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Benefit Street

Providence, RI (College Hill)
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Ranked #8 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
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Orange County, CA
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106 reviews 106 reviews
10 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Bristol, Rhode Island
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This street is awesome, it has so much history. In the fall, or summer, or spring --- it's equally great. The cherry blossums, the students bustling up College Hill to Brown University... everything about it is so great! If you head up the hill on the road perpendicular, you will see the Providence Art Club which is one of the... More

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Bicester, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

classic New England Homes and businesses all identified by plaques with names of original owner. walking tours available.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Take a walking tour along part of the Providence historical trail down Benefit street and you'll find a whole host of old, preserved buildings. Particularly fun is the building which has been raised a level and therefore has a front door on the second floor! It's pretty quiet with not much traffic and can easily be done on the walk... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,731 reviews 1,731 reviews
916 attraction reviews
883 helpful votes 883 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Providence doesn't have much to see or do. The main attraction is the area around the campus. The streets are filled with old but well preserved houses. It's a charming neighborhood that reminds me a lot Boston and London.

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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

Park your car and wander around the streets. Definitely best viewed on foot. The streets are clean and attractive and there are some wonderfully restored buildings.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you enjoy history & architecture, this street should not be missed. It's easy to find and easy to walk. Can be difficult to find parking in the area, lots of small old streets, not a lot of public parking.

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East Lyme, CT
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My wife loves to look at old house so we spent a Sunday afternoon slowly walking down Benefit Street. All the houses a different and interesting. She took many pictures of the different homes as we stooled down the street. A well worth while self tour.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Loved this street. We wandered along both sides taking in the varied architectural styles. Took us a while as we kept stopping to take photos. Still very unspoilt. Just beautiful.

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