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Water Place Park and Riverwalk

Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903 (Downtown Providence)
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Ranked #23 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Type: Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Hiking, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Middletown, Rhode Island
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you have never visited downtown Providence during Water Fire, you are missing a very nice event. Fires light the way for gondaliers to travel through the water as etheral music fills the air. It is a great walk with all kinds of entertainment along the way. Food spots dot the area and if you want a more romantic approach... More

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surfinginflorida
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398 reviews 398 reviews
162 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You will see the reviews are pretty mixed – the waterfront area is beautiful (and safe) during the Water Fire events – other times it can be sketch. The Water Fire schedule is easy to find on the Internet, and it is really close to the commuter rail from Boston. The fire is interesting; but I love the kayakers with... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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272 reviews 272 reviews
55 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

If you are able to see the fire show that that would be something worth visiting. Otherwise, there really wasn't much to this place. We walked the distance and it wasn't particularly beautiful or compelling. The area could use some real work to make it a destination. It's worth a walk through if you're in the area but I wouldn't... More

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New York City, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We happened upon this event some years ago in its nascent stage and it has grown to become such worthwhile destination for spring and holiday. It was charming to see gondola and wine with music and street performers. The visual is gorgeous. Fire emerging from the water like magic, lighting up the entire area with a beautiful seductive glow. I... More

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Cleveland, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We planned to see the Water Fire event and was so glad we did! There are fire pits embedded into the river where they put pieces of wood. Then boats come by and light the pits at dusk. It is very beautiful. Be prepared to walk a lot! This seems to be a popular event so there were a lot... More

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Andover, New Hampshire
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Waterplace Park and Riverwalk is a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll along the river with lots of nice shops and restaurants. Waterfire events are a "must see."

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This area is on the rebound from economic depression and is really worthy of a visit. It is historically significant, architecturally fascinating, and frankly one of the most interesting places I have visited since moving to the East Coast. It is a diamond in the rough. Is it a little rough around the edges, yes....but worth the trip? Hell yes.... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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307 reviews 307 reviews
110 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Picturesque walk, especially during water fire. Can be a little sketchy if alone on a quiet night. Many of the bordering restaurants are very good and offer outdoor dining.

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Hollywood, Florida
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676 reviews 676 reviews
487 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

great walk, close to mall and downtown area. had very colorful wall which area beautiful to see. advised walk during evening but very late at night unless accompanied.

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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

So much potential, and a bit wasted!! Providence needs to look at what other cities have done with their riverwalks and make ours just as good! But still, nice enough place to walk and fun during Waterfire.

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