Emerging from this post-pandemic era is like waking from hibernation. As Covid prevention protocols begin to finally loosen, we are gradually returning to the workplace, seeing our family and friends more often, and participating in community events once again. Add to that – spring is upon us, and the excitement is downright palpable!
If you’re planning a corporate function this spring or summer, why not roll all that energy into your event? Take advantage of the great outdoors by holding it in one of the area's many unique outdoor entertainment venues. Or book an open-air location and bring in your own caterer and entertainment company. At a time like this, creating a unique, fun-filled experience for your employees and guests can boost morale to new heights, and have them talking about it for months to come.
Here are some terrific outdoor event venues in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, where you can usher the warmer seasons into your lives like never before.
Yawgoo Valley Water Park – Exeter, RI https://yawgoo.com/
Open July 1 through September 5 (Labor Day Weekend) 2022, Yawgoo Valley features the only water park in Rhode Island. It has two water slides (each nearly 400 feet long). For those who love to lounge, there is a full-size swimming pool (3 to 6 feet deep), and for family friendly events, there’s a special 1-foot deep splash pool just for the kiddies.
Little Compton Adventures, Little Compton, RI https://www.littlecomptonadventures.com/biketours
Offering both pedal and e-bikes tours, Little Compton Adventures will take you on a 2-hour excursion along quiet country roads and gorgeous beaches. You can stop for a stroll or a swim and wrap it up by exploring the Commons or enjoying a cappuccino at the Art Café. Custom tours are available for those who’d like to spend more time getting to know the charming town of Little Compton.
Fort Adams – Newport, RI https://fortadams.org/
Explore historic Fort Adams in one of three ways:
- Take the 75-minute guided tour to learn about the history, design, and restoration of Fort Adams. Go from the top of the of the Fort walls to the depth of the underground tunnels.
- On the self-guided tour, you’ll enjoy access to the 6.5-acre parade field and the restored vista from atop the Fort walls. You’ll see both unrestored and restored areas. Highlights include Fort Adams’ original cannon and an exhibit on loan from the Newport Naval War College.
- Private group tours can be customized as a basic overview tour or an in-depth behind the scenes tour, with plenty of opportunities to peek inside things. The Fort Adams staff will accommodate your questions and special interests.
Southwick’s Zoo – Mendon, MA https://southwickszoo.com/
With over 200 acres, Southwick’s Zoo is home to 850+ animals living in natural habitats. Lions, tigers, giraffes, chimpanzees, white rhinos, two-toed sloths, and more await your visit. This is a great location for kid-friendly events.
Attractions include the Skyfari Sky Ride, Woodland Express Train, Soaring Eagle Zip Line, 35-acre Deer Forest, petting zoo, walk-through aviary, presentations and keeper talks, the Rainforest Adventure Maze, the EARTH Discovery Center, and so much more!
Adventureland Family Fun Park – Narragansett, RI https://adventurelandri.com/
This venue is especially suitable for employee appreciation events, where the whole family can be invited. Enjoy Bumper Boats, Go Karts, Bankshot, Extreme Big Air Jumper, Carousel, Batting Cages, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, and the Carousel Pavilion, complete with food, a gift shop, and retro arcade games.
Hall of Fame Tennis Club – Newport, RI https://www.tennisfame.com/club
Honoring the sport of tennis, its players, and the many contributors to the game since 1880, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a beautiful, historic property, home to the Newport Casino (a popular athletic complex and recreation center), outdoor grass tennis courts, and an indoor tennis facility. The 13,000 square foot museum houses a large collection of tennis videos, photographs, audio recordings, equipment, apparel, trophies, and art, which highlight the history of tennis from its origins up through the modern era.
The Hall of Fame serves as an indoor-outdoor event space. On-site food and beverage service is available, as well as lawn games and museum tours.
Want to host a less-structured kind of event?
Rent an outdoor venue and hire a versatile entertainment company to provide numerous activities, games, and fun. Whether it’s a DJ, karaoke, trivia, lawn games, sporty recreation, or any combination thereof, nothing has the power to bring people together like enjoying it all in the great outdoors.
Imagine the possibilities!