During the summer here in the Ocean State, we are inevitably drawn to the waterfront. The scenery and warm-weather fun are endless. But not every day has to be a BIG beach day, there are plenty of parks that will satisfy your need for a stroll, a picnic, or a little time to splash around. These nine waterfront parks in Rhode Island are all worthy of a visit during the summertime.
1. Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick
At 490 acres, Goddard Memorial Park sits along the shores of Greenwich Cove and Greenwich Bay. A small beach, nine-hole golf course, game fields, picnic tables, and more make for plenty of summertime activities with coastal scenery. Address: 1095 Ives Road, Warwick, RI, 02818
2. Brenton Point State Park, Newport
Brenton Point State Park in Newport is a premier kite flying destination. Located where the Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, you can hike, fish, picnic, and more at this breezy shoreline locale. Address: Ocean Drive, Newport, RI, 02840.
3. Colt State Park, Bristol
The entire western border of Colt State Park is open to the Narragansett Bay for sweeping panoramic views. Four miles of paved trails are perfect for walking, skating, or bicycling while ten large playfields and six picnic groves offer space for playing and snacking. Address: Route 114, Bristol, RI, 02809.
4. Waterplace Park, Providence
Waterplace Park along the Woonasquatucket River in Providence is an urban gem. Cobblestone walkways and quaint pedestrian bridges make this park ideal for a stroll. Take a gondola ride or just perch on a bench and people watch. Address: Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI, 02903.
5. Beavertail State Park, Jamestown
Most popular for its historic lighthouse, Beavertail State Park attracts many visitors each year. In addition to visiting the lighthouse, you can explore tidal pools, hike the trails, and take endless photos of this gorgeous spot. Address: Beavertail Road, Jamestown, RI, 02835.
6. Burlingame State Park, Charlestown
In the southern part of the state, Burlingame State Park offers 3,100 acres of adventure. Keep cool by hanging out at Watchaug Pond or do some hiking or kayaking. This park also offers camping for those looking for a getaway. Address: 1 Burlingame State Park Road, Charlestown, RI, 02813.
7. King Park, Newport
King Park is a smaller destination in Newport but has exquisite harbor views. There is a playground, small beach, picnic tables, and a beautiful gazebo featuring live music on Sundays. Address: 125 Wellington Avenue, Newport, RI, 02840.
8. Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown
Fort Wetherill State Park offers a ringside seat to the scenery of the Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Boating, fishing, and hiking are popular pastimes at this coastal gem. Address: 3 Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, RI, 02835.
9. Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
The state's newest coastal park sits on the location of the former Rocky Point amusement park. There is a long paved waterfront path, plenty of open green space, and other trails to explore. Address: 300 Rocky Point Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02889.
Which of these waterfront parks are your favorites? Do you have more suggestions to add to this list? After your day outside, treat yourself to a meal with a view at one of these
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