8 Things We Love to Do in Rhode Island

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

8 Things We Love to Do in Rhode Island

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

If you're looking for a getaway with 400 miles of coastline, diverse towns that offers something for every traveler, and top-notch food, then Rhode Island is the perfect spot for you. From incredible outdoor experiences to fairytale-like mansions of years past and everything in between, here are the best things to do when visiting The Ocean State.

If you're looking for a getaway with 400 miles of coastline, diverse towns that offers something for every traveler, and top-notch food, then Rhode Island is the perfect spot for you. From incredible outdoor experiences to fairytale-like mansions of years past and everything in between, here are the best things to do when visiting The Ocean State.

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Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island / Photo courtesy of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Newport's Coastline
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Marvel at the Mansions

In the quaint seaside town of Newport lies palatial-like mansions which were home to some of the most influential Gilded Age figures – think the Vanderbilts – among others. Don’t know where to start? The Breakers (opens May 5) or Rosecliff, featured in many films, are good places to start, but have your pick from nine other spectacular historical sites. Try the Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile path, for a backside view of the mansions, along with a picturesque backdrop of the sea.

In the quaint seaside town of Newport lies palatial-like mansions which were home to some of the most influential Gilded Age figures – think the Vanderbilts – among others. Don’t know where to start? The Breakers (opens May 5) or Rosecliff, featured in many films, are good places to start, but have your pick from nine other spectacular historical sites. Try the Cliff Walk for a backside view of the mansions, along with a picturesque backdrop of the sea.

Castle Hill Light House, Rhode Island
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Visit a Historic Lighthouse

Rhode Island is home to loads of working lighthouses and the ruins of a few more. The state’s lightship history dates back to the mid-1700s and offers fascinating insight to structures. The Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport even allows visitors to be the lighthouse keeper for the night.

Rhode Island is home to loads of working lighthouses and the ruins of a few more. The state’s lightship history dates back to the mid-1700s and offers fascinating insight to structures. The Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport even allows visitors to be the lighthouse keeper for the night.

Tennis
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Learn About Tennis History

Calling all tennis lovers! Newport is not only home to mansions, but to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The museum preserves and promotes the history of tennis and its legendary champions. It’s also home to the oldest Court Tennis court in the country.

Calling all tennis lovers! Newport is not only home to mansions, but to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The museum preserves and promotes the history of tennis and its legendary champions. It’s also home to the oldest Court Tennis court in the country.

Fondue Vilage
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An Incredible Outdoor Dining Experience

Rhode Island is home to some of the country’s best (and now more unique) dining options. Belly up to a rustic clam bar, sip cocktails on a waterfront patio, or try out the new Fondue Village at the Ocean House. This Watch Hill restaurant feels more like you’re in a ski chalet with private restored vintage ski gondolas.

Rhode Island is home to some of the country’s best (and now more unique) dining options. Belly up to a rustic clam bar, sip cocktails on a waterfront patio, or try out the new Fondue Village at the Ocean House. This Watch Hill restaurant feels more like you’re in a ski chalet with private restored vintage ski gondolas.

Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, Rhode Island
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Spend a Day at the Beach

Did you know that Rhode Island is home to over 400 miles of coastline? That’s a lot for such a small footprint. This means that there are tons of water-loving activities from surfing (that’s right) to fishing to paddleboarding and kayaking. A few favorites include Narragansett, Bristol and Crescent Beach on Block Island.

Did you know that Rhode Island is home to over 400 miles of coastline? That’s a lot for such a small footprint. This means that there are tons of water-loving activities from surfing (that’s right) to fishing to paddleboarding and kayaking. A few favorites include Narragansett, Bristol and Crescent Beach on Block Island.

Gondola in Providence
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Take a Gondola Ride in Providence

Craving an Italian getaway without leaving the continent? In Providence, you’ll find an authentic Venetian Gondola experience where you can meander through the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers, while taking in the sights and sounds of the Renaissance City.

Craving an Italian getaway without leaving the continent? In Providence, you’ll find an authentic Venetian Gondola experience where you can meander through the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers, while taking in the sights and sounds of the Renaissance City.

WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island
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Indulge in the Arts

Rhode Island is known for its artsy side. Here, visitors can even take part in the creative action by soaking in the street art, visiting one of the many museums or taking an outdoor art class. And of course there’s the always-epic WaterFire, Providence’s signature fire sculpture event created by local artist Barnaby Evans.

Rhode Island is known for its artsy side. Here, visitors can even take part in the creative action by soaking in the street art, visiting one of the many museums or taking an outdoor art class. And of course there’s the always-epic WaterFire, Providence’s signature fire sculpture event created by local artist Barnaby Evans.

Lemonade
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Refresh with Del’s Frozen Lemonade

Del’s Frozen Lemonade has been delighting customers since 1948 when Angelo DeLucia used his father’s lemonade recipe from Italy to start a small, pushable lemonade cart in Cranston. Fast forward to present day and you’ll find Del’s franchises all over the world, but of course it tastes just a little better where it all started in Rhode Island.

Del’s Frozen Lemonade has been delighting customers since 1948 when Angelo DeLucia used his father’s lemonade recipe from Italy to start a small, pushable lemonade cart in Cranston. Fast forward to present day and you’ll find Del’s franchises all over the world, but of course it tastes just a little better where it all started in Rhode Island.

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