Past meets present at this colonial farm site. Learn how windmills work and their role in Rhode Island history. Explore the beautiful gardens maintained by Master Gardeners from the University of Rhode Island. Hear about the capture of British General Prescott during the American Revolution, an act commended by George Washington himself. Or just bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds. Site open daily, sunrise to sunset.
Ballard Park is a thirteen acre nature preserve located in the southern end of Newport. It has little over one mile of trails that take hikers through a woodland forest, by a vernal pond and into a meadow where 19,000 daffodil bulbs bloom each April. Friends of Ballard Park hosts monthly hikes, educational field trips for children, summer concerts and outdoor movie screenings and other special events like the Annual Illuminated Garden each February. For more information, visit www.ballardpark.org.