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Rhode Island has also been a favorite tourist destination. We pack a ton of history and gorgeous landscapes into our small state. Scenic tours have always been a great way to introduce our state and its many resources to visitors. Via the various local tourism companies, you can take a trolley tour of Narragansett or a walking tour of Wickford. There are bike paths that occupy where the old railroad system once ran in Cranston and Coventry and West Warwick. If you are a lighthouse aficionado, you can hop aboard a boat and witness the lighthouse tours out of North Kingstown‘s Quonset Business Park. I just learned about a tourism company in Newport that literally flies above all of these options.
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters is based out of the Newport State Airport in Middletown. On their website’s home page, www.riaerial.com, you will see their motto which is “The Only Way to See Rhode Island.” Owner Jeff Codman and crew have been working in the field of scenic tours for 15 years. In addition, Jeff has been working in the aerial photography field for 25 years. Bird’s Eye View Helicopters offers scenic tours of the most beautiful homes and estates in Newport, one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Newport which draws thousands of visitors to our state every year. In addition, Jeff and Bird’s Eye offer island tours of the surrounding areas of Jamestown, Rose Island, and Ocean Drive of Newport. In the fall season when the foliage is just gorgeous, Bird’s Eye View Helicopters has a fall foliage tour that is just breathtaking. These are just some of the many, many tour options Bird’s Eye View Helicopters has to offer.
I spoke briefly with Jenn at the Bird’s Eye View Helicopters office in Middletown. She mentioned that there are no age restrictions for these tours. Bird’s Eye View operates year round and has convenient hours to fit the needs of busy families, busy professionals, as well as visitors to our state. Tours start around 9am and usually go until sunset. Prices vary so it is best to check with Jenn and her staff regarding rates based on the tour and time of day. I asked her about the ride and experience. “It is a smooth ride” mentioned Jenn, “is very relaxing, kind of like floating on air. It is not bumpy like one of those small, puddle jumper type planes.” Each tour starts with safety procedures and the staff is of course sensitive to anyone who may be a bit apprehensive about flying. From the office staff to the owner, Bird’s Eye View Helicopters is dedicated to providing you with a safe and memorable experience.
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters can be reached at 401-843-8687. Their website again is www.riaerial.com and there is a ton of great information, videos, and much more for both tourists and Rhode Island residents. Gift cards are available and make a great holiday present for an anniversary, wedding party, or special occasion. Find out for yourself what Bird’s Eye View Helicopter tours are “The Only Way to See Rhode Island.”