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State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
401-222-2357
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Ranked #8 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings
Description: This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.
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Toronto, Canada
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599 reviews 599 reviews
253 attraction reviews
395 helpful votes 395 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Rhode Island state capital building is most impressive particularly given the small size of the state. Entrance is free and you're more than welcome to wander the three floors on your own. Make sure to grab a guide in the visitor's center and explore the building at your own pace. You can peek into the house and senate chambers... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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502 reviews 502 reviews
110 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It must have been very important at the time these grand buildings were built, politically and symbolically, for the State Capitol to be a shining example of power, authority, security and leadership. This place typifies those objectives.

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed walking around the grounds and visiting the R.I. State House. It is a beautiful venue and well worth taking time to visit.

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Barre, Vermont, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

cocktails and guided tours of the building saw lots of rhode island hiastory and a big building for the smallest state

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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very impressive! This is a smaller version of our country's Capital. Beautiful building and grounds and easily accessible from downtown!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

So much potential for beauty but it's not there. Expansive lawn needs shade and outside tables for R & R. Interior library is gorgeous but other spaces, though historical, need some TLC.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I visited the beautiful Rhode Island state house in Providence to see what morsels of history I might uncover within, but found mostly function (which, ultimately, is fine). The building is massive and ornate, reminiscent of the monuments in the nation's capitol, and very different from most other state houses I'd previously been. The lobby has some historical items and... More

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New Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Impressive library & the dome and senate chambers are a must see. Would have enjoyed a guided tour with more information on what we saw. As it was we just wandered around.

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Howell, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The title says it all. This bulding is incredible from an architectural point of view. The stairs, the floors, the columns, the walls and I didn't even mention the dome. Civil war cannon in lobby that was at battle of Gettysburg (has interesting story behind it). If you go make sure you walk around whole building to get full effect.... More

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Miami
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Didn't go inside (no time) but the view at night is outstanding!! Just a very nice building to look at on nice grounds with green grass and weeping willow trees.

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