Recreation Areas around Newport

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Reserve encompasses 2,579 acres of land on Prudence, Patience, Hope and Dyer islands and 1,843 acres of water adjoining the islands out to a depth of 18 feet. Prudence Island, the only inhabited and accessible island of the four, has experienced many changes over the course of hundreds of years. Since the 1600's, the island has been used by a variety of people - native Americans, tenant farmers, British soldiers, wealthy summer residents and now a mix of year-round and summer residents. The U.S. military established a presence on the island during World War II and the Navy remained until the land was turned over to the state of Rhode Island in 1972. Prudence Island has a variety of habitats to explore, from rocky shoreline to pine barrens, deciduous oak, freshwater swamp, salt marsh and coastal grasslands; these habitats support a variety of wildlife including a large population of white-tailed deer. Ticks are an ever-present issue on Prudence and great care should be taken while exploring the island, even on well-marked trails.

Resting kayak at Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rhode Island

Driving Directions

The reserve is in the geographic center of Narragansett Bay, 12 miles north of Newport and 12 miles south of Providence.

Roger Williams National Memorial

Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state.

Native American Garden and Visitor Center

Driving Directions

From Interstate 95 North, take Exit 23 - State Offices. Take a left at the light to the bottom of Orms Street. At light, right onto Charles Street; continue straight through one light, then quick left into memorial parking lot. From Interstate 95 South, take Exit 23 - Charles Street. Take first left onto Ashburton Street and continue straight through three lights. After the third light, take a quick left into the memorial parking lot.

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

Touro Synagogue, a building of exquisite beauty and design, steeped in history and ideals, and one of the most historically significant Jewish buildings in America, was designated a National Historic Site in 1946. Dedicated in 1763, it still serves an active congregation and each year greets over 30,000 visitors who come to see the magnificent interior and hear its remarkable story.

Touro Synagogue Park

Driving Directions

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

"The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England..nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford�all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea." H. Melville, "Moby-Dick"

View of the National Park Visitor Center

Driving Directions

From I-195 East or West take Exit 15 (Route 18 / Downtown). Take exit 15 to merge onto MA-18 S toward Downtown/New Bedford Continue straight onto MA-18 Turn right at the first set of lights, Elm St. Turn left onto Acushnet Ave Turn left onto William St Destination will be on the left