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Providence
Years of careful urban planning and meticulous restoration have rendered this former rum and molasses trading town one of the best places to live in the United States, star of an eponymous television show and a swell place to spend a weekend. Historic sites, wonderful museums and theaters seamlessly blend with newer attractions on the block including a modern mega-mall, scenic Riverwalk, outdoor skating arena, convention center, plus new hotels and restaurants. The Roger Williams Zoo, with its updated Tropical Rainforest Building where "spunky monkeys" roam free in a constructed jungle-like environment, remains one of the city's top attractions and offers hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. Wander... more Years of careful urban planning and meticulous restoration have rendered this former rum and molasses trading town one of the best places to live in the United States, star of an eponymous television show and a swell place to spend a weekend. Historic sites, wonderful museums and theaters seamlessly blend with newer attractions on the block including a modern mega-mall, scenic Riverwalk, outdoor skating arena, convention center, plus new hotels and restaurants. The Roger Williams Zoo, with its updated Tropical Rainforest Building where "spunky monkeys" roam free in a constructed jungle-like environment, remains one of the city's top attractions and offers hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. Wander back in time on Benefit Street, where eminent Federal period homes recall the city's wealthy past. For a modern experience, check out the more than 100 stores at Providence Place. Or tantalize your taste buds on "The Hill," a historic area that boasts many award- winning restaurants, from the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for which "Little Italy" got its name, to Caribbean, Mexican, Chinese, seafood and baked goods. For a different perspective, take a romantic river cruise on an authentic Venetian gondola. No matter what your vantage point, Providence sparkles. less

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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
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... 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
Attraction type: Art Museums
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WaterFire Providence
WaterFire Providence
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... 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
Attraction type: Performances; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Brown University
Brown University
University located in Providence.
Attraction type: Educational Sites
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Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence Performing Arts Center
Attraction type: Theaters; Architectural Buildings
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Trinity Repertory Company
Trinity Repertory Company
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... 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
Attraction type: Theaters
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Los Andes
Los Andes
Ranked #1 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Cafe Nuovo
Cafe Nuovo
Ranked #2 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Price: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Pastiche Fine Desserts
Pastiche Fine Desserts
Ranked #3 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Café
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
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Ranked #4 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: American
East Side Pocket
East Side Pocket
Ranked #5 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Old Court Bed and Breakfast
Old Court Bed and Breakfast
$100 - $150
Ranked #2 of 7 Providence B&B and Inns
Annie Brownell House
Annie Brownell House
$80 - $130
Ranked #4 of 7 Providence B&B and Inns

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Americas Best Value Inn - Providence / North Scituate
2.0 of 5
Americas Best Value Inn - Providence / North Scituate
$76 - $124
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in North Scituate
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
$159 - $243
Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in Providence
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Renaissance Providence Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Providence Hotel
$188 - $277
Ranked #2 of 13 hotels in Providence
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Omni Providence Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Providence Hotel
$158 - $236
Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Providence
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Providence
4.0 of 5
Hotel Providence
$136 - $233
Ranked #6 of 13 hotels in Providence
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The Providence Biltmore Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Providence Biltmore Hotel
$149 - $267
Ranked #7 of 13 hotels in Providence
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Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place
$186 - $277
Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Foxboro
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