Rhode Island

Rhode IslandRhode Island may be the smallest state in the country, but it is packed full of opportunities for family fun.

The city of Providence is a great place to start your trip to Rhode Island. Between various cultural attractions and the history pervading the city, it’s a perfect vacation destination. Take in a concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic, or tour the Providence Museum of Art. See a show from the Trinity Repertory Company, one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. To get a taste of the Ocean State’s past, take a stroll down the “Mile of History” Benefit Street. Here you can see churches, homes, and other buildings from the days of the colonies.

South County, with its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere, will be a great place to wind down. Besides the beach life, there is a wealth of other things to do and see. Walk through the South County Museum for a general history of the beautiful area, or stop by the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum to learn more about the famous portrait painter. You may also visit Smith’s Castle, which preserves the 400-year history of Rhode Island.

Newport County is also a Rhode Island vacation hotspot. Home to the America’s Cup yacht racing, the attractions are plenty. Stop by the Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum to see the third oldest lighthouse on the Atlantic Coast. Newport is also rife with shopping opportunities. Take this chance to visit some of the many unique stores in the area. Several historic mansions can also be found in Newport. Come see the Breakers, once home to the Vanderbilts, or take in the high-Victorian architecture of the Chateau-sur-Mer.

There is still so much more to do in Rhode Island. For more unique shopping opportunites, check out Bannister’s Wharf. For the history buff in your family, check out Fort Adams. Another fun stop for parents is the La Forge Casino, where you can see how lucky you really are.

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