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Rhode Island & Connecticut Day Trips

When you stay at Pleasant View Inn, you'll be within minutes of the beautiful beaches, attractions, shopping, and dining on the Rhode Island and Connecticut coast. And if you're feeling adventurous, hop in the car and take a day trip to the scenic and historic destinations up and down the shore. Discover everything from the vibrant city of Newport, RI, to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence to Jonathan Edwards Winery in Connecticut. 

Newport, Rhode Island

Explore the popular coastal city of Newport, where you'll find a multitude of activities. Embark on a cruise of Newport Harbor and get the inside story on historic lighthouses and other landmarks. Take a tour of massive mansions, which were the summer homes for famous American families such as the Vanderbilts. Enjoy a little exercise along with gorgeous views on the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. (37.9 miles)

Olde Mistick Village 

Surrounded by beautiful flowers and statuesque trees, this recreated 18th-century village in Mystic, CT, provides a wealth of family-friendly activities. You'll find an array of quaint shops offering both handcrafted and branded items. Sit-down restaurants and food specialty stores serve up fresh and delectable eats. A Colonial meeting house and Victorian gazebo set the stage for storytellers, dancers and musicians. (15.9 miles)

Jonathan Edwards Winery 

Jonathan Edwards Winery began making fine wine in California's famed Napa Valley in 1999. A desire to bring that same expert winemaking to the East Coast propelled them a year later to buy the former Crosswoods Vineyards in North Stonington, Connecticut. Visit this bi-coastal winery's tasting room, which is open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, or take a free tour of this winery that's situated on a beautiful 48-acre hilltop. (13.1 miles) 

Roger Williams Park Zoo 

One of America's oldest zoos, Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI is situated on 40 expansive acres. Visitors will have an opportunity to come face to face with more than a hundred species of animals from around the globe. Discover emus, wallabies, kookaburras from Australia, wildebeests, wild dogs and aoudads from Africa, as well as cotton-top tamarins, flamingoes and giant anteaters from the rainforest. (44.9 miles)

Salt Marsh Opera Company 

Serving Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Salt Marsh Opera Company has made a name for itself through its professional, full-staged productions. Lead singers are auditioned in New York City while choruses feature regional performers. Concerts are presented in both public and private venues. There is also an educational outreach program that's highlighted by open dress rehearsals along with productions in local schools. (10 miles) 

Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra 

Summer time is Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra time. Beginning in June and ending on Labor Day, the concert season is comprised of light classical pieces, movie themes, show tunes and lively marches. The Orchestra, which performs at a wide range of locations throughout the state, features musicians from such esteemed groups as the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and the Brown University Symphony Orchestra. (41.2 miles)