Rhode Islanders all know that their home state is a unique place with strong customs. Things like food and history are taken pretty seriously here and there are certain things we’ve all had to experience at least once. Whether you’ve been a resident Rhode Islander all your life, or are planning to move to the smallest, but most charming state, this list should definitely come in handy. Here are 15 things you have to do before you’re an official Rhode Islander.
1. You've had a Del's Lemonade.
You haven't lived until you've had Del's frozen lemonade in Rhode Island.
2. You've tried a hot wiener "all the way."
Olneyville New York System is definitely the place to be and hot wieners are a Rhode Island tradition for a reason.
3. You've eaten a clam cake, and it was most likely from Iggy's.
Known for their delicious deep friend and fluffy treats filled with fresh clams, Iggy's is amazing.
4. You've gone apple picking every fall.
Apple picking is a New England tradition for so many reasons and is a perfect way to enjoy the fall.
5. You've spent an entire day at the beach.
Misquamicut, Scarborough, Third Beach, the list of fantastic state beaches goes on and on. Rhode Island is the Ocean State, after all.
6. You've explored downtown Newport.
This historic city of Newport is home to amazing attractions, fantastic restaurants, charming theaters, art galleries, and so much more! Find this lovely town on Aquidneck Island.
7. You've eaten plain pizza strips at a family party.
Though there are dozens of amazing pizza places throughout Little Rhody, plain strips of pizza are a go-to in the state.
8. You've visited the cliff walk and Newport Mansions
The historic gilded age mansions found at the end of the cliff walk are as brilliant as they are historically rich. As the former summer cottages to some of the top industrialists in the nation, they are not only ornate, but also stunning.
9. You've gone on a hike just to look at pretty leaves.
New England is the best place to watch the leaves change and Rhode Island is no different.
10. You've gone to Beavertail State Park.
The several acres of Beavertail State Park possess diverse natural landscapes with cliffs along the Atlantic, hiking trails, and even secluded beaches. The historic lighthouse museum is a perfect place to visit.
11. You've driven by the Big Blue Bug.
The Big Blue Bug has become Rhode Island's most recognizable landmark.
12. You've enjoyed an Awful Awful from the Newport Creamery.
These delicious milk shakes are a must-have! The Newport Creamery, which has been around for decades, is a family friendly perfect place for fantastic ice cream treats and more.
13. You've had donuts from Allie's.
Located on Quaker Lane in North Kingstown is this classic Rhody spot. The donut cake in particular is highly recommended.
14. You've taken a trip on the Block Island Ferry.
Visiting Block Island in the summer is a perfect choice. Not only is the island beautiful, it also has tons of things to do ranging from nature sites to fantastic dining.
15. You have had coffee milk.
Rhode Island is the only state with an official state drink and coffee milk is it! If you haven't had it, you should as soon as possible.