July is finally here and it’s the perfect time to hit one of the many beaches in our beautiful Ocean State. To help you choose, we’ve made a list of our top 10 favorite beaches in Rhode Island to check out this summer.
Ballard’s Beach (Block Island) – Ballard’s Beach on Water Street is a popular spot with an outside bar, music, food and towel service. Guests are allowed to bring their own food, but no alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is served by the Ballard’s staff right to your chair. 42 Water St, New Shoreham, RI
Mansion Beach (Block Island) – Block Island is Rhode Island’s own tropical paradise with 17 miles of shoreline that’s open to the public. The island has many lovely beaches for all ages. A notable family-friendly beach is Mansion Beach (on Mansion Road) a little off the beaten path, but well worth it. This peaceful spot is on the northernmost section of the Island with clean sand and clear water. There are no lifeguards or facilities, however, so keep an eye on the kids and bring a picnic–but be sure to take your trash with you! Mansion Rd, New Shoreham, RI
Goosewing Beach (Little Compton) – Adjacent to South Shore Beach, Goosewing Beach has been managed by the Nature Conservancy since 1989, making it a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 75 acres of land, this historical landmark features pond, beach and dune environments. The beach also includes an environmental education center built in 2010 where visitors can learn about the different habitats on the preserve. 125 South Shore Rd, Little Compton, RI
Narragansett Town Beach (Narragansett) – Popular for surfing, the Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of town. The 19-acre beach includes amenities such as snack bars, changing rooms, and restrooms. The Pier Marketplace as well as several restaurants are nearby. 39 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI
Roger Wheeler State Beach (Narragansett) – Roger Wheeler State Beach is a lifeguarded beach popular for families with young kids because of the calm waters. The beach includes a playground, bathrooms with showers, snacks, and picnic areas. 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI
Scarborough State Beach (Narragansett) – One of Rhode Island’s most popular beaches, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett is fun for all ages with newly renovated pavilions as well as concession stands, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and walking paths. 970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Easton’s Beach (Newport) – Adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach–or “First Beach” to locals–is Newport’s largest public ocean surf beach. Easton’s Beach is fun for all ages with a playground, carousel, and a Save the Bay Exploration Center. All beach necessities can be rented, and you can enjoy food from the concession stand under the cabanas. Free beach concerts are popular in the summer. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI
Gooseberry Beach (Newport) – Set back in a cove with calm waters and great views, Gooseberry Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind year round. Enjoy a snack at the Gooseberry Cafe or swim in the calm waters and watch the sunset. 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI
Misquamicut Beach (Westerly) – Misquamicut Beach is Rhode Island’s largest state beach located just off of bustling Atlantic Avenue. Aside from the gorgeous shoreline, the beach hosts weekly concerts, movies, and car shows. Water slides, mini golf and bumper boats make this spot great for all ages. A newly constructed pavilion offers a central observation tower as well as refreshments. 257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI
Watch Hill Beach (Westerly) – Watch Hill Beach is known for its antique carousel, clear water, and perfect sand for long walks in the beach. With private bathhouses and nearby shops, Watch Hill makes for a relaxing summer outing. 151 Bay Street, Westerly, RI
It’s no secret that Rhode Island is home to America’s oldest 4th of July celebration (held in Bristol), however, the Ocean State also hosts a variety of other activities throughout the week. For those of you still looking for something to do, check out our list of events celebrating America’s Independence in both Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
THURSDAY, JULY 2nd
N.K. Town Beach (North Kingstown) – Kick off your Independence Day celebrations early at North Kingstown’s Town Beach with a firework display beginning at 8:45pm. View the event website for parking information.
McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – Pawtucket’s own McCoy Stadium is hosting a patriotic firework display after the 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.
FRIDAY, JULY 3rd
McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – McCoy Stadium is hosting a second patriotic firework display after the Friday 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.
Hope Park (Scituate) – Scituate’s family friendly fireworks display at the Hope Jackson Fire Station features food and fun activities for the kids including balloon animals, temporary tattoos, a bounce house, and more! The food and fun starts at 5pm, and the fireworks start at 9pm.
Tucker Field (Cumberland) – Head to in Cumberland’s Tucker Field for food trucks, music, and fireworks starting at 5:30pm.
Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park (North Providence) – Food, fun, and music can be found at the Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park with entertainment by “Reminisce” and a food court from 6-9pm. Fireworks will begin around 9pm.
Drum and Bugle Corps Competition (Bristol) – America’s Most Patriotic Town is hosting the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at the Mount Hope High School at 6pm. This event is held rain or shine!
Pierce Memorial Stadium (East Providence) – The celebrations start at 6pm with a concert featuring the bands Crushed Velvet and Kicking Hole followed by fireworks at 9pm. Food and beverage concessions are available at the event.
