When to Go
When to Go
Summer, with its renowned arts and music festivals and gorgeous beach days, is a great time to visit Rhode Island. But visitors will find fun and exciting things to do here all year-round. The shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October offer pleasant weather and more affordable accommodations. Late fall, winter and early spring have their own charms such as popular restaurant weeks in Providence, Newport, and Narragansett when restaurants join together to promote special three-course prix-fixe menus.
Newport has the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk festivals in late July and early August as well as the Newport Music Festival for classical music fans in July. Take the ferry to Block Island for a fun day trip or relaxing overnight stay and experience its low-key, less crowded beaches.
Late October is a good time to catch fall foliage in the Blackstone Valley, around the University of Rhode Island or in picturesque Tiverton and Little Compton. The return of students to the several colleges of Providence gives the capital city energy and a youthful vibe.
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