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'''Autumnfest''' Held every Columbus Day Weekend (October) in [[Woonsocket]], this 5-mapleleaf festival in one of New England's "Little Canadas" attracts a varied crowd of locals and out-of-towners. 
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'''Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre''' in [[Woonsocket]]. Renowned for its acoustics, intimacy, and decor, Stadium Theatre has been a center for performing arts since 1926. Though it stopped operating in the 1970's, a grassroots project and strong business support in the 1990's raised over 3 million dollars for restoration.  It has been operating ever since.
 
'''Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre''' in [[Woonsocket]]. Renowned for its acoustics, intimacy, and decor, Stadium Theatre has been a center for performing arts since 1926. Though it stopped operating in the 1970's, a grassroots project and strong business support in the 1990's raised over 3 million dollars for restoration.  It has been operating ever since.
  
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'''Providence Performing Arts Center''' in [[Providence]]. A world-class facility hosting first-class Broadway touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more.
 
'''Providence Performing Arts Center''' in [[Providence]]. A world-class facility hosting first-class Broadway touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more.
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'''Rustic Tri-View Drive-In''' in [[North Smithfield]]. Seasonal outdoor movies just like the good old days! One of the last surviving drive-in theatres in the United States, it still brings in quite the crowd every summer.
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'''Slater Mill Historic Site''' in [[Pawtucket]]. A museum complex displaying interpretation of the American industrial heritage.
  
 
'''Blackstone River Theater''' in [[Cumberland (Rhode Island)|Cumberland]]. Continuing Blackstone River Valley folk traditions.  
 
'''Blackstone River Theater''' in [[Cumberland (Rhode Island)|Cumberland]]. Continuing Blackstone River Valley folk traditions.  
  
 
'''Blackstone Valley Polar Express''' in [[Cumberland (Rhode Island)|Cumberland]]. A live story presentation of “The Polar Express,” based on the children’s book by noted Rhode Island author Chris van Allsburg.  
 
'''Blackstone Valley Polar Express''' in [[Cumberland (Rhode Island)|Cumberland]]. A live story presentation of “The Polar Express,” based on the children’s book by noted Rhode Island author Chris van Allsburg.  
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'''Christmas at the Newport Mansions and Newport Winter Festival''' in [[Newport (Rhode Island)|Newport]].
  
 
'''Block Island late-night Christmas Shopping''' - Dec. 20.  
 
'''Block Island late-night Christmas Shopping''' - Dec. 20.  
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'''Newport Cliff Walk''' - enjoy the three miles of ocean view and the grandeur of some of the finest mansions in the US.  There is no entrance fee and it is open 365 day a year.
 
'''Newport Cliff Walk''' - enjoy the three miles of ocean view and the grandeur of some of the finest mansions in the US.  There is no entrance fee and it is open 365 day a year.
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'''Crescent Park Carousel''' in [[East Providence]].
  
 
'''Blackstone River Bikeway''' in [[Cumberland]]. 17.1 mile long scenic bike-path that runs along the Blackstone River.  Scheduled to link to the East Bay Bikepath.
 
'''Blackstone River Bikeway''' in [[Cumberland]]. 17.1 mile long scenic bike-path that runs along the Blackstone River.  Scheduled to link to the East Bay Bikepath.
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'''Fishing''' [http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/fishing/] If you live in Rhode Island or are just visiting, fishing is something that you must do. Many natives have been fishing for most of their lives, and anyone who was born in Rhode Island was born to fish. Rhode Island is home to some really great fishing spots. Most people opt to go fishing on the shores of beaches and some go fishing in boats. People are sometimes shocked to discover that fish exist in the river that flows through the downtown area of Providence as well as the Pawtucket River. Most locals know that the best spot on the river is behind the Apex building. Two of the most common species that you can catch here are blue fish and striped bass, which have been given the nickname ''stripers''. People can easily catch these fish on and off shore. Outsiders will find that Rhode Island is home to a very big fishing community.
 
