Aerial view of Jamestown, Rhode Island.

9 Most Underrated Towns In Rhode Island To Take A Trip To

Rhode Island is an incredibly beautiful state known for its seaside colonial towns, sandy shores, and the Atlantic Ocean. Everyone living in Rhode Island is within 30 minutes from Narragansett Bay or the Atlantic Ocean. The state has several small towns that fly under the radar, unlike ProvidenceNewport, and Warwick. Nine such towns have been mentioned below that are brimming with attractions and are worth adding to your itineraries!


Entrance to Wickford Harbor in the Narragansett Bay.
Entrance to Wickford Harbor in the Narragansett Bay.

Wickford, Rhode Island, is a lovely historic district. There is a large number of restored Colonial 19th-century buildings in the area. The exuberant waterfront streets are lined with remarkable storefronts, restaurants, old Colonial homes, and churches. Wickford is an exceptional four-season town with something to offer year-round. Seeing the boat lines in at the harbor after a soft snowfall is rather picturesque. This relaxing little town is full of life and exciting opportunities, but for the most part, things are laid back. Wickford is a beautiful town for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. You and your friends might want to spend a weekend on the water and escape the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced life.


Jamestown, Rhode Island.
The Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Jamestown, Rhode Island, is located in Newport County, with a population of about 5,538. The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is where both locals and tourists enjoy learning about the history and the site. Unfortunately, the lighthouse museum is temporarily closed. Along with many things in Jamestown, Beavertail Lighthouse is historic and opened in 1856.

There is much to see and do in this welcoming town. The Jamestown Art Center, along with the interesting museums and beautiful parks, is a big hit. Rent a kayak or canoe and spend a day on the water. Windmill Hill Historic District is a fascinating place to explore, where you will find a three-story windmill in the center of the island on Windmill Hill. The windmill might not always be up and running, but the sails are put on for Windmill Day.

East Greenwich

East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Waterfront scenes in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

East Greenwich is a small town and the county seat of Kent County. The population in East Greenwich is 14,573. Being a larger, small town typically means there might be more points of interest and things to do in the area. The Greenwich Odeum is a vintage venue hosting comedy shows, live concerts, and films. The building is a beautifully restored version of the original, circa 1926. Military and History fans may want to visit the Armory of the Kentish Guard or Varnum Memorial Armory. The Medieval-style redbrick structure of the Varnum Memorial Armory dates back to the early 1900s. The Varnum House Museum is a beautiful Georgian-style mansion. All of the architecture is brilliant.

East Greenwich is an adorable small town boasting several parks with hiking trails. Scalloptown Park is an ideal location for an afternoon picnic. Academy Field is a great spot to catch a little league game or let the little ones explore the playground. Stop into LineSider Brewing for a tour and tasting in their taproom. The weekly schedule changes with new events and dishes being served. Being close to the ocean, you will find various oyster bars and seafood restaurants throughout town. However, there is an incredible balance with the cuisine and dining options, from Italian and Mexican to fast-food joints, mom-and-pop homecooked food, and fine dining.


Aerial view of Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Aerial view of Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Cumberland, Rhode Island, has a population of 36,382. This small town in Providence County has much to offer visitors. From the town's beautiful orchards, vineyard, and brewery, there is wine to be tasted and cold brews to be had. Phantom Farms is a lovely orchard with a delightful menu of baked goods. A 14-minute drive from Cumberland can lead you to Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The trails and scenic overlooks make it worth the visit, but the state park has a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. The Cumberland Monastery is a unique property with at least 12 trails varying in length and difficulty levels. Traverse through forested trails to wetlands and beyond. Adults can enjoy an evening at one of the local taverns or bars. There are numerous family-friendly restaurants as well.

If you are a fan of haunted houses and will be in the Cumberland area in October, it might be worth stopping at 13th World, Rhode Island's Scariest Haunted Event. Cumberland is one of the best small towns in Rhode Island for retirees. The history, scenic views, and slower-paced lifestyle are ideal for everyone, especially those ready to get out of the fast lane.


The view of Sakonnet River and a small residential neighborhood in Tiverton, Rhode Island
The view of Sakonnet River and a small residential neighborhood in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Located in Newport County, Tiverton is a friendly and welcoming Rhode Island town. This idyllic coastal town has an impressive historic district. The winding stone walls and quaint storefronts might seem frozen in time. English colonists incorporated Tiverton during the late 1600s as part of the Province of Massachusettes Bay. The picture-worthy town of Tiverton is in the East Bay section of RI, between Acquidneck Island and Fall River, Massachusettes. Nature preserves, wildlife refuges, marshes, and beaches are a fraction of what this small town offers. Bring the family to the Longplex Family and Sports Center for active fitness. Tiverton is an excellent place for a weekend getaway with the family or a romantic weekend with a loved one.

