- The list below includes 325 free or cheap things to do in or near Portsmouth, Rhode Island, including 103 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Children's Play Area, Farms & Ranches and Gardens.
- From Green Animals Topiary Gardens to Prudence Island Hiking Trails, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Portsmouth and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Newport, Providence, Fall River and Narragansett.
Green Animals Topiary Garden is the oldest in the United States having been started in 1912. Today there are more than 80 pieces of topiary, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards, and a Victorian house overlooking the bay.
Built on Sandy Point in the 1850s, the Prudence Island Lighthouse is valued both as an historic place and a still-active signal light. Owned by the US Coast Guard, the building is open to visitors only by special arrangement.
Located in a placid setting on north Aquidneck Island, the Brewers Sakonnet Marina offers a full range of boat-related services. The marina offers maintenance, repair, and storage for boats, as well as slips for boats in summer.
Escobar's Highland Farm is a working farm open to the public. Its highlight is an 8 acre corn maze, which has a unique design each year, and visitors can also go on hayrides and explore a large pumpkin patch.
Guests can enjoy a play center that features the Eyeplay gaming platform that projects graphics and sounds onto floors and walls at Kidventure Play & Party Center. The center is also available to host birthday parties.
Located on 50 acres of wooded area, the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is a location that offers views of nature to its visitors. Visitors commonly enjoy photographing the many species of birds and trees that call the area home.
A revolutionary war redoubt, Fort Batron features an observation tower on which visitors can view the surrounding landscape. Attractions also include three miles of nature trails, with trail guides available at the nearby town hall.
Dating as far back as the Revolutionary War, Fort Barton is a historic park site named after Colonel William Barton of Rhode Island. Visitors to Fort Barton hike through the local trails and recall the history of the Revolutionary War.