We drove over the bridge to East Providence to the ride the East Bay Rail Trail. The trail is fully paved for 14 miles south to Bristol. The are places to grab a hot dog, ice cream, soda, etc. scattered along the trail. We chose to wait until we got to the end at Bristol to get something to eat.
Equipment: Any type of bicycle will do, the surface is smooth pavement the entire way. There is a short climb returning to East Providence as you leave the old railroad right of way. There are many folks just walking or using roller blades as well.
One of the really great things about being a lawyer is that sometimes you get to see that you've done something good. Buttonhole Short Course and Teaching Center used to be a Brownfields site, with a lot of pollution and an unsavory reputation as a result of the execution-style murder of a young couple after a carjacking. No more, and my agencies had a role to play in making it happen. Now, in addition to a very creditable golf course, there is a fine golf school on the premises which makes a particular effort to reach out to the "inner city" youngsters who live in the projects close by, offering them the gift of a recreational skill that will help take them places. Members of the public are welcome. There is a driving range and club house. It's a great place to spend an afternoon.
Equipment: Pull carts are available. Rental equipment may be available on site for travelers who would like to play.
The East Bay Bike Path is part of a series of rails-to-trails initiatives in Rhode Island. I'm sure the others are just great, but this is the one with which I am most familiar since I lived just a couple of blocks away from it for several years, taking daily walks or rides along the mile or so that was closest to home. The Path actually begins in Providence's India Point Park but can be accessed at many points along the length, some of which are close to bicycle shops (I am not sure, though, about rental availability). It proceeds across the Seekonk River into East Providence, where it runs along a ridge overlooking upper Narragansett Bay before curving into a tidal cove often filled with swans. Keep pedaling and you'll pass the Squantum Association, an old eating club, and the grounds of Bradley Hospital. Further south is the Looff Carousel, which operates in the summer. Two or three miles further is Brickyard Pond, and then you're over a pair of bridges and into Warren. The path continues to Colt State Park in Bristol, with breathtaking views of the Bay as you go.
Equipment: Bicycle and helmet, plenty of water, money for ice cream (try Daily Scoop in Barrington, just off the path) or chowder in Bristol (Quito's, also just off the path).