Rhode Island is filled with secrets. You should take time to discover them all. Here are 11 places that are perfect to see year round. Have you visited each gorgeous site yet?
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1. Durfee Hill Management Area, Glocester
The 1,176 acres found in Glocester include deciduous and evergreen forests. There are few places as rich in amazing photo opportunities in state. Visit it on Reynolds Road in Chepachet.
2. Deep Hole, Matunuck
Off of Matunuck Road in Matunuck is this wonderful choice for surfers and fishermen, or just the passionate secret beach goer. While it is lovely, it also has strong winds and large waves that are ideal for surfing, but tricky for swimming.
3. Neutaconkanut Park, Providence
This might look like a typical park when you first pull up to its recreation center at 675 Plainfield Street, but follow the path up the hill to discover hidden hiking trails that are out of this world. These several 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!
4. 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 and has a very limited amount of parking. The earlier you can arrive on this secluded beach in the summer, the better.
5. Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth
Whimsical topiary creations abound at this Rhode Island garden. It's reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, in the best way possible. Visit at 380 Corys Ln, Portsmouth.
6. Colt State Park, Bristol
Located in beautiful Bristol, RI, Colt State Park spans hundreds of acres on Poppasquash Neck. It can be found on Route 114 off Asylum Road.
7. Block Island Wildlife Refuge
The refuge began in 1973 with the transfer of 28 acres by the U.S. Coast Guard. It has now grown to a total of 134 acres of lush trees and greenery along a beautiful shore. This gorgeous place is internationally acclaimed for its large concentration of migratory birds and offers so many wonderful things to see. Find it off Corn Neck Road by Sachem Pond.
8. 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. Find it at the end of Beavertail Road.
9. Fort Wetherill, Jamestown
Just a few miles from Beavertail at 3 Fort Wetherill Road and a quick walk through the woods is this amazing place. 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.
10. Goddard Park, Warwick
Set on 1095 Ives Road in Warwick is this park offering almost 500 acres of trails, fields, picnic areas, beaches, and so much more. This place is perfect to use for an outdoor family party at one of its covered patios, or simply enjoy a beachside stroll.
11. Snake Den Park, Johnston
Hundreds of acres of walking trails, beautiful flowers and trees, and a working farm all reside in Snake Den Park in Johnston. This is an ideal place to see the fall foliage, and visit the farm for some fresh produce and pick your own pumpkins. Find it all year round at 2321 Hartford Avenue.