About half the size of Houston, Texas, it is by far the smallest state in the Union.
But what Rhode Island lacks in size it more than makes up for in attractions both historical and state-of-the-art. During the summer months, Providence boasts the lion's share of attractions, including the urban park named after Rhode Island's founder.
In Providence, don't miss the big summer extravaganza in August called Waterfire Providence -- part live art
performance and street fest -- as dozens of bonfires burn brightly with (musical accompaniment) in Waterplace Park.
Still home to the yachts-and-cavier set, Newport also offers a look back at when 19th century millionaires first built grand edifices as their little "summer cottages" with a tour of the Newport Mansions providing visitors a sneak peak inside turn-of-the century opulence.
Along with resorts on Block Island and scenic Rhode Island seacoast drives, Rhode Island beaches also remain one of the state's top family-friendly tourist attractions from June til August.
More top summer Rhode Island tourist attractions include the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence
(left); the Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport (middle); and beaches along Rhode Island's scenic coast (right).
DID YOU KNOW? Rhode Island Travel Fun Facts
Oldest tavern in the USA.
• In 1640, Anne Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town, Portsmouth, R.I.
• A combination of top restaurants and awesome street food put Providence near the top of a Travel and Leisure Magazine survey of America's Best Cities for Foodies.
• The White Horse Tavern, at the corner of Farewell and Marlborough streets in Newport is the oldest operating tavern in the United States. It was built in 1673.
• Newport is home to several spine-chilling places including Belcourt Castle, where there are reportedly chairs that move on their own, and a suit of armor that moans and screams!
about Rhode Island tourist attractions around the Web:
The Official Rhode Island Tourism Website - The big Rhode Island tourism site featuring heritage trail tours to architecture,
history, art & culture, Narragansett Bay, plus guides to hotels & restaurants,
weather info, facts & trivia.