1. Take a ride along the East Bay Bike Path
Begins at Independence Park on Thames St, , 02809
This 14.5 mile paved bike path, which runs from Bristol to Providence, follows the route of an abandoned railroad. Along the way, you get a view of pretty much everything that makes Rhode Island one of the most gorgeous states in the country.
The ride seems too short as you take in incredible views of Narragansett Bay, forests, and salt water marshes. It feels more like a sightseeing journey than a workout! It also happens to be the best place to take in views of the Providence skyline.
This ride is, by far, one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the state. The only downside is that it is not accessible all year due to the brisk, snowy New England winters!
2. Enjoy a scenic walk along Cliffwalk
Cliff Walk, , 02840
More than half a million people visit the Newport Mansions each year, however, many tourists overlook Cliffwalk, a beautiful 3 mile path along the coast. Located just behind the historic mansions, Cliffwalk provides amazing photographic opportunities of both the mansions and beautiful rocky Atlantic coastline.
3. Explore nature at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge
769 Sachuest Point Rd, , 02842
Gorgeous ocean views, endless opportunities for wildlife sightings, and beautiful salt marsh views await you at one of Rhode Island's top spots for a peaceful nature walk.
The 2.5 mile loop trail is easy enough for walkers of all abilities. Opportunities for beautiful photography exist at every angle. An on-site interpretative center features exhibits and information about wildlife found throughout the refuge.
4. Kick back on a relaxing narrated cruise
31 Bowens Wharf, , 02840
What better way to take in the gorgeous Newport coast than a guided harbor tour? Gansett Cruises is one of the best options in this gorgeous coastal city. This scenic tour aboard an old lobster boat takes you past some of the most unbelievable scenery in Rhode Island including gorgeous mansions, bridges, lighthouses, and more!
5. Hike peaceful trails at Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
137 Seapowet Ave, , 02878
This small sanctuary in Tiverton is the perfect place to get away from it all. 4 miles of trails with peaceful forest and salt marsh views give you time to relax and get in an easy workout after a rough day.
6. Search for seaglass on Jamestown Island
Narragansett Avenue, , 02835
Situated just one mile away from Newport on Conanicut Island, Jamestown is the perfect relaxing day trip for Newport visitors seeking something different to do. Searching for seaglass at the islands many beautiful beaches is a popular past time.
In addition, you will find restaurants, shopping, sightseeing cruises, and endless opportunities for lighthouse and beach photography. The day trip to Jamestown Island is well worth the drive!
7. Relax at Sachuest Point Beach
474 Sachuest Point Rd, , 02842
Sachuest Beach, also referred to as Second Beach, is conveniently located just a short drive from the historic Newport Mansions. The convenient location makes this beach a must on any Newport vacation.
This gorgeous beach features over a mile of sandy fun. Sachuest is one of the best Rhode Island beaches to visit if you are seeking soft sand and plenty of space to enjoy the warm summer days.
8. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along Ocean Drive
The drive begins at 367 Bellevue Ave, , 02840
This picturesque Newport coastal drive, often referred to as the "10 Mile Drive," winds through various beautiful landscapes and attractions including the historical Newport Mansions, state parks, and the stunning Atlantic Ocean.
9. Ice skate at Kennedy Plaza
2 Kennedy Plaza, , 02903
Ice skating in downtown Providence is a must-do when visiting the city during the holiday season. Take this opportunity to skate at this beautiful rink while surrounding yourself with holiday music, festive lights, and great architecture.
Conveniently, the rink is located in the heart of downtown, and within walking distance of plenty of restaurants and Providence Place Mall: the largest mall in Rhode Island.
10. Feast on authentic Italian cuisine in Federal Hill's "Little Italy"
Atwells Ave, , 02903
A visit to Rhode Island would not be complete without paying a visit to Providence to try out some authentic Italian cuisine. Federal Hill is a neighborhood near downtown known for its' abundance of delicious Italian restaurants.
You will never run out of Italian dining choices with over 30 options in Providence's famous "Little Italy." Andino's featuring delicious ravioli and a wonderful old school ambiance is a great place to start your journey!