Which Rhode Island outdoor activity should you have on your bucket list this summer?


Choose your own adventure…

Photograph courtesy of Boston Skydive Center

What size are we talking about?

A. The bigger the better. Bonus points if he has teeth.


B. Little fish, please. Something I can eat for dinner.

If you chose A: Try Shark Diving.


Photograph courtesy of RI Shark Diving/Lauren Romeiro/333 Productions

Dun dun… dun dun… If the sound of the Jaws score makes you want to jump in the water and swim with the beasts, so diving with sharks could be the activity for you. To Diving with Sharks in Rhode Island, the team of oceanographers and filmographers based in Point Judith does it without
the cage, making this experience as close and personal as possible. After leaving Point View Marina, the R/V war fish (read: research vessel) heads to the Atlantic Ocean, where the waters teem with blue and mako sharks as well as sunfish, whales and seabirds. Lauren Romeiro, videographer and marine biologist who runs the company alongside cinematographer Joe Romeiro, says that observations are never the same twice. “A lot people come in with no experience with sharks and then they come out loving them and traveling everywhere and diving with their species,” she says. www.rhodeislandsharkdiving.com

If you chose B: Try fly fishing.


Photograph courtesy of Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing.

Rhode Island isn’t usually what comes to mind when people think of fly fishing – mountain streams gurgling with western waves backgrounds could be more appropriate – but according to Jim Barr and Bob Hines of Rhode Island Fly fishing schoolthe the smaller state offers some of the best fly fishing. “Traditionally, when most people start, they want to go trout fishing,” says Hines. “Once you realize you can catch any species of fish on the fly, now We’re going after all different kinds of species.” The two Coast Guard captains have a combined ninety years of experience and offer guided tours and fly fishing and casting lessons. Their favorite places to take beginners are the Charlestown Breachway, Wood River and Narrow River. rischoolofflyfishing.com

Free fall or smooth sailing?

A. I live for adrenaline.


B. I’m all about points of view.

If you chose A: try skydiving.


Photograph courtesy of Boston Skydive Center

To Boston Skydiving Center at Smithfield, participants can experience the adrenaline rush of jumping from an airplane at 10,000 feet, while strapped in to an instructor with years of experience. The center Cessna 182 is based at North Central State Airport, where friends and family can watch from a viewing area as you jump out of a plane and soar to the ground with your parachute. Owner Dean O’Flaherty has completed over 25,000 jumps in his career. His advice for new jumpers? “Stop thinking about it and do it. If you start thinking too much about it, you’ll
dissuade yourself from talking about it. bostonskydive

If you chose B: try parasailing.

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Photograph courtesy of Island Style Parasail

“Aloha” is how Kevin Pilger signs his emails, and a Hawaiian way of life is exactly what this California transplant hopes to offer its customers to Island Style Parasailing in Newport. Parasailing tours operate May through September and depart from Bowen’s Quay, where customers can choose from 600 line feet, 800 line feet and 1,000 foot line options. “The the higher you go, the better your view,” says Pilger, who adds that you can see Block Island on a clear day. “A lot of people think that’s gonna be it really exhilarating, fast ride almost like a roller coaster, but actually it’s a much more peaceful than that. islandstyleparasail.com

Pedal hard or sit back and relax?

A. No pain, no gain.


B. Does it come with cup holders?

If you chose A: Try mountain biking.


Photograph courtesy of New England Mountain Bike Association / Read Mckendry

Rhode Island is home to nearly 500 miles of ATV-accessible trails, many maintained by the Rhode Island Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Alan Winsor, Chapter President, recommends beginners start with an easier area like the Big River Management Area, which offers 8,600 acres of trails for all skill levels just off Highway 95. Once comfortable, riders can take on a more challenging system such as Westerly’s Woody Hill, where all trails carry the name of local craft beers. Try it Flying Jenny or the Front Captain’s Daughter sipping the real thing at Gray Sail Brewing down the street. rinemba.org

If you chose B: try Rail Explorers.

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Photograph courtesy of Rail Explorers

Photograph courtesy of Rail Explorers

If zipping down narrow trails on the seat of a mountain bike doesn’t sound like a good idea, a leisurely ride along the old train tracks of Aquidneck Island could be more your speed. In Portsmouth, visitors can contemplate Narragansett Bay and enjoy the landscapes from the comfort of their own railbike with Rail Explorerspedaling activity that takes riders in the footsteps of the old Vieux Colony and Newport Railroad. Tours include North and South routes plus Fireside, Evening and Brunch options (another mimosa, please). After your tour, dive into Newport or check out the Grand Bellevue dinner train for more railway exploration. railexplorers.net


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