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It’s America’s smallest state, but Rhode Island stands tall as a destination to be discovered by families, couples, adventurers, and nature-lovers. It’s not actually an island but, with 400 miles of gorgeous coastline, that’s easy to forget. Holidays to Rhode Island are filled with great food, grand history, rugged nature, and diverse culture. Visit cities, mansions, parks, beaches, museums and galleries on a trip you’ll never forget.

A stay in Rhode Island means a visit to the vibrant river city of Providence and its unique WaterFire festival evenings. It places you at the heart of New England’s old wealth and opens the doors to the vast colonial homes of Newport and Bristol which sit on green acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll have access to the lazy towns and beaches along the rugged coastline of Narragansett Bay, where harbour seals swim among fishing boats and yachts.

Rhode Island holidays are a great choice for wildlife-lovers, too. Around 150 bird species choose this place for their home or migratory stay – and you’ll understand why when you see the parks, beaches and cliffs which make this eastern edge of America feel so enticing. For a wider experience of the natural world, Roger Williams Park Zoo offers one of the best examples of modern and ethical zoo-keeping with many cage-free settings for better animal welfare and improved wildlife-watching.

In summer, the towns and bays come alive with people enjoying the warm weather. While in winter, when the snow falls and twinkling lights cover the mansions, Rhode Island is perfect for a romantic getaway with outdoor skating and welcoming hospitality. Take a look at our sample itineraries or talk to our Travel Specialists to plan your Rhode Island trip.

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Narragansett Bay

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Things to do in Rhode Island

Downtown Providence comes alive when the famous WaterFire installation lights up. An impressive 100 bonfires burn through the night, while flotillas cruise the city’s three converging rivers and the streets are flooded with performers, music, food and drink.

Elsewhere, Rhode Island’s rich colonial history awaits Newport’s visitors. You can take a tour around Vanderbilt's Italian Renaissance 70-room summer cottage The Breakers, the grand French chateau of The Elms, Ocean Drive’s cottages, and the mansions dotted along Bellevue Avenue. Or you could learn about cultures old and new at Rhode Island School of Design and Museum of Art.

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Why not break out and explore America’s smallest state on two wheels? There are more than 60 miles of off-road cycle tracks. Or take in the island’s natural beauty at a steadier pace along Newport’s 3.5 mile Cliff Walk, the first National Recreational Trail in New England. Walk along the banks of Providence’s meandering rivers or step into a gondola and cross the city in comfort.

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Narragansett Bay

A short drive south of Providence, you’ll find the beautiful beaches of Narragansett Bay. Boasting some of the best surfing spots in New England, these long stretches of sand sit beside a string of relaxed seaside towns and villages. Pick your favourite beachside terrace and watch the waves as you sample local delicacies, which combining influences from Italy, Portugal and the USA. Stretch out on the beach, walk the shore, or peruse the local shops as you ease away a lazy afternoon.

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Once you’ve had your fill of the coast, set sail into the estuary to explore Narragansett’s 30 tiny islands. Choose a graceful narrowboat or a traditional schooner, then go seal spotting, scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing. Sleepy and plentiful, rugged and picturesque, Narragansett Bay offers an ideal beach break within your Rhode Island holiday.

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Block Island

Just 16 miles off the south coast of Rhode Island sits one of the state’s hidden treasures. Block Island is just nine square miles in size and occupied by less than 1,500 people. Flanked by the 19th-century North and South East Lighthouses and home to the vibrant New Harbor Boat Basin, Block Island encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the simple life.

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On the southeast edge of this little isle, you’ll find the dramatic Mohegan Bluffs – three miles of cliffs standing 200 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, offering views as far as Montauk on the southern tip of New York’s Long Island. Take 141 steps down to the secluded beach below, and then walk back up them again to admire the incredible clifftop panorama above. Bird-lovers could be lucky enough to spot up to 150 species, while couples will love the unspoiled quiet of this tiny island spot.

