A lifeguard overlooks the water at Charlestown Breachway

Photo: Charlestown Breachway State Beach and Campground. M. Stultz
I Heart Rhode Island State Parks

Summer is a magical time in Rhode Island.  Our beautiful waters and abundant fisheries, sandy beaches, and historic parks are a big reason why. This year marks the 35th Bay Day celebration, and will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2024. The day includes free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches and RIPTA service to South County beaches. The public is also invited to fish in Rhode Island saltwaters without a saltwater fishing license from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. 

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Horseshoe Crab Tagging

Location: Goddard Memorial State Park, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick, RI 02818

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A group of hikers dressed for cold weather stand on a rock overlooking Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park

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A large group playing volleyball while others relax in the shade near Olney Pond beach pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park

Hosting an event at a State Park? Schools, municipalities, companies, and other large groups planning trips to RI State Beaches must apply for a Special Use Permit at least 30 days in advance.

A crushed plastic cup lies in the sand next to a discarded cigar with a lifeguard chair and waves in the background atMisquamicut State Beach in Westerly

Carry in, Carry out Keeping our natural places clean is up to all of us! Show your love for RI's network of parks, campgrounds, and beaches by doing your part to keep them clean. 

Bouldering at Lincoln Woods State Park

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People lounging on beach blankets and chairs as lifeguards watch the water; A typical summer day at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett

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The DEM Division of Parks manages over 8,200 acres of land, including parks, beaches, campgrounds, bike paths, historic sites, picnic areas, trails, athletic fields, dams, fishing access, and boat ramps.