Although participants come to conferences for the content, there is often freetime where they are looking for activities and recreational opportunities. Bryant offers a wide variety of activities on campus and our proximity to Providence offers opportunities for conference participants to experience the local area of southeastern New England. Many residential conferences return year after year to Bryant because of the many recreational opportunities we have on campus and our prime location in central Rhode Island.
The Elizabeth & Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center features several recreational facilities that are open to conference guests (please note hours vary in the summer months). The Wellness center features two gymnasiums that can be set up for a variety of indoor sports, including basketball and volleyball. Athletic equipment can be arranged for through the Conference Office for group or personal use. The center's main arena has built in bleachers which, when opened, can accommodate up to 2,700 spectators.
Summer guests can obtain a pass from the Conference Office to utilize the extensive fitness center located on the second floor of the building. The work out facilities include state of the art exercise equipment, including Nautilus circuit machines, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, recumbent bikes and lifecycles, rowing machines, and stair steppers.
The Wellness Center also features five racquetball courts, an aerobics studio, and locker rooms for guests.
A six-lane, 25-yard, competition-sized pool is one of the highlights for many summer conference guests. The pool is air temperature controlled and remains at a constant 84 degrees and water temperature fixed at 82 degrees, the pool is an ideal place for a refreshing dip on a hot summer day.
Bryant has several facilities for outdoor activities, including several athletic fields, a baseball and softball diamond, a newly refurbished turf field and track, six tennis courts, and football stadium. In addition, Bryant has a wooded walking path available to conference guests.
The Bryant Center features a game room, including a variety of indoor recreational items such as pool tables, table tennis, and foosball. In addition, the Bryant Center also houses a local ice cream shop, the Scoop, the campus bookstore, and Subway.
If you are looking for opportunities for your conference guests to interact and get to know each other, the Conference staff can work with you to develop and implement a wide range of social events appropriate for your participants, including dance parties, movie nights, scavenger hunts, formal receptions, karaoke, game shows, and a variety of other events and activities.