'''Fishing''' [http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/fishing/] If you live in Rhode Island or are just visiting, fishing is something that you must do. Many natives have been fishing for most of their lives, and anyone who was born in Rhode Island was born to fish. Rhode Island is home to some really great fishing spots. Most people opt to go fishing on the shores of beaches and some go fishing in boats. People are sometimes shocked to discover that fish exist in the river that flows through the downtown area of Providence as well as the Pawtucket River. Most locals know that the best spot on the river is behind the Apex building. Two of the most common species that you can catch here are blue fish and striped bass, which have been given the nickname ''stripers''. People can easily catch these fish on and off shore. Outsiders will find that Rhode Island is home to a very big fishing community.
 
'''“Mini vacation in the mini state- 5 places in 5 days”'''
 
    Check out this new itinerary designed for those who want to see the most interesting parts of Rhode Island.<br /> First stop on the trip is Pawtucket, which is located in Northern Rhode Island. The first part of the trip will <br /> begin in Northern Rhode Island, in the city of Pawtucket. Pawtucket is a historical part of Rhode Island, founded <br /> in 1671 and was founded by the father of the industrial revolution, Samuel Slater.  Although it has many  <br />historical attributes, one thing that makes Pawtucket such a Rhode Island hot spot is McCoy stadium, home to <br /> the Pawtucket Pawsox. The Pawtucket Pawsox were founded in 1970 and are a minor league baseball AAA affiliates of <br /> the Boston Red Sox. Tickets for box seats are as cheap as 10$ and general admission can go for as little as 6$. <br /> In addition to baseball games, they hold festivals, concerts and other special events for Rhode Island residents <br /> and visitors to enjoy. It is suggested that day one of the trip in northern Rhode Island should definitely be <br /> spent at a Pawsox baseball game.
 
 
    Heading further south, Day two will land you in the capital city of Providence. It is known for its sight <br /> seeing, restaurants and nightlife. To begin your day in Providence the suggested first spot would undeniably be <br />shopping at the Providence Place Mall. The mall has 165 stores, a stunning view of the city, as well as a <br /> growing skyline. It is also home to many restaurants and an IMAX movie theatre. For additional shopping, you can <br /> head to Thayer street. Thayer street is a funky street that has vintage clothing shops, book stores, cafes, <br /> music shops, etc. After a long day of shopping you will probably be hungry and should head to Federal Hill. <br /> Federal Hill is known for its Italian American community, and is home to many restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. <br /> To end the day, a huge part of Rhode Island culture, especially in Providence, is Water Fire. Water fire is an <br /> evening in providence that is an independent non-profit organization that inspires providence and its visitors <br /> by revitalizing the urban experience by fostering community engagement and transforming the city by presenting <br /> water fire for all to enjoy.
 
 
    Heading further south, Next stop is Newport. Newport is famous for its mansions, shops, and breathtaking <br /> sceneries; making it one of Rhode Island’s must sees. The Newport mansions include Rosecliff, Marble House, <br /> The Elms, The Breakers, and many more. The Mansions are open daily for tours. There is also a cliff walk in Newport, <br /> which is a 3.5 mile walking trail on the ocean side for its visitors to enjoy. Newport is known for it’s <br /> shopping with a multitude of shops and boutiques available all around Newport within walking distance of one <br /> another. On a beautiful day, a boat tour can be another fun and exciting way to explore the city even further.
 
 
    Next on the five day Rhode Island excursion is Narragansett. Narragansett is home to Rhode Island’s most <br />beautiful beaches including Narragansett Town Beach, Bonnet Shores, Scarborough, Point Judith, Sandhill Cove, <br /> and more. You can take a trip to see the historic point Judith lighthouse, enjoy some of Rhode Island’s famous <br /> clam cakes and doughboys at IGGY’s, or enjoy a nice day laying out on the beach. Kayaking down Narrow River is <br /> another option. You decide!
 
