Aquidneck Island, also known as Rhode Island, may be the smallest state in the United States but it has plenty to offer. Discover more than 600 kilometres of picturesque coastline, stroll around charming colonial villages and dine at chef-driven restaurants. You’ll find excellent museums and art galleries in the Ocean State, plus lashings of New England charm.
Things to do in Aquidneck Island
Stroll around Newport and admire some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in the United States. Beautiful Gilded Age mansions line the famous Cliff Walk, a scenic coastal trail that takes you past homes that wouldn’t look out of place in “The Great Gatsby”.
Providence combines industrial roots with a newfound appreciation for art and culture. Wander around the historic Brown University campus, catch a show at an arthouse theatre and hop between trendy cafes, bars and boutiques in the historic downtown district.
From long stretches of sugar-white sand to rocky coves, Aquidneck Island boasts some of the best beaches in New England. Easton’s Beach in Newport is ideal for families, where you can relax on the sand, take a spin on the vintage carousel and visit the aquarium. Golden sand and rolling waves attract summer sunseekers to Misquamicut State Beach.
Visit Fort Adams State Park and explore one of the biggest coastal strongholds in the United States. The fort towers over Narragansett Bay and moonlights as an atmospheric venue for music festivals. Join a guided tour to explore the underground tunnels and climb the ramparts.
Clams are a staple on Aquidneck Island and served fried, baked and tossed into creamy chowder. Bite into freshly baked Irish brown bread slathered with salted butter and try snail salad made with boiled mollusc meat, vegetables and a garlic-infused marinade. Start your day with “johnnycakes” cornmeal pancakes drizzled with maple syrup.
Getting around Aquidneck Island
Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Aquidneck Island at your own pace. All cities, towns and villages are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Local buses are a good way to cover longer distances without a car.