This weekend, I’ll be showing my future brother-in-law and his wife around Rhode Island, and when you’re in the middle of a pandemic, you have to get creative.

Typically, I would be treating them to a day at the beach or taking them to downtown Newport, but for the sake of safety, I plan on going a different route that will offer a view of Rhode Island that neither they nor I have ever seen before.

I was shocked to learn that there is a kayak adventure in the heart of Rhode Island’s capital city. Providence Kayak paddles you under bridges and cobblestone walkways, then brings you to the riverbanks of the Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers, Riverwalk, and Waterplace Park.

You can travel on your own, but Ross and I opted for the guided tour. We don’t trust ourselves wandering down the river on our own, and we figured we may learn some cool things about the Ocean State while we take in our surroundings.

This will be a side of Providence I have never experienced. There is even a section of the journey that takes you under the Providence Place Mall, which sounds a little frightening, but I’m always up for an adventure.

I am curious to see how tiring this may be. I have only kayaked a handful of times and it’s no easy job, but the website says it’s for all levels, so it’s time to test my endurance.

I truly don’t know what to expect from this journey. The Providence I know consists of high rises and restaurants, so I’m excited to uncover the more natural side. Stay tuned for a recap of my adventure.

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