Over 100 beaches grace the 400 mile shoreline of Rhode Island, which earns it's nickname "The Ocean State". Rhode Island, which is not part of New York or Massachusetts as may people joke, is the smallest state. If you are looking to visit somewhere new, for such a little state, there is a lot to offer. The summer months bloom with tourists, activities, and places to visit. You can dive into the summer lifestyle by sitting on Narragansett Beach, kayaking down Narrow River, visiting the historic mansions of Newport, or taking a ferry to Block Island.
Block Island is a great day trip that's about only an hour ferry ride from the mainland. As soon as you get off the boat, you can grab a cocktail at Ballards on the beach. It's always a great time with live music and tiki bars on the sand. Walk over to Water St, for some lunch and ice cream, get yourself a block island tee shirt for memories, and rent mopeds. Yup, Block Island has mopeds for rent and they are a great way to tour the island. The Bluffs are on the backside of the Island and it is definitely a stop you should take on your moped ride.
If you get sea sick, and want to avoid ferry rides, take a walk around Newport. The well known Cliff Walk, is exactly what it sounds like. It is a path along the cliffs over the shoreline that takes you by the historic Newport Mansions. The Breakers, The Marble House, The Rosecliff, and The Elms are some that offer tours. If you enjoy history, take a walk through the Tennis Hall of Fame where you will find a museum and grass tennis courts. Newport offers more than just history. Thames St, and America's Cup Avenue, are lined with restaurants, bars, and shopping. Here you can also purchase sailboat rides around the Island.
Narragansett is a town where you can go to enjoy a day at the beach. There are plenty of beaches to choose from. The iconic towers are found at Narragansett Town Beach. The Coast Guard house is a restaurant with an upstairs bar deck overlooking the ocean. Narragansett Town Beach is also a popular surf spot in the area. In the town of Narragansett is an area called Galilee. In Galilee you can taste the delicious clam cakes and chowder at Champlin's, Iggy's, or George's. If you want to visit all of the Narragansett sites, hop on the trolley that takes you around town!
Try something new, and spend a weekend in Rhode Island. The summer time is the happiest, most exciting time of the year. With all of the things to do, you will never be bored. Enjoy Little Rhody!