Rhode Island is a pet friendly road tripper’s paradise, with hidden gems scattered all along the state’s 400 miles of coastline. And being the smallest state in the US means you're never more than thirty minutes from the shore, where jaw-dropping sea vistas meet fantastic seafood joints. What Rhode Island lacks in size, it more than makes up for in cultural richness, historical treasures, and natural beauty. From the seafaring villages to the vibrant arts scene in Providence to Newport's spectacular Cliff Walk and Gilded Age mansions, Rhode Island is truly a breath of fresh air.
Best Time To Visit
Rhode Island has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in New England. Drawn to seaside towns like Newport and Narragansett, most people visit at the peak of summer, when the warm air and sea temperatures make the beaches most enjoyable. But Rhode Island makes a fantastic pet friendly destination anytime from May to October. In May, the trees and flowers burst to life and daytime highs average in the 70s. October is equally lovely with highs in the 60s and the fall foliage providing a riot of color. You'll have a much quieter experience of the state, and find better lodging deals, if you plan your trip for these shoulder seasons.
Things Not To Miss
Enjoy the views from Newport's Cliff Walk Trail, winding for 3.5 miles with the rocky shoreline on one side and the lush gardens of historic mansions on the other.
Book a sunrise, midday, or sunset tour of Newport Harbor with Gansett Cruises. Well-behaved, leashed pets will be provided a blanket on the main deck where they can take in the views beside your seat.
Experience WaterFire, a fire sculpture installation where three rivers converge in downtown Providence.
Hop the pet friendly ferry to Block Island and take in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Mohegan Bluffs. Then hike the Block Island Heritage Trail down to the beach for a romp in the waves.
Learn what Rhode Island coastal life was like at South County Museum, a 7-acre living history museum in Narragansett.