If you’re an American history buff, chances are you might already be familiar with the town of Smithfield, Rhode Island! The town was first settled in 1636, and it was incorporated in 1731. When a town is that old, it's certain to have a rich history, and Smithfield is no exception. There are six historic villages located in Smithfield: Esmond, Georgiaville, Greenville, Hanton City, Mountainville, and Stillwater. Key players in both the abolition of slavery and the women’s rights movement spent time in Smithfield.
Chances are, though, your dog doesn’t care too much for history. No problem! While there isn’t a ton for Fido to do in Smithfield other than go on a walk through one of the historic villages, there are plenty of options for him within a short drive away. You can take your pick of several different dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants in the nearby towns and communities. There is a veterinarian located in Smithfield, though, so if your dog is sick or injured and needs care quickly, help isn’t far away.
Whether you’re just visiting or call Smithfield your home, there’s something for everyone in this Rhode Island town!
About 15 miles south of Smithfield, you and Fido can visit Snake Den State Park, which is located in Johnston. If you and your dog love nature, this is the perfect place to explore together! Snake Den has few walking tails for the two of you to take a hike on. When you get to the welcome center, you’ll be asked to fill out a form and provide general information about your dog; this is helpful in case he gets away from you. You’ll need to have a leash and proof of your dog’s rabies vaccination on hand.
Just a couple of miles outside of Smithfield, you and Fido can take advantage of a rare opportunity and enjoy a movie together! Rustic Tri View Drive In allows your canine companion to catch the latest and greatest film, too. Your dog has to be friendly with other humans and dogs, and they need to stay in your car or on their leashes. If your dog gets antsy, there’s a section of the theatre where you can walk him and still see the movie. A bonus? The theatre’s soft-serve ice cream bar serves a sundae fit for your favorite four-legged friend!
Just a quick, 20-minute drive up the road will put you and your furry friend in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, where you and your playful pooch can visit Dexter Dog Park. This popular bark park allows your dog to get some off-leash exercise while socializing with other dogs, which is important to the development of good manners in your pet. Water is provided by the park, but when it comes to cleaning up after your pooch, make sure you bring along some waste disposal bags. If the park isn’t too busy, you can also bring along your dog’s favorite toy.
Calling all horror buffs! This one’s for you! About 20 minutes away from Smithfield, you and Fido can take part in a Providence Ghost Tour, which kicks off in the neighborhood of College Hill. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, this tour is sure to be a blast. Fido is welcome to explore with you; after all, what was Shaggy without his Scooby Doo? You’ll want to bring plenty of waste bags to clean up after your dog, and Fido will have to be on his leash for the duration of the tour.
Chase Farms, located just on the edge of Lincoln State Park, is about eight miles from Smithfield. This spacious area is sure to be a ton of fun for both you and Fido. If you like hiking, explore one of the trails together. If the weather's nice enough, why not take a dip in the pond? Dogs are allowed to cool off, too. Many locals let their dogs get some off-leash exercise in Chase Farms, but there are rules against this, and if you get caught, you could receive a ticket. Use your own discretion.