Things to do in Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is a captivating town that offers a mix of historical sites, outdoor activities, and scenic beauty. One of the town's standout attractions is Green Animals Topiary Garden, the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States, where visitors can admire intricately shaped plant sculptures and lush gardens. Portsmouth is also rich in history, with the Portsmouth Abbey Monastery and the School offering a glimpse into the town's religious heritage through its beautiful architecture and peaceful grounds. For those interested in outdoor pursuits, the town provides ample opportunities for sailing and golfing, with several clubs and courses available, including the prestigious Carnegie Abbey Club. The nearby beaches, such as Sandy Point Beach, offer a quieter alternative to the more crowded beaches of neighboring towns, perfect for a relaxing day by the water. Additionally, local farms like Escobar's Highland Farm offer seasonal activities like corn mazes and pumpkin picking, making Portsmouth a diverse and engaging destination for all ages.
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Shopping & Things To Do

Portsmouth is fairly accessible in terms of shopping needs. There’s a culture among Aquidneck Island residents that “there’s no reason to ever leave the island.” With Newport nearby and plenty of retail outlets and restaurants lining Route 114 and Route 138, you can see why. One store local shoppers love is Clement’s Market, where you can grab fresh produce, prepared foods, groceries, and more. Travel south towards Middletown and you’ll find several shopping plazas (with large retailers) lining Rt. 138 and Rt. 114. If you need to find a gift out of the ordinary, try Cory Farms Past & Present.

Both islands are located in the middle of Narragansett Bay and are now mostly residential areas. However, you can visit the islands and explore them at your leisure. The Prudence Island Light and Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse are cool sights to see and take pictures. Both islands offer plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and lounging on the public beachfront.

Prudence Island is linked to the mainland by ferry. However, Hog Island can only be reached if you or someone you know has a boat.

A historic, 19th century farm house and manor which is now utilized for special events and a co-op Equestrian Center. Glen Farm is home to the Newport International Polo Series and playing field, where you can buy tickets, take lessons, or visit their pro shop. The Equestrian Center and Lower Farm area includes several historic buildings and facilities, and open public-use fields.

A private museum that houses a collection of some 70 rare automobiles. The exhibits showcase seven decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art. From the 1950s to the present, separate exhibits of Ford/Shelby Cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, Muscle Cars and Chrysler Mopars have been carefully curated.

Recreation & Activities

A small, yet beautiful beach located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue. The beach is free to town residents with either a current transfer station sticker or a free sticker provided upon proof of residency (car registration with your name and Portsmouth address). Dogs are not allowed.

A 130-acre park located off West Main Road on Bradford Ave. The area includes a campgroundhiking/nature trails, and fishing ponds. The campgrounds have a playground, volleyball courts, basketball, open green spaces, and freshwater fishing.

An open, “leash-free” park located at 50 Smith Road. There is parking available, picnic tables and benches, and fresh water spigots for dogs that visit. Great place to socialize with town residents (and with their dogs!).

Part of the greater Glen Farm co-op, this park, is both an open park, sporting complex, and event space. The pavilion area has 13 picnic tables, bathrooms, and an open kitchen area. There are soccer and baseball field open for use if not being used by local teams or official games.