|Rhode Island Highlights|
|Lots to see & do in the smallest state in the union. Here are the highlights.|
Rhode Island's small size makes it easy to travel around to its many attractions.
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.
Events & Festivals
"May breakfasts" in that month celebrate Rhode Island's patriotic heritage.
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.
The 1883 Carousel in Watch Hill is one of the oldest merry-go-rounds in the nation.
Block Island: boat rides, biking, beaches...bravo!
Houses & Gardens
—by Tom Brosnahan