Traveling to Rhode Island is always a favorite of our family. When it comes down to it, visiting National Park Sites is always fun to us. We love seeing the parks and the Rhode Island historical sites in which they lie. If you’re headed to Rhode Island, make sure you check out these NPS locations.
Rhode Island Historical Sites and National Park Sites
When you go to visit any of the National Park sites listed below make sure your kids stop at the visitor center to get the book to complete to get their National Park Junior Ranger Badges.
Blackstone River Valley (National Historical Park in RI, MA) – This was the location of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. This is the place that America made progress from farm to factory.
Roger Williams (National Memorial in Providence, RI) – This NPS was established in 1965 to commemorate Roger Williams and his contributions to this country. Roger Williams was a champion for religious freedom and this is a spot to commemorate his “outstanding contributions to the development of the principles of freedom in this country.”
Touro Synagogue (Rhode Island Historical Site) – The oldest synagogue in the United States is made with a beautiful design. When it comes to Jewish history, this is one of the most important buildings in Jewish American history. It has an active congregation to this day.
Washington Rochambeau (National Historic Trail in RI) – This National Historic Trail helps make the important date of July 11, 1780, that “marked the beginning of a most successful military cooperation that culminated 15 months later in the victory at Yorktown.”
Newport Mansions (Newport, RI) – Let’s talk about history for a while. The Newport Mansions in Rhode Island are an important part of American history. These mansions are an integral part of the development of Newport, Rhode Island. America’s vibrant culture lives on through these mansions. From the views of the water to a mansion made completely in marble, you won't be disappointed.
Southeast Light, Block Island – Built-in 1874 this has been named one of the country's most beautiful lighthouses, it's made of some of the most beautiful brick!
Arcade, Providence – This is the countries oldest indoor shopping mall. Built-in 1828 you can visit it now with a small collection of original stores and the building also now houses luxury condos.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport – Located on one of the states peninsulas the has amazing views of water on 3 sides and there is so much history to take in on the tour.
World War II Memorial, Providence – This memorial is set in a nice park that is perfect for a picnic on a nice day. The memorial is a great tribute to the men and women who served during WWII.
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Saunderstown – This one makes my list just for the beautiful setting all on its own! The home of Gilbert Stuart is now a museum, he was a very famous 1700's portraitist and the property features a working mill as well.
SO I want to know, what are your favorite Rhode Island Historical Sites? I am always looking to add to my bucket list!