Considering how small the state is, Rhode Island might seem like one big day trip all on its own. When you begin to think about the many amazing attractions, you begin to realize how untrue this is. From breathtaking islands to the Blackstone River and more, here are 10 unique day trips in Rhode Island that are highly recommended!
1. Block Island
From beachside bluffs, nature reserves, wonderful restaurants and more, the diversity of attractions on Block Island is unlike anywhere else in the state. The ferry ride onto the island is also lovely and you'll be glad you visited this magical place.
2. Downtown Newport
Newport is a historic New England city that is heavily sought out by tourists for a reason. The amazing museums, restaurants, bars, and other attractions are so worth seeing. You'll also experience a wonderful local music scene and lovely beaches here.
3. The Newport Mansions and Cliff Walk
Because of how much there is to do in downtown Newport, you'll want to take a second day trip to explore the cliff walk and mansions. The gilded age mansions are available for tours through the Newport Preservation Society and are stunning with an expansive history. The cliff walk also offers some of the most breathtaking scenic views you'll ever see.
4. Roger Williams Park and Zoo, Providence
Roger Williams Park is beautiful enough all on its own. Add the zoo and you have an amazing day ahead of you. It is especially recommended to rent a paddle boat and explore one of the lakes found in this massive and charming park.
Soak up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches, go antiquing down the coast, and take a drive down Ocean Road. After all this fun in the sun, enjoy an amazing seafood meal at George's of Galilee and catch live local music.
6. Little Compton
Little Compton offers a unique and charming day trip. From vintage shops and small adorable restaurants and shops, to beautiful Sakonnet Point, this place offers many wonders. Be sure to take a wine tour and tasting at Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards while you're in town.
7. Downtown Providence
Providence is nicknamed the "Creative Capitol" for a reason. It's filled with amazing art galleries, public murals, music venues, and so much more! The restaurant scene is internationally acclaimed as well, and there are dozens of options for exciting night life. You'll definitely want to visit the RISD Museum by day, and watch the sunset over the river in the evening.
8. Blackstone Valley
The attractions found along the Blackstone River are as diverse as they are wonderful. From historic sites like Slater Mills to McCoy Stadium and beautiful farms, there is much to do. We recommend taking a bike trip along the river in the morning, touring the mills in the afternoon, and catching a baseball game in the evening.
The charming small town of Jamestown is located on Conanicut Island. Beavertail State Park is an acclaimed natural paradise found here and offers a historic lighthouse museum, small aquarium, trails, and beaches. In the town center you'll find delicious seafood restaurants and small boutiques. It is not uncommon to find live music and other entertainment offered in the summer months.
10. Bristol and Warren
The neighboring towns of Bristol and Warren are situated in one of the most gorgeous parts of the state. Bristol, a historic deep water seaport, offers many historical attractions. Warren, a charming small town, offers a beautiful town center with amazing restaurants and delightful stores.