Rail Explorers
Rail Explorers
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Eco Tours • Sightseeing Tours • Rail Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Rail Explorers: Rhode Island Division. Take a tour with Rail Explorers and experience the magic of the railroad like never before! Ride the rails on our pedal powered 'rail explorers' - a unique activity suitable for everyone. Family activity - fun, mild exercise and time outdoors. Great views, train lovers and everyone else will enjoy this ride on the rails.
Newport, Rhode Island

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Karen G
South Windsor, CT USA49 contributions
Sep 2020
We booked a quad, only able to get the Northern Ramble route, taking a shuttle bus to the start, riding back due to the Southern loop (and the Catskills location) sold out. The rainy weather cleared about an hour before boarding and the sun came out to make it comfortable this September day. The staff adhered to Covid-19 protections, the cars cleaned in between each usage and the instructions clearly explained. This ride is vey easy. In fact we tested it with one person pedaling and only then able to feel the resistance. Otherwise, you feel as though you're circling your feet, it is very smooth! The seat backs are comfortable and leg positions adjustable. It is a mostly pretty route yet a very gentle activity. I would suggest booking the sunset ride or special lantern events if you'd like a more interesting experience. It was wonderful though to fit this in early in the day then walk the Newport Cliff Walk afterward.
Written October 5, 2020
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Liliana R
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Friends
I had a friend visiting from California, and we thought that the Rail Explorers would be a good way to see the surrounding area. We booked our trip the evening before, and we found out day-of that we were the only two customers booked on the 12:30pm ride. Mind you, it was a BRISK November Thursday, so most people were off at work or sipping hot cocoa from the comfort of their home, but not us. We were riding the Rail Explorers. Because we were the only customers, the bus that takes you to the starting point felt like a VIP experience. Same goes for when we were riding the rails. There was a guide bike a good way ahead of us, and there was a trail bike a decent distance behind us. We had the luxury of being able to stop whenever and wherever we wanted to stop for photos along the way. It was a beautiful day, so the sights were excellent. We got to pass the animal topiary garden, which was already closed for the season, so it was an added bonus to our sight-seeing.

As far as the actual biking, the bikes are fairly easy to pedal. Although, you’ll definitely feel the difference if your fellow rider stops pedaling. Since my friend and I visited on a cold day, we didn’t break a sweat, but I imagine one might if he or she visits in the summertime.

Overall, it was definitely a great value for the experience. I hope to come back someday to try one of the night time rides.
Written December 6, 2022
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Chris B
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
There are well maintained toilets at both ends of the track.

We found this place by chance when browsing Google maps for ideas in the New England area. We booked on to the lantern tour which sees you setting off in daylight, and heading back in the dark by lantern light. The safety briefing is clear and easy to follow.

Each car sets off around 200ft apart so we never felt rushed or encroached upon by other riders.

The ride is amazing through the typical New England trees and coastline.
You can go as fast or as leisurely as you like, the pedals are well calibrated to allow good speed without too much physical effort, but if you want speed you can give it some power and enjoy the wind in your hair!

There are comfy seats and firepits at the end of the track, where you get time to relax before the ride back. Riding back in the dark is a whole different experience!

A very unique and fun experience that I think would be hard to find outside the USA!
Written October 31, 2022
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Burke108
Boston MA57 contributions
Sep 2022
We rode the sunset ride. Since we signed up late the Sunset was the only available ride because the weather prediction was good until late afternoon. Well, of course in perfect New England style,, the weather was wet all day and broke just as we started out so we had a beautiful view of the sunset. and bay all the way. I guess my advise is don't worry about the weather, just book it and take your chances,. The ride is very well organized, They make sure that the cars are well spaced and give you all the safety and, operating information that you need to rid.e Very easy pedaling. The area where you stop to turn around is beautiful with plenty of chairs and fire pits for relaxing and watching the sunset. We ride a tandem bicycle so this was a fun change for us.
Written September 13, 2022
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Travis R
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
The staff at Rail Explorers were phenomenal! Professional, helpful, enthusiastic. The facilities were clean and well maintained. No complaints with that aspect whatsoever.

My one complaint with the experience concerns a large party of fellow customers who were, by far, the rudest group of people I have ever encountered in a recreational setting.

The staff did their absolute best to provide a safety briefing, as well as “rules of the road,” but this group largely ignored all of it. Taking a multitude of pictures and making ridiculous poses took priority over anything the staff had to say. This created some fairly significant issues for the rest of the riders and their experiences.

