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Address: Providence, RI
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...
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.
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Beautiful New England Street

This area was very quaint and the buildings and homes were lovely. The carvings and scroll woodworking on the buildings were beautiful to see. My knees wouldn't allow me to walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Greenwood, Indiana
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Greenwood, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This area was very quaint and the buildings and homes were lovely. The carvings and scroll woodworking on the buildings were beautiful to see. My knees wouldn't allow me to walk the street but my husband and I appreciated the view from the car. If you are in the area, go to Benefit Street!

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Andover, New Hampshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Really nice part of Providence with lots of charm and interesting buildings. Quiet, clean, classy and worth the visit. Plenty more to do in nearby downtown area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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511 helpful votes 511 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Climb up steep Steeple/Thomas street, then head right or left and enjoy the quiet and beauty of Benefit Street. Old classic buildings -- homes and institutions -- all just a short hill climb from the river front. A different view than down the hill -- divert here some time when coming to see Riverfire. Walk up and down from Main... More 

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Rhode Island
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Take a stroll along Benefit Street from North Main St to Wickenden St to experience it all. Lots of historic homes and churches. Close to Brown University, RISD, JWU and downtown. Lovely in all seasons.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Wow, some of these homes are simply amazing; so old, so historic in nature, so we'll kept, so impressive!,,

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It was raining but did not stop me from walking a long length of this street as well as up Angell. Its just lovely.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Start at First Baptist Church, the proceed south past RI School of Design, the Providence Superior Court Building, arriving at the corner of Hopkins Street, and the home of Stephen Hopkins, RI'S first governor, then proceed past historical houses on the right and very large houses of the very rich on the left. John Carter Brown mansion is at the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

One can walk along this street and feel like they are walking in different parts of historical Boston. The history is tangible, and the homes are amazing. Great representation of early Americana.

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Orange County, CA
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124 reviews 124 reviews
13 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Benefit Street is an intact Colonial neighborhood with views of downtown Providence. Many of the homes have signs that tell when the house was built, who lived there, and some even name the architect. Benefit Street is a "real life" community, and is not made up, like Colonial Williamsburg.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

As you walk thru benefit st. you can visit, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, is a historical place, nice area to be. Only a short walk away from Down Town. I know because I live here, and love the city of Providence.

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