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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

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: Historic Walking Areas; Performances
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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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Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence Performing Arts Center
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Theaters
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Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Owner description: Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest, exhibits 100 rare and fascinating species from around the world including African elephant, giraffes, moon bears, snow... more Owner description: Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest, exhibits 100 rare and fascinating species from around the world including African elephant, giraffes, moon bears, snow leopards, flamingos, harbor seals, timber rattlesnakes and more in naturalistic enclosures. The Zoo also features seasonal activities, family-friendly education programs, and special evening events, like the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, scheduled throughout the year. In addition, the Zoo participates in collaborative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure the future survival of threatened and endangered species both locally and around the world. Visit our website for more information. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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Brown University
Brown University
University located in Providence.
Attraction type: Educational sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Pastiche Fine Desserts
Pastiche Fine Desserts
Ranked #1 of 807 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Los Andes
Los Andes
Ranked #2 of 807 Restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Central American
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Waterman Grille
Waterman Grille
Ranked #3 of 807 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Ranked #4 of 807 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Siena Restaurant
Siena Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 807 Restaurants in Providence
Price: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Providence Hostel & Guesthouse
Providence Hostel & Guesthouse
$47 - $134
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Old Court Bed and Breakfast
Old Court Bed and Breakfast
$100 - $150
Ranked #2 of 5 Providence B&B and Inns
Annie Brownell House
Annie Brownell House
$80 - $130
Ranked #4 of 5 Providence B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
$217 - $374
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
$188 - $314
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Hotel Providence
4.0 of 5
Hotel Providence
$197 - $351
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Omni Providence Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Providence Hotel
$172 - $323
Ranked #4 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
$183 - $334
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Providence
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Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel
$190 - $298
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Foxboro
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