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Address: Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903
Activities: Hiking, City walk sightseeing
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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go to the wall of hope

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Galway, Ireland
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Galway, Ireland
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181 reviews 181 reviews
57 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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BI
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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418 reviews 418 reviews
146 attraction reviews
496 helpful votes 496 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
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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