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What makes Rhode Island such an attractive place to live and work is its rich history, natural beauty, and central location (only 1 hour from Boston and 3 hours from New York City).

Providence - Rhode Island's capital city has undergone a renaissance of sorts in the past few years, starring in its own television show and earning recognition by CNN's Money Magazine in 2000 and 2001 as "The Best Place to Live in the East". The city is a mix of the old and new. Providence is famous for its beautifully preserved historic architecture throughout the city, with more buildings on the National Historic Registry than anywhere else. It is also home to Brown University, a three-centuries-old institution attracting students from all over the world. The "new" Providence features the Providence Place Mall, Riverwalk, outdoor skating center, convention center, and a wide assortment of fine restaurants.

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Rhode Island - Although Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States (it takes just 45 minutes to drive from one end to the other), it features more than 400 miles of coastline. Popular seaside tourist destinations include Newport, a sailing mecca rich with historic mansions, beaches, and spectacular scenery, and Block Island, a pristine island town highlighted by a National Wildlife Refuge and the 200-foot Mohegan Bluffs.

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New England - New England is made up of six states - Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine - all within easy driving distance of one another. New England is perhaps best known for its natural beauty (especially at the change of seasons), miles of sandy beaches, historic architecture, and fresh seafood.

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Boston - Located about one hour from Woonsocket (36 miles), Boston is New England's largest city, home to Harvard University, Faneuil Hall (renowned for its food and shopping), Boston Red Sox, Boston Pops, Freedom Trail, and much more.

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Local points of interest in Woonsocket include:

Stadium Theatre - This restored theater served as the world-premiere venue for the popular comedy There's Something About Mary and Stuck On You, both films by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, two local brothers turned Hollywood producers.

River Island Park - This downtown park offers an attractive environment for a leisurely stroll. For a seasonal twist, visitors can also launch a canoe on the Blackstone River or skate at an outdoor rink.

World War II Memorial Park - Every fall, this park is the site of Autumnfest, a showcase of local tradition, including music, entertainment, and a parade through the city.

The Museum of Work and Culture - This interactive museum tells the story of the history of labor and immigration to Woonsocket, tracing the lives of mill workers who came from the farms of Quebec in the latter part of the 19th century to work in the shoe and textile factories of New England.

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Holiday Inn Express - 194 Fortin Drive - 401-769-5000 / 1-800-465-4329

The Pillsbury House -Bed & Breakfast in the North End - 341 Prospect Street - 401-766-7983 / 1-800-205-4112


Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) - 265 Melrose Street, Providence, RI - 401-781-9400

TF Green Airport - 2000 Post Road, Warwick - 888-268-7222

Local Entertainment

  • Autumnfest - Woonsocket's premier fall celebration.
  • Blackstone River Valley NHC - A special national park designed to preserve the industrial history of the Blackstone River Valley.
  • Canoeing on the Blackstone - A great way to see the city.
  • Center for the Arts and Spirituality
  • Chan's Fine Oriental Dining - Egg Rolls and Jazz.
  • Museum of Work & Culture
  • Stadium Theater
  • TheatreWorks
  • Woonsocket's Parks - A great place to spend an afternoon.
  • World War II Veteran's Memorial State Park - Home of Autumnfest

In the Area

  • The Feinstein Imax Theatre
  • Mendon Drive In
  • Dunkin Donuts Center
  • Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Rustic Drive In
  • Trinity Repertory Company