Spring break gives you a chance to kick back and relax with family and friends. There are few places as picturesque and historic as the quaint state of Rhode Island. Imagine yourself embarking on a sailboat adventure in Providence, or touring the vineyards in Cumberland. Admire stunning bay and beach views from your waterfront Rhode Island vacation rental. Choose one of these Rhode Island cities for your spring break getaway.

1. Newport

An oceanfront vacation rental awaits you in the sailing capital of the world. Newport is home to recreational activities ideal for families that include kayaking or canoeing with rentals from Adventure Watersports. Spend a day on the beach with friends and then savor American cuisine and a few brews at The Fifth Element. When you want to learn more about Rhode Island’s history, take a tour of The Elms or the Marble House. Continue your explorations with a stroll on the marinas and a hike on the Newport Cliff Walk.

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2. Block Island

Block Island is the ideal spot when you want to sit back and relax while soaking up the sun or fishing with a guided tour by Fish the World Charters. Head over to Mansion Beach to help the kids search for seashells or enjoy a hike with your college roomies to the Mohegan Bluffs, complete with hidden coves. Crescent Beach is a popular hotspot for biking and hiking whereas the downtown district offers local galleries and vendors with artwork on display at the Farmer’s Market. Cut loose during the evenings with some dancing at Captain Nick’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar.

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3. Bristol

A vacation rental in Bristol puts you in the heart of this New England’s town outdoor attractions, as well as views of the coastline from your balcony. If the temperatures are still a bit too chilly for outdoor fun, make your spring break educational with tours of the Blithewold Mansion or the Coggeshall Farm Museum. When the temps begin to rise, explore Colt State Park with a hike on the walking trails or glide along the East Bay Bike Path on a Segway or bicycle. The nightlife in Bristol doesn’t disappoint, either, when you spend an evening at the British Beer Company or Bar 31.

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4. Providence

Providence is a popular tourist area any time of the year, but during spring break you can enjoy outdoor and historical activities without the crowds. Start your adventures with a trip to the Roger Williams Park Zoo before signing up for the East Side Walking Tour to see the historic homes and even the Old Brick School House. Treat the history buffs to a visit to the State House on Capitol Hill and the artists to a day at the Rhode Island School of Design. Put on your dancing shoes before a night at Ultra the Nightclub or opt for a casual dinner at the Public Kitchen and Bar.

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5. Cumberland

Spend your spring break touring 65 acres of trails and land at the Metcalf Franklin Farm when you choose Cumberland as your vacation destination. This Rhode Island city features water views from the Blackstone River Bikeway for the athletic types and lively entertainment at the Blackstone River Theatre for the music enthusiasts. Relax on the patio of Diamond Hill Vineyards for the afternoon or soak up the nightlife in Cumberland at Skeff’s Neighborhood Pub or McT’s Tavern.

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6. Woonsocket

Entertain and educate the kids with a family spring break trip to Woonsocket, where you can tour the South Main Street historic district and see the exhibits at the Museum of Work and Culture. Walk along the riverside trail of the Blackstone Gorge or pet the goats at the Southwick Zoo, located within minutes from your cozy Rhode Island vacation rental. Woonsocket offers nightlife for adults with English-themed brews and pub food at Ciro’s Tavern and bar games at Boilermakers.

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7. Middletown

Aquidneck Island, located in Middletown, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rhode Island, and a perfect setting for a group or family photo. Walk along the beach with the kids or toss in your fishing rod at Third Beach. The Norman Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird watchers while the Boyd’s Eight-Vane Wind Grist Mill is a hotspot for history buffs. During the spring, Middletown hosts the annual Wine and Tasting tour for adults, or opt to stop in at Brewski’s for a brewski.

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8. Johnson

When you’re feeling lucky over spring break, make Johnson your vacation destination and try your luck at the Casino at Roger Williams Park. This Rhode Island city also features hiking trails at the Wolf Hill Preserve and wildlife on display at the Neutraconkanut Hill Conservancy. Treat the family to a day at the Botanical Center, the Zoo or the Planetarium. When hunger strikes, hit up Bar 101 or Escada Restaurant and Bar for late-night food and drinks.

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