Sandy beach at the base of Mohegan Bluffs on the southern shore of Block Island
Touring one of three rivers in Providence on a La Gondola ride
The historic National Hotel in New Shoreham on Block Island
The Rhode Island State House in the capital city of Providence
Horseback riding along the waterfront in Warwick
The Breakers, former Vanderbilt home and one of the Newport Mansions
The circa 1913 16-story Turks Head office building in Providence
Spending a summer's day at Misquamicut State Beach
Cycling the East Bay Bike Path in Providence
Aerial view of Narragansett Town Beach and the surrounding community
A tapestry of nature, culture and history by the sea
Historical Sites from Colonial to Palatial
The city of Warwick is home to two state parks, great beaches and the state’s “original water fire” – the burning of the British schooner H.M.S. Gaspee in 1772, long considered a catalyst leading to the American Revolution. Warwick commemorates the event with a month-long celebration, Gaspee Days, every June. To the north, Blackstone Valley is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution at Slater Mill, a must-see historical landmark. Fort Adams State Park is open for tours of its circa-1824 fort and the summer residence of President Dwight Eisenhower. The park is also where the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival are held. Architecture buffs can make an itinerary out of Rhode Island’s astounding collection of historic structures, from Colonial-era buildings dating to the late 1600s to a stunning collection of Gilded Age mansions in Newport.
Where to Enjoy the Outdoors
Quaint Blackstone Valley welcomes families to pick their own apples, berries and pumpkins at its picturesque farms and orchards – perfect for enjoying Rhode Island’s stunning fall foliage. Outdoor adventurers can check out Lincoln Woods State Park, known for some of the best bouldering in the USA. Accessible via ferry from coastal points including Newport, Block Island is one of Rhode Island’s hidden gems that the Nature Conservancy called one of the “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.” Enjoy a slower pace of life with bicycling, bird watching, sunbathing, surfing and snorkeling. Don’t miss a trip to Mohegan Bluffs for sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. At Yawgoo Valley, get your fill of fun year-round with family-friendly snow sports in winter and a waterpark in summer.
Cities and Regions to Explore
Named one of the “10 Nicest Places in America” by Reader’s Digest, the capital city of Providence is home to rich history, educational institutions, a vibrant arts and culinary scene, and a diverse population. Benefit Street’s Mile of History is lined with museums and preserved Colonial architecture, while Federal Hill is one of the top Little Italy neighborhoods in the USA – be sure to save your appetite for the enticing dining options. Welcoming visitors for more than 400 years, Newport is North America’s last intact wooden city with more than 300 original wooden structures. Notable attractions in this area include the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the country’s oldest synagogue at Touro Hall and St. Mary’s, the church where President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953. South County features 20 public beaches and 161 kilometers of waterfront ideal for watersports, surfing, deep-sea fishing and fresh-from-the-boat seafood.
The seaside resort city of Newport, Rhode Island, bills itself as the “Sailing Capital of the World.”
Rhode Island boasts a number of U.S. firsts: international polo game (1886), Baptist church (1638), circus (1774) and open golf tournament (1895).
Affectionately called “Little Rhody” by locals, this state’s small size gives way to a big coastline, 643 kilometers of it, to be exact.
Must see places
Fort Adams State Park
The Providence Athenaeum
Benefit Street Mile of History
Rhode Island School of Design and Museum
Experience Rhode Island