No question about it, winters in southern New England can be a drag – but when spring is in the air, it's an entirely different experience.

There is so much to see and explore. Sometimes we overlook the riches right before us in search of distant adventures.

Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is a fabulous place to experience exquisite New England shoreline beauty, rich history and gorgeous sunsets. You can even do a little saltwater fishing.

Best of all – it's free and pet friendly. You can bring the dog.

Jamestown's Beavertail State Park Is A Gem And It's Free
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Beavertail State Park's website boasts, "Some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline."

"You can enjoy this pristine landscape from one of four overlooks or walk the rocky coastline," the site says.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is accessible and offers educational programs, displays and artifacts from the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1856 and is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island.

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Beavertail State Park offers hiking or walking on several scenic trails, birdwatching, picnicking and lots more.

Jamestown's Beavertail State Park Is A Gem And It's Free
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Historic and quaint downtown Jamestown is a great place to shop and grab a bite to eat. There are great views of Newport's Fort Adam's State Park and Newport across Narragansett Bay and the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, which serves as a backdrop for some great selfies.

Jamestown and Beavertail State Park are less than an hour from New Bedford by car, and together they make for a sensational daycation for the entire family – including the dog.

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