imagine pristine waters and tree-lined riverbanks. For Horbert, it’s the irst place that comes to mind when he thinks of underrated spots. “It was one of the most amazing rivers I’ve been on,” he says. If you put in at the Pontiac Canoe Launch in Warwick and head up river, you’ll ind a hidden part of Rhode Island. Coast right under 95, but you’d never know it was there aside from minimal noise. Horbert paddled this stretch on his cross-state journey and witnessed varying habitats, even spotting a bald eagle. Misquamicut Beach You’ve been to Misquamicut for the sand and waves, but have you ever seen the calm waters a little further inland? Directly across the street from the beach in Westerly, park and launch your vessel. The water in these salty ponds is clear, and you can see horseshoe crabs crawling along the bottom. Pay attention to tides, as areas of this waterway can get very low. Calm water and minimal congestion make for easy paddling and a relaxing day. Thirsty for more? If you want maps, safety information or have other questions, be sure to visit Explore Rhode Island’s Blueways and Greenways at exploreri.org. Ten Mile River If you launch in East Providence, you’ll ind a great section of this river that is suitable for most experience levels. It’s slow moving and mostly calm, but there are many narrow twists and turns. See snapping turtles, deer and maybe a few orphan golf balls that have drifted down from Agawam Not ready to brave the waters alone? Sometimes it’s easier to gain experience with a little instruction from the pros. Get started in paddle sports at the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island. Attend the demo weekend to see a variety of boats, take a tour, rent a kayak or get more in-depth instruction. 9 Phillips St., Wickford, 401 295 4400, kayak centre.com Green Hill Pond If you’re a beginner looking to explore, put in at Charlestown Beach and head up the channel, under the Creek Bridge. There are plenty of coves to tuck into, islands to explore and passages to take. You can turn Rhode Island by Land, Sea or Sky Soak up views from di erent perspectives in the Ocean State. By Shana Sims BY SEA TOUR NAME: Sightsailing of Newport WHAT YOU’LL SEE: Sail under the Newport Bridge, through Narragansett Bay and cruise by Fort Adams. Try your hand at the helm or trim the sails. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Bring extra layers. BOOKING INFO: Visit sightsailing.com, call 401 849 3333 or visit 32 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. Ticket prices vary based on boats and tours, beginning at $30 for a day sail or $39 for a sunset. Private and charter sails are also available. LOOKING FOR CALMER WATERS? See the streets of Providence by water with the Providence River Boat Company. Reserve a private charter or get up close to WaterFire and see the city from a whole new perspective. Visit providenceriverboat.com for more information or call 401 440 6920. Tickets start at $20 per person, kids twelve and younger are $15. Tours start at the Hot Club docks at 575 South Water St., Providence (except for WaterFire tours). BY LAND TOUR NAME: Newport Bicycle WHAT YOU’LL SEE: The Breakers mansion, Bailey’s Beach and nine miles of Aquidneck Island’s beauty and history. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Dress appropri-ately for bicycling and wear layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Don’t forget sun protection. BOOKING INFO: Visit newport bicycleri.com/tours, call at 401 846 0773, or visit 130 Broadway, Newport. Tours are $50. PREFER TO GO IT ALONE? Head to Bristol, Warren, Providence or anywhere in between to pedal more than thirteen miles of paved, unobstructed cycling on the East Bay Bike Path through Rhode Island. Call 401 253 7482 for details or visit riparks. com/locations/locationeastbay.html. BY SKY TOUR NAME: Bird’s Eye View Helicopters WHAT YOU’LL SEE: Choose from eight tours, whether you want to see the mansions, lighthouses or a sunset. Customize your trip ahead of time for a one-of-a-kind experience. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Bring a camera for awesome aerial photos. No appoint-ment is necessary, but de initely recommended. BOOKING INFO: Visit riaerial.com, call 401 843 8687 or visit Newport Airport, 211 Airport Access Rd., Middletown. Tickets range from $75 to $190 per person. LOVING THE SKY HIGH VIEWS? Adrenaline junkies, look no further. See beautiful Rhode Island from above as you plunge toward solid ground. Contact Skydive Newport at 401 845 0395 or visit skydive newport.com. Jumps start at $220 per person at Newport Airport. LAND, SEA AND SKY PHOTOGRAPHS, THINKSTOCK. RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l SUMMER GUIDE 2015 7

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