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12 Things to Do in Rhode Island Worthy of Any East Coast Vacation Bucket List

From Setting Sail on Narragansett Bay to Indulging in a Famous Del’s Lemonade, This Is the Ultimate List of Rhode Island Activities

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Whether you’ve set your sights on Rhode Island for sailing, luxury resorts or fresh seafood, you’re sure to be happy you did. We’ve rounded up a list of things to do in Rhode Island, from where to stay and which historical landmarks to see, along with some fun info on the state’s claims to fame. Here are 12 must-see attractions on your next trip to Rhode Island.

 

Visit Ocean House

Outfitted with New England coastal charm, Ocean House is a triple Forbes five-star luxury hotel in Rhode Island that is both quaint and magnificent. Thoughtfully curated, vintage artwork juxtaposes this beachfront destination’s modern amenities—all while the spa and dining experiences call your name with seasonal treatments and fine dining choices that turn over with time. See this stunning property for yourself and sit down to a leisurely lunch on the Verandah Raw Bar. This open-air deck gives way to views of the waves and the menu is chock-full of New England classics, such as oysters, crab dip, lobster rolls and stuffies.

 

Set Sail on Narragansett Bay in Newport

Set your sights on seeing the sailing capital of the world—Newport, Rhode Island! Boasting beautiful harbors and vintage sloops such as the 1946 Sightsailer, this town is meant for exploring the surroundings of the open sea. Whether you plan to sit back, relax and tune into nautical commentary, or you’ve got your heart set on getting behind the wheel, you’ve come to the right town. From sailing classes to harbor tours and cruises, get ready for a day filled with sea salt-scented hair and sun-kissed cheeks.

 

Get a Famous Del’s Lemonade

Is there anything sweeter than memories of singing “lemonade, crunchy ice” and using a fat Sharpie to create signs with the words “25 cents a cup” in choppy, childlike letters? There’s something so nostalgic and innocent about this tried-and-true, tart treat. Serving Rhode Island and beyond since 1948, Del’s is an iconic lemonade stand that not only makes the best cup around but also provides an experience that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Browse their shop for a souvenir or two, including at-home mixes, 75th-anniversary keychains, t-shirts, mugs, and more.

 

Newport’s Cliff Walk and The Breakers

Imagine unmatched coastal views, 3.5 miles of hiking terrain and 40 steps that mark the rendezvous point of servants from centuries past. Newport’s Cliff Walk was named a National Recreation Trail back in 1975, and ever since then, it has been open to the public for walking use along a constellation of historical estates from the Gilded Age. Such estates include The Breakers, which was a mansion owned by the Vanderbilt family. The home is now open for tours, and guests can explore the immaculately preserved details and decor of this wealthy lineage’s home.

 

Doughboys + Clam Cakes at Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House

When you visit Iggy’s, you’re sure to be served doughboys, clam cakes and chowder with a side of history. Founder Gaetano Gravino was an Oakland Beach hairstylist who took a part-time job at a doughboy shack decades ago. He then seized the opportunity to lease this shack, and in 1989, he opened Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House. At the time, the red chowder was a favorite menu staple created by his wife, Sally. Today, the offerings at both the Warwick and Narragansett locations have expanded to include burgers, seafood, salads and beverages in addition to their classic doughboys, chowder and clam cakes.

 

Take the Ferry to Block Island

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Let the wind tussle your tresses while taking the ferry to Block Island. Be sure to check the times to align with when you want to come and go—and make it easier on yourself by downloading your tickets to Apple Wallet for iPhones and Wallet Passes for Androids. Enjoy a breath of fresh air from the water and find all sorts of fun things to do on the island, like popping into Persephone’s Kitchen for breakfast and a beverage—then biking around the island where your eyes can feast on beautiful coastal views of the bluffs.

 

Lobster Rolls at Champlin’s Seafood Deck

Stop by Champlin’s Seafood for an unforgettable experience, including channel views and the freshest, finest fish you can find. Enjoy lobster rolls, fried scallops, charbroiled swordfish and more—and as your taste buds take everything in, you can also watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch. The chefs of Champlin’s even use the best cholesterol-free oils when cooking—kindly taking your health into consideration. Treat your senses to a feast when dining at the seasonal market, or pop into the daily fish mart to cook your own.

 

Rail Tour on Abandoned Train Tracks

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Railroad tracks, lantern-lit rides and a trail of campfires—sounds like the fixings for a mystery novel. But really, this is a legitimate attraction, and it’s owned and operated by Rail Explorers. With locations speckled around the country, one such spot happens to be in Rhode Island! Here, you can sign up for a Sunday Morning Brunch Tour, where a two-hour, open-air ride along some abandoned train tracks allows you just enough time to unwind and enjoy a Bloody Mary and a mimosa or two. Other options include sunset rides as well as adventures lit by the luminescence of a lantern and the warmth of campfires dotting the way.

 

Narragansett Beach Day + Sunset Drinks on the Deck at The Coast Guard House

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Pack a book and sink your toes into the sand at Narragansett Town Beach. Enjoy beautiful views on this flat stretch, which is perfect for a walk or an afternoon of lounging. If you’re a surfer, rent a board and get out there because the waves are ready for you. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a cocktail at The Coast Guard House, which you can consider the thrilling sequel to your day’s waterfront views. Choose from options such as the Sugar Plum Martini, the Jameson Express and the Honey Fig Bellini.

 

Drinks on the Lawn at Castle Hill Inn

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Take in breathtaking scenes of the greenest grass around, backdropped by blue hues of ocean views. With Prosecco or a Blood Orange Bellini in hand, sip and savor the moment from a white lawn chair—one of the most picturesque New England settings imaginable. Whether you’re traveling with a friend and have someone to chat with about the beautiful views, or you’re traveling solo and painting your surroundings like Amy from “Little Women,” you’re in for an unforgettable time.

 

Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame, a former elite social club, is now used for the preservation and celebration of tennis player records from the last century. Several (13, to be exact) perfectly kept green tennis courts surround the hall of fame—and these patches of land are where the Infosys Hall of Fame Open & Enshrinement Weekend is hosted. Inside, you can find records of 262 players from 27 countries (at the time of this article’s publishing). Take in the beautiful architecture of the mansion while learning a thing or two about tennis!

 

Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park

Take a moment for reflection as you peruse the quiet botanical center at Roger Williams Park. Filled with palms, cacti and sun-soaking plants such as succulents, this glass greenhouse is the largest of New England’s glasshouse display gardens. Gathered around beautiful pools, these thoughtfully arranged botanicals will help you to breathe in the good and breathe out the jet lag. Throw on some headphones and meander through this curated space as a way to clear your head and take in the beauty of this picturesque state.

Looking for more things to do in Rhode Island? Check out this 3-day itinerary for a trip to Newport, Rhode Island or go to www.visitrhodeisland.com!

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