Rhode Island’s stunning coastline and rich history attract thousands of visitors each year. Still, locals have managed to keep dozens of amazing things secret. Here are 12 hidden gems worth mentioning!
1. Beavertail State Park
Spanning 153 beautiful acres on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, Beavertail State Park is a truly magical hidden gem. It is fully equipped with its own secret beaches, hiking trails, and mid-1800s lighthouse.
2. Fort Wetherill
Just a few miles from Beavertail and a quick walk through the woods is Fort Wetherill. The beautiful granite cliffs on the edges of the fort make for a breathtaking view of Narragansett Bay.
This former Coast Guard artillery fort is not for the faint of heart with various dark and eerie tunnels stretching acres of land.
3. Scituate Art Festival
Scituate Art Festival is an annual Rhode Island tradition showcasing an array of skilled local artists and craftspeople.
4. Colt State Park
Located in beautiful Bristol, RI, Colt State Park spans hundreds of acres on Poppasquash Neck.
5. Pawtuxet Village
A charming section of both Cranston and Warwick, Pawtuxet Village is built where both the Pawtuxet and Providence rivers meet the Narragansett Bay.
6. The Umbrella Factory
From emus roaming around the property to vintage and local craft shops, the Umbrella Factory is a hidden gem featuring many fun attractions.
7. So many hidden beaches!
Just choosing one secret beach to name would not do the state justice. There are plenty of amazing hidden beaches all over the coastline!
From Gooseberry Beach in Newport, to Blue Shutters Town Beach and Camp Cronin in South County, to the difficult to get to Sandy Point in Westerly, there are dozens. Each one is breathtaking in its own way!
8. Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
This is a great place for photographers to capture wildlife and for everyone to take in the beauty of nature.
While the Newport Preservation Society owns and operates various breathtaking mansions, Kingscote is considered the most underrated by many locals. This beauty is a stunning example of Gothic Revival-style architecture.
10. Green Animals Topiary Garden
These magical gardens are located in Portsmouth and are also owned by the Newport Preservation society.
It's easy to guess where the name comes from with over 80 pieces of unique topiary on the lands.
11. Newport Historical Society
Few cities have as rich of a history as Newport, Rhode Island. While there are hundreds of historical sites and attractions across the city, Newport Historical Society is one of the best ways to experience the history!
Offerings include fun walking tours of its span of historical and architecturally rich properties, a unique museum, and exciting events like the Newport Antiques Show. The Newport Historical Society is a true hidden gem that more and more visitors are beginning to discover each year.
12. Neutaconkanut Park
These acres of wildlife habitat located in the capital city of Providence create a much needed escape into nature. Meadows, fields and forest and an amazing view of the city skyline make this a hidden gem to remember!
These hidden gems all possess many wonders and are amazing secrets of Rhode Island. With so many spectacular beaches, museums, and attractions, it’s no wonder the people of the Ocean State would keep a few things to themselves.