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Top 10 Things to Do in Rhode Island This Summer 

June 19, 2024

Part One

A photo of a sailing regatta.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., but it offers a wealth of activities and attractions, especially in the summer. From thrilling sporting events to culinary delights and enchanting performances, Rhode Island has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 things to do in Rhode Island this summer:

1. Party at the Newport Bermuda Race Kickoff

Every two years, the Newport Bermuda Race brings excitement and adventure to Rhode Island’s shores. This storied yacht race, which first took place in 1906, covers over 635 nautical miles from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. The race kickoff is a spectacular event that draws sailors and spectators alike. On race day, Newport Harbor is abuzz with activity as sleek yachts prepare for the challenging journey ahead. 

On June 21, head to Fort Adams State Park for a celebration and the best viewing available (and it’s free)! Doors will open at noon, and there will be food trucks, a Regatta Bar featuring Bermuda’s Goslings Rum and Rhode Island’s Whalers Beer, music from The Ravers, shopping for Race Gear, and exhibition special tents.

Whether you’re a sailing enthusiast or simply enjoy a vibrant maritime atmosphere, the Newport Bermuda Race is an exhilarating start to your summer.

2. Experience the U.S. Senior Open

A photo of a man playing golf.

This summer, the prestigious U.S. Senior Open comes to Rhode Island, taking place at the scenic Newport Country Club. The U.S. Senior Open is one of golf’s most significant events, showcasing legendary players competing for the title. Golf fans will have the unique opportunity to see their favorite senior golfers in action, set against the stunning backdrop of Newport’s coastline. Even if you’re not a golf aficionado, the event offers a fantastic day out with plenty of hospitality tents, delicious food, and activities for all ages.

3. Get inspired at WATERFIRE

WaterFire is a signature event in Providence that has gained international acclaim. This enchanting art installation consists of over eighty bonfires floating on the rivers of downtown Providence. As the sun sets, the fires are lit, creating a mesmerizing display of flickering flames, music, and art. The event transforms the city into a magical landscape, attracting thousands of visitors. Stroll along the riverwalk, enjoy live performances, and savor the unique ambiance that makes WaterFire a must-see summer event in Rhode Island.

4. PVD World Music Series at 195 District Park

This summer, the PVD World Music Series returns to 195 District Park, offering a diverse lineup of musicians from around the globe. This vibrant music festival celebrates cultural diversity and brings together talented artists to perform a wide range of genres, from Afrobeat to Latin jazz and everything in between. The open-air venue provides a perfect setting for dancing, relaxing, and enjoying the music with friends and family. Don’t miss the chance to experience the rich tapestry of world music right in the heart of Providence.

5. Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park

A photo of a lobster roll.

Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park is a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss. Every Friday evening, a fleet of food trucks converges at the park, offering a wide variety of delicious fare. From gourmet burgers and tacos to sweet treats and refreshing beverages, there’s something to satisfy every craving. The event also features live music, games, and activities for kids, making it a fun and family-friendly way to kick off the weekend. Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn, and enjoy a delightful evening of food and entertainment.

6. See a Show at Theatre by the Sea

For a dose of culture and entertainment, head to Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck. This historic theater, which dates back to the 1930s, offers a summer season filled with fantastic productions. This year, one of the highlights is the show “nanShow,” a captivating performance that promises to entertain and inspire. The theater’s charming setting, complete with seaside views and a cozy atmosphere, makes for a memorable night out. Enjoy a pre-show dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and then sit back and enjoy top-notch performances in this intimate venue.

7. Matunuck Oyster Farm Aquaculture Tour

Experience Rhode Island’s rich maritime heritage with a visit to Matunuck Oyster Farm. The aquaculture tour offers an insider’s look at the oyster farming process, from seed to harvest. Learn about sustainable farming practices, the ecological importance of oysters, and how they are cultivated in the pristine waters of Potter Pond. After the tour, sample some of the freshest oysters you’ll ever taste at the farm’s restaurant. It’s a unique and educational outing that combines delicious seafood with a fascinating glimpse into aquaculture.

8. Find the giant trolls in South COunty

A picture of the Thomas Danbo troll sculpture in South County, RI.

Two giant trolls created by world renowned recycle artist, Thomas Dambo, reside in South County. After bring completed this spring, “Erik Rock” and “Greta Grant,” can be found in Ninigret Park, a 227-acre bucolic park featuring a state-of-the-art playground, ball fields, ten-speed bike course, and more. The park (and trolls) are free to the public. Park near the playground and it’s just a short walk to the first troll, Erik Rock, who is situated by Little Ninigret Pond. Then, follow signs toward the Senior Center and find a marker (or follow the clues found on Erik Rock) to find your way to Greta Granite.

9. Catch a Newport Gulls Game

For a fun and affordable family outing, head to Cardines Field to watch the Newport Gulls, one of the top teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Gulls’ games are a beloved local tradition, offering an intimate and lively baseball experience. Cheer on the team, enjoy classic ballpark snacks, and take part in the between-inning activities that keep the energy high. The historic ballpark and passionate fan base make for a memorable evening of America’s favorite pastime.

10. Dragons & Mystical Creatures at Roger Williams Park Zoo

A picture of an animated dragon at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

This summer, Roger Williams Park Zoo presents “Dragons & Mystical Creatures,” an enchanting exhibit that brings mythical beings to life. Wander through the zoo and encounter larger-than-life animatronic dragons, unicorns, and other fantastical creatures. The exhibit combines artistry, storytelling, and interactive elements to create a magical experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the mystical creatures, the zoo offers a chance to see a wide variety of animals and enjoy beautiful gardens, making it a perfect destination for a summer day trip.

Rhode Island offers a diverse array of activities that cater to all interests and ages. Whether you’re a sports fan, a foodie, a music lover, or an adventurer, the Ocean State has something special in store for you this summer. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to make unforgettable memories in Rhode Island.





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