 
    The last and final stop on the journey is Block Island. Block Island is located at the very southern end of <br /> Rhode Island and is only accessible by ferry. The ferry leaves from Galilee, which is not too far outside <br /> of Narragansett, so it is easy to get to from where you are previously. Once you are there Block Island has <br /> amazing attractions to offer. Renting a moped or car and cruising around the island is very popular for visitors <br /> and site seers eager to view the entire island. You can ride to the bluffs, various beaches, historic <br /> lighthouses, and more. Ballard’s beach is the most popular beach on the Island with a beachside restaurant and <br /> bar with entertainment during the day and night.
 
  
 
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Rhode Island [1] is the smallest state in the United States of America, tucked between Massachusetts and Connecticut in New England. Nonetheless, it has over 400 miles of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and islands such as Aquidneck Island, home to Newport, the "City by the Sea".

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Counties

There are five counties in Rhode Island:

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Bristol County
Kent County
Newport County
Providence County
South County (Washington County)
Rhode Islands summer region, full of small communities on and near the beach

Cities

There are 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. Some of the major ones are:


  • Providence - The state capital, largest city and main commercial center. Unless you plan to spend the entire week at the beach, find some time to get to Providence.
  • Central Falls - Spanning merely one square mile, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
  • East Greenwich - Founded in 1677, its historic district along Main Street features charming shops, excellent restaurants, and a community theater.
  • Narragansett - Best beaches in New England.
  • Newport - Located on Aquidneck Island. Once the darling city of the American elite, it is famous for yachting, mansions, and jazz.
  • Pawtucket - Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution
  • South Kingstown, including the villages of Kingston, West Kingston, Matunuck, Peacedale and Wakefield.
  • Warwick - home of TF Green Airport, two malls, and "Gaspee Days," it is an easy (and less expensive) place to land from your flight, and rent a hotel room and car.
  • Woonsocket - Once known as "Little Quebec", it has the largest French-speaking population in Rhode Island. Today, French is rarely heard, replaced by English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Other destinations

  • Block Island - Island off southern coast of RI. This island packs great scenery and great beaches into a small, walkable and bikable area.

Understand

The state's full name, as established by the Royal Charter granted by King Charles II in 1663, is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Despite east coast urban sprawl, there is still both gently-developed oceanside territory and farmland here. The origin of the name (pronounced "road island") is debatable. It is either derived from the name Roode Eylandt given to it by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, because of its red clay, or because Block Island reminded the Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano of the Greek Island of Rhodes, and subsequent explorers became confused and renamed Aquidneck Island 'Rhode Island.' The state's population is just over a million, so even though it is the smallest state in the U.S., it is ranked 43rd in population.

Talk

Rhode Islanders talk with a distinctly eastern-New-England accent, similar to Boston's famous broad a and dropped r. Natives also have a habit of adding r to the end of a word. For example, some people may say idear instead of idea. Some words you might hear while visiting: "bubbler" (water fountain), "grinder" (submarine sandwich), and "cabinet" (milkshake).

Rhode Islanders will affectionately complain that if they have to drive anywhere and it takes longer than a half hour, then it is too far.

Natives also have names for certain landmarks, sometimes with a historical aspect with it. For instance, the Henderson Bridge, which is a mini-freeway/bridge in the Providence area, is affectionately known as the "little red bridge" because before the present bridge was built, a red wooden bridge stood there. Central Falls and East Providence will be known, especially in newspapers, as CF and EP respectively. Barrington will sometimes be called Borington because there are no liquor stores there (it is prohibited by a town ordinance).

Rhode Island's local pastime is politics, which can get very emotional here. Rhode Island has the only surviving parliamentary democracy in the US. Combine that with an "everybody knows everybody" state of mind and you've got Rhode Island politics in a nutshell.

Get in

By plane

  • Theodore Francis Green State Airport (PVD), Warwick. T.F. Green is serviced by many major US airlines, either non-stop or from a spoke. From Canada, Green offers service to Toronto Airport.
  • Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) is much larger and is generally used for international flights.

