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Lots to see & do in the smallest state in the union. Here are the highlights.

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Rhode Island's small size makes it easy to travel around to its many attractions.

Beaches

Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island's South County are known for their broad swaths of sand. More...

Architectural Highlights

Rhode Island's harmonious State House (capitol) in Providence is made of white marble. The center of Providence is a delightful mix of civil, public and ecclesiastical architecture from the John Brown House (1786), the Round-Top Church (1810) and The Arcade (1827) through many 19th-century Federal and Victorian mercantile buildings to modernist and post-modern structures.

Newport is particularly rich in colonial buildings, especially religious ones. The Quaker Meeting House (1699) is the oldest house of worship in Rhode Island; Trinity Church (1726); and Touro Synangogue, designed by Peter Harrison, built in 1763, the oldest extant synagogue building in the USA.

asino Arch, Narragansett, Rhode Island
McKim, Mead & White's Casino Arch (1886), Narragansett, RI...

Events & Festivals

"May breakfasts" in that month celebrate Rhode Island's patriotic heritage.

Waterfire on summer nights in Providence is a center-city happening you've got to see. More...

The Newport Music Festival brings well-known artists to the resort each July to perform in the great mansions.

Block Island Race Week, in late June, features boat races and parties.

Newport Folk Festival & Jazz Festival draw thousands of music-lovers to Newport in August.

For Kids

The 1883 Carousel in Watch Hill is one of the oldest merry-go-rounds in the nation.

Waterfire in Providence is a gala spectacle for the entire family.

Block Island: boat rides, biking, beaches...bravo!

Houses & Gardens

The palatial mansions of Newport with their expansive estates and gardens bring to life the resort's turn-of-the-century opulence. More...

Museums

The Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art, in Providence, holds mor than 80,000 objects: paintings by European and American masters, furniture, costumes, and modern works of art. More...

Newport is the home of the Newport Art Museum, the Museum of Newport History, National Museum of American Illustration, and International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tennis Museum. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

Touro Synagogue in Newport:
oldest extant synagogue in the USA.


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