Rhode Island Quick Facts
Uniquely Rhode Island: Crescent Park Carousel, a Victorian carousel and the official Rhode Island State Symbol of Folk Art
Must-See: Roger Williams National Memorial
Most Unusual: Belcourt Castle
Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill, 812 feet
Food to Try: Coffee Milk and Johnnycakes
What to Do in Rhode Island:
1 Walk on one of Rhode Island's Heritage Trails
2 Take a Trolley Tour of Providence
3 Visit the Fort Adams State Park to learn about some Rhode Island history and enjoy some summer concerts
4 Have some fun in the sun at one of the state's beautiful beaches
5 Explore one of the lighthouses open to the public on the coast, including the lighthouses on Block Island
Off The Beaten Path | Rhode Island
Rhode Island is a state filled with exciting attractions. In addition to the many miles of excellent coastline, Rhode Island is filled with historical sites. Visitors to the state can enjoy beach activities, nature hikes, biking and much more. Here are few excellent destinations for visitors to enjoy in Rhode Island.
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
This National Heritage Corridor preserves the Blackstone River corridor, which stretches from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island. This area is rich in history, and visitors to the National Heritage corridor have the opportunity to learn all about the influence this region had on the Industrial Revolution, the first successful textile mill and more. Visitors to this area can explore Pawtucket and the original Slater Mill, Cumberland/Lincoln, Woonsocket, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville and the Whitin Machine Company, Worcester and many attractions throughout the area.
Block Island and Mohegan Bluffs
Block Island is just a short ferry ride away from the coast of Rhode Island. The island features amazing bluffs, beautiful hills and plenty of opportunities for recreation. Located on the southern end of Block Island, the Mohegan Bluffs are coastal cliffs, which drop about 200 feet into the ocean. Visitors to Block Island can explore the trail system on the island, the beaches and much more.
Coggeshell Farm Museum
Visitors to Rhode Island that want to experience the agrarian past of the state can take a trip to the Coggeshell Farm Museum. This living historical farm has interpreters dressed in reproduction clothing, historic buildings, and plants and animals like those from the late 1700s and early 1800s. Visitors to the farm have the opportunity to experience the past in a hands on and more experiential way than at many other types of museum.
Located on the Eastern shore of Newport, the Cliff Walk is a great way to experience nature and historic Newport. The Cliff Walk travel through a National Historic District and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. Travelers on this trail will see abrupt cliffs, rough trail, seashore and much more.
Roger Williams National Memorial
This park and and memorial commemorates the importance and contributions Roger Williams made to Rhode Island and the cause of religious freedom. The park is located in Providence and is a great jumpy off point to explore the city. Visitors will find exhibits, a short film and a park. Within the park, visitors will be exploring the site of the first European settlement in Providence as well as a fresh-water spring. There are also a many nearby attractions, including the Touro Synagogue and Smith's Castle
Warwick Heritage Trail
The Warwick Heritage Trail provides visitors an excellent opportunity to explore the Warwick and West Bay region, stretching from upper Narragansett Bay to western hills and countryside of Rhode Island. This trail features a wide range of historical destinations. The John Waterman Arnold House, the Governor Sprague Mansion, and the Clouds Hill Farm are all destinations visitors can explore on this Heritage Trail.
This little town is an excellent family destination, with plenty of fun family oriented activities, as well as a beautiful sandy beach. One great attraction in Watch Hill is the Flying Horse Carousel. This carousel is the oldest of its kind in the country. The carousel's horses are not attached to the floor, instead they are attached from a frame in the center allowing them to fly when the carousel moves.
Rhode Island | Fun and Funky Things to Do
This amazing example of Rhode Island history and architecture is a fantastic destination for all visitors. Located in Newport, this mansion was built in the 1890s by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the Louis XIII style. Visitors can enjoy the amazing architecture, gardens and collection of arts and antiques from around the world. Today, visitors can also take ghost tours of the castle.
Mercy Brown Grave
The town of Exeter has a great vampire story for those visitors interested in vampire folklore. In the 1890s, Exeter resident Mercy Brown died of consumption after her mother and sister. After her death it was believed that she was a vampire, killing her brother, who also had consumption. Mercy Brown was exhumed and when the town discovered blood in her heart, they determined that she must be a vampire and burnt her heart on a rock. The ashes of her heart were fead to her brother, however, destroying the vampire and eating the ashes did not save her brother. Today visitors can learn about her story and visit her grave in the town of Exeter.
Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Held each October in Newport, this film festival is devoted to playing horror films from around the world. Each year's selection of films cover all sorts of eerie topics from vampires to zombies. Visitors to Newport in October should be sure to catch one of these fantastic horror films.
WaterFire is an amazing artistic installation in Providence. The three rivers in downtown Providence have over eighty bonfires that are lit on certain nights during the summer and fall months. Paired with the beautiful fires on the river is music from around the world. Visitors to downtown Providence should be sure to visit during a time when the installation is lit, in order to see one of the most amazing art installations in the city.
World's Largest Bug
Providence, Rhode Island is home to the World's Largest Bug, which is a giant blue termite. The 58 foot bug weighs over two tons and is a great funky site in the state of Rhode Island. Built by New England Pest Control the attraction is often called the "Big Blue Bug," but the bug was named "Nibbles Woodaway" a few years ago. Visitors can even stop at the nearby store, New England Pest Control, which sometimes has souvenirs of the giant termite.