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Fall foliage drives in Rhode Island

The brilliantly colored maple trees of New England attract visitors every fall from around the world. Here are three different areas which you can visit all in a weekend, or just choose one area and really explore.

Newport & Ocean Drive

This winding drive offers fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Adams State Park.

Points of Interest:

  • Cliff Walk – starting at Memorial Boulevard at Memorial Blvd & Eustis Avenue, Newport. Glorious views of Narragansett Bay and Jamestown Island from this paved walk along the edge of Newport, passing many mansions and college properties. Much of the walk is accessible to wheelchairs and young children; some is not, because of rugged rocks.
  • Fort Adams State Park – Historic park on Newport harbor with beautiful views of Narragansett Bay and sail boats. Amateur war historians can tour the fort, including deliciously creepy underground catacombs.
  • Newport Exploration Center – It is operated by the very impressive Save the Bay group. Kids will love the touch tanks and learning about the sea life hiding in the sands and rocks.
  • Bannister’s Wharf – This small area of Newport’s downtown displays the quintessential Newport life. Browse the boutiques, try one of the restaurants or enjoy the view of the boats on the wharf.
  • Sweet Berry Farm – If you want to make a side trip out of Newport to the neighboring town of Middletown, head here for pick your own apples and other treats.

Tip: If you are making the drive on sunny afternoon travel Ocean Drive beginning at the Fort Adams end to avoid glare from a setting sun.

Conanicut Island (Jamestown Island)

Driving the roads of this island town will provide spectacular scenery of Narragansett Bay, rolling fields, historic homes and the quaint village center in Jamestown. Enjoy meandering and don’t worry about getting lost.

Points of Interest:

  • Beavertail State Park – Park on a peninsula, with a lighthouse and spectacular views. Easy to walk on shore rocks and explore tidal pools’ sea life.
  • Watson Farm – Beautiful historic farm is open to visitors for walking tours and occasional events and classes, like watercolor painting, harvesting plants for traditional medicinal uses, and more farm skills.
  • Rose Island Lighthouse – Plan a trip to the island by ferry from Newport. Offered in the warm seasons.

Providence-Warwick Region

Goddard Park, a local favorite surrounded by miles of beautiful stone walls, has miles of woodsy horse trails, open fields with large old trees, a beach and nine-hole golf course.

Points of Interest:

  • Goddard Memorial State Park – Big, green lawns with picnic shelter and grills; walks and horseback trails in wooded stretch along Greenwich Bay; golf course; swimming beach — great for families, picnics, walks, celebrations.
  • Village of East Greenwich – a sweet Main Street with lots of places to drink coffee or dine.

Click on the map to see where the points of interest are located:

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