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Although it takes just 45 minutes to drive from one end of Rhode Island to the other, the smallest State offers more than 640km (400 miles) of coastline, broad sandy beaches, parks, cities and a wealth of historic attractions. It was also the first State to declare independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776 and the first that passed laws against slavery in 1774.

The revitalization project of Providence, our Capital city, included the rerouting of two rivers and the building of beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways and Venetian-style footbridges. At the hub of the project is Waterplace Park, a 1.6 hectare (4 acre) urban park that surrounds a tidal basin.

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is one of a kind in the State, with collections containing over 24,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens, with the focus on Native American and Pacific Island heritage. Other highlights include the RISD Museum, an art museum which houses 80,000 works of art and boasts an interesting Japanese collection; while in the adjacent city of Pawtucket, the Slater Mill Historic Site, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, is also open for tours.

Newport, a top sailing spot, is an all-seasons resort offering a beautiful harbor that is rich in colonial history, as well as white beaches and some splendid scenery. Newport was the setting for the marriage of John F Kennedy to Jacqueline Bouvier and hosted the Americas Cup race for 53 years. Many of its magnificent mansions (including those built by the Vanderbilts and the Astors) are open to the public. Other sights include the Touro Synagogue, which has been restored to its former glory, and the White Horse Tavern, built in 1673 by a pirate. A summer season of jazz and folk festivals is a major part of its appeal: classical music takes center stage in July during the Newport Music Festival, while the following month sees the arrival of the Apple & Eve Newport Folk Festival. Also in August, the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, one of the oldest and best known in the country, draws music-lovers to Fort Adams State Park.

A popular excursion is the one-hour ferry trip from Point Judith to Block Island to see the National Wildlife Refuge and the magnificent 60m- (200ft-) high Mohegan Bluffs.

The State’s scenic centerpiece, Narragansett Bay, is home to yachting regattas as well as a thriving fishing industry.

Attractions

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The following Attractions are listed in order by establishment name. Click on the establishment name for additional details and contact information.

Beckwith-Bruckshaw Memorial Lodge
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Recreational facility forindoor recreational programs for the whole family.

Belcourt Castle
Newport County
Louis XIII-style castle designed by Richard Morris Hunt for Oliver H.P. Belmont. Exhibits a full-size gold Coronation Coach and one of the largest collection of antiques and treasures in Newport. The only Newport mansion with owners in residence. Open to the public since 1957. Furnishings from 33 European and Oriental countries and from the 20th centuries.

Bell School House
South County
One room school restored to 1898 on exterior, earlier features interior. Old text books. Occasional special Historical Society exhibits, publicized by newspaper and local cable.

Bellevue Avenue
Newport County
Historic Bellevue Avenue with its tree-lined brick walkways and Colonial gas lights, is home to the famed Gilded Age mansions, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and some of Newport's finest shopping.

Beneficent Congregational Church (United Church Of Christ)
Greater Providence
Nicknamed the Round Top, plans were inspired from Dublin by its Irish-born pastor, Rev. James "Paddy" Wilson (1791-1839), making it one of the earliest classical buildings in America. Oldest building on the west side of downtown Providence. The beginnings of some Providence public schools were in the school taught by Paddy Wilson. The meeting house is topped by a wooden copy of Lysicrates' monument to music. The original is in Athens, Greece.

Benefit Street's Mile of History
Greater Providence
The most impressive concentration of original Colonial homes in America. Beautifully restored houses, churches and museums overlook the city's historic waterfront. Self-guided walking tours and "A Guide to Providence Architecture" available from the Providence Preservation Society.

Bert Gallery, Inc.
Greater Providence
Bert Gallery promotes regional American artists from the late 19th and 20th century as well as a group of contemporary artists. Paintings are for sale.

Big John Leyden's Tree Farm
Warwick & West Bay
More than 100-acre farm that grows more than 100,000 treets. Activities, tours of nursery, hayrides, free seedlings and tournament fishing in stocked pond.

Big River Management Area
Warwick & West Bay
Big River covers a total area of 8319 acres. The area is composed of mainly forest land (evergreens 4374 acres, deciduous 1781 acres), wetlands (1288 acres), agricultural lands (233 acres), and other areas (gravel, residential, etc. 407 acres). Major rivers or streams in the area are Big River, Nooseneck River, Congdon River and Carr River.

Black Farm Management Area
South County
Black Farm Management Area has a total land area of approximately 245 acres. The area is largely comprised of a mixed forest of hardwoods and evergreens consisting of oaks, maples, white pine and pitch pine. Dog training area.

Black Hut Management Area
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Black Hut covers a total land area of 1548 acres. The area is composed of primarily forest land (deciduous 1158 acres, evergreen 163 acres), wetlands (171 acres), and agricultural land (18.5 acres).

Blackstone River State Park
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
A riverfront park with bike paths, walking trails, canoe portage, freshwater fishing. Historical walking tours along the canal tow path built in 1828.

Blackstone River Valley Bike Path
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Completed 6-mile section of proposed 17-mile path through the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor between Providence and Worcester, MA. Paralleling the river, and industrial revolution canal tow path, the trail affords spectacular views of New England foliage in the autumn. 724-2200. Accessible off Front St., to Manville Rd. in Lincoln. Additional segments leading south to Pawtucket and north to Woonsocket are in design stages.

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
East Bay
Former summer home of Pennsylvania coal magnate, Augustus Van Wickle, this charming 45-room, turn-of-the-century mansion and 33-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens overlook Narragansett Bay and historic Bristol harbor. One of the first and most innovative arboreta in America, it features 50,000 flowering spring bulbs, a Japanese water garden, exotic bamboo stand, a display garden and the largest giant sequoia east of the Rockies, among hundreds of unusual plantings.

Block Island Greenways
Block Island
There are about 25 miles of walking trails on Block Island that are open to the public free of charge for everyone to enjoy. A visitor center with merchandise and TNC t-shirts and hats also available. Also info on plant and animal life on Block Island.

Block Island Historical Society
Block Island
Permanent and special exhibits on history of Block Island.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
Block Island
Adjacent to a former U.S. Coast Guard light station, Block Island Refuge consists of 46 acres of sandy beaches and rolling dunes. Although no developed trail system exists, the site is accessible by foot over sandy terrain. Much of the property adjacent to the refuge, including 105-acre Sachem Pond, is managed by the Town of New Shoreham as a conservation area.

Blue Shutters Town Beach
South County
Great view. Concession stand, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, beach accessible wheel chairs and discounted admission for seniors.

Born Family Skating Center
Newport County
A 90-by-100-foot outdoor skating rink located in the heart of Newport's downtown shopping and waterfront district. Birthday parties, private functions, group rates available.

Bowen's Wharf
Newport County
Features restored waterfront shopping, restaurant and marine district with cobblestone and brick walkways and a rich blend of 18th, 19th and 20th century history and architecture.

Boyd's Wind Grist Mill
Newport County
Built in 1810 in Portsmouth. Dismantled and moved to a 14-acre park in Middletown in 1990. Recently placed on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

Branch River Park
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Recreational facility offering ball fields, soccer fields, 2 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, running and walking track and a playground for all ages.

Brenton Point State Park
Newport County
Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport's grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park affords its visitors one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the cool breezes and majestic views of the Atlantic.

Briar Point Beach
South County

Brick Market Place
Newport County
Designed by Peter Harrison and used initially as a market and granary. Now, the quaint restored area offers a tremendous variety of gift shops, boutiques and restaurants.

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