John H Chafee Nature Preserve
This pristine patch of wilderness offers visitors a glimpse into the wild world of Rhode Island, with some of the state’s most adorable critters basking in the reeds just beyond the shoreline. Grab your binoculars and set out along Rome Point Trail, a 1.5-mile path carved into the dense maze of New England forest. Once you’ve hit the coast, peer out toward the horizon in search of Rhode Island’s official State Marine Mammal, the venerable harbor seal. January through April are considered peak seal-spotting season, but Rome Point’s picturesque landscape and endlessly serene vibes persist year-round.