Norman Bird Sanctuary
583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown
There are no kites, joggers, or bike riders allowed in this 375-acre nature reserve on Aquidneck island—it’s for serious birders only. The number of species you’ll run across on any day is pretty impressive (#normanbirdsanctuary), and so are the seven, well-maintained miles of trails. They hold free guided bird walks every other Sunday.
Second Beach, Middletown
While pro surfers head to Newport to catch ten and 15 foot swells at Ruggles break point, there are gentler beaches like Second where the waves are more appropriate for beginners. It’s here that Rhody’s instructors teach one hour private and group lessons (they also provide all the necessary equipment). Kids can also join their week-long morning surf camps—sign up online, as they fill up quickly.
769 Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown
Despite Newport's serious yacht culture, the gorgeous scenery can still be enjoyed with both feet on solid ground.
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