While the gorgeous coast of Rhode Island gets most of the attention, the state packs in dozens of other wonderful places to visit. Some places simply shouldn’t be missed. With 2017 upon us, there’s so much of the state that is so worth visiting. Here are 15 places featuring a blend of old and new attractions that are perfect to make your year wonderful.
1. Rail Explorers USA, Newport
This new attraction will be coming to Little Rhody in Spring of 2017. It's a one-of-a-kind tour you won't forget.
2. Federal Hill, Providence
Set on Atwells Avenue in Providence is this wonderful street filled with authentic Italian restaurants, boutiques, taverns, and so much more! Strolling along this street offers the chance to enjoy the architecture and taste some of the best food the city has to offer.
3. Beef Barn, North Smithfield
Serving up famous slow cooked roast beef sandwiches, this family-owned restaurant will leave your tastebuds buzzing.
4. Beavertail State Park, Jamestown
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.
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. Sachuest Point, Middletown
The Ocean View Loop is without a doubt one of the most beautiful trails found in the state. Offering stunning views of the Atlantic, this loop is just 1.5 miles in length and definitely beginner friendly. Hikers also have the option of extending their trek by also completing the connected trail in the refuge.
7. Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown
From emus roaming around the property to vintage and local craft shops, the Umbrella Factory is a hidden gem featuring many fun attractions.
This annual festival happens every June and has been growing in size each year! With most of the events happening free of charge, there's no excuse not to go.
9. Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth
This whimsical place is a must-visit at least once in your lifetime.
10. Los Andes, Providence
Hoping to experience some of the very best in Peruvian food? Los Andes is the place to go! Amazing seafood and meat dishes, creative cocktails, and their stunning outdoor patio make Los Andes worth the trip.
11. Providence WaterFire
This popular Rhode Island attraction features live music, delicious food, and the magical sight of the Providence River lit up with dozens of fire pits.
12. Neutaconkanut Park, Providence
Walking up Neutaconkanut Hill is an incredible experience for those who enjoy a stunning city skyline. This lovely park is also equipped with a skate park, fields, and beautiful meadows.
13. Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island
The 150 foot granite cliffs comprising Mohegan Bluffs are an amazing sight. The secluded beach at the base of the cliffs also makes for a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
14. Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park, Providence
Found in one of the state's largest urban parks is this gorgeous botanical center. While Roger Williams Park and Zoo has dozens of great attractions, few things compare to the lovely scent of fresh flowers, the warmth of the indoor gardens, and the stunning water feature. Guided tours are offered and different events occur throughout the year, making this a wonderful place to visit year-round.
15. Iggy's Boardwalk, Warwick
Iggy's Doughboys has been around for decades as an amazing clam shack style restaurant serving amazing clam cakes and chowder. The recent addition of Iggy's Boardwalk, a sit down restaurant version serving all the classics and more, is a perfect place to visit to get a more comfortable dining experience.