Welcome to Visit New England - Rhode Island

Visit Rhode Island: A guide to RI travel, tourism, vacations, hotels, food, and attractions

Great Things To Do in Rhode IslandRhode Island, the Ocean State, is loved for its many beaches, for the historic city of Newport, and for the up-and-coming capital city of Providence, rich with culture and interesting dining. Visitors love the unspoiled Block Island, easily reached by ferry from the fishing village of Point Judith. Other parts of the state are rich in history, farms, and beautiful outdoor getaways.

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Rhode Island regions and highlights:

     
Blackstone Valley Region  

Blackstone Valley Region

The Blackstone Valley region takes its name from the river that was the power source for America's first mills. This historic region is a place of old towns that preserve America's industrial history; ethnic dining, courtesy of the French Canadian, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese immigrants who have settled here; small music and performance venues; and outdoor recreation.

     
Block Island Region  

Block Island Region

This island off the Rhode Island coast has a modest town, many beaches, two historic lighthouses, and stunning bluffs and cliffs. Development is very light, and there are places all around to enjoy walking, bicycling, paddling, and bird watching with very little human encroachment. The town has delightful shopping and dining in a relaxed, summer-drenched atmosphere.

     
East Bay Region  

East Bay Region

The East Bay region, along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, is a place of small towns and farms, public parks and marinas. The main towns are Barrington and Bristol. A historic crossroads is Tiverton Four Corners, loved for unique shopping. The popular East Bay Bike Path travels along the bay. Colt State Park is a beauty, with lots of recreation and picnicking.

     
Newport Region  

Newport Region

Newport is famous for its Gilded Age mansions, built as summer cottages by industrialists of the Victorian age. Many are open for tours and special events like garden shows, wine festivals, and Christmas galas. The city has delightful Colonial-period houses, lots of dining and entertainment and museums, and a historic legacy as a place of sailing and tennis. People love strolling Cliff Walk, which looms above a rocky coast with gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay.

     
Providence and Warwick Region  

Providence/
Warwick Region

The capital city of Providence has enjoyed a rejuvenation since the 1990s, centered upon the downtown WaterPlace Park, where the unique outdoor art happening, WaterFire, is held. The city has great dining, most famously in its Little Italy neighborhood of Federal Hill. The neighborhoods surrounding Brown University brim with elegant architecture of four centuries.

     
South County Region  

South County Region

South County specializes in long, sandy, luxurious beaches with plenty of services and amenities. The towns of Wickford and Watch Hill offer water vistas along with shopping and pleasurable dining. Westerly is a pretty town with a Victorian-era central park. The county's nature preserves have ample hiking, paddling, and fishing in pristine settings.