Rhode Island is no stranger to the unique and different, and there is no shortage of one-of-a-kind adventures to be had in state. While this might be surprising given its small size, what the people of the Ocean State lack in square mileage they make up for in fun experiences. Here are 10 unique attractions in Rhode Island that we highly recommend checking out immediately.
1. The Umbrella Factory, Charlestown
From vintage shops and charming cafes to emus roaming around the property, The Umbrella Factory is a memorable and fun attraction.
2. Green Animals Topiary, Portsmouth
Green Animals is one of the oldest topiary gardens in the nation and has dozens of unique topiary sculptures.
3. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park, Providence
Every October, Roger Williams Zoo puts on this amazing display showcasing hundreds of one-of-a-kind jack-o-lanterns matched with music and refreshments.
4. Big Blue Bug, I-95 through Providence
This unique attraction might be a drive-by visit, but it's still worth it. The Big Blue Bug has been a Rhode Island icon for decades and can be seen on I-95 through Providence.
5. The Newport Historical Society, Newport
From historical reenactments, a charming museum, and tours of colonial Newport buildings, The Newport Historical Society is a must visit.
6. Gun Totem, Providence
This 12 foot high structure is made from 1,000 turned in handguns and was designed by artist Boris Baly. This is definitely a unique site.
7. Fort Wetherill, Jamestown
Looking for a unique outdoor adventure in Rhode Island? With acres of parkland and an old military fort with stunning ocean views, Fort Wetherill is certainly a different kind of state park.
8. Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket
Experience the Industrial Revolution all over again at Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket.
9. Newport Tower in Touro Park, Newport
There is much speculation surrounding Newport Tower. While most believe it to be the remains of a 17th century windmill, others say it's much older and signifies earlier North American settlers. Either way, it's definitely one-of-a-kind.
10. Newport Cliffwalk, Newport
Take in stunning scenery and tour historic mansions on this 3.5-mile stretch of walkway.
Can you think of any other unique attractions in Rhode Island that are open to the public?