Rhode Island is often called the Ocean State as the whole island is not 45 minutes from the ocean. It was the first of the colonies to declare independence from England and the last to ratify the Constitution. It’s also the smallest state in the union.
Some of the more popular attractions in Rhode Island are the beautiful mansions in Newport, the yacht racing, the jazz, folk and classical music festivals, all in Newport. The beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay draw many visitors, as does the culturally rich capital city of Providence.
Providence has undergone a renaissance since the 1990′s. The Waterfront Park has brought new life, along with its WaterFire celebrations. There is also excellent shopping and dining in the city. Home to Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Providence benefits from all the rich culture, arts and performing arts that world class schools bring to a city. On the edge of the city is the Roger Williams Park. Here you will find and enjoy the zoo, carousel, lakes, vintage casino building and Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. .
Portsmouth offers beautiful vineyards to visit and summertime polo. In Newport, too, is the interesting Cliff Walk, a lovely three mile path above the coves of Newport. Block Island, in Block Island Sound, is a beautiful little island with lovely beaches and is worth the ferry ride from Point Judith. You can also rent mopeds here. Some other unique things to see and do in Rhode Island are the Slater Memorial Park Carousel in Pawtucket, The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center in Bristol and the Blithewold Mansion,Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol.
There are also many hiking and biking trails to be enjoyed, some through charming farm country, and numerous places listed on The National Register of Historic Places to visit, one of which houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame.