Norman Bird Sanctuary spans more than 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails where binoculared bird lovers can spy on local and migratory birds. Hikers can explore the woods or climb Hanging Rock to feast on views of the ocean. In addition, the Sanctuary organizes public programs such as hands-on educational events for children and evening lectures for adults.
Fifteen minutes outside of Providence, the bustle of city streets evaporates, leaving a silent, verdant landscape ideal for leisurely horseback rides. There stands Edinger Farm, which is open for riding until 9:30 p.m. throughout the year, providing riders with access to friendly farm-owned horses. Once situated upon steeds, beginners can explore the 80'x180' indoor ring while more seasoned riders leap obstacles. Or, visitors can take to the massive 180'x200' outdoor sand ring to trot gallantly and recharge their horse’s solar panels.
Dogs romp around 7,500 square feet of cushioned rubber flooring, nuzzling with new friends and learning off-leash etiquette like every toddler eventually must. This is the scene at Performance Plus K9 Activity Center during its Perfect Pups pet obedience course, a seven-week program that teaches pooches aged 8–18 weeks how to respond to easy commands and respect owners' homes. It's just one of the obedience courses that the dog-loving staff at Performance Plus offer—they also provide classes in competition obedience and agility. Plus, they recently added new services including grooming and boarding, so pups can stay all day.
Mocha’s Pet Salon, named after the owner’s dog, operates under the philosophy that pets should be groomed in a place that’s as relaxing and stress-free as home. The salon’s team strives to build a cozy environment where pooches feel comfortable while they’re getting bathed, trimmed, cleaned, and pampered with oatmeal treatments. As a result, dogs of all shapes and sizes prance out of the salon’s two locations looking, feeling, and smelling like a million bucks.
At Scrub-A-Pup, everything you need to bathe your pooch stands at the ready: tubs and speed dryers, myriad shampoos and conditioners, and combs, brushes, and towels. Beyond the self-serve dog wash, its staff also pampers pups with grooming sessions that can include luxurious add-ons such as hot oil treatments or pad conditioning.
This specialized kitty and doggie depot is a one-stop shop for all pet needs, including standard toys and treats, and an impressive selection of unusual merchandise. The stocked shelves include more than 200 stylish collars (many for $19.99), lovely leads ($19.99), and decorative bowls for dogs and cats (starting at $10.99).