Biomes Marine Biology Center, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

We were so excited to visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. My 6-year old son has been saying for the last year that he wants to be a Marine Biologist when he grows up, so this was the perfect place to take him and it is only 10 minutes from our house! We visited the old location years ago, but this new one is just awesome! It has so much more space, more creatures, and even an education/play area and gift shop.

Biomes Marine Biology Center, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Our favorite things about visiting the Biomes Marine Biology Center:

  • My son loved petting the sharks
  • My daughter loved Darwin, the turtle
  • We liked discovering all the information about the creatures
  • We liked that many creatures were rescued and found locally
  • We loved that you could gently pet many different types of creatures
  • My son loved holding the Spider Crab

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We will definitely be visiting again soon. My kids loved it! There is a year family pass for $100, so I think that’s probably what we will do. My kids will want to go often! A one time visit is $9 per person, and kids under 3 are free. They are open to the public on Sundays, from 10am to 5pm, and Monday to Friday, noon to 5pm.

Biomes Information:

The Biomes Center is New England’s only private marine education facility. It is the largest aquarium in Rhode Island (pretty cool). It provides hands-on marine biology programs for schools and families. It originally opened in 1989. They are located at 6640 Post Road, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

There is also a Story and Craft time you can check out. There is no extra fee, you just need to be there at the allotted time. Check their schedule for times. During Story and Crafts time, children will hear a story and learn about the animal of the week. There will also be a craft project related to the animal that children can complete and take home. Some upcoming animals are:

  • Week of April 1 – Frog
  • Week of April 8 – Fish
  • Week of April 15 – School Vacation, No Story Time
  • Week of April 22 – Celebrate Earth Day!

You can find more information about Biomes on their website, follow them on Facebook, and on Twitter. They have special group programs and birthday parties, so make sure to check them out! 


I let them get stuffed animals at the Gift Shop!

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets for my family to review the center. All opinions are mine and mine alone. We truly loved it!



  1. This looks like a really fun marine biology center to stop in at! I used to volunteer at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific here on the west coast in Cali. So if I am ever out that way in Rhode Island, than I must stop in here! lol ;-)

  2. This looks like such a fun place. I’ve been to RI numerous times but I’ve never visited this marine center. Adding to the list for next time I’m in the area. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Looks like a great place! My daughter wanted to be a marine biologist for a while before she discovered genetics… if we ever make it to RI I will definitely check this out!

  4. We love the Biome! What a fun place for the kids to learn and have fun!

  5. Fun and Educational – A Win Win. Glad you all had a good time.

  6. That place looks amazing! I love it! It is fun, yet educational at the same time! How cool! I would love the dolphins. maybe a little timid at the sharks. lol.

  7. I loved it there, too, and am excited to head back there with more grandkids! Great post!

  8. Aw, you’re a good mama letting them get stuffed animals. I bet they will be treasured as mementos of a fun day!

  9. We love Biomes, such a great place to take the family!! Great pics!!

  10. I can’t wait to get there… thanks for the recap!

  11. What great pictures! I have never heard of Biomes Marine Biology Center before but it looks like a fun place to visit.

  12. Love Biomes! Looks like you had an awesome time!

  13. What an amazing place! That’s awesome that your son wants to be a marine biologist and that you were able to take him there. It looks like everyone had a fantastic time. I’ll have to add this to my list if we are ever in the area.

  14. Can tell by those smiles they loved it, sounds like a fun place to learn! Thanks for sharing

  15. Kelley Johnsen says:

    Very cool! I love taking my kids to these awesome finds, because it help create a love for nature and respect for the environment. I especially love the touch tanks, its great to bring animals up close.

  16. That looks so fun!

  17. So much fun! Bookmarking so that I can link to your post when I get to Rhode Island on my series about Traveling the United States!

  18. We bought a Living Social deal two years ago and never got there…I really need to make the effort. I know my kids would absolutely love it.

  19. I love marine centers! It’s great when they can be interactive. Turtles are my all time favorite sea animal :)

  20. What a cool looking place! i sure love visiting places like this!

  21. Looks like you had fun! I wish we had something like that near us!

  22. This is just the type of place I love to visit! I like hands-on types of places.

  23. Such a great activity – I’d love to live close to the big water , so we can do fun stuff like this

  24. Looks like so much fun. I wish it was closer! The hands on learning is so important and FUN!

  25. Hi Kristin,

    My name is Felicia and I’m an associate producer at HuffPost Live– the live-streaming network in conjunction with The Huffington Post.

    I produce a segment each week for HuffPost Live called “Tell Me Why” where we invite a curious young kid on to ask a question about a topic he or she finds intriguing, which we try to get answered by an expert. This week we’ll be joined by marine biologist Roger Hanlon who studies squid and octopus and can explain how and why they change color. (He also has a really cool video that show’s this happening in real time!)

    After reading your blogpost, I’m wondering if your boys may want to participate in the segment. It will be about 15 minutes via webcam. Email me if you’re interested– we’d love to have you!

    All best,

  26. Great review!
    Quick update: Biomes is now open to the public from 12P-5P, 7 days a week! :)
    M 12-5
    TU 12-5
    W 12-5
    TH 12-5
    F 12-5
    SA 12-5
    SU 12-5

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