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Providence

Known for Dining, Shopping and Universities

The capital city of Rhode Island draws visitors for its world-class museums, thriving arts community and picturesque streets lined with historic buildings.

How do you get to Providence?

One of America’s oldest cities, Providence offers historic attractions and architecture along with a vibrant food scene and unique shopping.

Providence has a long and rich history so a great place to start your visit is on the East Side at Benefit Street’s “Mile of History.” Take a stroll through the colonial thoroughfare, past restored homes, churches and museums, or pay for a guided tour to learn more about the city’s historic waterfront.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum is one of the country’s largest art museums. Here, you can browse more than 80,000 works of art that span many cultures, time periods and media. Artifacts include a collection of Paul Revere’s silver. Combine your visit to the RISD with a trip to the nearby Museum of Natural History & Planetarium.

From here, take a short walk to Thayer Street, where you will find eclectic shops filled with quirky souvenir items, gifts, imported clothing, handmade crafts, art and books.

You’ll find plenty of nightlife and restaurant options in Providence. Italian cuisine lovers won’t want to miss dining in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This historic section of the city is also known as Little Italy. Sip a strong espresso at an open-air café or enjoy an upscale meal at number of gourmet Italian eateries. In this same neighborhood you can step into a Middle Eastern-style lounge for an after-dinner drink and dessert.

Head downtown for upscale martini bars and hip-hop clubs, or check out the eclectic bars near the university colleges. For Broadway musicals, concerts and comedy acts, look to the schedule of performances at the art deco Providence Performing Arts Center. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is a legendary venue for live music.

Avoid driving in Providence if you can as parking is limited. The best alternative to walking is the inexpensive and reliable public transport.

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Things to do in Providence

Discover the many delights of this historic park, which features ponds, rolling landscapes and numerous attractions, including a museum, zoo and botanical gardens. 

See local and international acts performing live music, Broadway shows, stand-up comedy, circus and more at this enormous 1920s movie theater.

Enjoy a stop at WaterFire Providence, an entertaining place to visit in Providence. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

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Relax aboard an Amtrak Regional train on the way to New York City, where you enjoy a day of fun and exploration that includes a hop on, hop off bus tour. Rest your eyes a bit while sitting on comfortable, roomy seats, or visit the Café Car before finding yourself in Penn Station before you know it.

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Discover the big eats in the smallest state on this guided food tour through the culinary and creative capital of Rhode Island. Explore the rich history and stunning architecture throughout the Downcity Arts District, savoring 8 samples of gourmet favorites and unique creations along the way.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Take the train from Providence and experience Boston, one of the United States’ oldest cities, where several key events of the American Revolution occurred. Enjoy your day among famous sites using the convenient hop-on hop-off trolley system, and eat lunch at the eclectic Hard Rock Cafe.

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Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

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On a 70-foot 12 Meter class, America’s Cup contender, sail off the coast of Newport in waters that host annual regattas, championships, and parades. Relax while your crew shares the history of the area, or actively participate in the sailing.

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