What to see in Providence

Providence Attractions

A vibrant destination and home to a variety of attractions including offerings of art, history and recreation, Providence is ideal for a two- or three-day break.

Known to be compact, modern and a little eccentric, Providence has a loyal population and is well-loved in the broader region. Its history means that there are historical sites and districts such as Federal Hill and the East Side certainly worth visiting, and exploring them is a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the culturally diverse space that is this capital city.

The State Capitol is also one for the history buffs; a beautiful structure housing the original Rhode Island Charter of 1663. In Providence visitors will find other well-preserved American architectural sites and landmarks such as the RISD Museum, which is the state's leading museum of art and design; Benefit Street, key in understanding the architectural history of Providence; and the John Brown House Museum, a landmark from the 18th century.

For the artistic, the Providence Performing Arts Center offers concerts, contemporary plays, comedy and Broadway shows. WaterFire Providence, is also an exciting attraction for those looking for something different, offering a sensory experience like no other.

Home to the prestigious Brown University, Providence is an intellectual sort of city with a rich arts scene and a lively student population. The city has some renowned restaurants to choose from as well as great shopping districts. Outdoor recreation is also enjoyed by visitors at any one of the spectacular parks and golf courses in the city.

Benefit Street

One of America's most famous walks is down Providence's Benefit Street, lined with an impressive concentration of original…

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John Brown House

The three-storey mansion on Power Street, designed by Joseph Brown for his brother John, in 1786, was once described…

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Rhode Island School of Design Museum

The small but comprehensive museum attached to the Rhode Island design college features many changing exhibitions, particularly…

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence's zoo is situated in a beautiful 174-hectare (430-acre) Victorian park accessed from Elmwood Avenue on the…

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State Capitol

Rhode Island's magnificent white marble Georgian state house was inspired by London's St Paul's Cathedral and the US…

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Waterplace Park

Providence's renovated downtown waterfront is known as Waterplace Park, a haven of romantic Venetian footbridges and…

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