Nature January 12, 2020
12 Unforgettable Rhode Island Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
New year, new travels? If your calendar and wallet don’t allow for much jet-setting, we have great news: you can have an amazing year without leaving our state. We’ve compiled our list of top Rhode Island day trip destinations for 2020 — and while you’re welcome to turn any of these into a weekend getaway, they can all be completed in a single day with proper planning.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. January: Providence
There are all kinds of good reasons to visit the capital city in January. Between Restaurant Weeks (January 12th - 25th) and other events like the Rhode Island Brew Fest (January 25th), you'll find plenty of things to do (and eat). But if nothing else, taking a day trip into the city just to spend hours exploring The Providence Athenæum is worth it. When was the last time you strolled these historic halls?
2. February: Pawtucket
Pawtucket is pretty sleepy in the winter, but that only adds to its appeal. Just make sure you visit on a Saturday so you can check out the beloved Farm Fresh Winter Market at Hope Artiste Village.
3. March: Chariho
The towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton, collectively referred to as Chariho, make for a memorable day trip indeed. These rural spots offer coastal and wooded scenery alike, and you can stop at some totally quirky spots (like the Fantastic Umbrella Factory) and see some historic gems, like this centuries-old pub. And if you can stick around past sunset, check out the Frosty Drew Observatory for nighttime stargazing.
4. April: Middletown
Middletown is a perfect spring break destination -- it has quiet beaches, a beautiful bird sanctuary, and plenty of wine tasting. In fact, springtime is when Newport Vineyards and other area wine producers host their annual Wine and Tasting Tour. And if you're not a wine drinker, you can always stop by Brewski's -- but as with any day trip destination that involves alcohol, make sure you're the passenger and not the driver.
5. May: Woonsocket
Why Woonsocket in May, you might be wondering? It's typically warm enough to explore the town by foot, and if you take the family, you can check out he Museum of Work and Culture or the Blackstone Gorge. Take an extra-close look at all the old buildings on Main Street, most of which date back to the mid-1800s.
6. June: Block Island
Block Island is such a gem. Between the beachside bluffs, nature reserves, tasty restaurants and other attractions, it's easy to spend an entire day enjoying life here... and it's the perfect place to welcome summer.
7. July: Bristol
Bristol is well-known for its amazing Fourth of July festivities, which tend to start as early as July 2nd. But even if you're not a parade and fireworks kind of person, you'll love the summer vibes in this town.
8. August: Narragansett
Rhode Island's beachiest beach town is our top pick for an August day trip. Yes, it's when the beaches are the most crowded, but just look at the scenery. It's also home to two of our most iconic eateries, George’s of Galilee and Champlin’s Seafood.
9. September: Rhode Island Seafood Festival
We're sending you back to Providence in September for a great cause. The annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival is a great spot for tasting some of the best seafood in New England, not to mention the live music and adult beverages. This year's dates are September 12th and 13th.
10. October: Goddard Memorial State Park
It's no secret that Rhode Island has some incredible fall foliage, and nearly all of our state and local parks have plenty to offer. But Goddard Memorial State Park, which is located in East Greenwich, has hues from 62 deciduous and 19 evergreen tree species, plus 18 miles of bridle trails.
11. November: Greenvale Vineyards
Head to Portsmouth in November and check out the annual harvest festival at Greenvale Vineyards. Aside from tastings of their award-winning wine, they'll have hard cider, live music, food, hayrides for the family, tractor rides, face painting, and plenty of games to ensure little ones have a great time as well. The event is typically held on the first or second weekend of November.
12. December: Newport
There's never a bad time to visit Newport, but the holiday season feels especially magical here. And while one could point the blame toward the seasonal ice skating rink or all the downtown decorations, it's safe to say that the amazing Newport Mansions are what causes the holiday cheer.
Enjoy your Rhode Island travels this year!
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