Oakland Beach Seawall (Warwick) – Warwick’s annual fireworks display will begin at approximately 9pm. Due to high traffic volume, visitors are recommended to seek alternative routes to the seawall area, or view the fireworks from City Park.
Town Beach Pavilion (Block Island) – Block Island’s firework show kicks off around 9pm and can be viewed from anywhere on the island.
Gloucester Memorial Park (Gloucester) – Part of Gloucester’s Ancients & Horribles celebration, a fireworks display begins at 9pm at Gloucester Memorial Park. There’s also a family carnival in the park from July 3rd-5th.
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH
Arnold Mills (Cumberland) – This year’s theme of the Arnold Mills July 4th Parade is “Sweet Land of Liberty” and kicks off with a road race at 9am followed by the parade at 11am and finishes with a concert at 1pm.
Hope Street (Bristol) – Bristol‘s famous Fourth of July Parade kicks off its 230th year at 10:30AM at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Hope Street. The event is popular and parking is minimal so plan ahead!
New Harbor (Block Island) – Enjoy your 4th on the island with the annual Fourth of July Parade. The event starts at 11am in New Harbor and ends in Old Harbor.
Main Street (Gloucester) – The infamous Ancients & Horribles Parade begins at 4pm along Main Street and ends at Acote’s Field.
Old Mountain Field (South Kingstown) – The largest town sponsored event at Old Mountain Field has food, games, and concerts starting at 5:30pm. Fireworks begin around 9pm.
World War II Memorial Park (Woonsocket) – Head down to the park for entertainment at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm.
India Point Park (Providence) – The BankRI Independence Day Celebration hosts the RI Philharmonic Pops performing at 7:30pm before the “state’s most spectacular fireworks display” at 9:15pm.
Newport Harbor (Newport) – Head to the City by the Sea for fireworks at 9:15pm. Additional information including best spots to view the display can be found on the event website.
Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA) – Watch the fireworks from the USS Massachusetts at Fall River’s Battleship Cove! Gates open at 7:30pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
SUNDAY, JULY 5th
Bryant University Campus (Smithfield) – The Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks on the Bryant University campus opens at 6pm and the U.S. Navy Band performs at 8pm. Fireworks begin at 9pm.
Although Rhode Island is the smallest state, it has some of the most beautiful scenery in New England year-round, so we found it appropriate to help you “Discover Beautiful Rhode Island” with a list of our favorite walking trails throughout the state, as well as in nearby Southeastern Massachusetts.
East Side of Providence
The Blackstone Boulevard Walking Path on the East Side of Providence is a 1.6 mile long, 100 foot wide median between two roads that contain both car and bicycle lanes.
The Boulevard is a popular destination for walkers and runners alike who enjoy the gorgeous scenery. The beautiful park is full of foliage due to a partnership with the Parks Department, allowing over 300 trees and shrubs to be planted and for the gardens to be maintained.
The Roger Williams Park in Providence contains 435 acres of land with over 100 acres of ponds. The park, which is adjacent to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, includes lush foliage and the famous Rose Garden. The site attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year and is a popular location for walk-a-thons and music festivals.
Colt State Park on Hope Street in Bristol offers 464 acres of land with breathtaking shoreline views and four miles of walking and biking paths. The park contains beautifully manicured lawns with flowering bushes and lush trees. Park goers can enjoy the land year round in America’s most patriotic town.
Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick is Rhode Island’s most popular metropolitan park. There are miles of trails throughout the grounds–some which go alongside the water. The park also has trails used for biking and horseback riding.
The 10 square miles of Block Island is home to the Greenway Trails–a 28 mile trail system constructed and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The trails go through diverse areas of the island and include a variety of wildlife and plants. 43% of the Island is protected and has some breathtaking scenery.
The Beaver River Preserve features a one-mile loop leading through the preserve’s scenic grounds and along the pristine Beaver River. A second path off the loop will take you to another section of the river where you will pass a Colonial-era grist mill. This area is a breeding ground for the Ringed Boghaunter dragonfly, while an array of birds and wildlife, including beavers, are always present.
The North-South Trail is a 77-mile trail that begins in Charlestown and ends at the Massachusetts border in Burrillville. The trail runs through beautiful scenery from lakes to beaches and farmland to woods.
Newport’s Cliff Walk is one of Rhode Island’s most famous attractions, offering 3.5 miles of gorgeous shoreline and views of the historic Newport mansions. What makes this trail so unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. Enjoy the flowers, the fresh air, and the beaches while strolling through a piece of history.
The Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts offers three miles of trails over 117 acres of land. The scenery is beautiful and provides a peaceful place for mindful meditation. Half a mile of trail is a fully rope-guided universally accessible Reflection Trail, which features interpretation options such as audio tours, large print, and Braille.