Nature February 19, 2017
Escape To These 11 Hidden Oases In Rhode Island To Find Peace And Quiet
Sometimes living in the smallest and one of the most densely populated states can be a little suffocating. Though there are so many wonderful reasons to live here, everyone needs a little peace and quiet from time to time. These 11 places are perfect to escape to for an afternoon filled with glorious alone time.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Sachuest Point, Middletown
This 242 acre wildlife reserve is located on a gorgeous peninsula nestled between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound at 769 Sachuest Point Road.
2. Fort Nature Refuge, North Smithfield
The 235-acre stretch of forest is a perfect place to enjoy the fall foliage. This place is a true wonder including many beautiful sites. Find it at 1445 Providence Pike in North Smithfield.
3. Prudence Island
Prudence Island might just be the most secluded place in the state. It's the third largest island in Narragansett Bay and is part of the town of Portsmouth.
4. Durfee Hill Management Area, Glocester
The 1,176 acres found in Glocester on Reynolds Road include deciduous and evergreen forests. There are few places as rich in amazing photo opportunities.
5. Burlingame State Park, Charlestown
Located in the charming town of Charlestown and bordering Watchaug Pond is Burlingame State Park. A camping trip to this stunning park makes for a memorable and peaceful weekend.
6. Arcadia Management Area
Arcadia is the state's largest recreational area and includes 14,000 acres of beautiful forest. This spot is perfect for amazing hikes and beautiful views.
7. Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
Hiking and native birds are a great combination. Norman Bird Sanctuary is arguably the best place to go for bird watching in state and its located in charming, coastal Middletown at 583 3rd Beach Road.
8. Emilie Reucker Wildlife Refuge, Tiverton
Beautiful salt marshes and bird watching make this refuge an exceptional natural place in the state. Find it off Seapowet Road.
9. Roger Williams Botanical Center, 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. Find it at 1000 Elmwood Avenue.
10. Neutaconkanut Park, Providence
Located in the capital city of Providence, this urban park creates a much needed escape into nature. Meadows, fields and forest and an amazing view of the city skyline make this an unforgettable place to visit at 675 Plainfield Street.
11. Quonochontaug Beach, Charlestown
Also named Quonnie Beach, this narrow patch of shore is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. It can be found in Charlestown off of Sand Trail.
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