Five Places to Watch the Sunset This Summer

Watch mother nature paint the sky in bold color at these local spots.

With its tidal shoreline of 384 miles, it is no surprise that Rhode Island has some of the very best coastline sunsets on the East Coast. Everyone knows that catching the sunset after dinner or after a long beach day is easy to do on any one of Rhode Island’s hundreds of beaches, but what about chasing the sun at these other picturesque Rhody sites?

Note: Before you chase the sun down into a new day, check out a sunset calendar online to make sure you catch the picture perfect fire in the sky at the right time.

Photo sourced from 500px, Katherine Gendreau.

  1. Goat Island

One of my favorite spots to catch a glimpse of a sunset is on this little hidden gem of an island in Newport. Goat Island is a small island in Narragansett Bay that I happened to come across while doing a self-guided tour of lighthouses. The Island, which is home to the Goat Island Light and Hyatt Regency Newport, overlooks the Bay, Rose Island and Newport Bridge, and boy does this spot not disappoint. No words I write can do the sunset views here justice, so you just have to check out this spot for yourself!

Goat Island, 1 Goat Island, Newport.

  1. Castle Hill Inn

Only a short drive down the road from Goat Island, Castle Hill Inn is another perfect spot to watch a sunset paint the evening sky. The Inn has a perfectly manicured lawn which boasts amazing views overlooking the Bay. Grab a cocktail and take a seat in an Adirondack chair to watch the sun go down as sailboats gently rock back and forth with the ocean waves.

Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 849-3800.

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  1. Prospect Terrace Park

This park perched high atop the streets of Providence offers panoramic views of the Capitol City skyline, a perfect back drop for stunning sunsets. As the sun’s light fades to darkness, the twinkle of the city lights provides a contrasting glow that any sunset-chaser hopes to see. The twilight-like radiance over urban Rhode Island is unlike any other sunset you may have seen before.

Prospect Terrace Park, 184 Pratt St., Providence.

  1. Point Judith lighthouse

At the very tip of Galilee sits the Point Judith Lighthouse, a place both scenic and beautiful not only during the day, but also at dusk. The views of the Atlantic Ocean sit behind the red and white brick tower allowing the sun to sneak down right over the horizon—it creates a picture so magnificent, it could be used as a computer screen background.

Point Judith Lighthouse, 1470 Ocean Rd., Narragansett.

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  1. McCoy stadium

It may sound silly, but eat some cotton candy and watch it (in the sky) too. McCoy Stadium is home to not only the Pawtucket Red Sox, but also to stellar sunsets during night games. Enjoy an evening at the Ball Park, root, root, root for the Paw Sox and watch America’s favorite pastime as the sky bursts with colors so vibrant you must take a picture!

McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, 724-7300.


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