An almost endless list of outdoor activities at this resort designed for adventure-lovers
The menu of exhilarating outdoor activities at The Preserve Club & Residences is almost endless. On pristine acres of fields, ponds, hilltops and woodlands, the resort features world-class sporting clays courses, a championship golf course, zip lining over and across 250-foot elevation drops, kayaking and canoeing in crystal-clear waterways, fly-fishing in ponds stocked with trout and bass, miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as hiking and mountain biking, a grass and two clay tennis courts, a custom-designed rock-climbing wall and opportunities for horse-back riding, pheasant hunting, archery, ice skating – and amazing star-gazing. Accommodations, from well-appointed glamping tents to luxurious cabins and suites, match the outdoor amenities.
38-44 Bay StreetWatch Hill, RI, 02891Phone: 877-394-8903
Those seeking outdoor adventures and activities will find this seaside inn a perfect headquarters
Outdoor enthusiasts will find a full range of activities when they stay at the spacious Watch Hill Inn, in the heart of a picture-perfect seaside village. The village itself hosts a famous carousel, a lighthouse and museum, sandy beaches and the hidden ruins of an old battle fort. And the inn’s two nearby sister resorts – Ocean House and the Weekapaug Inn – have a host of activities, from sailing, boating excursions, surfing lessons, fishing and nature tours to croquet and squash, biking and all the delights of a private white-sand beach with cabana service. Farther afield you’ll find family amusement parks including The Dinosaur Place, golf, tennis, nature centers, a cider mill, vineyards, hiking and biking trails and the Mystic Seaport.
Dream locations for fly-fishing for all levels at this majestic nature preserve, resort
It’s not surprising that a spacious, serene outdoors-centric retreat like The Preserve Club & Residences would have great fishing. The resort’s pristine acres include 10 meticulously maintained fly-fishing ponds, the largest of which covers 10 acres. The ponds are stocked with healthy populations of trout and bass, to inspire and challenge even the most dedicated of anglers. The Preserve also abuts a watershed, a fly-fishing dream destination. Lessons and equipment are available at the impressive Sporting Shoppe. The resort also has reciprocal relationships with area saltwater and ocean fishing companies for those seeking day trips for striped bass or bottom fish around Narragansett Bay (an excursion particularly enjoyed by kids). Extend your fishing vacation at one of several luxurious lodging options.
Multiple Centers & Dock LocationsProvidence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MAPhone: 401-272-3540
Interactive exploration center lets you get up close to the creatures of Narragansett Bay
Save The Bay has lots of educational, entertaining ways to fulfill its mission of connecting the community year-round to Narragansett Bay. At the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport, visitors can check out three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits as they get to know some of the 40p-plus species that inhabit the bay and Rhode Island waters, including skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs, lobsters, seahorses and turtles. The interactive marine science center is also home to rescued animals, juveniles in a nursery program and animals in a breeding program. The nonprofit organization also runs lighthouse tours and seal-watch tours, some of which include lunch and exploration time on Rose Island. There’s also a scenic nature cruise out of Westerly. Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
1161 Old Succotash RoadWakefield, RI, 02879Phone: 401-302-0963
Spend a perfect day on the water fishing or cruising past scenic harbors, lighthouses
Does your idea of a great outdoor adventure involve hauling in a tuna or watching the sun set behind the Pelham Bridge as the sky turns from pastel pink to bright orange? You can do either – or both! – at Tails Up, where experienced crews seek to provide a classic day on the waters off Rhode Island. Tails Up charters provide the ultimate fishing experience, whether you’re in pursuit of sea bass, bluefish, bonito, cod or Mahi Mahi. And scenic cruises can take you to a private beach, to Newport for the day, past the region’s picturesque harbors or awe-inspiring lighthouses. Sunrise and sunset tours are serene and breathtaking. Spend a few hours or a day on the sea, creating memories to last a lifetime.
25 Spray Rock RoadWesterly, RI, 02891Phone: 877-394-8902
Nature inspires many of the fun activities (and provides the fabulous views) at this waterfront resort
Nature surrounds and inspires everything at the Weekapaug Inn, which overlooks Quonochontaug Pond on Rhode Island’s scenic shore. That’s why the inn has a resident naturalist, who’ll answer questions and lead you on guided beach walks and boating excursions. Water activities at the inn range from kayaking and sailing to swimming, fishing, crabbing – or just enjoying the sun from underneath your umbrella at the inn’s private beach. There’s also a pool with a spectacular view. Away from the water, you can play bocce or horseshoes on the expansive lawn, go exploring on one of the inn’s bicycles or arrange to play croquet or squash at a nearby sister inn. Area outdoor attractions include tennis and golf, and riding the famous Flying Horse carousel.