Rhode Island may be the smallest state in America but the Ocean state has many things to do. It is chock full of history and beautiful scenery that will keep you busy as you plan your exciting adventure. Come see why Providence and Warwick are home to the most people in Rhode Island. Visitors can not get enough of all that Newport has to offer as well. The roads of Providence can be highly congested given the tight area and high population so it is recommended to use other forms of transportation to navigate the streets. A charter bus would be able to accommodate more people while freeing up some traffic. Bus rental would also take the stress off of you when trying to navigate unfamiliar roads.
Experience Rhode Island
This company offers tours all throughout the state. The Providence by Road and by River Tour is one that should not be missed. The name says it all. Half of the day you will be taught the history and culture of the capital city while you tour the streets with your knowledgable tour guide. The second half of your day, you will spend on a gondola or pontoon down the Providence River while learning more about this enchanting city.
This is a great family fun destination. This park is equipped with a zoo, botanical gardens, swan boats, Japanese gardens, carousel and playground. Friday nights in the summer offer up a different food truck in front of the carousel. There are also paved walking trails which allow you to easily stroll the grounds with a stroller if needed.
Equipped with horse rentals for a leisurely stroll through the park, a beach with bay views, walking trails and a golf course, Goddard Park is a great way to spend the day. The beach area has lifeguards in the summer and a rope in the water for the little ones. There is even a small boat launch where you can put your kayak in. The best part about the park is that it is free to enter.
Ocean State Theater Company
Built on the idea of keeping future generations interested in the theater, Ocean State Theater Company is a non- profit organization committed to giving back to the community. Their plays are preformed all year long in their theater and the reviews have been stellar. People have commented that the theater is updated with comfortable, spacious seating. They mention the theater is cozy and so there is not a bad seat in the house, and the acting and singing are top notch.
The Preservation Society of Newport County is committed to preserving and educating the public on these pieces of American history. You can tour three mansions through the Society, on a self guided audio tour: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. These tours allow you to experience the mansions at your own pace and can be anywhere from 30-90 minutes. If you are looking for a guided tour, those are offered at, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote and Rosecliff. These tours take about 45 minutes.
A picturesque 3.5 mile walk that puts you directly between mansions and the shoreline. You will get to see these big and beautiful houses from the outside as you enjoy the view of the water which is a mere stones throw away. Sneakers are a must since you will be walking on rugged terrain at times. Two thirds of the walk is paved but the other one third leaves you walking on massive rocks that may become slippery when wet. This is a free walk and one that should be on any to do list.
Be sure to explore this wonderful state which offers much in the way of history, beaches, the arts, parks and architecture. Rhode Island has something for everyone.