Rhode Island Top 10 Attractions

If you want a relaxing vacation, then consider Rhode Island. The Ocean State may be small, but it has just as much to offer visitors as any other part of the United States. The multiple inlets and large bays not only gave the state its nickname, but also provide tourists with water activities, such as boating, fishing, or relaxing on the beach. Heritage trails offer a glimpse into history while nature trails let you become one with the natural gems within the state. Whether you are interested in nature, the arts, history, museums, or something else, be sure to check out these top 10 attractions in Rhode Island.

1: Block Island

Block Island

Explore 17 miles of this beautiful beach where you can take a dip in the clear blue waters, the children can play by the shore, or you can go shopping in the island's exquisite shops and boutiques. Adventure seekers can also go bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing and parasailing. Dine with the family at some of the island's five-star restaurants for a gastronomic Rhode Island experience.

Address: New Shoreham, RI

2: Newport Cliff Walk

Newport Cliff Walk
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Are you seeking the thrill of a lifetime? Visit the Newport Cliff Walk, a popular tourist destination that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with exquisite architectural history. This walk is unique because it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. Pass at your own risk, wear the proper shoes and fill your satisfaction for adventure.

Address: Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 0284

3: The Breakers, Newport

The Breakers, Newport
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Known as the grandest of Newport's summer cottages, here you can tour the Breakers and have a feel of what it is like to live the life of high society men and women during the Gilded Age. Take the Servant Life Tour to discover how it was life on the other side. Group tours and personal tours also take you to the Chateau-Sur-Mer, Hunter House, and the Green Animals Topiary among others.

Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840

4: WaterFire Providence

WaterFire Providence

Come experience art in motion in Rhode Island. The WaterFire festivals of Providence provide visitors with a feast for the senses. Braziers suspended along the river are lit in spectacular fashion as guests are entertained with music, performances, and fine dining. This show is fun for all ages and is 100% safe from the seats along the riverbank or on the boats and gondolas that ride past. The city comes alive during WaterFire and it is brought to you without paying any admission.

Address: 100 Canal Walk, Waterplace Park, Providence, RI 02903

5: Rough Point

Rough Point
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Newport is known as the home of Doris Duke, a world-renowned heiress, philanthropist and art collector. This is where you will discover the artist she is as you explore her estate. You will marvel at French furniture, European art, Chinese porcelains and other collections from her travels. Experience the life of a 20th century heiress by making the Rough Point tour a part of your Rhode Island visit.

Address: 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

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