Unique Places in Rhode Island

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Rhode Island

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    Cliff Walk

    by Vigg Written Jan 9, 2011

    Walk the ENTIRE Cliff Walk - over the rocks, and through the seaweed. It is really beautiful. Most of the properties are privavte, but some are down right spooky, others ostentatious, and yet again, "WTF" you might be scratching your head.

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    Warren... rediscovered

    by Pawtuxet Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Warren has had its ups and downs, but then along came all the antique shops and artists and it has come alive again. Always things to explore... events taking place.... or the waterfront to relax around. There are some neat restaurants on the waterfront and an excellent collection of 19th century homes.

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    Tiverton... remote and loving it

    by Pawtuxet Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Folks around Tiverton and LIttle Compton seem to enjoy their rural simple life by the sea. There are vineyards, farms, beaches, old houses, small specialty shops, and of course... Gray's Ice Cream Store (known far and wide). On the other side of the bay from where I live, I venture over only a few times a year...usually for an antique show. If you go... take your camera. Wonderful views in all directions. If you like hiking or biking... you couldn't pick nicer roads.

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    Westerly's Pawcatuck River

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    The Pawcatuck River narrows considerably as it approaches the business district of Westerly. The river actually separates the two states of Rhode Island and Connecticut. This pic was taken from the Conn. side looking towards the "border" bridge and Rhode Island. Years ago, before the Interstate Rte. 95 was built, there was a lot more traffic travelling through this town en route to Providence, Newport, Cape Cod from the neighboring Connecticut or New York City. They still enjoy some of that traffic to bolster their tourist business...but it is limited.
    As the Pawcatuck River flows through the business district of Westerly, there are revival efforts taking place along a little walkway. You can park off the main street for free, and walk along the river to get to shops and restaurants. The building on the RI side is being renovated with hopes for shops to increase the tourist trade. Summertime brings out the flower boxes and with leaves on the trees, it is a shady respite off the beaten path.

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    Block Island

    by traveldave Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Block Island is 12 miles (19 kilometers) off the coast of Rhode Island and is accessible only by ferry. (See the "Transportation" tips for more information). The 11-square-mile (28-square-kilometer) island is characterized by bayberry and blackberry tangles, rolling hills, moors, salt marshes, and cliffs. Outdoor enthusiasts will be attracted to the island's 365 ponds (one for every day of the year), five wildlife refuges, 17 miles (27 kilometers) of beaches, and 32 miles (52 kilometers) of hiking trails.

    Called the "Bermuda of the North," Block Island has been a summer resort since the early 1900s. The main settlement of Old Harbor is a well-preserved Victoran seaport, with turn-of-the-century hotels decorated with turrets and gingerbread adornments. The population of 850 increases almost tenfold during the summer high season.

    In 1524, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to see Block Island. Its green undulating landscape reminded him of the Greek island of Rhodes, thus giving Rhode Island its name.

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    Point Judith Lighthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    Point Judith Lighhouse is on a rocky finger of land which reaches more than a mile into the ocean on the rugged Atlantic coast of Rhode Island. It is on the west side of the entrance to Naragansett Bay. There has been a lighthouse on this dangerous and rocky shore since 1810, the first being built of wood and destroyed by a storm after standing for only 6 years.

    The current light is actually the third one at Point Judith. It is an octagonal 51-foot tower made of brownstone, distinctively painted dark brown on the top half and white on the bottom. The old keeper's house was torn down long ago. However an oil house, 1917, and a brick fog signal building, 1923, are still standing beside the tower. The bricks are painted white and covered with a red roof. The lighthouse underwent extensive renovations in 2000, and is said to be fit for another 100 years.

    Since 1954, the light has been automated and it is still an active aid to navigation, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The grounds are easily accessible and may be visited daily during daylight hours, but the interior of the lighthouse is not open to the public.

    Directions:
    Point Judith Lighthouse is on Hwy. 108, south of Narragansett and just past the turnoff to Galilee and the Block Island Ferry.

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    Watch the sun set over the salt pond

    by shrimp56 Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    In this photo you can see through several backyards to the salt pond and the sunset. You can also see the gray shingles so common on the houses in New England.
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    The salt ponds give a certain intimacy to being near the vast ocean.

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  • Relaxing Pond in the middle of Charlestown RI

    by Coarstours Written Sep 4, 2004

    The Ninigret salt pond is a scenic and relaxing alternative to the beach. One can wade, kayak, and wind surf on this shallow and warm salt pond. It is also wonderful for small children who are not experienced swimmers.

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    Beaver Tail, RI-5

    by safardreams Written Sep 2, 2003

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    See some peole come out here to do some fishing. Looks to me not a good idea. Looks like the tide is coming in. I believe a few
    people have drowned here over the years.
    Or at the least slipped in the DRINK!

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    Beaver Tail, RI

    by safardreams Written Sep 2, 2003

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    It has been a very long time I took a ride out here. Do other people take for granted the place they live in? I suppose I do. I just happen to come across these old photos.
    Nice look at the ocean & rocks.

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    PAWTUXET RIVER

    by Pawtuxet Written Jan 6, 2003

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    So THAT is what it means!! :-) People ask me about my "name" on VT. It comes from the indian word meaning "little falls". We have a Pawtuxet River which empties into Pawtuxet Cove, then into Narragansett Bay and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Our village is known as Pawtuxet Village, but it is not an official entity. We straddle the cities of Warwick and Cranston. The river divides the cities. In case you cannot read the small print on the sign, it says "PAWTUXET RIVER ONE OF THE BOUNDS OF PROVIDENCE MENTIONED IN THE INDIAN DEED TO ROGER WILLIAMS" Now think about that...a deed. Roger Williams did NOT steal this land. Williams founded the state for religious freedom. He was pretty radical. Many of us still are!

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    Little Compton IS off the beaten path

    by Pawtuxet Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Little Compton is hidden off to one corner of Rhode Island...harder to find than most towns. And they like it that way. It's rural, pure, serene, historic, and very lovely. Great views of the Bay ... nice beaches hidden here and there....and the wonderful Sakonnett Winery to finish the afternoon. :-)
    Entrance to the winery...seasonally decorated

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    Providence: A Russian SUB in Rhode Island!!???#*!!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Dec 12, 2002

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    There is a little park at the edge of the city in Providence (near the electric company)....where they have brought a Russian submarine!! Yes. You can tour it if you like...or just stand in total disbelief as I did. Not sure why it is in Providence, RI...but there you have it~!!
    You need to enlarge this pic to see it well.

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    Hash House Harriers!There are...

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Hash House Harriers!
    There are two 'houses' in Rhode Island:
    Newport: http://www.newporth3.com/
    Glendale: http://welcome.to/rih3

    I'll tell you more once I run/drink with them....

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    Take the ferry to Block Island

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 2, 2008

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    Tune in to my Block Island page for a taste of this relaxing island.

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