Johnston, Rhode Island's War Memorial Park has the types of facilities you'd expect to find in a major city, except for it sits in a town of just 30,000 on the outskirts of Providence.
The Mayflower II has been overgoing an extensive refurbishment at Mystic Seaport since late 2014. The ship will soon set sail for Boston before making its permanent return to Plymouth in a once-in-a-lifetime event that will begin in Mystic.
Plum Beach Light is a landmark lighthouse off the coast of North Kingstown that has an interesting history and will remain part of the region's seascape for years to come.
Aunt Carrie's seafood shack has operated from the same location since 1920 and is home to the world's first clamcake. The original recipe is used today, making this Rhode Island institution worth a visit.
Westerly, Rhode Island, is full of history, and walking through the downtown area is like stepping back in time. Many of the old buildings in Westerly remain functional, so you can visit whenever you wish to have a look, while others are now museums that are worth checking out.
The Charles W. Morgan made its first voyage in 1841 and completed its final journey to date in 2014. The vessel is the world's last remaining wooden whaling ship, and an outstanding piece of American history to experience in Mystic, Connecticut.
Newport attracted some of America's wealthiest families starting in the mid-1800s, a trend that continued through the Gilded Age. Today, visitors can stop by the mansions these families erected throughout the city for a taste of how these people lived in the early 1900s.
While there are plenty of professional sports teams in New England, Rhode Island only has the Providence Bruins. Luckily, their games are easily accessible from South County and affordable, too.
South County is full of interesting characters and remarkable stories, including that of Samuel Casey, a popular silversmith who escaped after an overly-aggressive judge ruled him to be hanged.
War memorials are located all over South County as a way for us to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life.
Reminders of the past remain to this day, but you'll also be attracted to the village because of its beautiful beaches, outstanding restaurant, abundant water access, and easy-going lifestyle. Take a walk through these historic parts of the village, and you're sure to fall in love with everything that they have to offer.
It should come as no surprise that there is a tremendous amount of history in North Kingstown, as it was founded in 1674, along with North Kingstown, Narragansett, and Exeter, as Kings Towne. The town split in 1722, with North Kingstown retaining its 1674 date of establishment, making it one of the country's oldest settlements.
The Mystic Pizza restaurant has been a part of Mystic, CT since 1973. Amy Jones, a screenwriter who owned a summer home in the area, walked through its doors and fell in love with the pizzeria, eventually using it as inspiration for her film and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1938, the Great New England Hurricane came through the region on September 21. Damage from this storm was devastating for Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The hurricane remains the most powerful storm in New England's history and acts as a reminder of just how much damage a maritime storm can cause.