ProvidenceUnited States of America

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The capital city of Rhode Island draws visitors for its world-class museums, thriving arts community and picturesque streets lined with historic buildings.

One of America’s oldest cities, Providence offers historic attractions and architecture along with a vibrant food scene and unique shopping.

Providence has a long and rich history so a great place to start your visit is on the East Side at Benefit Street’s “Mile of History.” Take a stroll through the colonial thoroughfare, past restored homes, churches and museums, or pay for a guided tour to learn more about the city’s historic waterfront.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum is one of the country’s largest art museums. Here, you can browse more than 80,000 works of art that span many cultures, time periods and media. Artifacts include a collection of Paul Revere’s silver. Combine your visit to the RISD with a trip to the nearby Museum of Natural History & Planetarium.

From here, take a short walk to Thayer Street, where you will find eclectic shops filled with quirky souvenir items, gifts, imported clothing, handmade crafts, art and books.

You’ll find plenty of nightlife and restaurant options in Providence. Italian cuisine lovers won’t want to miss dining in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This historic section of the city is also known as Little Italy. Sip a strong espresso at an open-air café or enjoy an upscale meal at number of gourmet Italian eateries. In this same neighborhood you can step into a Middle Eastern-style lounge for an after-dinner drink and dessert.

Head downtown for upscale martini bars and hip-hop clubs, or check out the eclectic bars near the university colleges. For Broadway musicals, concerts and comedy acts, look to the schedule of performances at the art deco Providence Performing Arts Center. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is a legendary venue for live music.

Avoid driving in Providence if you can as parking is limited. The best alternative to walking is the inexpensive and reliable public transport.

Where to stay in Providence

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Downtown

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Downtown is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Providence Performing Arts Center and Dunkin Donuts Center.

Downtown
Fox Point, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
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Fox Point

Restaurants and waterfront views are notable features of Fox Point. You might consider stopping by India Point Park while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Fox Point
College Hill, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

College Hill

You'll enjoy the churches and architecture in College Hill. You might want to make time for a stop at Providence Athenaeum or Avon Cinema.

College Hill
Upper South Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Upper South Providence

When in Upper South Providence, you can plan a visit to Providence Performing Arts Center and Dunkin Donuts Center, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Upper South Providence
Wayland, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
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Wayland

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Wayland and surrounding area, you can visit Providence Performing Arts Center and Providence Place Mall.

Wayland
Washington Park, Rhode Island, United States of America
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Washington Park

If you're spending some time in Washington Park, Big Blue Bug and Culinary Arts Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Washington Park

Top hotels in Providence

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Providence Hotel
Omni Providence Hotel
4 out of 5
1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI
£109
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall and Dunkin Donuts Center. Trinity ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,822 reviews)

"Nice place, needs some TLC , escalator made loud noise, carpet tore in room, peeling paint on bathroom ceiling, rack in bathroom broke."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Omni Providence Hotel
Graduate Providence
Graduate Providence
4 out of 5
11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI
£112
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Providence City Hall and Rhode Island Convention Center. Providence Performing Arts Center ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,126 reviews)

"Historic, beautiful, great location. Near many restaurants. Coffee shop attached is nice."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Graduate Providence
Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence
Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence
2.5 out of 5
1000 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI
£70
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Situated in East Providence, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Seekonk Grand Prix, Monster Mini Golf and Fantasyland. East Providence Yacht Club and Seekonk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (511 reviews)

"I loved that they had a full refrigerator, a microwave and a stove. They keep the pots and utensils at the front desk. There are lots of places to shop and eat on the same street."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence

Popular things to do in Providence

Brown University
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Brown University

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around Brown University, a top university in Providence. Attend a sporting event or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Dunkin Donuts Center
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Dunkin Donuts Center

Catch an event at Dunkin Donuts Center during your trip to Providence.Wander around the area's the university campus or experience its great live music.

Providence Performing Arts Center
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Providence Performing Arts Center

See local and international acts performing live music, Broadway shows, stand-up comedy, circus and more at this enormous 1920s movie theater.

WaterFire Providence
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WaterFire Providence

4/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at WaterFire Providence, an entertaining place to visit in Providence. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Discover the many delights of this historic park, which features ponds, rolling landscapes and numerous attractions, including a museum, zoo and botanical gardens. 

Providence Children's Museum
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Providence Children's Museum

You can study the exhibits at Providence Children's Museum, a museum with a story of its own, during your trip to Providence. Experience the area's acclaimed theatre scene and entertainment choices.

Top activities in Providence

Downcity Providence Walking Food Tour
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Downcity Providence Walking Food Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£53
Per adult
Boston Day Trip from Providence by Rail
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Boston Day Trip from Providence by Rail

76% of travellers recommend
£122
Per adult
One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Providence, RI
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Providence, RI

£2
Per adult
Operation city Quest of Rhode Island
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Operation city Quest of Rhode Island

£8
Per adult
Providence Downtown Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour Guide
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Providence Downtown Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour Guide

£5
Per adult
New York Day Trip from Providence by Train with Lunch & Hop-on Hop-Off
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New York Day Trip from Providence by Train with Lunch & Hop-on Hop-Off

100% of travellers recommend
£253
Per adult

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