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Water Place Park and Riverwalk

Address: Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903 (Downtown Providence)
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Ranked #18 of 136 things to do in Providence
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic walking areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic walking areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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121 reviews 121 reviews
4 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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379 reviews 379 reviews
123 attraction reviews
479 helpful votes 479 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

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 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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27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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