April 28th, 2016
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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo Courtesy of destinationnewport.com

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.

 

North South Trail

North South Trail

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

 

 

 

 

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

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).

 

Valley Country Club

Valley Country Club

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.

 

East Bay Bike Path

East Bay Bike Path

Easy Rider

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.

 

Prospect Terrace Park

Prospect Terrace Park

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.

June 2nd, 2015
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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

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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.

 

Providence

Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park

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.

 

East Bay

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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.

 

West Bay

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insEyedout / Flickr

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.

 

Block Island

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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.

 

South County 

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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.

Northern RI

North South Trail

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 County

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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.

 

Southeastern Massachusetts

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

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.