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Water Place Park and Riverwalk

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Address: Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: +1-401-421-8877
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Hiking
Description: Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the...
Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the river past Venice inspired bridges or see some wonderful public art, all at this well-designed four-acre park and scenic riverwalk, considered to be the heart of the restoration of Providence's downtown area.
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Riverwalk and Romantic Gondola Ride

We loved the Riverwalk. We also went on a Gondola ride. We were told it is more romantic without the River Fire where thousands of people stare at you and taking pictures. It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Christine S
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Easton, Connecticut
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Easton, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We loved the Riverwalk. We also went on a Gondola ride. We were told it is more romantic without the River Fire where thousands of people stare at you and taking pictures. It was very nice but was little chilly when the wind blew and was under the bridge. When going on the rider during start of the season like... More 

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Bronx, New York
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Lovely scenic area. We stayed at the OMNI near the mall and convention center which is about a minute or two away from the park. Very close to the Rhode Island State House. I must for any photographer visiting. There were gondola boats going underneath the walkways and throughout the river, which I have read about, but unfortunately did not... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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58 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We traveled here because a friend told us that there was a "Wall of Hope" memorial under the bridge in the park. It is there, done in tile. It was a post 9-11 commemoration and I usually avoid these only as some are less about memories and more about nationalism but this was different. These are tiles done by children... More 

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Athens
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40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Water place park is great if you want to have a relaxing walk in Providence. Most of the park is quite clean and has many attractions nearby.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

the area during the day was delightful to walk. in the evening, on water fire nights, the place is hopping. they have a ritual for lighting the water fires......several teams in boats. some of the team members perform as they glide along the river. the gondolier driver sings Italian songs as you ride under the canal brides. the acoustics are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you do not know what waterfire is, you are truly missing out on something that has become part of the history of this great city. Check out their website http://waterfire.org/ and make sure you go in the summer. I put their schedule into my phone and would try to go every other one. It was so much fun to... More 

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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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126 reviews 126 reviews
4 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Great place to walk or just sit back, chill and people watch. We love Providence and this is at the center of it all. Providence has done a great place transforming itself over the years. Proximity to the Mall, Federal Hill....etc. makes this a place to go.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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507 helpful votes 507 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Beautiful surroundings. lively with people, safe, and small enough to be accessible. Tons of restaurants and bars, nice rivers, easy parking.

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Providence water fire is alluring Canals with fire pits, gondolas, music along waterfront. Dancing in streets big band at Turks Head Bldg. Food stations. In winter the skating rink is alive with action. Fun city great restaurants Federal Hill and downtown.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A few times a year, Providence hosts Waterfire. It is a fun and easy way to walk around the river and do fun little outside things. The website explains the few times per year the Waterfire is lit. It is something to do to enjoy the community. If you are not part of any of the college communities, I do... More 

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