Top Reunion Destination: Providence & Warwick, RI

A Picturesque Coastal New England Reunion

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the nation, but it packs plenty of excitement into its borders. The state’s hundreds of miles of coastline, rich Colonial history and acclaimed restaurants help create a memorable reunion destination.

With nearly 400 years of history, Rhode Island has many stories to tell, and an array of things to do for all tastes. RI’s state capital, Providence, combines the charm of a New England town with the cosmopolitan flair of a big city. Compact and walkable, Providence is heralded for its world-class dining scene and beautifully preserved historic architecture.

Rhode Island boasts several attractions dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the military. And with its coastal geography, it is no surprise that the state has strong ties to the Navy. The U.S. Naval War College and its Museum are located in nearby Newport. The museum highlights the history of naval warfare dating back to ancient times and the naval heritage linked to RI’s Narragansett Bay.

The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park – the original home of the U.S. Navy Seabees – in North Kingstown, is another popular spot to visit. Battleship Cove, located right over the state line, in Fall River, Mass., harbors the largest collection of preserved U.S. Navy ships in the world.

Visitors will find lots of options for their free time in Providence. The RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design showcases more than 91,000 works of art ranging from the ancient to the avant-garde. Foodies will want to see the one-of-a-kind Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, which displays 500,000 food-related artifacts, including a complete diner. Theater lovers can take in a show at the beautifully gilded Providence Performing Arts Center or at the Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company.

Conveniently located in the center of the state, Warwick is a quick 10-minute drive from Providence. Warwick features a variety of hotel and dining options and is known as “The Retail Capital of Rhode Island.” Home to two malls and hundreds of stores, Warwick is ideal for those looking to do some shopping while in town.

With easy access for attendees flying or driving in, walkable shops and restaurants, many military and cultural museums, and the beautiful coastline, the Providence/Warwick area has long been a favorite reunion destination. AFR has been negotiating the best hotel contracts possible and planning engaging tours for our groups in Rhode Island and New England for decades.

Contact us today to talk about your next reunion’s destination, and remember – it’s all about the hospitality room and where you can find hotels that will allow you to provide your own snacks and beverages.

Get started on your next reunion in the Providence/Newport area today, and make your life easy by submitting your group’s info on and our best hotel partners will reach out directly to you within a couple of days. If your group is 100 attendees or less you can take advantage of AFR’s Risk Free Military Reunion Hotel Contract with NO Attrition and NO Food & Beverage Minimum! If your group is over 100 attendees give us a call today to learn about our full array of services.

Charley Dey