Summer Guide

Such Great Heights

Get a new perspective on familiar sights with a helicopter tour


Typically, summer in Rhode Island is a by-land-and-by-sea kind of affair, though most of us know this state inside and out by all land-locked and nautical vantage points. In the spirit of shaking things up, we propose taking it to the sky. Heliblock runs charters as well as guided tours between Westerly and Block Island. Some of their tours include a trip over the Block Island Wind Farm or an aerial lap around the island. Over the mainland, tours glide over Watch Hill, Misquamicut Beach, and, yes, even Taylor Swift’s house. Flying over Aquidneck Island is Newport Helicopters Tours, which circles the Newport Mansions and lighthouses. They’ll even take you further up for a bird’s-eye view of Bristol and Providence.

Seeing the state from hundreds of feet up is one thing, but for wannabe pilots out there, both companies offer demo flights, letting you get your hands on the controls and actually pilot the helicopter. A real pilot will be sitting next to you with their hands on the controls as well, but you can leave that part out when you’re bragging to your friends back on the ground.