Rugged and beautiful coastal landscapes dominate the small state of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the country. Along the coasts, visitors can get their fill of small-town charm in quaint and peaceful towns. In the larger cities, visitors can enjoy cultural spectacles, seasonal events, festivals and more.
- Newport, RI in Newport, RI
Horticulturists and gardening lovers come together in late June in Newport. The magnificent Rosecliff mansion is the site for this outstanding floral display. Based a unique annual theme, this show surrounds visitors with an array of landscaped gardens and floral arrangements. Lectures and workshops round out this terrific event.
- Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI 2840 in Newport, RI
Founded as a counterpart to the already established Newport Jazz Festival, this folk version introduced musical performers like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez before they became the revered performers they are today. Thousands flock to Newport each summer to be entertained by folk, and now, indie music performers.
Fort Adams State Park is the site for the amazing Newport Jazz Festival held mid-summer. Now a blend of jazz and rock music performed by headline acts and emerging musicians, the festival draws thousands of spectators each year.
Mid-September visitors to Newport are treated to a series of nautical exhibits. The newest in boats and boating equipment is featured. Along with workshops in sailing and power boating skills, visitors can also partake in seminars on things such as marine weather. The festival is in its 43rd year and is one of the largest of its kind.
What began as a two week tribute to the season 43 years ago has now evolved into a magnificent month-long event delighting young and old alike. Polar Express rides, doorway decoration contests and puppet shows depicting the birth of Christ are just a few of the special events scheduled. Many activities are free, but proceeds from those that are not are donated to various area charities.