Things to do in RI summer 2021: Best hikes, beach locations
Few things beat the summer season in Rhode Island. It truly is a special time here at The Ocean State. It is never difficult to keep busy and enjoy the summer sun. The real challenge is trying to figure out what your next adventure will be.
Whether it’s fantastic hikes, scenic views, or beautiful, pristine beaches, Rhode Island has a lot to offer locals and tourists alike.
We break down the best hikes in RI with a collection from our series Walk in RI, highlighting some of our absolute favorite trails that will showcase Rhode Island’s wildlife, history and beauty.
If hiking isn’t your speed but you really want to appreciate the beauty of the smaller state, we’ve got the best spots for a scenic drive, our iconic landmarks, and of course the best spots to snap the perfect Instagram shot.
There is no summer in Rhode Island without beaches; they don’t call it The Ocean State for nothing! Whatever your vibe, whether it’s a beach party, family atmosphere, or a lonely towel, our beach guides have you covered.
Best hike in RI
Walking RI: In the footsteps of the Narragansetts and the first settlers: The Narragansetts, one of New England’s dominant tribes, created a network of trails through their lands, connecting hunting and fishing grounds, trade routes, neighboring villages and places of ceremony.
Some of the historic trails still exist, including this 35 mile Narragansett Trail that runs through southern Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Walking RI: Small hikes through nature and the history of the Amerindians: Looking for an easy and quick hike around Rhode Island? We have what you need. Both of these hikes are great hikes for beginners or a great way to get some light exercise. Plus, they both offer interesting Rhode Island history and a great opportunity to see wildlife.
Walking RI: Finding the Tri-State Marker in the Buck Hill Management Area: The discovery of the obelisk, erected in 1883 to settle border disputes, is a highlight of the hike. The Granite Pillar is the only meeting point of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and it draws hikers from across the region.
In all, this is a six mile, three hour hike in a public reserve shared by hunters and hikers.
The best places for a view in RI
Find Out: 5 Scenic Drives In Rhode Island: Rhode Island is full of nooks and crannies, many sleepy in the shade of abandoned farms and mills of yesteryear.
Here are five beautiful drives across the state, from country roads and stone walls in Tiverton and Little Compton to scenic views of Scituate Reservoir.
Photos: The 25 Best Places to Take Photos in Rhode Island: Looking for the best Instagram spot in RI? Want to organize a glamorous photoshoot? Looking for the perfect landscape photo for your home? Here’s a guide to the best places in Rhode Island that Providence Journal photographers have found to take photos. Here is our list of the perfect places to take a photo in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island’s Most Famous Landmarks: Rhode Island is full of memorable natural and man-made landmarks. Sure, the Newport Bridge and Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island were on the list, but we’ve got the scoop and you’ll want to add them to your bucket list!
The best beach tips
Check It Out: 8 Stunning RI Beaches: Time to Pack Sunscreen, Snacks, and Towels. Rhode Island’s short, sweet beach season has finally arrived. Make the most of the good weather by visiting these sandy spots this summer. From a family vibe to an urban escape, here are places to satisfy all of your sun, sand and surf needs.
‘Secret’ Beaches for You and Me – Priority trails lead to some of RI’s best shores – everyone knows Rhode Island has some of the best beaches around. The only problem is, well, everyone knows that. Here is a list of 10 “secret” beaches that will allow you to think outside the box and get away from the crowds.