Fall in Rhode Island is nothing short of spectacular, so why not get out and enjoy the vibrant colors and crisp, clean air before it gets cold? Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the fall in Rhode Island, and many cost little or nothing to enjoy.
Rhode Island might be small, but it has plenty to offer. Almost 15 percent of the state is on the ocean, but there’s also many quaint towns, lakes, rivers, and woodlands to explore. Check out the easy drives in the link sure to delight your senses.
Corn mazes usually open in mid-September and getting lost has never been so much fun. Rhode Island has some of the best corn mazes in the nation with award-winning designs, mind-boggling puzzles, family-friendly activities, and contests. It’s a great way to spend an hour or two with friends and family, so check the link for a corn maze near you.
Fall is the ideal time to pick crisp apples and Rhode Island has many orchards. Grab family and friends and head to one nearest you. Most orchards offer baked goods, apple cider, and other fall favorites you can enjoy or bring home for later.
Most people associate pumpkins with Halloween, but there’s plenty of fun in a pumpkin patch anytime during the fall. With so many pumpkin patches and each featuring their own events, just pick the one closest to you from the link and find out what they offer. Some have pumpkin walks, fire pits, music and food and they’re suitable for all ages.
Going on a bumpy hayride is almost a given in Rhode Island during the fall. Cheerfully bump across trails, enjoy the crisp fall air, and revel in the abundant multi-colored leaves. Some farms offer nighttime rides so you can view the stars while sipping on hot apple cider too.
Sept, 28 – 30, Block Island
Any bird watcher will tell you the fall is best time to see our feathered friends on Block Island. It’s the stopover for over 125 species of migratory birds as they head south for the winter and over 40% of the island is under protection.
You’ll see songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in all types of habitats and if you want a package tour with tours and demonstrations, the Audubon Society can help you if you book.
Sept. 20-23 – Newport Mansions
The Newport Mansions’ Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that offers everything for the discerning palate. Grand tastings, a jazz brunch, and wine and dine events run throughout the three days and nights. Events are in the elaborate Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House.
Rhode Island hikes don’t need to be arduous. You can get out and enjoy a short hike, check out the changing leaves, and appreciate some spectacular views without straining yourself. Besides that, you’ll avoid the bugs that can bother you during other seasons. Check the link for seven easy to manage hikes throughout Rhode Island that most people can easily manage.
Oct. 8 – Providence
The Providence Honk Festival, or Pronk is a free people-powered street celebration of music in public spaces. You won’t find wires or amps, but over 200 lively brass musicians playing their hearts on South Water Street. It’s spontaneous, funded by donations, and you never know what might happen, but one thing’s for sure – it’s plenty of fun.
Oct. 4 – Nov. 4 – Providence, Roger Williams Zoo
This has become a family tradition in Providence that attracts people from miles around. It truly is spectacular with over 5,000 intricately-carved pumpkins and special themes too. This year, fairies, wizards and super-heroes grace the Wetland Trail. It’s a popular event, but the zoo offers discounts on weekdays if you want to bypass the crowds.
Sept. 16 to Oct. 21 – Woonsocket
Tours along the Blackstone River are affordable, family-friendly, and educational too. You tour on a riverboat and see many important historical sites along the way, plus it’s one of the best ways to appreciate the fall colors.
Chances are you’ll drive to your favorite destinations, so review your Rhode Island auto insurance coverage with your agent before you travel. We want you to enjoy your outing knowing you’re well-protected.