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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

All things to do » Things to do

Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence Performing Arts Center
Attraction type: Theaters; Architectural Buildings
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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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Brown University
Brown University
University located in Providence.
Attraction type: Educational sites
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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: Theater & Performances; Historic Walking Areas
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Providence College
Providence College
Attraction type: Educational sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Los Andes
Los Andes
Ranked #1 of 743 Restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Enoteca Umberto
Enoteca Umberto
Ranked #2 of 743 Restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Cafe Nuovo
Cafe Nuovo
Ranked #3 of 743 Restaurants in Providence
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, American, Mediterranean
Good for: Entertaining clients, Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Gracie's
Gracie's
Ranked #4 of 743 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Pastiche Fine Desserts
Pastiche Fine Desserts
Ranked #5 of 743 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dessert
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Annie Brownell House
Annie Brownell House
$80 - $130
Ranked #3 of 6 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
$77 - $122
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Scituate
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Woonsocket Motor Inn
Woonsocket Motor Inn
$60 - $76
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Woonsocket

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
$192 - $279
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Hotel Providence
4.0 of 5
Hotel Providence
$164 - $370
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Omni Providence Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Providence Hotel
$176 - $333
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Renaissance Providence Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Providence Hotel
$217 - $324
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Providence Biltmore Curio Collection by Hilton
4.0 of 5
Providence Biltmore Curio Collection by Hilton
$168 - $301
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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