Providence River
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River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.
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EagleEyeBoston
Boston, MA956 contributions
Oct 2011
Relocated, the river is central to the new down town atmosphere. It draws crowds, day and night. Take a look!
Written February 3, 2012
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Tom W
12 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
Visiting Waterfire on the Providence river is a treat. There are numerous venders selling food, beverage and souveneers. My one complaint is that there are not enough places for seniors to sit without having to get a table at a restaurant. Otherwise a great place an evening.
Written February 20, 2013
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Laura J
Denham Springs, LA85 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We took the Amtrak to Providence from Boston and enjoyed the city for a day. We strolled along on the Riverwalk and had a picnic lunch in the park. We really liked Providence.
Written August 6, 2019
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Debbie B. Pratt
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Couples
I was born and raised in Rhode Island until my marriage took me out of state in 1972. I have always prided myself in being a Rhode Islander and have praised its history, beauty and cultural assets to all I meet. Recently I returned for a reunion, and my husband and I decided to take a gondola ride on the river for the first time. The river was filthy and full of trash. Before this feature is advertised, make sure it is clean or your visitors won't be very happy. Plus, the high fee of $99 is a bit much. I have been up the Eiffel Tower in Paris for under $50 US. I will not recommend this advertised attraction to anyone.
Written February 24, 2021
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Barry N
Coventry, RI3,448 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
the Providence River has gotten not only national news but now International as well. Other countries have asked for help to make their locations as good as this one is. The difference is things like Waterfire which brings thousands of visitors to events along the river edge.
with Waterfire,music,vendors and seating along with boat rides you get a full package and all for a donation for the events. Of course you pay the vendors for their goods. Just an outstanding event for the entire family to see and enjoy.A must go to event if in Prov. and it is being put on. It is WOW so go.
Written July 24, 2015
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BobLeblaw
Greenwich, CT479 contributions
Aug 2014
Waterfire is really cool. The river has steel baskets spaced along its length, which are filled with wood, and set ablaze at night on the weekends (not sure of the schedule). Grab a reservation at a restaurant along the shore, and have a great time.
Written June 3, 2015
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keil38
Marco Island, FL220 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
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!
Written June 28, 2014
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Paris-Cemeteries
Grand Rapids, MI293 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
since my office is close to the river, I spend a lot of time strolling along the waterside walkways during my lunch hours. It's a great way to not only get a bit of exercise in but also get a feel for the city.

The layout makes it very pedestrian friendly, especially on the east side, and there's plenty of things to see and keep your mind occupied along the way: plaques, sculptures and various bits and pieces of Rhode Island history to pique your curiosity.

Keep your eye out for the historical signage and maps (very well done) and the Irish Famine Memorial as well as the memorial to Gianni Verranzano who is reputed to be the first European to have discovered Narraganset Bay
Written April 11, 2013
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giauline
Providence, RI6 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
We took the Lounge Boat ride (new this year) and it was quite magical - I thought it wouldn't compare with the Gondola ride but it was actually just as much fun - perhaps it was the fact that we were sitting at a table on chairs and were high up - you can see more - we needed to duck to not hit our heads under the bridges (fun) - Rick - the captain and his crew are very personable and couldn't do enough to make our trip enjoyable. Even took our picture and sent it to my e-mail. I recommend it hightly.
Written October 3, 2012
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Sep 2012 • Couples
It is wonderful to walk along the river when the city is having a waterfire. The music, the smell of the burning wood, the sound of the wood cracking. It is very enjoyable. This is something to do after dinner in one of the better restaurants in the suburbs.
Written September 24, 2012
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