Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Rhode Island is America’s smallest state, 48 miles from north to south and 27 miles from east to west. With an abundance of natural attractions and a long winding shoreline, the state nicknamed the Ocean State sets the stages for all kinds of adventure. Home to the urban delights of chic Providence, mansions of Newport, and the quiet getaway of Block Island, Rhode Island offers a sampling of everything you need to enjoy a vacation to the shore.

Rhode Island’s formal name, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, provides a picture into its rich past. One of the largest concentrations of historic sites are found within this small state, including the elegant Newport Mansions and the birthplace of the American diner. A rich culture, too, has sprung from this state nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, Block Island Sound, and the Narragansett Bay. Those grand mansions host elegant Christmas celebrations. In the summertime, the long tradition of polo matches continues as team USA hosts competitors from around the world.

Providence celebrates the arrival of warm weather with a grand celebration called WaterFire Providence. On select Saturday evenings between April and October, bonfires are lit along the shores of the Providence River and live music fills the air. As you stroll along the waterfront, enjoy a meal outside and feel the rhythms, you’ll experience what makes Rhode Island a distinctive destination.

No matter where you roam in Rhode Island, you’re never more than 30 miles from the sea. Along the shore, hundreds of parks and public spaces are home to some incredible beaches. Every summer, visitors flock to the Rhode Island beaches to go for a swim, watch wildlife and enjoy watersports. The state has a rich sailing history—Newport was home to the America’s Cup race for more than 50 years.

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Narragansett Town Beach

Narragansett Town Beach

Narragansett Town Beach consistently appears at the top of the list of the best Rhode Island beaches. Both this beach and the town are named after the Narragansett Native Americans, whose name is an Algonquin word meaning “people of the small point.” The point, a narrow strip of land on the shore of the Narragansett […]

Newport Beaches

Newport Rhode Island Beaches

Newport beaches long have captured the attention of those visiting the Rhode Island shore. During the Gilded Age, New York’s wealthy summered at the shore. Today their grand mansions are open for tours, providing a peek into the past. Thanks to a line in the Rhode Island Charter granting access to the shore, you don’t […]

Misquamicut Beach

Misquamicut Beach

Misquamicut Beach is located in one of Rhode Island’s most popular state parks, Burlingame State Park. With a half mile of sandy ocean beaches and welcoming visitor amenities, there’s no surprise that Misquamicut State Beach RI is one of the most popular places to gather along the shore on warm summer weekends. The beaches of […]

Best Rhode Island Beaches

Best Rhode Island Beaches

The best Rhode Island beaches have a lot to like. Even though Rhode Island is America’s smallest state, it has a long and winding coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and several bays and estuaries. Many miles of the shoreline are managed by the state or the local municipalities, meaning the public has access to the […]