By train

  • Amtrak (From the south), +1 800-USA-RAIL, [2] has three Rhode Island train stations - Providence (PVD) (downtown), Kingston (KIN) (located in the town of South Kingstown, close to the University of Rhode Island and the beaches of Narragansett), and Westerly (WLY), (the westernmost town in Rhode Island, along the Connecticut border). Providence is also on Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional routes connecting Boston through the south and west to Washington and Virginia. The Acela train takes just under 3 hours to arrive at New York's Penn Station on the way to points further south. From Boston, it is more economical to take the MBTA commuter rail.
  • MBTA (From Boston), +1 617-222-5000, [3] travels from Boston’s South Station via the T's Attleboro/Stoughton commuter rail line to the Providence AMTRAK station (100 Gaspee St.). Trains run 7 days/week. Construction has begun on the new Warwick Intermodal Facility (opening late 2010) that will provide commuter rail/train service from T. F. Green Airport through Providence and up to Boston.

By bus

  • Bonanza Bus Lines, [4].
  • Greyhound Bus, [5].
  • Megabus, [6].

By ferry


Get around

By car

It should be noted that local custom often overrules traditional driving right-of-way laws at intersections. Drive defensively, and be aware of the locals' casual disregard for turn signals, stop signs and red lights. As of 2009, major highway interchanges are being rerouted in Providence near the junction of 195 and 95 (exits 18-23). Understand that your map or navigation system may be out of date, even if it has been recently updated. Drive with caution.

  • Rental cars are available Downcity in Providence, at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, and other places around the state.

By bus

  • Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA), Phone: +1 401-781-9400, [7]. Services 38 of RI's 39 cities and towns with a central hub in Providence at Kennedy Plaza. RIPTA operates public transit 7 days a week with a program called RIde specifically for senior citizens and the disabled. They provide 27 sites for Park n’ Ride service throughout the state and special seasonal routes to the southern beaches for $2. On Air Quality Alert Days, they offer free services to everywhere except the beach. On an average day $2.00 will get you from one end of the state to the other, and if you need a transfer, it's $.50.

By ferry

  • RIPTA also runs a seasonal ferry from Providence to Newport (mid-May to mid-October), while a separate company, Block Island Ferry [8], runs ferries to Block Island.

By train

By foot

  • If you're in Providence, you may want to forgo a car and walk. There is no on-street overnight parking in the city (although this is changing for some neighborhoods under a pilot program). Federal Hill, Downcity, and most of the East Side are quite walkable, and a number of bus routes serve the area. Use common sense when walking alone or at night, as you should in any city.


See

Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting in Newport.

Bright Night Providence - Dec. 31. Providence. Features hundreds of the best local sings, actors, dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians and clowns.

Bristol 4th of July Parade, Bristol The oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, the parade attracts marching bands from all across the nation.

The Chocolate Delicacy, East Greenwich A small family owned confectioner's shop with Chocolates and Frozen Lemonade. All chocolates made on premises.

International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino in Newport. Features the only professional tennis events played on grass in North America and the largest collection of tennis memorabilia in the world.

Jamestown Penguin Plunge - Jan. 1. Jamestown. Hundreds of tuxedo-clad swimmers take the frozen plunge into the water to raise money for charity.

Beavertail Lighhouse Museum, Jamestown. This museum at the southern tip of Jamestown features a collection of information and artifacts about the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. The lighhouse has panoramic views of Narragansett Bay.

Jamestown Museum, Jamestown. The Jamestown Historical Society's Museum on Narragansett Avenue was originally built in 1886 as the town's one-room schoolhouse. Open seasonally with changing displays.

Jamestown Windmill, Jamestown. Located on North Road with views of the Newport Pell Bridge, the original 1787 framework of the mill is of hand-hewn chestnut timbers with shingled exterior. The mill is maintained in working condition. Grounds open year round, tours in summer.

Conanicut Battery, Jamestown. Located off of Battery Lane in the southern section of the island, the earthen fort was built in 1776. During their four-year occupation of Newport, the British rebuilt the earthworks in the shape seen today.

Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown. Situated on 100 foot high granite cliffs this former coastal defense battery and training camp is known for its spectacular view of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Family and group picnicking, boating, fishing, and hiking.

Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket - The exhibits recreate the unique Woonsocket labor story of the rise of the Independent Textile Union which grew to dominate every aspect of city life.

Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. The zoo features a park, a dinosaur exhibit, and blends history and culture with the animals each area.

Six vineyards and wineries - which allow for scheduled tours and tastings. Includes Diamond Hill Vineyards, who offers custom labels for their wines.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Newport, is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day.

WaterFire in Providence. A piece of environmental art, it consists of up to 100 bonfires which float on the rivers which flow through the city accompanied by ambient music.

Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown. Located on the site of the Original Home of the US Navy Seabees, the collections include the largest known display of historic Quonset Huts, military equipment and memorabilia, the world's largest all-concrete chapel and largest Seabee statue.

Do

Autumnfest Held every Columbus Day Weekend (October) in Woonsocket, this 5-mapleleaf festival in one of New England's "Little Canadas" attracts a varied crowd of locals and out-of-towners.

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket. Renowned for its acoustics, intimacy, and decor, Stadium Theatre has been a center for performing arts since 1926. Though it stopped operating in the 1970's, a grassroots project and strong business support in the 1990's raised over 3 million dollars for restoration. It has been operating ever since.

Newport Folk Festival - The first place where Bob Dylan played electric. Part of the Festival Network.

Newport Jazz Festival - Held every August in Newport, this festival attracts some of the biggest names in jazz. Founded in 1954, it was the first outdoor music festival devoted to jazz and is now internationally known. Highly recommended for any music lover.

Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. A multipurpose facility with approximately 100,000 square feet available for almost any event, from dog shows to trade shows. Services include space rental, catering, parking, A/V, exhibitor services, business center and weddings.

Providence Place Mall located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island’s premier shopping center. With 3 levels of shopping and restaurants and another level devoted to entertainment, visitors can spend the whole day without visiting the same place twice.

Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence “The Dunk” is the home of the Providence Bruins and Providence College Friars and is host to several different attractions including Stars on Ice, Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, and boxing matches featuring “Contender” finalist Peter Manfredo Jr.

Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium is a popular summer site for families looking for an inexpensive night of fun.

The Ryan Center in South Kingstown, University of Rhode Island sports, concerts and events.

Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence. A world-class facility hosting first-class Broadway touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more.

Rustic Tri-View Drive-In in North Smithfield. Seasonal outdoor movies just like the good old days! One of the last surviving drive-in theatres in the United States, it still brings in quite the crowd every summer.

Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket. A museum complex displaying interpretation of the American industrial heritage.

Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland. Continuing Blackstone River Valley folk traditions.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express in Cumberland. A live story presentation of “The Polar Express,” based on the children’s book by noted Rhode Island author Chris van Allsburg.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions and Newport Winter Festival in Newport.

Block Island late-night Christmas Shopping - Dec. 20.

Mardi Gras Ball in Cranston. New England’s only authentic Louisiana Mardi Gras celebration.

Golfing –There are over 50 golf courses in Rhode Island, including some oceanfront and PGA courses.

Newport Cliff Walk - enjoy the three miles of ocean view and the grandeur of some of the finest mansions in the US. There is no entrance fee and it is open 365 day a year.

Crescent Park Carousel in East Providence.

Blackstone River Bikeway in Cumberland. 17.1 mile long scenic bike-path that runs along the Blackstone River. Scheduled to link to the East Bay Bikepath.

Scituate Arts Festival in Scituate, Rhode Island. Held on Columbus Day Weekend every October. 400 plus painters, artists, and craftsmen sell their wares in the scenic historical New England village of North Scituate. One of the largest and oldest art festivals in the country, the 3-day weekend art festival of paintings, antiques, arts and crafts, music, and food can draw over 200,000 people during the three days.

RI State Pagan Pride Day [10] Held Every Summer typically in Johnston's War Memorial Park. This is a state wide festival that is intended to raise awareness and information about the various pagan paths within the community, as well as for pagans to celebrate their beliefs as a community. The festival consists of over fifty vendors selling artwork, jewelry, books, herbal medicines, clothing, cooking supplies and much more. There is live music throughout the day and many food vendors available selling many autumn favorites. Other attractions include workshops on various topics such as Past Lives, the Mystical Symbolism of Tattoos, kitchen witchery and Wicca 101. The day concludes with an open ritual that anyone may join.

