Rhode Island Staycations
Just because the economy is down doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy life. There are so many great things to do and see right in your own backyard. Now is the best time in years to visit all those local sites that you've been meaning to see. Here are a few of Rhode Island's best staycation destinations.
Block Island - From sandy beaches to grassy plains this island off Rhode Island’s shores has much to do. You will find 25 miles of walking trails, can tour the North Lighthouse and its interpretive center, see llamas, emus, camels and other exotic animals at Manisses Farm, spend a few hours exploring stores, eateries and assorted attractions along the waterfront, play a round of golf and much more. This friendly spot is the perfect vacation location.
Warwick & West Bay - with 39 miles of coastline, museums, a small town feeling with large town fun, the Warwick/West Bay region has a plethora of activities. From shopping malls and outlets to museums and parks, this is an ideal get away area. Attractions include Goddard Memorial State Park, Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, Warrick City Park, the Governor Sprague Mansion, and Mulligan’s Island Golf and Entertainment Center.
Blackstone Valley - Visit historic sites, numerous antique shops, museums and more, and book a spot on the 49 passenger tour boat, the Blackstone Valley Explorer or the Twin River gambling boat with its restaurant and buffet. At the Museum of Work and Culture, check out the hand’s on exhibits and at Slater Mill Historic Site you can learn about Rhode Island’s part in the Industrial Revolution.
Money Saving Tips
- Check out specific locations you are interested on-line—often there are coupons and discount offers available through on-line ticket purchases.
- Request a Rhode Island vacation guide—the guide has a number of coupons for state wide attractions.
- Travel during the “off” season; many places have special rates during the “slower” months.
- Get in touch with nature. Many state parks have family friendly activities that have nominal or no cost. Bring along a tent and camping supplies for an unforgettable adventure!
- Be creative! Pack a picnic lunch and spend and afternoon chasing after sand crabs at the beach, chasing butterflies in the meadow or bird watching as you relax in Connecticut’s beautiful outdoors.
Photo Credits: Block Island Photos by Jessica Ulm Anderson