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15 Best Things to Do in Rhode Island



Contrary to its name, Rhode Island isn’t an island because it is in the mainland of the United States of America. Its nickname “The Ocean State” came from being near the Atlanta Ocean. Despite being a small state, there are a lot of places you can visit here. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Rhode Island:

1. Look for the Best Clam Chowder

Flo's Clam Shack Rhode Island

Source: Flo’s Clam Shack

You can’t leave Rhode Island without trying one of their staple dishes, Clam Chowder. Since in this state, there are bountiful of quahogs (hard-shell clams), experience the taste you would never forget. Here are some of the places where you could try clam chowder:

  • Iggy Doughboys and Chowder House
  • Flo’s Clam Shack
  • The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar
  • Auntie Carrie’s

2. Book a Tour to See The Breakers

This mansion with around five floors was owned by the Vanderbilt family, lead by Cornelius Vanderbilt II who became a multi-millionaire in the 1860s as a shipping and railroad tycoon. You can book a tour to be able to see The Breakers for an hour tour of own of the grandest homes in Newport.

3. Visit the John Brown House Museum

John Brown House Museum

Source: John Brown House Museum | Jonathan Kozowyk

Another historical place in Rhode Island is the John Brown House Museum. John Brown was known as a slave trader. Yet, he was a powerful man in his time during the 18th century thanks to his wealth. Learn about U.S. history, the American Revolution, and slavery in this museum.

4. Explore the City by Riding La Gondola

Want to try a different way of exploring the city of Providence? Don’t miss out on your opportunity to ride the La Gondola! You can listen to music while you enjoy the majestic view around Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers. You can even eat biscuits and sip wine. How’s that for a good time?

5. See the Perfect Sunset From Cliff Walk

Perfect sunsets, anyone? Enjoy the vivid view of the Newport Shoreline, especially during sunset. Cliff Walk is the first National Recreation Trail in New England – perfect for strolling, albeit its southern parts being a rough trail.

6. Go on a Trip to Old Harbor

From the mainland of Rhode Island, you need to ride a ferry to see this picturesque place. In the Old Harbor, you may want to try to dine in seafood restaurants as it may boost your appetite while seeing the shoreline. Take this chance to go on for a longer trip by staying in inns at this place and shop in this historical part of Block Island.

7. Explore Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery

Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery

Source: Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery

Looking for fresh dairy products while experiencing a close view of milk production? Add this place to your itinerary now because this dairy farm has been in the business for over a decade. Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery is known for its legacy to process the milk from cow to bottle in 24 hours. See the cows being milked in the afternoon and don’t forget to visit their shop for dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, and even pastries!

8. Check out the Collections at Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Located in the biggest city of Rhode Island, Providence stands the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. This museum varies a lot of collections from today’s inspiration up to the ancient decades.

9. Go to the International Tennis Hall of Hame

Did someone just say hall of fame? The International Tennis Hall of Hame is domiciled in the Newport Casino. It holds a collection of publications, photographs and other types of materials related to tennis and the sport’s history.

10. Swim at Relax at Narragansett Bay Beaches

Swim on the beaches of Narragansett! There are a lot of resorts to choose from where you could enjoy the waves and do surfing or even simply sunbathe in the sands. Here are the beaches you can go to:

  • Scarborough State Beach
  • Narragansett Town Beach
  • East Matunuck State Beach
  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

11. Admire the Beauty of The Elms

The Elms

Source: The Elms | Trips Across America/Toni Leland

Another mansion on the list, ‘The Elms,’ is open to the public for viewing tours. An expensive Arizona home can’t compare to this. The Elms has an amazing facade and even the interiors are wonderful. You can take photos while feeling like royalty on the terraces. Be in awe with its Classical Revival gardens, fountains, sunken gardens and sculptures made out of marble and bronze.

12. Climb 140 Steps to the Mohegan Bluffs

Mohegan Bluffs

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Willing to take more than a hundred steps to see the picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean? If you do then, it’s a must on your bucket list to go the Mohegan Bluffs located on Block Island. Be careful while climbing those 140 steps to the top of the bluffs.

13. Taste Some of the Wines at Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards

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Want to experience Napa Valley but it might be too far from you? If you’re near Rhode Island, well, Newport Vineyards is the next best option. The Newport Vineyards offers its visitors an experience they would never forget. You can take a tour of its 60-acre land to see where the grapes grow. It would be best to go around October through November during the grape harvesting season. After the tour, you can taste some of the fine wines they have to offer.

14. Stroll Along the Benefit Street Mile of History

The Benefit Street Mile of History is a street with different striking colors of houses and shops. It is considered as the “famous street in Rhode Island” that showcases Victorian architecture.

Stroll along the streets, be one with the neighborhood and you might even see gardens along the way.

15. Visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village

This zoo is notably one of the oldest zoos in the United States of America. Here, you can see a variety of animals (more than 150 of them) and experience wildlife. Probably one of the best places in Rhode Island where you could bring your kids as there’s also a carousel village where they would love to ride on.


Get ready to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness in your Rhode Island visit!

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