Fishing [11] If you live in Rhode Island or are just visiting, fishing is something that you must do. Many natives have been fishing for most of their lives, and anyone who was born in Rhode Island was born to fish. Rhode Island is home to some really great fishing spots. Most people opt to go fishing on the shores of beaches and some go fishing in boats. People are sometimes shocked to discover that fish exist in the river that flows through the downtown area of Providence as well as the Pawtucket River. Most locals know that the best spot on the river is behind the Apex building. Two of the most common species that you can catch here are blue fish and striped bass, which have been given the nickname stripers. People can easily catch these fish on and off shore. Outsiders will find that Rhode Island is home to a very big fishing community.

Eat

There are many different types of culinary venues available: from diners, to theme-based establishments, to the most formal dining. The College of Culinary Arts and Johnson and Wales University[12] provide a steady stream of well-trained chefs to the area.

Providence's Federal Hill district lives up to its heritage with some outstanding Italian restaurants, but there is great Italian cuisine throughout the state. If you happen to be in the area on St. Joseph's Day (March 19th), pop into an Italian bakery and join the locals eating zeppoli, a heavenly sort of cream puff.

Unique Clam Cuisine can be found at "clam shacks" along RI's beaches, especially in South County. Chowder (sometimes pronounced and spelled "chowda," in deference to the local dialect), is much debated and always delicious. The three major varieties are: traditional white (made with cream), Manhattan red (made with tomatoes), and Rhode Island clear (unsullied by either cream or tomatoes). Add quahogs (stuffed clams or "stuffies"), clam cakes (fried dough with pieces of clam in it), and a summer beer to guarantee a perfect trip to the shore, no matter what the weather.

The Port of Galilee is where many locals purchase live lobsters directly off the fishing boats to cook (boiled with corn, potatoes, and quahogs) at home.

Coffee milk is the official drink of RI and can be ordered in most local restaurants. It is sweet like chocolate milk and very nearly tastes like coffee.

Del's Lemonade[13] is a state-wide phenomenon. Once delivered only in small "ice cream truck" style vehicles, it is now available in more than twenty-five fixed locations and in six flavors besides the original lemon. Get some.


Drink

Rhode Island is home to quite a few great bars, a few brewpubs, a couple of vineyards, and one or two breweries.

Newport is the home of the Newport Storm brewery. Try the excellent local brew in many places across RI.

Rhode Island law specifies that beer and wine are only sold at liquor stores, not supermarkets or convenience stores, but liquor stores are open on Sundays.

Sleep

Stay safe

RI is generally safe in most neighborhoods you would intentionally go to. The most dangerous part is probably driving, as the locals are prone to run red lights and shift lanes with no warning. Locals are also known to run through stop signs. Many accidents are the results of not signaling properly when changing lanes and running through red lights and stop signs.

Providence is relatively safe, but be careful while walking around the capital city at night. Areas in which to exercise caution, unless you know where you are going, are Camp Street on the East Side, South Providence, and the Olneyville section of Providence. Broad Street and Elmwood Avenue on the South Side of Providence are also areas in which to exercise caution.

Respect

Arguably one of the most gay-friendly states in the U.S., with scores of bars and entertainment venues in Providence, and even a visible "out" community in smaller towns and villages.

Every year around June, Providence holds their Gay Pride Festival downtown. Many people throughout the city attend the festival. Things rarely happen that negatively impact the festival (other than the weather) because Providence is, for the most part, a pretty open minded place. The festival holds many attractions for many people. There are tons of different stalls to see and to buy from on the day of the festival.

Get out

  • Massachusetts - The birthplace of America's revolution, the state's northern neighbor is home to historical towns, the vacation hotspot of Cape Cod, and the always-interesting city of Boston.
  • Connecticut - Rhode Island's southern neighbor is home to Yale University, Mystic Seaport, the restaurant and nightlife scene in downtown New Haven, the Maritime Aquarium, and two major Native American casinos.


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