Things to do in Rhode Island

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When European settlers first crept into Narragansett Bay, the main focus was to secure a steady supply of port towns—by the late 1700s, Newport had b... Read More

When European settlers first crept into Narragansett Bay, the main focus was to secure a steady supply of port towns—by the late 1700s, Newport had become the fifth-busiest seaport in Colonial America. In many ways, the allure never expired: travelers today are equally romanced by Providence’s bustling, arts-led downtown, especially when browsing the galleries of the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. And Cliff Walk and Ocean Drive proved so spectacular that in 1930, America’s Cup, the world’s most exclusive sailing race, decided to make Newport its official home. Whether you’re sailing past Point Judith Lighthouse on the Block Island Ferry or exploring immense seaside mansions along Bellevue Avenue, every moment spent in Rhode Island is sure to impress.

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  • Block Island Ferry, Rhode Island

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    Block Island Ferry

    What’s a trip to the Ocean State without a little nautical adventuring? Leave from Perrotti Park in downtown Newport, and along the way you'll sail past... Read More

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    Cliff Walk

    In most cities, casually hiking through a millionaire’s backyard will probably land you in the local precinct. But along Newport’s iconic 3.5-mile... Read More

  • Federal Hill Neighborhood in Rhode Island Nicholas Millard/Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Federal Hill

    Atwells Avenue, the main artery of the beloved Italian neighborhood of Federal Hill, harks back to the 1950s, when newly arrived Italian immigrants were... Read More

  • Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island Getty Images
    Fort Adams

    Bob Dylan may have made this site famous in 1965 when he switched on his blaring electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, but Fort Adams’s history... Read More

  • Jane Pickens Theater in Rhode Island Courtesy of Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
    Jane Pickens Theater

    Originally built as a Zion Episcopal church in 1836, Newport’s only downtown cinema is elegant inside and out. Just see its old-time marquee sign and... Read More

  • RISD Museum in Rhode Island Courtesy of RISD Museum
    Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design

    The minute you step into the vast, skylit Grand Gallery—filled with dozens of 17th- and 18th-century European paintings—at the heart of this impressive... Read More

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    Ocean Drive

    Here’s a rookie mistake to avoid: don’t show up at Ocean Drive in the middle of the day, crawling along at 15 miles per hour behind a queue of other... Read More

  • Redwood Library & Athenaeum Courtesy of Redwood Library & Athenaeum
    Redwood Library & Athenaeum

    For such a small state, Rhode Island sure knows how to pack in the history. This is America’s oldest lending library, named after its founder, Abraham... Read More

  • Sachuest Beach in Rhode Island Courtesy of Discover Newport
    Sachuest Beach

    Perfect waves, a flat sandy shoreline, and a lack of any retail or commercial outlets make this Newport’s best-loved summer hangout spot. Nicknamed... Read More

  • WaterFire Sculpture in Rhode Island John Nickerson/WaterFire Providence
    WaterFire

    Before prime-time TV was a thing and smartphones ruled our waking lives, entertainment was achieved through communal events—dance halls, concerts,... Read More

  • The Breakers Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island Getty Images
    Preservation Society of Newport County

    In a perfect world, we would all be spending our summers frolicking in 18-bedroom villas on the sea, just like the Astors and Vanderbilts used to. Until... Read More

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