New Shoreham

North Lighthouse, New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island.
North Lighthouse, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.

The beautiful seaside town of New Shoreham is home to sandy white beaches, historic lighthouses, and trails for hiking and biking. The town was incorporated during the mid-17th century, and several historic buildings have withstood the tests of time and the elements. The Spring House Hotel is a lovely location in which to spend the weekend. The tranquil beauty on the outside, paired with the sheer elegance of the hotel interior, is breathtaking. The Spring House and Mohegan Bluffs are actually located on Block Island, which is only a seven-minute drive from New Shoreham. Mohegan Bluffs is a great place to swim and surf, but if you want an incredible view, climb the stairs to the top of the bluff. The awe-inspiring view is worth the 141 steps. Rodman's Hollow is a must-visit location for anyone visiting New Shoreham and Block Island. It is a glacial outwash basin of over 200 acres on the southwest part of the island. The preserve is a vital component for various plant and animal species. 


Gooseneck Cove in Newport, Rhode Island.
Gooseneck Cove in Newport, Rhode Island.

Newport, Rhode Island, is set on Aquidneck Island. The yacht-filled harbor annually hosted the "America's Cup," a renowned sailing regatta. The Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue are an incredible sight. Some of the mansions have been transformed into museums. The most famous mansion is The Breakers, styled and patterned after a Renaissance palace circa 1895. Newport boasts a rich history, and that is meant literally and figuratively. 

Fort Adams State Park offers a bit of outdoor recreation. Biking, hiking, picnics, sports fields, a fishing pier, and bird watching are a few options. The park is pet-friendly and has stroller-friendly paths. Bowen's Wharf is the anchor of Newport. You will find everything from restaurants and galleries to shops and more. Reserve your slip and spend the night at the deep-water dockage at the Wharf, check in to a motel, or choose from several bed and breakfasts.


The quaint town of Harrisville, Rhode Island.
The quaint town of Harrisville, Rhode Island.

Harrisville, Rhode Island, has a population of about 1,515. Much of the community in the census-designated place and village in Burrillville (Providence County) is a historic district. Interestingly, traveling to the Burrilville region of Rhode Island teaches that Harrisville, Oakland, Glendale, Pascog, Mapleville, Wallum Lake, Mohegan, Nasonville, and Bridgeton are all Burrillville, Rhode Island residents. Horror movie fans might recognize Harrisville/Burrillville from "The Conjuring." The "Conjuring House" has become a top-rated tourist attraction, as it is open for overnight outdoor paranormal investigations/adventures. However, it is seasonal, so investigations, tours, and camping can only be done from June through October.

Like many small towns in Rhode Island, Harrisville is designed for walking or bicycling, adding to Rhode Island's adorable small-town charm. Mill Pond Park is an excellent site for fishing, and the water wheel at this location adds to the rustic appeal. Harrisville Falls, in Burrilville, is a relaxing place. Burrillville, Rhode Island, borders Massachusetts and Connecticut, and being so close to three different states at one point is exciting because you can be in all of them in a matter of hours.


The Point Judith light near Narragansett, Rhode Island, at sunset
The Point Judith light near Narragansett, Rhode Island, at sunset.

Located in Washington County, this small seaside town nearly doubles every summer. It is an ideal location, and summers are outstanding in Narragansett. The Narragansett Town Beach, with its white sandy shores and salty coastal waters, is inviting, especially during the heat of the summer. There is an admission charge to enter the beach, or you can order seasonal passes. Not only is The Towers a historic structure, but this historical landmark is an icon; it's a venue for various public events. The Towers can also be secured for hosting private events.

Black Point Trailhead is a scenic location for an easy hike. In season, Adventureland Family Fun Park is an excellent place to take the family for a day of fun. Play games, ride go-karts, and play a round or two of mini-golf. Wrap up a long day with a dinner at Chair 5 and a room at The Break Hotel. The Break Hotel and Chair 5 has a fantastic rooftop bar with impressive ocean views.

Rhode Island is home to 400 miles of New England coastline in the northeastern corner of the US. The beaches are at the top of most tourists and travelers lists, but the museums and historical sites, unique shops, delightful restaurants, and eateries, the locals, and incredibly welcoming vibes all play a role in the drive to hit the road to Rhode Island. The state is beautiful all year, with changes in the scenery brought to you by Mother Nature herself.


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