Rhode Island Summer Bucket List

Check off this list of experiences every Rhode Islander must do before the last winking ray disappears in the blue.

Edited by Casey Nilsson. Contributors: Edelinda Baptista, Jamie Coelho, Malia Erickson and Carmen Russo


Courtesy of Dyer Woods.

Sunbathe in the Buff at Dyer Woods.
Strip down to your birthday suit, lather sunscreen on the parts of you that have never seen the sun before and enjoy the freedom that comes when the clothes are off at this body-positive oasis tucked into Foster’s woods. If you’re new to social nudity, get comfortable at the quarry, a secluded area with great sunbathing spots and refreshingly cool waters, then join the more seasoned nudists by the pond. You’ll be slipping down the waterslide in no time (hopefully sans skin-skid). dyerwoodscampgrounds.com

Stow away at a secret beach.
No entry fees means scarce parking and minimal amenities, so get there early with your rolling cart and settle in.

  • Blue Beach, North Kingstown. Follow the leafy path from the lot to the sand. A favorite doggo spot, too (don’t forget the leash).
  • Andy’s Way, Block Island. Low tide at this harbor beach means curling your toes in the muck for a fresh littleneck or two. Bring a shucker and a steely stomach.
  • Black Rock Beach, Block Island. Once clothing-optional; some brave souls still think so. Follow the path from Snake Hole Road.
  • Deep Hole, Matunuck. A rocky surfer’s paradise at the tip of Matunuck. Rough open ocean waters aren’t for the weary.
  • Reject’s Beach, Newport. If you can pay your way into tony Bailey’s, you’re not invited.
  • Little Nini Pond, Charlestown. Perfect for pooped out parents and babies. Calm, small and self-contained in Ninigret Park.

Courtesy of the Ocean House.

Go for croquet and cocktails on the Ocean House lawn.
Put on your summer whites and head to the Ocean House lawn in scenic Watch Hill for a six-wicket game of croquet. The meticulously manicured, championship-quality course overlooks the sea, and you can make the most of the view with a refreshing post-game cocktail in hand. oceanhouseri.com

Go camping.
Not “glamping.” This is dirty hair for days, hot dogs for dinner, C-A-M-P-I-N-G. Take a deep breath and pop up your tent at one of these primo spots. riparks.com

  • George Washington Memorial, Chepachet. Primitive digs (read: no electricity or water on sites; water by shared spigot) overlooking Bowdish Reservoir. Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking.
  • Burlingame, Charlestown. On Watchaug Pond. Shared restrooms with showers, playground, naturalist center, arcade, beach, boat ramp, canoe rentals, hiking trails.
  • Fishermen’s Memorial, Narragansett. Tidy seaside village camping with family amenities including basketball, tennis, horseshoe courts and a playground. Close to beaches.