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Rhode Island Vacation Basic Facts

Rhode Island Tourism Division, One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903; 401-222-2601; 800-556-2484; Fax: 401-273-8270. Web:

State American Folk Art Symbol: Charles I.D. Looff Carousel (aka Crescent Park Carousel)

State Bird: Rhode Island red chicken

State Coat of Arms:

State Drink: coffee milk

State Fish: striped bass

State Flower: violet

State Folk Art Symbol: Crescent Park Carousel

State Fruit: Rhode Island greening apple

State March: Rhode Island

State Mineral: bowenite

State Motto: Hope

State Nickname: Ocean State, Little Rhody

State Quarter:

State Rock: Cumberlandite

State Shellfish: quahaug

State Seal:

State Soil: Narragansett

State Song: Rhode Island's It for Me

State Tall Ship: Continental Sloop Providence

State Tartan:

State Travel Ambassador: Mr. Potato Head

State Tree: red maple

State Yacht: Courageous

State Capitals

Newport, Rhode Island The White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in the U.S., was built in 1673. It was a meeting house for the Rhode Island colony General Assembly, Criminal Court, and City Council.

Address: White Horse Tavern,
26 Malborough Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840; 401-849-3600; Fax: 401-849-7317.

Providence, Rhode Island Rhode Island State House, One Capitol Hill, Providence, Rhode Island 02908. Web: Current state capital.

State Songs

Rhode Island's It for Me; Rhode Island.

State Specials

Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen colonies to declare its independence from England (May 4, 1776) and the last of the thirteen to ratify the U.S. Constitution (May 29, 1790).

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates Victory Day (the end of WWII) as an official state holiday.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances north to south are 48 miles and east to west 37 miles.

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