When it comes to the Fall season, many people choose to start partaking in Fall activities right after Labor Day, while some prefer to wait for the official start of the Fall season, which this year, falls on September 22nd. Fall is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the crisp, gorgeous weather before winter begins.
In Rhode Island specifically, there are countless activities that you can take part in, whether that is pumpkin and apple picking, going to a farm festival, enjoying the beautiful foliage, or going on a hayride! Whether you have already gotten into the Fall spirit, or you are holding on to the last week of Summer, we have rounded up some of the most fun Fall activities in the state of Rhode Island that you must put on your bucket list this year.
If you are in the Fall spirit…
Head to Block Island.
While most people think of the beach and automatically assume summer, the beach is also a great place to visit during the Fall season. For one thing, it is much less crowded than it is in the summer months, allowing you to experience a more relaxed and unplugged beach day. Block Island is one of the most gorgeous spots to visit and is only about an hour ferry from the mainland. While you are in Block Island, you can do so much more than just hang out on the beach. Check out pedal and paddle boarding opportunities, bike rentals, and some of the unique boutiques!
Go for a hike.
Rhode Island features some great trails that you can visit to really soak up the stunning colors of the foliage and take advantage of the nice weather. In Smithfield, check out the Wolf Hill Forest Preserve, which features old farm roads, blueberry bushes, and opportunities to see all different types of birds. For a gentler hike, check out the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, which has great views of the Atlantic Ocean and a lot of wildlife, including over 200 bird species!
Hop on a bike.
Regardless of if you own your own bike or if you are interested in renting one, biking in Rhode Island is an extremely popular activity due to the fact that there are so many stunning bike paths, bikeways, and scenic views! If you are in Newport, check out the Ocean Drive loop, which is about 10 miles long and offers beautiful views of the Newport Mansions. Enjoy outstanding food and drink. You can also opt to take the East Bay Bike Path, which starts in Bristol and makes its way all through Providence. And, of course, take opportunities along the way to check out some delicious restaurants!
If you are in the Halloween Spirit…
Book Ghost Tours of Newport.
For a spooky night out, check out the Ghost Tours of Newport, which is lantern-led down Newport’s shadowy lanes. During the ghost tour, you can discover ghosts, ghouls, and legends of Newport, led by professionals. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and learn more about Newport’s history.
Enjoy the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
For something Halloween related that is not as spooky, head to the Roger Williams Zoo for the annual Jack-O-Lantern spectacular! This event is beyond beautiful, as you are able to walk amongst more than 5,000 carved and lit pumpkins. This event runs from September 29 th to October 31 st , and this year will be celebrating 75 years of television. Not only will you be able to enjoy the intricately carved pumpkins, but you will also get to share in the nostalgia of television shows from all the years! This is a great event for families to attend as there is truly something enjoyable for everyone.