Paradise Valley  in Middletown, Rhode Island, is an extraordinary place rich in history, beauty, and wildlife. Home to a national wildlife refuge and a private bird sanctuary, beloved public beaches, and sweeping vistas, this is one of Rhode Island's most scenic places. 

Roughly four square miles, Paradise is home to Hanging Rock, Sachuest/Second Beach, Third Beach, the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, St. George's School, Whitehall, Purgatory Chasm, St. Columba's Church, and private residences. It has been the subject of American painting since the mid-nineteenth century and continues to be a place of inspiration for contemporary artists. 

While its cultural significance is undisputed, Paradise could be improved. Learn how. 


Scenic Aquidneck is focused on preserving and enhancing the visual quality of Aquidneck Island’s natural and cultural resources. It is an island-wide resource for improving gateways, historic landscapes and structures, key corridors, scenic views, and coastline for the benefit of the Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth communities.