Breathtaking spaces like the Athenaeum and the Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design provide the perfect atmosphere for creative and academic work. AS220 offers classes in everything from ballet to screenprinting, and hosts arts events, shows, and festivals, while the Steel Yard teaches metalworking and ceramics. Musicians ranging from pop artists to indie groups play shows at The Strand, and the nationally renowned Trinity Repertory Company delivers award winning theater productions.
If kayaking along the Providence River and the panoramic bay views from India Point Park don’t satisfy your taste for nature, you’ll find beautiful mountain hikes and ocean scenery just a short drive or bus ride away from the city. The Ocean State may be the nation’s smallest, but it boasts 400 miles of coastline on the Atlantic, replete with seaside towns, harbors, and beaches. Visit the historic mansions lining Newport’s cliffs or venture inland to pick your own fruits and vegetables and on local farms.