While it may be the smallest state, Rhode Island offers a treasure trove of places that will make you feel like you’re in a post card. For those who are looking to explore its various landscapes, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite scenic spots at the coast where you can wander, or just chill out and enjoy the view:
1. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
With an unbeatable view of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge, we love Fort Adams for daytime cookouts and dog walks. Chill out on the rolling lawn in front of Eisenhower house, or walk around the entire fort and marvel at some of our state’s richest history. We like to pack a picnic and chairs to lay low from the hustle and bustle of tourists that swarm Thames Street. Also the location of Newport’s annual Folk Festival.
2. Black Point, Narragansett
Situated between Narragansett and Scarborough Beaches, this hidden gem features a three-quarter mile hiking path that leads to an expansive view of Narragansett Bay and Point Judith Light House – particularly great for fishing during the day and stargazing at night (there are virtually NO lights around, so be prepared to see the Milky Way on clear nights. Bring a flashlight and wear shoes suitable for uneven terrain). A favorite for bringing the dog along.
3. Third Beach, Middletown, RI
One of the quieter public beaches in RI, we love this spot for it’s family-friendly, laid back atmosphere. Walk to crab town to check out hermit crabs and elaborate rock formations, or grab one of the best hamburgers on the beach at Peabody’s snack bar. When everywhere else is packed on a holiday weekend, this is our favorite beach to beat the crowds and get some good ol’ R and R. Plus you can grill here at night.
4. Pebble Beach, Middletown, RI
This local gem is a little off the beaten path. Take Indian Avenue to Peckham Avenue and park on the side of the road. Walk down the path to the water where you’ll find a rocky oasis. Great place to bring your dog and relax on the smooth stones or take a swim.
5. Ft. Wetherill, Jamestown, RI
Fort Wetherill State Park sits atop 100 foot granite cliffs across the Bay from Fort Adams. With views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, it’s the perfect place for picnics, boating, fishing, hiking, and exploring its 61.5 acres of breathtaking views.
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