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Benefit Street

Providence, RI (College Hill)
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Ranked #10 of 70 attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five... more » Owner description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block. « less
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Walk not just down benefit street, but look up and down the side streets and vere off of benefit. The old houses and the yards were things out of books and my wife's sappy movies. She wore out a brand new pair of flip-flops just walking around Providence, much of it on and around Benefit Street.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was impressive as the most authentic concentration of original Colonial homes still in existence. One house was more impressive than the next. It's know as the Mile of History and it's so true. Even the gardens are breathtakingly beautiful!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

You don't have to travel to Williamsburg, VA to see a whole bunch of historic, mostly 18th-century homes. Just drive or walk along the one+ mile stretch of Benefit Street to view lovely homes painted mostly in pastel hues, and nearly all with a plaque on them from the Providence Preservation Society giving the date each house was constructed and... More

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Oxford, Ohio, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We followed a walking tour of Poe/Lovecraft sites we found on-line. Benefit Street is lined with tottering vestiges of eldritch witch-haunted Providence, with cracked panes that seem to leer at the passerby from hideous alien dimensions. Quite charming and well-kept, actually.

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Marco Island, Florida
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137 reviews 137 reviews
21 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This street is lined with gorgeous, fully restored (and occupied) homes high above downtown Providence. Some dating back well before the Revolutionary War! A must see if taking a walk in downtown Providence.

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U.S.A. East Coast
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Worth your time when visiting Providence. Its about a 1.5 mile walk along the historic street. Houses date to colonial times passing by Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and the First Baptist Church of Roger Williams era. A small incline as you go South to North.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are looking for a relaxing walk amidst old school architecture and the authentic feel of New England, Benefit Street is a fun street to stroll. Lots of old buildings with historical markers, some tucked away cafes and restaurants, some Brown University buildings, a several hundred year old library, and much more. It's worth a walk!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Strolled down the street after a late lunch, very picturesque. Nice and quiet on the day I went. Well worth a stroll

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

For a pleasant and relaxing day, walk this street full of houses from the 1750's on. Views over the city can also be enjoyed. An easy and interesting place to wander.

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We walked only about for 20 minutes down the Benefit St and it was peaceful and quiet area. Narrow street with beautiful small houses and historical buildings. You will find restaurants and lounges along Benefit street but they don't open until 5pm. That part was really weird cause I don't understand how come people don't eat breakfast nor lunch?:))) anyway... More

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