Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. Geographically it’s a very small state; it’s official name is:
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, because of its large bays.
The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.
Providence is the capital and most populous city of Rhode Island it was founded in 1636.
Rhode Island is filled with Historic landmarks, here are just a few of them:
The John Brown House Museum, whose architecture is preserved from the 18th century.
The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, which is an American National Historic Landmark.
Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions and Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in The United States of America.
The Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.
The Casey Farm from the 18th century.
And near Bristol – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.
Rhode Island is small but definitely a trend setter and a leader in many respect.
Here are some of the facts:
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown.
Rhode Island abolished capital punishment, making it one of 19 states that have done so.
In the year 2009, Rhode Island was listed as the 9th safest state in the USA.
In 2011, Rhode Island became the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.
Rhode Island became the eighth state to fully recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
On May 2nd, 2013 same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island, and took effect on August 1st.
Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder.
Although, it’s famous for it’s clear broth clam chowder, you have to try it.
The official drink of Rhode Island is coffee milk.
Coffee Milk is a beverage created by mixing milk with special coffee syrup.
This coffee syrup is widely sold in the shops.
Johnnycakes have been a Rhode Island staple since Colonial times, made with corn meal and water then pan-fried much like pancakes.
If you like bread you have to try a sub sandwich in Rhode Island, also known as Grinders.
One of Rhode Island most popular Grinders is made with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese, have one with coffee milk.
The state capitol building is made of white Georgian marble.
The First Baptist Church of Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.
Newport is a seaside city with many historic mansions including The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle.
Also located there is the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on December 2, 1763.
The Newport Casino is a National Historic Landmark building complex that presently houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame and features an active grass-court tennis club.
If you like to drive Route 1A is the Scenic Route – it’s a Ocean Road in Narragansett.
Located in Narragansett are “The Towers” a large stone arch. It was once the entrance to a famous Narragansett casino that burned down in 1900.
The Towers now serve as an event venue and host the local Chamber of Commerce, which operates a tourist information center.
The Newport Tower has a two side history – some say is was the Viking origin, others say it was a Colonial-era windmill, once you see it, you’ll know which one applies.
One of the great things to do in Rhode Island is to take a Boat Tour. There are various companies in the Harbor to choose from.
Some cruises go past 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.
Some pass islands, the Newport Bridge, mansions, Fort Adams and many other famous Rhode Island sights.
You can even go the other New England States by boat from Rhode Island.
There are fast and normal rate cruises to choose from.
Experience the coast, experience Rhode Island.