Rhode Island tours
So what’s your curiosity? From breweries to ghosts, lighthouses to seaside mansions, there’s a tour that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Ocean State. Rhode Island's many tour operators are experts on Rhode Island and offer up facts and stories you'll only get from a local. Consider sightseeing by train or by water for both a beautiful and educational experience. Or eat your way through some of RI's best restaurants on a walking food tour. Families will love seal tours, whale watches and nature tours on the water. You’ll learn, laugh and love your newfound experience!
Rhode Island has a thriving and vibrant arts community, and a great way to get a feel for it is by taking an art tour. Take in the largest collection of fresco paintings in North America with a tour of St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center. Take The Avenue Concept's public art tour to see how art has transformed the public spaces of the capital city. Or the best of Providence's visual arts community at Gallery Night Providence featuring twenty-three galleries, museums, and historic sites; live music; refreshments; art buses; and celebrity guides. This cultural extravaganza is FREE.
Rhode Island's food scene is heavily influenced by proximity to the ocean, being home to a top culinary school, and generations of immigration resulting in a smorgasboard of international influences. Food tours are a great way to explore RI's diverse epicurean offerings. The Newport Neighborhood Food Tour incorporates at least six stops as you sample your way through a rustic pub, french-inspired brasserie, mom and pop bakery and more. Rhode Island Red Downcity Providence Food Tour combines stories and architecture of the capitol city with bites and sips to savor along the way. Try Federal Hill Tours and explore the food shops, bakeries, wine stores and people of iconic Federal Hill. Or buckle up for a day of fun sampling craft brews around the state on the Rhode Island Brew Bus.
Rhode Island has some beautiful gardens to explore, whether it's the grounds of the famous Newport Mansions, Blithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum, or these garden tours. Experience The Blue Garden, designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of Central Park), Benefactors of the Arts Garden Tours that support arts and cultural programs for Aquidneck Island public schools, and Secret Garden Tours of Newport, which explore the gardens of some of the City by the Sea's most prestigious properties.
GHOSTS & LEGENDS TOURS
Do you enjoy a good ghost story? Then have we got some tours for you! Book an evening with Ghost Tours of Newport for spooky stories and terrible tales of the dark secrets of the City by the Sea... Or head to the capital city for an evening with Providence Ghost Tour. Get ready for chills and thrills as you walk the East Side of Providence by lantern light. In October, you can take haunted boat and gondola tours and more, for extra Halloween frights!
Rhode Island is a treasure trove of history from pre-Colonial, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Gilded Age, and more. History buffs, try Historic Tours for Curious People for a walking tour of commerce in the 1700's, featuring rum distilleries, rope makers, gravestone carvers and more. Explore the transition from Native American control to Colonial occupation in the 17th century at fifty locations from Providence to Bristol with Sowams Heritage Area Tours. Learn about Early Black History in Providence on Providence Walks: Early Black History Tour. This self-guided tour takes you by important sites including North Burial Ground, Roger Williams National Memorial, Snowtown.
Rhode Island has wonderful tours that allow you to take in the beauty of the state - from all sorts of different vantage points. Enjoy an overview of our glorious coast on a Newport Helicopter Tour, go seal spotting with Save the Bay, explore Blackstone Valley's flora and fauna from the water aboard the Riverboat Explorer. Head out to the Matunck Oyster Farm for a lesson on local aquaculture, or have a Fish'n Tales Adventures Lobster Tours aboard the Northeastern in Narragansett Bay!
Take in the scenery and points of interest on one one of the many sightseeing tours available in the Ocean State. Whether on foot, bicycle, pedicab, helicopter, boat or train, you're bound to see some fantastic sights and have a great time. Travel like Gilded Age celebs on a Newport Classic Car Tour, or explore Providence from your very own kayak with Providence Kayak Company. Take in charming and historic Wickford on a tour with New Deal Horse & Carriage Tours. Explore the gorgeous scenery of Block Island on a Block Island Bicycle Tour or view Rhode Island's iconic lighthouses on a Save the Bay Lighthouse Tour.