Experience the Best of Rhode Island's Ocean Wonders in a Weekend or Less

From the adrenaline rush of surfing to the tranquility of kayaking, Rhode Island offers endless possibilities for fun on the water


Rhode Island's nickname, the Ocean State, is more than just a catchy phrase. It reflects the state's deep connection to the water and welcomes locals and visitors alike to explore its vibrant maritime wonders. From thrilling sailing adventures to peaceful paddling trips, there’s countless ways to enjoy the ocean's allure this summer.

Surf the Atlantic's Waves

Surfing enthusiasts will find a variety of breaks along the coastline, perfect for all skill levels. On the East Bay, Rhody Surf in Newport and SurfsUp Rental Co. in Warren have you covered with rentals to catch the perfect wave.

Go Whale Watching

Whale watching is a must in Rhode Island, where humpback, fin, and minke whales are frequent visitors. Join Newport Whales or Narragansett’s Frances Fleet for tours that let you witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Set Sail

With calm waters and steady breezes, sailing on Narragansett Bay is ideal for beginners and experienced sailors alike. Sail Newport offers classes for all skill levels, allowing you to glide over the waves with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.

Kayaking Adventures

For a more tranquil adventure, kayaking offers a serene way to explore Rhode Island’s rivers and coastlines. South County’s Narrow River Kayaks (tentatively opening early June) and Walker Farms Kayaks in Barrington provide rentals for leisurely paddling through lush forests and peaceful landscapes.

Fishing on the High Seas

Fishing enthusiasts can charter a yacht for an unforgettable experience. Rhode Island's fishing grounds are legendary, and charters like Priority Fishing Charters in Narragansett offer half-day and full-day trips for both novice and experienced anglers.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Rhode Island’s calm bays and estuaries are perfect for this popular pastime known as SUP, which is a fantastic workout and a peaceful way to experience the state’s waters. Businesses like Paddle Surf Rhode Island in Westerly offer rentals and lessons for newcomers.

Beachcombing and Tide Pools

Sometimes the best way to experience the ocean is from the shore. Rhode Island boasts some of New England's finest beaches, from the sandy stretches of Misquamicut State Beach and East Beach to the rocky, tide pool-rich shores of Beavertail State Park in Jamestown and Middletown’s Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunset Cruises

As the sun sets, there's no better way to end your day than with a sunset sail. Gansett Cruises and Classic Cruises of Newport are a couple of choices offering evening sails that showcase the stunning coastline as the sun dips below the horizon. Relax on a sailboat, sip a refreshing drink, and watch as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors.


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