Roger Williams National Memorial
The Roger WIlliams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state. The Memorial is located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence and includes 4.5 acres of landscaped park. 282 North Main Street, Providence
The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a special type of national park. It is a region of nearly 400,000 acres located within Worcester County in central Massachusetts and Providence County in northern Rhode Island. The National Corridor was designated by an Act of Congress on November 10, 1986 to preserve and interpret for present and future generations the unique and significant value of the Blackstone Valley.
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Roger Williams Park & Zoo
Providence, Rhode Island's capital city, is home to Roger Williams Park & Zoo, a veritable playground for the young and young at heart. This beautiful 430-acre Victorian park (1878) is comprised of waterways, walks, outdoor gardens, a Carousel Village, Museum of Natural History and planetarium, and the park's crown jewel, Roger Williams Park Zoo. One of our nation's oldest zoos (opened in 1872), Roger Williams Park Zoo is also one of Rhode Island's top tourist attractions, welcoming over half a million people annually, and fascinating animals from around the world including elephants, giraffes, a snow leopard, giant anteaters, kangaroos, moon bears, gibbons and others, all in naturalistic settings. The Carousel Village features a vintage carousel, pony rides, a themed miniature golf course and kiddie go-boats. The Tennis Center has Rhode Island's only clay courts available for public use. The boathouse has paddle-boats and mini-speed boats.