RI's extensive network of parks, beaches, campgrounds, bike paths, and historic sites offer visitors a variety of recreational activities. They are also an important part of the state's economy.
Rhode Island is home to two National Park Service Sites and three associated sites. These parks are worth a visit for their inspiring history.
Located on Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park is a great place to spend a day outdoors. It has a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as a fishing pond and a swimming area.
The park also has a number of picnic areas, making it a perfect place for families to have fun together. It is also home to the Eleazer Arnold House, a historic house that was built in 1693.
Nestled between routes 146 and 123, Lincoln Woods State Park is one of Blackstone Valley’s great treasures. A short ride from Providence, Pawtucket and Cumberland, it is a popular getaway for northeastern Rhode Islanders.
Located along Warwick Neck and overlooking Narragansett Bay, Rocky Point State Park is one of Rhode Island's most beloved natural assets. It has a 150+ year history of being a popular summer attraction for Rhode Islanders and visitors alike.
Over the decades, attractions have come and gone - nature trails, a ferry pier, an observation tower, hotels, clambakes, restaurants, swimming pool, rides, games and concerts. But the attraction of 120 acres of land for public use within 10 miles of downtown Providence has been a consistent draw since those first visits in the late 1840s.
In 2014, the property was purchased by the State of Rhode Island and refurbished into a park for public use. This park features scenic shore areas for hiking, a freshwater beach for swimming and fishing, pavilions for private parties, and many other attractions.
Often referred to as Rhode Island’s “gem,” Colt State Park’s entire western border is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. It is a popular attraction for outdoor enthusiasts and offers four miles of cycling trails through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns.
There are also a number of trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. These include the Greenway Trail and Panoramic View Trail.
The park is also a great place for a family picnic, with several picnic groves that offer seating for large groups. There are also covered shelters available for use, along with grills and drinking water.
The park is also a great place for hiking and boating, with several launch sites located throughout the area. It is also a popular destination for photography, with stunning views of Narragansett Bay.
Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport's grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park offers commanding views of Narragansett Bay at its juncture with the Atlantic Ocean. The 89-acre site is ideal for picnicking, hiking, bird watching or fishing.
The park is also renowned for kite flying, particularly during the summer season when the winds are strong. In fact, it's the main location for the annual Newport Kite Festival in July.
The park is located on Ocean Drive, which is a scenic 10-mile drive through beautiful farms and mansions that will be sure to impress. You'll see the Fort Adams State Park, Cliff Walk and other beautiful sights along the way.