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Fun Activities for Teens to Do in and near Providence, RI

By Sarah Bourque ; Updated April 18, 2017
Rhode Island is a tiny state, but Providence offers big fun for teens.

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, the smallest state. While the state is small, this picturesque New England town provides plenty of fun activities for teenagers. Whether your teen enjoys taking classes, the outdoors, or local events, he's likely to find lots to do in Providence to keep him busy and entertained.

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Indoor Fun

Dave & Busters offers a full menu with tasty teen favorites like appetizers, cheeseburgers and Philly cheese steaks. The arcade features over 200 exciting games -- and if your teen is a sports fanatic, he can catch a game on one of the giant screens. At the SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park in East Providence, teens can bounce around on the almost 15,000-square-foot trampoline surface, which includes a foam pit, dodge ball and basketball courts. Monster Mini Golf is a glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf course with a monster theme -- and custom and animated props to create surprises at every turn on the 18-hole course. There's also an arcade and gift shops -- and a DJ to add to the fun.

Outdoor Activities

Animal-loving teens will enjoy Roger Williamson Park Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 100 different animals, which reside on over 40 acres. The surrounding Roger Williams Park hosts seasonal outdoor concerts and has picnic areas and walking trails and picnic grounds. Teens also enjoy WaterFire, a popular attraction that lights up on scheduled Saturday evenings throughout the year. More than 80 sparkling bonfires surround the sculpture, which is installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence. Music from around the world also engages those who come to view it. If your teens like to take to the ice, the Greater Kennedy Plaza offers seasonal ice skating. Located downtown, this 14,000-square-foot rink offers open skate times and lessons

Classes and Camps

The East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA provides a safe environment for teens to engage in positive activities. They can participate in the Y's after-school and school-break camps, swim classes and open swim times, special teen nights, fitness programs and sports. Johnson and Wales University offers Chef’s Choice recreational cooking classes for teen foodies. Professional chef instructors provide hands-on cooking experiences where teens learn pastry techniques, hone their knife skills and can delve into global cuisines.

Festivals

Every May, teens can participate in the GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival. Budding filmmakers can showcase their work in front of a live audience. Film professionals offer feedback and hand out awards. The Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival is a fun outdoor celebration of Rhode Island’s delicious seafood. Teens can sample premium seafood from restaurant and food distributor vendors. There are also artists and nonprofits promoting their products, as well as live music.

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About the Author

Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.

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