40 Ways Rhode Island is Wicked Awesome

From unique foods to an envious coastline, the smallest state has lots to boast about

The Bay Magazine ·

*Sponsored by the Rhode Island Lottery, celebrating 40 years of fun

1.Del’s. Sweet. Lemony. Cold. Worth the brainfreeze every time.

2. You're never more than 5 miles away from your next clam cake. Iggy’s, Flo’s, Evelyn’s, Blount… they all have fried, pillow-y clam cakes perfect for dunking into Rhode Island style cleayahh chowdah. Not creamy. Cleayah.

3. Del's… mixed with Keel Vodka (which is based out of Newport!).

4. You can pretend you’re a fancy socialite while visiting the so-decadent-it-hurts Newport Mansions.

5. Gallery Night Providence. Jump on the art bus for a unique experience touring over 20 of Providence’s art galleries, museums and historic sites the third Thursday of every month from March to November.

6. You can drink a ‘Gansett while in ‘Gansett.

7. Whether you’re getting lost in the RISD Museum or browsing one of the RISD Student/Alumni Street Sales, it’s always fun to see what’s new at one of the best design schools IN THE WORLD.

8. Beaches. You can’t beat Rhode Island’s gorgeous coastline – we’re not called the Ocean State for nothing.

9. Travelling around providence… on a gondola.

10. SO MANY FARMS. With tons of farms and farmers’ markets all across the state, it’s easy to pick and enjoy locally grown food.

11. From the ferry ride (which has a bar), to the island, to the beaches, hiking trails, lighthouses and quaint shops, a day on Block Island is bound to be full of good times and even better memories. Plus, that tune is catchy.

12. Colt State Park offers breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay, as well as a four-mile bike trail, museum, picnic area, and play fields to enjoy with the entire family.

13. You can oogle famous tennis players who frequent the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.

14. The oldest and most-Northern topiary gardens in the United States, the Green Animals Topiary Gardens boasts an impressive collection of animal-shaped topiaries, as well as herb gardens and a section of the beach.

15. A cabinet is a fixture in the kitchen, as well as a delicious frothy milkshake treat.

16. Slater Mill aka the “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution,” began as the first successful factory in America and, in the 1920s, became America’s first museum. It is still open today as a museum to look into the lives of workers of the Industrial Revolution.

17. Providence Place Mall… because we remember when Warwick Mall was the only viable option for mallrats.

18. Fluffy, scaly, cuddly and scary animals await you at Roger Williams Zoo.

19. Fire on water. Exotic music, the aroma of wood smoke, and crackling flames reflected on the water—thousand of visitors flock to Providence every year to experience the magic of Waterfire.

20. Big Blue Bug – The biggest artificial bug in the world, the Big Blue Bug (also known as Nibbles Woodaway) has been a Providence landmark since 1980.

21. The food on Federal Hill is delicious… plus, you can eat eggplant parm while pretending you’re a character in The Godfather.

22. Watching the sunset from Brenton Point State Park in Newport.

23. Paw Sox – Popcorn, peanuts, and the Paw Sox—what could be better? Join Paw Sox fans as they cheer on Little Rhody’s beloved professional baseball team at McCoy Stadium.

24. The famous Cliff Walk, which draws nearly a quarter of a million visitors each year, offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Newport’s opulent gilded mansions.

25. The Providence Children’s Museum offers fun, interactive activities for children of all ages, including a two-story climbing maze!

26. For a small state we’re pretty boozy… not only do we have a ton of breweries & distilleries, there is a BREW BUS that takes you on a tour of these libation locations so you don’t even need to drive.

27. Our state app is calamari aka fried squid. Yup, legislators took time out of their schedules to make this official… let that sink in.

28. Save the Bay has helped protect and preserve Narragansett Bay for decades, and its beachfront Exploration Center and Aquarium is fun for the whole family.

29. With 58 world premieres and a Tony Award under its belt, Trinity Rep is one of the most renowned theater companies in New England.

30. Partying like it's 1776 on the 4th of July in Bristol, the proud home of the oldest 4th of July Parade in America. Red, white, & blue is everywhere baby! Even in the middle of the street.

31. It’s perfectly okay to pair anchor-pattern pants with pink tops and stripes.

32. Music festivals! Rhode Island hosts a number of famous fests, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Rhythm and Roots Festival, Newport Folk Festival and numerous waterfront events at the Newport Yachting Center.

33. The award winning Olneyville NY System. Hot tasty meat in your mouth.

34. Driving around Newport. Newport’s Ten Mile Drive combines the history of its wealthy community with a treasure of public parks and miles of public access to shoreline and ranks as one of the most popular drives in the country.

35. Eating. We may be small, but RI boasts a number of internationally recongnized restaurants. Thanks JWU!

36. Take a tour of the Rhode Island State House to see a replica of the Liberty Bell, Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of George Washington, and one of the largest rotundas in the world.

37. We sell coffee to kids. Coffee milk (our official state drink) is cold, sweet, and delicious. The rest of the country doesn’t know what they’re missing.

38. The end of the bike path at Independence Park in Bristol... because it's ice cream time!

39. Oysters are everywhere. So many restaurants offer an oyster special on a particular night of the week. If you plan it right, you could eat buck-a-shuck oysters almost every day. FOREVER.

40. In Rhode Island, when you play the Lottery, everybody wins. Since 1974, the Lottery has transferred $5,475,588,917 to the State’s General Fund which supports almost every aspect of life in our State, from education and health care to public safety and the environment. So, you don’t have to play the Lottery to reap its rewards.

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