Things to Do in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is one of the smaller U.S. states and therefore people often write it off. What we discovered is that there is actually a lot of cool stuff to see. Take a look.
Southeast Lighthouse on Block IslandThe Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island was built in 1875 for $80,000. It was designated a primary seacoast aid to navigation. It was deactivated by the Coast Guard in 1990 and deemed one of America's 11 most endangered structures of historic significance by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Volunteers raised money to have it moved away from the edge of the bluff; it's now being restored to become a museum and overnight accommodation. Tours of the tower are available in the summer. 960 1280
Claiborne Pell Newport BridgeIn 1934, the state of Rhode Island petitioned for federal aid to build two bridges over the east and west passages of Narragansett Bay. While the project stopped and started many times, the Newport Bridge was finally opened in June 1969. It was later named in honor of Claiborne Pell, the longest-serving U.S. senator from Rhode Island. 960 1280
Boyd's WindmillThe Boyd's Wind Grist Mill, built in 1810, is a historic smock mill in Middletown, R.I. It originally had four common sails but the Boyd family added four more. The windmill was restored in 1990 and became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. It is open for tours on Sundays in the summer. 960 1280
McCoy StadiumMcCoy Stadium is home to the minor league baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. The stadium holds more than 10,000 fans. It's also the site of the famous "Longest Game" between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox. It lasted a record 33 innings and took more than eight hours over the course of two days.
Fort AdamsThe largest coastal fortification in the U.S. stands in Newport Harbor, R.I. The fort has a long history and played a role in many different wars. Guided tours are given daily. Visitors can see where soldiers lived, enter the casemates, explore the tunnel system and climb to the top for amazing views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. 960 1280
Rhode Island State HouseThe Rhode Island State House sits atop Smith Hill in Providence, R.I. It was designed in the same vein as the U.S. Capitol building with a central dome and two wings. The Senate chamber is in one wing and the House chamber is in the other. There is also a library and reception room. The state house is known as a proud symbol of Rhode Island's economic and social stature. 960 1280
Johnson & Wales UniversityJohnson & Wales University is a private college with both graduate and undergraduate programs in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. There are four campuses, including one in Providence, which serve more than 17,000 students. Its culinary and hospitality programs are ranked among the top in the nation. 960 1280
Cliff WalkThe Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., is a National Recreation Trail that spans 3.5 miles. It combines the beauty of the shoreline with nature, including wildflowers and birds. The southern half of the walk is a bit rugged. Walkers will also see various mansions and buildings along the route. 960 1280
Brown UniversityProvidence, R.I. is home to the seventh oldest college in the US, Brown University. The Ivy League school offers graduate and undergraduate programs along with the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering. The university has about 8,400 students. 960 1280
Blackstone RiverThe Blackstone River starts in Massachusetts and continues into Rhode Island. It runs through Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln, Central Falls and Pawtucket. It ultimately becomes the Seekonk River. It has been classified by the EPA as "the most polluted river in the country with respect to toxic sediments." Efforts are underway to clean up the river. 960 1280
Naval War CollegeIn 1884, Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler signed an order to create a college for "an advanced course of professional study for naval officers." It established the school in Newport, R.I., and appointed Commodore Stephen B. Luce as the president. Today, the school has an expanded mission of providing a professional military education for all enlisted personnel and officers of the U.S. Navy.