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8 of the Best (and Most Offbeat) Attractions in Rhode Island!

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Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it’s home to an abundance of unusual treasures. You won’t have to go very far to find some unique and eccentric sites. From everything you’d ever want to know about H.P Lovecraft to an enormous blue bug, Rhode Island knows how to keep our adventurers entertained. Here are the 8 most unusual attractions in the state. 

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown, RI

This magical farm and bazaar dates to the 19th century. At this peculiar market, you’ll find an odd collection of goodies, including Peruvian instruments and dashboard hula girls. Employees call the store a “department store without all the departments.”

Fleur-de-Lys Studio, Providence, RI

A location significant in the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, this studio is located right along Thomas Street on College Hill. H.P. Lovecraft often featured the building in his stories.

John Hay Library, Providence, RI

Located at Brown University, this library is the perfect reading space for a day, but might also appeal to those looking for a stranger experience. There, you’ll find books bound in human skin and letters written by H.P. Lovecraft.

Big Blue Bug, Providence, RI

“Nibbles Woodaway,” an aptly named termite, is the biggest “bug” in the world, at nearly 58 feet long. He adorns the roof of a pest control center in Providence and is worth driving by—he’s even lit up for the holiday season!

Wireless and Steam Museum, East Greenwich, RI

This esoteric museum boasts several replicas and models of the nation’s first steam engines—the very machines powering the industrial revolution, which got a start in Rhode Island. The museum is run entirely by volunteers, is open on Thursdays or by appointment.

Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, Providence, RI

Every October, horror fans gather in Rhode Island to embrace the creepiest films of the past and present. Attend a screening—if you dare.

Museum of Culinary Arts, Providence, RI

Located at culinary arts university Johnson and Wales, this museum preserves the history of cuisine and hospitality. You’ll enjoy learning about the varied history of culinary greats throughout the years!

Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth, RI

This lovely park boasts the title as the oldest and the northern-most topiary garden in the United States. View over 30 sculpted trees and bushes, all while overlooking Narragansett Bay.

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