We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Providence River

Address: Providence, RI (Fox Point)
Improve this listing
82%
Ranked #24 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.
Attraction details
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.

Hotels near Providence River

Write a Review

62 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    26
    25
    8
    0
    3
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Providence hosts some very fine world important colleges and universities. As a parent of a student, I often come to Providence. I wonder why the river smells so dirty. Your city celebrates Waterfire events, centering tourism dollars around your river. As a native of Boston and New York City, I offer that our rivers do not smell. Providence and Rhode... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
1,758 reviews 1,758 reviews
932 attraction reviews
909 helpful votes 909 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The river crosses downtown Providence. It's one of the nicest things about this city. Architecture is also very interesting. Check the area around the campus.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rhode Island
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

There are more swans, ducks and even an egret returning to the waterways here in downtown Providence. The increasing parkland on the sides of the Providence River are making it more eco friendly for the ducks and waterfowl, as well as us 2 legged creatures. There are a number of spots you can go, to come across the Providence river... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
248 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Norfolk, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Haven, Connecticut
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York, New York, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marco Island, Florida
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
21 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Alexandria, VA
Top Contributor
563 reviews 563 reviews
276 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Westfield, Massachusetts
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Providence River also viewed

 

Been to Providence River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Providence River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?