Rhode Island may have the nickname of being the "smallest state,Ē but itís big on everything else. Providence, RI is home to five major universities: Brown, Johnson & Wales, The University of Rhode Island, Providence College, and The Rhode Island School of Design. Visit cool antique places on Wickenden Street?, and funky and eclectic stores on Thayer Street, and WaterFire, a must-see attraction downtown from May to October.
Thereís also Roger Williamís Park Zoo, nightlife, and so much more. Take a day, or a few, and experience the beauty, arts, and history of Rhode Island.
This area was first settled in 1636 by Roger Williams. Having been exiled from Massechusettes, he made this place a haven for persecuted religious dissenters. During the Revolutionary War, Brown University was used as a barracks and military hospital. Afterwards, Providence became a large manufacturing town and attracted many immigrants. However, this resulted in social tension as is shown from the race riots in the 1820s.
By the 1920s, industries started to shut down. The Great Depression hit the city hard, along with flooding from the New England Hurricane in 1938. This decline led to the breeding of organized crime from the 1950s to the 1980s. Since the 1970s, the city has made an effort to rise back up with many arts and building projects.
Fleet Skating Center
Waterplace Park and Riverwalk?
Providence-Newport Water Ferry?
The RISD Museum?
Providence Children's Museum?
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum?