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Roger Williams National Memorial

282 North Main St., Providence, RI RI 02903 (College Hill)
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Ranked #33 of 70 attractions in Providence
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: This memorial celebrates the life of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, who ushered in the first government with religious freedom for all.
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Howell, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We stopped here after our visit to capitol as it is only a few blocks away. Nice park with plenty of shade. Small little museum. Park ranger was very helpful with things to do and see in Providence.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

It's a very small park and museum but a good place to stop to see where it all started and learn a bit about Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. The ranger in the museum was very helpful and they have a short informative film and some displays that give you an overview of why Williams founded RI and... More

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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Thank you so much. I live in Cranston, RI so not far away. But, i have to say the knowledgeable staff is amazing. I am a descendant of our founder. i was very impressed. Thank you so much. They also have a great selection books. Check it out.

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Boston, MA
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158 reviews 158 reviews
82 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Right in the middle of two main streets does not make this the greatest place to relax and hang out. It is nice to have more green space in Providence, and it is well kempt, but don't go out of your way to go here!

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Los Angeles, California
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773 reviews 773 reviews
375 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Visited here after a statehouse tour. Fascinating story we only learned a part of in school. Helpful rangers, good film, and a great junior ranger program for kids. Take the walk through the park, too, as well as around town and see where Roger Williams left his mark.

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North Shore, MA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I recently made our first visit to the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence.  The Memorial consists of a park and a small Visitors Center.  I believe it is located on the site of Williams’ first settlement in Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony, but the site seems more commemorative than historic.  The... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
55 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The park is attached to the memorial building is very nice and shady. It's like an oasis in the middle of the city. We stopped there and ate lunch as there were several picnic tables with benches. The memorial is free, but you can make a donation. The ranger there had a lot of information about Roger Williams and was... More

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Los Angeles
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181 reviews 181 reviews
140 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Its a nice little park, with a nice visitors center but theres not alot to see. Take a book and enjoy the lawns

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

If you are interested in the early colonial years of RI, this spot is worth a stop. The grounds are pleasant and the interior gives you a view into the history of the Providence of the late 1600s - it's interesting to put into the context of the Providence of today because so many historic homes still exist. The National... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Our family is attempting to visit every National Park in the country and get the stamps in our Passport book. This is listed as the only National Park in RI, though the name states Memorial. Regardless, this is the only one in the smallest state and provided for a great day. I first read about the park in the Buddy... More

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