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Providence River

Providence, RI (Downtown Providence)
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Ranked #20 of 70 attractions in Providence
Type: Bodies of Water
Description: River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.
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Fairfax, Virginia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
124 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed strolling along the river and in the evening they light the torches riverside which gives it an even more special aura.

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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93 reviews 93 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

the waterfire event is great. looks like the whole city comes out to celebrate and enjoy the spectacle. there are tents selling crafts, food and drinks. you can order a drink and walk around with it. the bonfires are amazing though the music is kind of depressing (some sort of opera). the crowd was friendly and it appeared that everyone... More

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North Haven, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was our third trip to Providence (from the New Haven, CT, area) in recent years, and we enjoyed each visit greatly. The town is a fine example of urban restoration and revitalization, with many interesting buildings, some near the river. The river as such is not beautiful, but it is spanned by fine bridges with historical markers, and walking... More

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New York, New York, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

So much history.... Just walk around, please park the car. You won't enjoy it, if you have to drive. Oh make sure you also visit JWU. And have fun by the way.

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Marco Island, Florida
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136 reviews 136 reviews
21 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

For some reason, the day we visited Providence the river had about six inches of filthy water in it and smelled horrible. Not sure what was going on!

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Alexandria, VA
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304 reviews 304 reviews
127 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A nice venue for a walk through Providence, the Providence River bank boasts a path on both sides for a leisurely stroll. The recent reclamation of the area in the eastern part of the city has drawn new residents, restaurants and shops. New life has emerged with more people congregating for lunch or dinner or simply an opportunity to enjoy... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I took a river cruise on the River and it was so peaceful and beautiful. You get a real prospective of the area from the water. I learned so much about the area on this trip.

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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It was raining the day we visited Providence but decided to brave the rain anyway and so we went along the riverside walk which was intersting and we would went further but we saw agang of hoodie standing around in one of the arches,we immediately drew their attention so went up the stairs to get away from them.As we walked... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Walking the perimeter of the river downtown is one of my favorites pastimes at any season, in any weather, and its many breathtaking scenes of history, foliage and water tickle my camera also.

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Providence, Rhode Island
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The way Providence and 'the river' have been 'reborn' with WaterFire events is amazing. By all means get a schedule and visit! The area is family-safe, and full of places to see along the waterfront. Summer and early Fall are the best.

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