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Water Place Park and Riverwalk

Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903 (Downtown Providence)
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Ranked #23 of 66 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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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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241 reviews 241 reviews
82 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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642 reviews 642 reviews
487 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
79 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Love when Waterfire is happening because it brings this area to life. I have also done a gondola ride there right before sunset on a weekday. Highly recommend to locals and tourists. Well worth the walk over from the mall or if one is staying in the area hotels.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Very nice place to take a mid day or early evening stroll. During Waterfire, a nighttime walk would also be nice. Like many areas of Providence, a nighttime walk can be more interactive than you want. Mayor Cianci did a great job in revitalizing this city, and this is just one of the results. wonderfully laid out, easily accessible, and... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Waterplace park is great when waterfire is on other times it is not so nice to many panhandlers from Crossroads Rhode Island hang out there waiting until they know if they are getting a bed for the night.

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