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Water Place Park and Riverwalk

Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903 (Downtown Providence)
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Ranked #16 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the river past Venice inspired...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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361 reviews 361 reviews
121 attraction reviews
471 helpful votes 471 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lots to see...we walked 5km in an hour and covered most of the main highlights. Everything is clean and compact, lots of potential for great photos. Would be a pleasant spot in summer. People were kayaking on the canals which seems like a great way to see the city too.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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134 reviews 134 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The riverwalk is nice, especially during a WaterFire night! Parking on the street is hard to come by, but there are two parking garages nearby without a ton of walking. Restaurants along the walk are more upscale, but well worth the price. Plenty of other restaurants in the Providence Place Mall and surrounding area.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,758 reviews 1,758 reviews
932 attraction reviews
913 helpful votes 913 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The water place park and river walk are located in Providence's main street. You can take a walk from the Roger Williams memorial to this area and check everything in less than 30 minutes. Providence doesn't have much to see or do.

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Haverhill,Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

No Water Fire during our stay but, it was a great area, easy to walk every where, felt very safe. We were able to get around the water area to restaurants within minutes. Next time, we need to plan for a Water Fire too!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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466 reviews 466 reviews
158 attraction reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, is the culmination of a 15 year plan to move 2 rivers that ran thru downtown. Providence has been called the widest bridge in the world since it was built on reclaimed land. So when it was completed Waterplace Park was born. Riverwalk is a cobblestone walkway that circles the park. Bridges criss cross many... More 

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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422 reviews 422 reviews
168 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 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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