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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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Bridgeton Car Barn
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
In 1902, a substantial car barn was erected to house electric cars to be used for mass transportation. Car service to the area ceased in 1928, but a portion of the car barn remains as a reminder.

Bristol Historical & Preservation Society Museum & Library
East Bay
Originally built as county jail (1828) using stone ballast from Bristol sailing ships. Two-tier jail addition, built in 1859. Group walking tours by appointment. Library for historical and genealogical research, open by appointment. Museum collections span from Revoultionary War to present.

Bristol Town Beach
East Bay
Newly renovated playground, pavilion, volleyball, picnic areas, every kind of sporting field including skateboard park, inline hockey, tennis, etc. Six mile fitness trail.

Brown and Hopkins Country Store
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
In the quaint village of Chepachet features one of the nation's oldest continuously operating general store, dating from 1809. Country-home accessories, reproduction furniture, candles, coffee and penny candy.

Brown University
Greater Providence
An international university dedicated to teaching, research and public service, serving undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.

Bryant University
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
An accredited four-year institution that focuses on building the knowledge and character of our 2,700 students to help them achieve success. On a beautiful campus located near Providence. Academic degrees offered for diverse interests include business administration, applied psychology, communication, information technology and liberal studies.

Buck Hill Management Area
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
Buck Hill covers a total land area of 2049 acres. The area is composed of primarily forest land (deciduous 1815 acres, evergreen 3.2 acres), wetlands (201 acres), and agricultural lands (14.6 acres). The DFW maintains a wildlife marsh (approximately 30.7 acres) which serves to attract waterfowl, furbearers such as muskrat, and other wetland dependent birds.

Burlingame Management Area
South County
Burlingame covers a total area of 1390 acres. The area is composed primarily of forest cover (deciduous 906 acres, evergreen 72 acres), with wetlands (377 acres), and agricultural land (14 acres) and other areas (20 acres) covering the balance.

Burlingame State Park
South County
The park has 3,100 acres of rocky woodland surrounding Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The entrance to the park headquarters and camping area is off U.S. Route #1 just south of the entrance to the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field. Between these two points is located the entrance to the main park, picnic area and the Kimball Sanctuary via Prosser Trail, now being resurfaced and straightened. Rather extensive picnic facilities, 73 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, swimming beach and bathhouse make this one of the most popular state recreation areas. First come, first served basis. Reservations available for camping cabins only.

Butts Hill Fort
Newport County
Site was a key position during Rhode Island's only major Revolutionary War land battle, August 29, 1778. Old redoubts still discernible and marker tells of the battle in which Generals Lafayette, Hancock, Greene and Sullivan participated.

Canonchet Farm Park
South County
174-acre park. Historic cemetery with graves dating to 1700. Nature trails.

Canonchet Memorial
South County
A 6,000 lb. limestone statue of historical Narragansett Tribal Chief, Canonchet. Sculptured in 1977 by Robert K. Carsten.

Cap'n Nick's Newport Pirate Walk
Newport County
Walking tour of Newport's notorious sea dogs, rum runners and buried booty. A costumed buccaneer entertains with genuine pirate talk.

Captain Roger Wheeler State Beach
South County
Locally know as Sand Hill Cove Beach. Popular beach for young children, fully-protected by breakwater. No pets allowed.

Carolina Management Area
South County
Carolina covers a total land area of 2359 acres. The area is composed of primarily forest cover (evergreen 960 acres, deciduous 456 acres), wetlands (280 acres) and agricultural lands (134 acres) making up the balance. The DFW maintains approximately 42 management fields which are intensively managed by the DFW for the purpose of increasing food and cover for game and nongame wildlife.

Carpenter's Beach Meadow
South County
Clean, sandy beach with gradual drop and usually no undertow.

Carpenter's Grist Mill
South County
Water powered grist mill Built by Samuel E. Perry in 1703. Still in operation. Grinding R.I. Whitecap flint corn into white cornmeal for jonny cakes.

Casey Farm
South County
The 300-acre working farm, overlooking Narragansett Bay, is a rare example of one of the original plantation farms of the Colonial era. The farmhouse, (c. 1750), surrounded by fields, barns, high stone walls and a family cemetery, was a site of Revolutionary activity. In cultivation since the time of the Narragansett Indians, today the farm is managed as a community supported farm and is RI Certified Organic. House museum, hiking trails, organic seedlings and produce.

Castle Hill Coast Guard Station
Newport County
Individual visitors and groups welcome by appointment during daylight hours. Contact Officer of the Day.

Castle Hill Lighthouse
Newport County
Built in 1898.

Cathedral of Saint John, Episcopal
Greater Providence
One of four original Colonial parishes in state, established in 1722. Main building built in 1811, became a cathedral in 1929, and renovated and decorated in 1967. Box pews and communion silver from Queen Anne period. Adjoining graveyard is resting place of many who influenced history of church and state. Burial site of Gabriel Bernon who founded the original chapel.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Greater Providence
On the site of the first Roman Catholic church in Providence (1838). Renovated, 1968-1972, neo-Gothic Church. Unique Cassavant organ, 6,330 pipes from 6" to 32'. European stained glass windows.

Central Falls Free Public Library/Adams Memorial Library
Blackstone Valley & Northern Rhode Island
A Greek Revival building designed by McLean & Wright of Boston. The library was first organized in 1874 and was known as the Pacific Library Association. The Adams Memorial Library opened its doors on May 2, 1910. The Library exhibits paintings by Lorenzo deNevers, a Central Falls resident who painted two presidents while they were in office, in addition to an autographed painting of Ted Williams. The Children's Room was once used as a meeting place of the Sullivan Ballou Post No. 3, Grand Army of the Republic, made famous in Ken Burns PBS special on the Civil War.

Channing Memorial Church
Newport County
Dedicated to William Ellery Channing, leader of American Unitarianism and anti-Slavery movement. Built largely of porphyritic granite. Stained glass windows by John LaFarge and Donald MacDonald; bronze plaque by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Church of Julia Ward Howe, author of Battle Hymn of the Republic. Sunday worship, 10 a.m.

Charleston Beach
Block Island
Is a popular beach with fishermen, especially along the jetty at its north end. For beachgoers, the jetty is a challenging walk. The beach is typically not crowded and is peaceful. From here, you can watch sail and power boats entering New Harbor, and view the grounds at the former Coast Guard Station. Parking is available at the end of Champlin Road. No amenities.

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