The 10 Best Retirement Activities in Rhode Island!

Make the most of your retirement! Now that you don’t need to work, it’s time to take on all the different projects you hoped to tackle. From volunteer work, to joining a writer’s guild, to practicing your photography skills, there’s more time to do what you love. Devote yourself to interests that have been percolating for years. For a start, here are some great ways to spend your time in retirement!

1. Dine out with the Lunch Hour Meet and Greet

On the weekends or mid-week, enjoy a meal with those who appreciate the finer foods in life. This inter-generational group tries an assortment of restaurants around the Providence Metro area. It’s a great way to share your love of food with others who take their pasta and wine as seriously as you do.

2. Join an interfaith coalition

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty advocates for decent and affordable homes, good food and nutrition, and equal quality education for all! If those issues spark your interest, spend time volunteering with the group to support its many causes. 

3. Get writing with the Providence Writer’s Guild

If you’ve always loved to write but have never had the time, you can refine your skills with this local writing group that has been running since January 2009. Bring your writing to the meet-up, where you’ll go over short and long fiction, as well as memoirs, and offer constructive criticism to other writers in the group.

4. Go outside more with the L. L. Bean Outing Club

Rhode Island has so much great nature to offer—take advantage of it with the L. L. Bean Outing Club, which offers adventurous tours and meetups. Recently, club members have enjoyed kayaking tours, stand up paddle board courses, and clinics to train you on making the most of the outdoors. 

5. Practice photography with the Rhode Island Photography Workshop

Whether you’re an old analog pro or have caught up with the digital craze, this photography club will help you to practice your technique and come up with more creative subject matter. Club members have hosted everything from introductory Photoshop courses to outdoor photography to learning about how to use models and flash in a studio. Surrounding yourself with so many other creative people can be a great way to spend your retirement.

6. Go fishing!

Head out to the bay to go fishing! It’s a wonderful way to spend a sunny day out on the open ocean. If you don’t have a boat yourself, meet someone who does by joining a fishing club. They offer a news magazine with information on the best fishing tactics and spots in Rhode Island, too, so you can stay up to day with the information you need to find the best catches!

7. Volunteer with a political campaign

Now is a great time to get involved in your community’s local politics scene! By volunteering for a candidate, you can directly affect local change where you live. Making phone calls, fundraising, or door-knocking for a campaign you believe in can also be extremely rewarding. 

8. Renovate your home!

It’s not too late to construct the dream home you always thought you’d live in! Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath is just one renovation company who can help you to bring your ideas into reality—or get more into do-it-yourself projects. You might end up pouring your sweat and tears into your home, but it will be worth it by the end. 

9. Take a university class

Many universities around Rhode Island offer continuing education courses for those in the community who wish to keep learning even if they haven’t been in school for several years! Sign up at Brown to audit a class, or just sit in on a lecture at Rhode Island College. It’s a great way to keep your brain working all throughout retirement!

The new reading room in Adams Library #RICNews

A post shared by RhodeIslandCollege (@rhodeislandcollege) on

10. Volunteer around Rhode Island!

You can serve your state through Serve Rhode Island, a program established in 1994 and funded by the AmeriCorps program. Each year, the organization matches hundreds of volunteers with great opportunities that fit their interests and benefit the public! Volunteering can also be a great way to meet people who share your passions. 

Share your favorites!
Rhode Island Search
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
33 Lambert Lind Hwy (Rte. 5), Warwick, RI
Monster Mini Golf is an exciting indoor monster themed glow in the dark 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every... Read More
1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI
Our Mission The Gamm Theatre is proud to tell stories that entertain, provoke, and engage seriously with the most important issues of our time. The... Read More
4157 Post Road,, Warwick, RI
The house at Clouds Hill was built as a wedding gift for Elizabeth Ives Slater on her marriage to Alfred Augustus Reed, Jr. The home passed from El... Read More
1277 Main Street, Coventry, RI
Amenities: Lighted baseball and softball fields and basketball court. Street hockey court, four tennis courts and playground. Seasonal food co... Read More
1300 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, RI
Mission Statement : The New England Wireless and Steam Museum is an electrical and mechanical engineering museum emphasizing the beginnings of rad... Read More
6640 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI
About Us The Biomes Center is New England's only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium in the region. We've been provid... Read More
1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI
History:The Sprague Mansion was built in two parts, each representing in its own way, the prosperity of the Sprague Family which came to Cranston a... Read More
1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI
The purpose of the creation of the Cranston Historical Society in 1949 was for reviving and maintaining a lively interest in the history of Cransto... Read More
4 Edward Street, Providence, RI
The Mission Statement:The Providence Jewelry Museum is the first museum dedicated to the history of American jewelry. We encompass the largest jewe... Read More
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
Mission : Roger Williams Park Zoo strives to engage guests in an extraordinary and unique educational experience to improve their understanding of ... Read More
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
Our mission is to steward and interpret natural and cultural collections through exhibits, education, and research to inspire people of all ages an... Read More
55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown, RI
Cawcawmqussick and Nahigonsick CountreyCocumscussoc. Its meaning and its spelling vary, it is tricky to pronounce and impossible to recall, but it ... Read More
270 Broadway, Providence, RI
About The Columbus Theatre:The Columbus Theatre was designed by architect Oreste DiSaia and built by realtor Domenic Annotti in 1926. The Theatre o... Read More
Show More
Select a Rhode Island town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you