Camping in Rhode Island

This small powerhouse of a state won't disappoint. From ferry rides and light houses to sandy shores and quaint Colonial towns, your getaway in Rhode Island is sure to be filled with memorable experiences. 

Newport Vineyards in Middletown
Provides an example of excellent wines and hospitable vineyard operators to be found in the Northeast. This is a family owned winery, founded in 1978. Since that time, the winery has grown to 50 acres of varietal and hybrid grapes. Visitors are offered public tours at 1 and 3 pm, seven days a week. These include a tour in the vineyards, a behind the scenes look at the winemaking process and a tasting of five wines. The winery features an art gallery and retail shop with wine accessories and signature clothing. Private tours are available. The winery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. year around. Phone: 401-848-5161.

Jamestown Island
A beautiful place to walk, bicycle, or drive, you almost don’t need to do anything while you are there; just being there is enough. But people who are fascinated with traditional farm life should stop at Watson Farm on North Road in Jamestown. This beautiful 265-acre working farm, managed by preservationist group Historic New England, welcomes visitors to its two-mile walking trail and special farm events. Phone: 401-423-0005

Newport Mansions
Visit any of the mansions that grace Newport’s rocky shoreline and stately avenues. Built as summer cottages by the plutocrats of the Gilded Age, the mansions – the Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, and more -- are impressive artifacts of American social history in spectacular natural settings.

Glen Farms
Believe it or not, polo and tailgating parties do, indeed, go together. The Newport International Polo Series is conducted at Glen Farms on East Main Road in Portsmouth every Saturday evening in the summer. Play starts at about 5 p.m. Guests should arrive early, park along the field, and have sandwiches and Thermoses at hand when the action begins. As part of the ritual, spectators even get to walk out on the field and stomp down the divots during time-outs. It is really a lot of fun, whether or not you know the first thing about the sport. Phone: 401- 847-7090.

Bird's Eye View Helicopters
If you think Newport is spectacularly beautiful, just wait: the view from directly overhead offers a new and thrilling dimension. Bird’s Eye View Helicopters , a business based at the Newport State Airport in Newport, offers helicopter rides above the city and harbor. Check out Bellevue Avenue's world renowned mansions by air. Other points of interest that are easily visible from the helicopter include Ocean Drive, along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country; the majestic Castle Hill and Rose Island light houses; Jacqueline Kennedy's summer home, Hammersmith Farm; and the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and USS Saratoga. Options include the mansion tour, lighthouse tour, island tour and the sunset tour. Newport’s beauty and majesty is well-known, but a view from the air magnifies the effect, sending visitors home with fabulous photos and lifelong memories. Phone: 401-843-8687.

Clarke Cooke House
The marvelous and luxurious Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf in Newport, a legendary spot for Newporters and visitors to meet and greet, is renowned for its innovative cuisine. In this 18th-century building visitors can dine in romantic elegance on The Porch, high above the assembled yachts, or casually relax at harbor level in The Candy Store. For the smart set there are intimate cocktails at The SkyBar. When winter settles upon us, the fireplace warms and The Bistro is cozy with dark wood and leather. The temperature is always high on the dance floor of The Boom Boom Room. Pick a pleasure.

Blink Gallery on Thames Street in Newport
Exhibits new photography of Newport and world travel images by award-winning adventure travel photographer Alexander Nesbitt. Nesbitt who took the great interior character and practical location of his studio space into the public as a formal gallery space offering an on-going series of work by other artists. The gallery also shows stylish home accessories by woodworker Jeff Soderbergh of Reflect Art and unique, high-tech carbon fiber jewelry by Diana Hall. This three-artist gallery space is very much worth a visit for people willing to take a pause from the outdoor beauties of Newport. Phone: 401-847-4255

Roper Mountain Science Center
The primary mission of the center is to foster enhanced learning and growth opportunities through educational excellence and high quality instructional programs for students, teachers, and the general public. Science enrichment programs are presented in an exciting and entertaining manner that makes learning fun.