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Best time to visit Rhode Island

For warmer weather, May to November is the best time to visit Rhode Island. Summer temperatures range from about 15°C to 27°C. Providence’s must-see WaterFire events also take place at this time of year. To see the state’s towns at their most vibrant, plan your trip for July and August. But, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, temperatures often remain mild from September to November, when autumn brings new colours to the foliage of Rhode Island’s many natural green spaces.

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Winters last from November to April and temperatures can drop to -2°C. You can expect snow, too. However, migratory patterns make this a great time for spotting seals in the island’s harbours or birds in its parks and woodlands. And the addition of outdoor skating and the mansions’ Christmas decoration give this place a romantic charm, making a great alternative to the busy streets of nearby New York.

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Things to do

Things to do in Rhode Island

Downtown Providence comes alive when the famous WaterFire installation lights up. An impressive 100 bonfires burn through the night, while flotillas cruise the city’s three converging rivers and the streets are flooded with performers, music, food and drink.

Elsewhere, Rhode Island’s rich colonial history awaits Newport’s visitors. You can take a tour around Vanderbilt's Italian Renaissance 70-room summer cottage The Breakers, the grand French chateau of The Elms, Ocean Drive’s cottages, and the mansions dotted along Bellevue Avenue. Or you could learn about cultures old and new at Rhode Island School of Design and Museum of Art.

Show More
Show Less

Why not break out and explore America’s smallest state on two wheels? There are more than 60 miles of off-road cycle tracks. Or take in the island’s natural beauty at a steadier pace along Newport’s 3.5 mile Cliff Walk, the first National Recreational Trail in New England. Walk along the banks of Providence’s meandering rivers or step into a gondola and cross the city in comfort.

Show More
Show Less

Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay

A short drive south of Providence, you’ll find the beautiful beaches of Narragansett Bay. Boasting some of the best surfing spots in New England, these long stretches of sand sit beside a string of relaxed seaside towns and villages. Pick your favourite beachside terrace and watch the waves as you sample local delicacies, which combining influences from Italy, Portugal and the USA. Stretch out on the beach, walk the shore, or peruse the local shops as you ease away a lazy afternoon.

Show More
Show Less

Once you’ve had your fill of the coast, set sail into the estuary to explore Narragansett’s 30 tiny islands. Choose a graceful narrowboat or a traditional schooner, then go seal spotting, scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing. Sleepy and plentiful, rugged and picturesque, Narragansett Bay offers an ideal beach break within your Rhode Island holiday.

Show More
Show Less

Block Island

Block Island

Just 16 miles off the south coast of Rhode Island sits one of the state’s hidden treasures. Block Island is just nine square miles in size and occupied by less than 1,500 people. Flanked by the 19th-century North and South East Lighthouses and home to the vibrant New Harbor Boat Basin, Block Island encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the simple life.

Show More
Show Less

On the southeast edge of this little isle, you’ll find the dramatic Mohegan Bluffs – three miles of cliffs standing 200 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, offering views as far as Montauk on the southern tip of New York’s Long Island. Take 141 steps down to the secluded beach below, and then walk back up them again to admire the incredible clifftop panorama above. Bird-lovers could be lucky enough to spot up to 150 species, while couples will love the unspoiled quiet of this tiny island spot.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Rhode Island

For warmer weather, May to November is the best time to visit Rhode Island. Summer temperatures range from about 15°C to 27°C. Providence’s must-see WaterFire events also take place at this time of year. To see the state’s towns at their most vibrant, plan your trip for July and August. But, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, temperatures often remain mild from September to November, when autumn brings new colours to the foliage of Rhode Island’s many natural green spaces.

Show More
Show Less

Winters last from November to April and temperatures can drop to -2°C. You can expect snow, too. However, migratory patterns make this a great time for spotting seals in the island’s harbours or birds in its parks and woodlands. And the addition of outdoor skating and the mansions’ Christmas decoration give this place a romantic charm, making a great alternative to the busy streets of nearby New York.

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