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Things to Do in Rhode Island

This is the smallest state. The capital, Providence, showcases founder Rogers Williams and attractions - John Brown’s museum, the Rhode Island School of Design and architecture along Benefit Street, plus Waterplace Park, downtown along the river. At Bristol, tour the Blithewold Mansion, plus its gardens and at Pawtucket see Slater Mill, the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution. On the coast, Newport has a long list of things to do: mansions on Bellevue Avenue, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Cliff Walk, the Museum of Yachting, Touro Synagogue and sailing. Take a ferry to Block Island to explore the village and nature. Expect to find lobster on the menu at local restaurants. Stay in hotels, B&Bs and inns.
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

101 Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island
401-253-2707
In 1976, a remaining member of the Van Wickle family donated Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum to what is now Preserve Rhode Island, so the general public could enjoy it.

While the original 1896 home was destroyed in a fire, much of its contents - antiques and artwork - were saved and are now on display in the 45-room mansion built in 1907.

Situated on...
Hours & Admission
Grounds and gardens: daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mansion: mid-April to mid-October, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday and most Monday holidays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., late November to early January, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Museum of Art - Rhode Island School of Design

224 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island
401-454-6500
Southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Museum) was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 86,000 objects includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, costumes and textiles, decorative arts and furniture. Works of art showcase every part of the world including objects from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and all periods from Asia, Europe and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art....
Hours & Admission
June and July, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., September to May, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays and July 4. Admission.

South County Museum

100 Strathmore Street
Narragansett, Rhode Island
401-783-5400
Housed at Canonchet Farm, a town park and the former home of Colonel William Sprague - the 12th Rhode Island governor, the South County Museum’s collection encompasses 20,000 objects dating from 1695 to 1950 with a significant number from 1840 to 1910.

Within the Metz Building, its main exhibition hall, and numerous other structures - carpentry shop, carriage barn, blacksmith forge, print shop and a one-room schoolhouse - learn about Narragansett’s town and beach history, as well as Rhode...
Hours & Admission
May, June and September, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., July and August, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
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