1. Go to the zoo.

Fall is a great time to visit Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. With cooler temperatures the animals are a little more active. And the crowds are smaller now that school summer vacation is over. In October they have their annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins designed by local artists and illuminated in the fall nights.

2. Apple and pumpkin picking.

Rhode Island is home to many great farms producing fruits and vegetables year after year. And in the Fall, there are many great places to go to do some apple or pumpkin picking. Harmony Farms in North Scituate, Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton, and Pippin Orchard in Cranston, to name a few.

3. Scenic foliage

New England is the best place to see the foliage, especially in Rhode Island. Take a drive through the Blackstone Valley from Pawtucket to Smithfield and Woonsocket. Or down Route 1 in Westerly in the Southern Part of the State. If you prefer hiking, you could walk through the wooded areas of Roger Williams State Park in Providence or Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick.

4. Arts & Crafts

Rhode Island is known for its love of arts and crafts. And fall is a great time to witness some of the best works by local artists — let’s not forget the great food and entertainment! The Pawtucket Arts Festival in Downtown Pawtucket goes on for several weeks from August to September and the Scituate Art Festival attracts thousands of visitors on Columbus Day Weekend.

5. Festivals and celebrations

Every year the state comes together to celebrate Fall in festivals all across the state. One of the biggest is Autumnfest in Woonsocket. There are also special Waterfire events in downtown Providence where you can walk along the banks of the river which are lit by the flames of torches and fire structures in the river.

6. Hockey

The Ocean State is home to a professional hockey team, The Providence Bruins, of the AHL Hockey League. They are the minor league affiliate to the Boston Bruins and they play all of their home games at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Their home schedule begins in early October and runs all the way into April.

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