Ponds and lakes in Rhode Island
(Paul E. Kandarian for The Boston Globe)
For thousands of summer tourists in Rhode Island, taking a cooling dip means hitting one of the states ocean beaches. But consider the salt-free alternative: The state is home to more than 200 inland ponds and lakes of varying sizes, from the 13-acre Pecks Pond in Glocester to the popular 1,000-acre Watchaug Pond in Charlestown.
Here are several to consider diving into.
By Paul E. Kandarian Globe correspondant