I grew up in Massachusetts, but I suppose you could say I spent the bulk of my summers in Rhode Island.
From where I lived in the southeastern part of the commonwealth, Newport was just an easier drive than Hyannis. Block Island was a notoriously less busy island than Massachusetts counterparts Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. I had access to family boats in Tiverton, where I also attempted — and failed — at learning how to windsail. Back in my day, there was always Rocky Point’s amusement park to fill a summer day, capped off by some of the best clam cakes and chowder in the region.
So, while the Ocean State wasn’t normally a spot I would frequent during the winter months (sorry, Yawgoo), it was a favorite place to soak up the sun during the summer, with more than 400 miles of coastline to explore. Here are some of the best places and activities I’ve enjoyed in Rhode Island over the years.
Keep in mind, while these destinations were open at press time and welcoming visitors during COVID-19 precautions, it’s imperative to check websites prior to your anticipated arrival and to call ahead for updates. In some cases, reservations may be required.