Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village in Providence, Rhode Island

You and your partner can’t wait to tie the knot, and you’re excited to share this milestone with your loved ones. So, providing a great guest experience is a priority. As you organize your wedding weekend, you may search for exciting attractions in Rhode Island. But with a never-ending to-do list, finding time to research activities is challenging.

Instead, let us take care of that for you. Rhode Island is home to many culturally significant sites. From natural landmarks to festivals, you will find plenty of captivating events to elevate your guest’s experience and make it the best weekend of your lives.

Here are 9 Rhode Island attractions to add to your wedding weekend itinerary!

1. Newport Cliff Walk

Sheep Point Cove in Newport, Rhode Island as seen from the north on Cliff Walk near The Breakers

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Newport Cliff Walk is a breathtaking 3.5-mile trail open year-round, perfect for all adventurers. It offers striking views of the Atlantic coast, cliffs, and mansions featuring architecture from the Gilded Age. Hikers may also see wildflowers and birds on their travels.

The trail divides into three sections. The first begins at the western side of Easton’s Beach and guides visitors by the Breakers mansion. The second section is more challenging, with uneven terrain but beautiful ocean views. Finally, the third section ends at Bailey’s Beach and provides access to the coast.

If you visit Newport Cliff Walk, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water, as the hike may take a few hours.

2. Block Island

A prominent vacation spot, Block Island is an excellent choice for outdoor excursions. This destination contains 17 miles of stunning beaches, like Crescent Beach, Mansion Beach, and Ballard Beach. So if you enjoy the water, it’s worth visiting.

Block Island is also home to historical lighthouses, such as the Southeast Lighthouse, originally built in 1874. In addition to the lighthouses, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular activities here. The main town of New Shoreham is also a charming spot for restaurants and shops, so consider adding this location to your list.

3. Narragansett Beach

Narragansett Town Beach in Narragansett, RI

With 19 acres, Narragansett Beach is a beautiful waterfront location with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit during the summer, and you can enjoy a relaxing day of swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. Its cleanliness and accessibility are among the many highlights attracting tourists and local residents. You can also go to the boardwalk and capture stunning pictures by the water. And if you get hungry, a snack bar and restaurants are nearby for a small bite.

4. Roger Williams Park Zoo


Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

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Are you interested in animals and wildlife? If so, consider adding Roger Williams Park Zoo to your travel plans. A popular Rhode Island attraction, this New England gem includes over 100 species of animals, like the Komodo dragon. Guests can expect fun exhibits like the African Elephant and Rainforest display. In addition, the zoo hosts immersive events, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours. It’s undoubtedly a fun time, so be sure to grab tickets for your wedding weekend.

h2>5. Providence Performing Arts Center

As a historic theater from the 1920s, the Providence Performing Arts Center continues the tradition of merging culture and music to entertain visitors. It hosts various events, from concerts and comedy acts to Broadway shows. After entering the building, you will be in awe of the elegant chandeliers, marble floors, and impressive theater. This venue is inclusive and accessible, with seat options and audio and visual assistance.

Do you want to watch a Broadway show? View their website’s events to see if the dates align with yours. Some notable features for the upcoming season are Funny Girl, Moulin Rouge!, and Frozen.

6. Breakers Mansion

The Breakers mansion, Newport, Rhode Island

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Experience pure luxury at the Breakers Mansion. A highlight of the Gilded Age architecture, this famous mansion was built in 1895 by the Vanderbilt family, considered one of the wealthiest families in the world. The estate features elements of the Italian Renaissance and classic Roman influences. With an impressive 13-acre property, you can tour 70 rooms, a grand ballroom, and stunning grounds. It’s a fascinating visit in history that’s well worth including in your destination wedding experience.

7. WaterFire Providence

Waterfire Celebration in Providence, Rhode Island

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WaterFire Providence is an immersive expression of art and culture in downtown Providence. In 1994, artist Barnaby Evans created this art installation to rebrand the location. With 80 bonfires lit around the city’s rivers, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking sight while listening to music and live performances. This experience is ideal for exploring the local art scene and supporting the community.

WaterFire Providence takes place during the summer and fall, so if your wedding date coincides, consider making a trip here.

8. Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI

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Newport Folk Festival is a memorable summer concert with a diverse lineup of folk, rock, blues, and country artists. With a history of celebrating new and established musicians, attendees can soak in the relaxing atmosphere while listening to great music. The event is held at Fort Adams State Park, offering gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Newport Folk Festival is a must-visit for couples who appreciate music and culture. Plus, it’s a nice opportunity to decompress after a lengthy planning process and bustling weekend.

9. Bristol 4th of July Parade

Bristol Rhode Island July 4th Parade 2017

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Bristol’s 4th of July Parade is the ultimate celebration of American history and culture. With decorated floats, military units, and local marching bands, you can feel the excitement in the air. The parade is well-known for highlighting historical themes and Bristol’s traditions. So, if you’re searching for a family-friendly event, consider checking out the Bristol 4th of July Parade. You’ll have a blast!

Rhode Island has many memorable excursions showcasing culture, community, art, music, and natural scenery. From the beautiful beaches of Block Island to the historic mansions, Rhode Island is an exceptional location to plan your destination wedding.

Select your favorite Rhode Island attractions from this list and add them to your weekend itinerary.

While you’re planning ahead, be sure to book your entertainment, too. If you’re searching for a DJ to bring the party to you and inspire your guests to fill the dance floor, reach out to me today! I look forward to making your ceremony and reception celebration even more magical.

Featured photo: Food Truck Fridays at Carousel Village in Providence Rhode Island.