Thankfully, the staff recognized the issues this group was creating, and placed them at the end of the line on the return trip. Of course, the group was infuriated by that, and began leveling accusations of racism and claims that they were being unfairly “punished” by the staff. The amount of abuse directed at the two women staff was beyond the pale, but they handled it with grace and aplomb. Very professional, and I commend them both for maintaining their composure.
Written October 23, 2022
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latinarider426
Orlando, FL3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We decided on the Southern Circuit/Golden Hour Ride at 5:30pm on a Sunday in August to celebrate our second year wedding anniversary, it had more of what seemed to be a "near the water" / "close to sunset" view better than the other trail option they offer. Most of the trail is surrounded by trees. Pretty boring straight trail with a peek here and there of the water. When you finally do stop for the "30-minute" break you are promised, you actially CAN enjoy a "water" view. We were so excited, but within 10 minutes they said we had to head back. We were in the last few cars of "Group B", which I think played a huge factor. Both groups head out together, with each car about 150 ft away from each other. There are about roughly 6-8 cars in each group maybe more, which means that "Group A" arrives at the rest stop and is there longer. Also, although most of the staff was on point with friendliness, eagerness, and charm, there was one flagger who was a crucial part of the team who was not motivated to do his part At the railroad crossing, he is supposed to be standing and watching for vehicles who need to cross and make sure we are safe and thats what we were told. Instead, he was in a vehicle looking down at his phone. We watched an SUV pull up at the intersection where lights were flashing and basically "gun it" through the crossing before the railway car in front of us reached them. We couldn't understand why until it was our turn to pass the crossing and seen that the safety flagger was not doing his job. If you want to try something new, it's ok. Plenty of other things I can do and spend less money.
Written August 10, 2020
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ChrisDeFr20
Long Island, NY10 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
My wife and I had a wonderful time at Rail Explorers in Rhode Island! The entire team was knowledgeable and very friendly. Emily, the manager, was incredibly helpful and very friendly. She answered all of our questions and she treated her team with great respect. Everyone who works there really seem to enjoy what they do. The rail explore is foot pedal operated- you need to pedal the entire time and it’s not difficult. The scenery from the track is beautiful, you have a great view of the Narragansett Bay. We biked for 3 miles and had a rest break and then biked back. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors!
Written October 2, 2022
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Malisa H
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
My husband and I were looking for an adventure so we booked the lantern tour for July 27th. The weather was perfect and we cannot say enough about the staff. They were fantastic! All of the details were taken care of including setting up a private firepit for each party at the turnaround. The cars are so easy to pedal and we found ourselves coasting quite often. The sunset was gorgeous and coming back in the dark was particularly fun. We cannot wait to go back again!
Written July 28, 2022
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Mike & Elaine
3 contributions
Aug 2022
The whole excursion was excellent, well run and safe throughout. We took The Northern Ramble because The Southern Circuit was sold out BUT will definitely revisit and do The Southern Circuit. We were impressed how breathtaking the views were along the ocean and through the lust forests and golf courses. Very leisurely with little effort needed to move along the rustic, re-purposed railroad tracks. It was very rewarding seeing how the old tracks were being put to such a good use.

All in all, VERY enjoyable and highly recommended.
Written August 25, 2022
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Kwheeler
2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We were gifted this experience by my in-laws for Christmas and we had a group of 20 for the Fireside excursion last weekend. From start to finish it was a great experience! Taryn in the office coordinated our group over the phone dealing with many gift cards and made it seamless, once we arrived to the Portsmouth location you could see that they were making our safety a priority, social distancing rules in effect and sanitizing everything in anyone’s path-as an expectant mom this was so great to see!
The carts were fun to ride and easy to pedal for all in the group (ages 12-75) and the timing was perfect to see a beautiful sunset the whole way to the stopping point! Once we arrived at the end of the first leg, each group was directed to their own fire pit and group of chairs that overlook the bay to catch the sun just going down, we brought s’mores and there was a small bar that was open. After about 30 min we loaded back onto the carts and headed back to the station, each cart lit by 2 lanterns so we could see each other on the way back. Once we arrived back to the station there were fires going and the trees were all lit with fairy lights! As we were saying goodbye one of the staff members (Nick, we hope that’s his name!) gave my husband and I a small gift from the staff for our baby (we had done a surprise gender reveal during the s’mores portion of our adventure). It was such a thoughtful gesture and it just capped off a lovely evening! We will definitely be back!
Written June 16, 2020
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