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#1 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and... more » Owner description: This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating. « less
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#2 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Educational Sites
University located in Providence.
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#3 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Performances; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors... more » Owner description: WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city. « less
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#4 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Theaters; Architectural Buildings
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#5 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Theaters
Owner description: "American Theater at its best" - Boston Globe. 1964: professional theater is born in Rhode Island. The rest is history: the... more » Owner description: "American Theater at its best" - Boston Globe. 1964: professional theater is born in Rhode Island. The rest is history: the Tony Award, 54 world premieres, education programs, films and tours. Laughter, insight, magic, tears, and passion, for three generations of audiences. A world of theater experiences waits for you at Trinity Rep. New plays, classics, and musicals spring to life with our resident actors, directors and designers. « less
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#6 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Government Buildings; Architectural Buildings
This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.
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#7 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Zoos; Natural History Museums; Parks; Gardens; Observatories/ Planetariums

The Rogers Williams Zoo  is the best zoo in New England by far. The zoo was nothing special before it closed in the late 70s. When it reopened in 1980, its emphasis on providing... more »

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#8 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Educational Sites
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#9 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Biking Trails; Cemeteries
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#10 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Parks; Gardens

Others have said it well: "urban gem," "something for everyone" and "great photo ops" all sum up RWP. There are not too many places where can go to the zoo, a natural history... more »

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#11 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Theaters
Local Providence theater.
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#12 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Libraries; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
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#13 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Movie Theaters
Enjoy dinner and a movie at this unique theater.
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#14 of 70 attractions in Providence
Owner description: A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI will excite your senses and pique your appetite for art... more » Owner description: A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI will excite your senses and pique your appetite for art and artifacts about food service and cookery. The Culinary Arts Museum is truly one of the premiere institutions dedicated to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. « less
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#15 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Neighborhoods; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in... 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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#16 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Neighborhoods; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a gourmet Italian restaurant in... more » Owner description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a gourmet Italian restaurant in this historic section of the city, also know as Little Italy. You'll know you have arrived by the huge arched gateway, with a bronzed pinecone, which marks the entry to the neighborhood. « less
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#17 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Children's Museums
New museum located in the Jewelry District.
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#18 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Students from Brown University, and other schools in the area, congregate on this funky street that boasts vintage clothing... more » Owner description: Students from Brown University, and other schools in the area, congregate on this funky street that boasts vintage clothing shops, bookstores, music shops and cafes. « less
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#19 of 70 attractions in Providence
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#20 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Bodies of Water
River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.
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#21 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
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#22 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Parks; Lookouts
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#23 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
The oldest Baptist church in America, founded by Roger Williams in 1638.
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#24 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Educational Sites
Rhode Island university known for its food program.
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#25 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Romantic area with a fountain.
#26 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Convention Centers
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#27 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Parks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the river past Venice inspired bridges or see some... more » Owner description: Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the river past Venice inspired bridges or see some wonderful public art, all at this well-designed four-acre park and scenic riverwalk, considered to be the heart of the restoration of Providence's downtown area. « less
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#28 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Take a tour of the 1707 home of Declaration-signer Stephen Hopkins, his family and their slaves, eight rooms full of... more » Owner description: Take a tour of the 1707 home of Declaration-signer Stephen Hopkins, his family and their slaves, eight rooms full of antiques, Hopkins heirlooms and 18th century atmosphere. Learn about Rhode Island's own Founding Father and his house, the city's oldest, moved twice but virtually unmodernized, where George Washjngton was a guest in 1776. Relax in our parterre garden designed by Alden Hopkins of Williamsburg. We're on Benefit Street between the John Brown House and Roger Williams' First Baptist Church, a block from the RSD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Brown campus and spectacular WaterFire. Open Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM, May though November, and year-round by appointment. « less
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#29 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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#30 of 70 attractions in Providence
Category: Art Galleries
This is said to be the oldest art club in the nation, designed to foster an appreciation for local arts.
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