The spring season seems to be taking a little longer to arrive with each passing year, but now that it’s here, let’s make the most of it. Our little state is full of wonderful spring destinations that we should all be enjoying. But where to start? To help you out, here’s our list of favorite things to do during springtime in Rhode Island.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame
For many, spring marks the return of baseball, and as Rhode Islanders, we’re fortunate enough to have a professional team right in our own backyard. Home to the minor league triple-a affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, McCoy Stadium provides the opportunity to witness the stars of the future playing in a family friendly environment at an affordable cost. Tickets start as low as $9.00 for adults, and $6.00 for children and seniors, while there are also a variety of multi-game ticket packages available. The ballpark has numerous game day promotions throughout the spring, and also offers opportunities for birthday parties, pre-game parties, and group events in their barbecue tent area. Visit the PawSox website for more information.
A Taste of Spring
While it might not ever be mistaken for Napa Valley, Rhode Island has several beautiful vineyards where you can enjoy sunny afternoons sipping an assortment of locally crafted wines. Newport Vineyards offers daily tours and tastings, while also hosting wine pairing classes and live music events throughout the spring and summer months. Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard is the official wine of the Boston Celtics, and while they offer daily tours and tastings, they also have an on-site cafe with sandwiches and grilled flatbread pizzas. Greenville Farm, which has been owned by the same family since 1863, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has live jazz every Saturday from May to November. Leyden Farms in South County has 50% off Groupons for wine tastings, while Diamond Hill Vineyards in Cumberland hosts garden parties on the grounds of their 200 year old vineyard house.
Take a Walk In the Wild Side
Rhode Island has a wonderful collection of walking trails winding their way throughout the state. With its mild temperatures, cool breezes, and returning wildlife, spring is the perfect season to enjoy a nature hike through Rhode Island’s variety of scenic landscapes – from its ocean coasts to its rich and tranquil woodlands. For more information on this topic, RI’s Best Walking Trails
A Day At The Zoo
Opened in 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the nation’s oldest zoos and an important part of our state’s history. With over 650,000 visitors each year, the Zoo is among Rhode Island’s top tourist attractions and was recently called “one of the best zoos in the country for its conservation efforts” by the New York Times. Throughout the spring and summer months, Roger Williams Zoo is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. In addition to its unique exhibits of over 100 different animal species from around the globe, the Zoo also has a Carousel Village where you can book events such as birthday parties, group outings, photo sessions, and after-hour parties. The Village also hosts a variety of free events, including its Sprout Blowout (May 7 from 11am-2pm).
Getting Into the Swing of Things
If there is one thing our state has no shortage of, it’s golf courses. With over 60 private and public courses to choose from, Rhode Island offers something for all price ranges and skill levels. For those interested in private courses, there are a wealth of opportunities throughout the state, including Kirkbrae Country Club to the north, the centrally located Warwick Country Club, and Shelter Harbor Golf Club to the south. Private golfers will also enjoy the beautiful 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross at Rhode Island Country Club – home to the CVS Charity Classic since 1999. There are also a wonderful selection of public courses, highlighted by Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, Triggs Memorial Golf Course in Providence, and Richmond Country Club in Richmond. For those just starting out or looking for a quick round, check out some of the nine-hole, par-3 courses such as Bristol Golf Course and Button Hole Golf Course.
Rhode Island has a 100-mile network of bike paths for you to enjoy throughout the spring. The East Bay Bike Path is a 14.5 mile paved trail beginning at India Point Park in Providence and continues through East Providence, Barrington, Bristol, and Warren. Those living in South County can visit the William C. O’Neill Bike Path, which travels 9 miles, starting from the Kingston train station and following the old Narragansett Pier Railroad through the villages of Peace Dale, Wakefield, and Narragansett before ending near the Narragansett Town Beach. As of now, the Blackstone River Bikeway is an 11 mile paved path traveling through Woonsocket, Lincoln, Cumberland, and Manville. However, once completed, the Bikeway will stretch a total of 48 miles connecting Worcester and Providence.
Saturday in the Park
With the green grass and bright flowers returning, spring season is a great time to take advantage of sunny afternoons at the park. Luckily for us, our little state is filled with scenic recreation areas. Goddard Memorial State Park is a popular destination, offering 490 acres of bridle trails, picnic areas, athletic fields, and even a saltwater beach. Sometimes referred to as the “gem” of the RI State Parks System, Colt State Park in Bristol spans 464 acres, providing 10 large athletic fields, as well as six picnic groves with over 400 tables. Those with an interest in history may want to visit Fort Adams State Park in Newport or Fort Weatherill State Park in Jamestown, while nature lovers will appreciate the serene settings of both Lincoln Woods State Park and Burlingame State Park. For more information on state parks near you, please visit RIParks.com.
Did we leave anything out? Let us know. Post your favorite spring destinations in the comments section below.
After an extensive review of 28,561 public high schools across the United States and the District of Columbia, the State of Rhode Island was listed #9 on the 2016 Best High Schools Rankings list produced by U.S. News & World Report. This comprehensive rankings report awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to top performing schools based on state assessments, graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college.
In total, 17.9% of Rhode Island public high schools received a gold or silver award. The state had two schools earn gold awards, including Classical (which was RI’s top-ranked high school) and Barrington High School. Rounding out Rhode Island’s top 10 ranked schools were Portsmouth High, East Greenwich High, North Kingstown Senior High, Lincoln Senior High, Middletown High, Narragansett High, Chariho High, and Mt. Hope High.
In order to produce the rankings, U.S. News & World Report enlisted the help of RTI International, a global nonprofit science research firm based in North Carolina. Together, they implemented a comprehensive methodology for evaluating the schools based on two key principals:
1. A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound.
2. It must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
The evaluation started with 28,561 public high schools across the nation. After eliminating schools that were deemed too small to be analyzed, the group was reduced to 19,908 schools which had a high enough enrollment during the 2013-2014 school year. The final state-by-state rankings were calculated by percentage of gold and silver award medal schools (bronze medals were not factored into the rankings). In the end, Maryland was ranked #1 in the nation for the second year in a row, boasting an impressive 28.9% of its schools earning gold or silver medals.
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