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Take to the east coast and consider a trip to Providence, RI. can help you to sort out all of Rhode Islands must see places in the creative capital. There are plenty of things to do in Providence. View the map and find the best tourist spots and local favorites. Providence is waiting for you.

Providence gives you a tasteful blend of past and present. Consider visiting the Water Place Basin. If you are fortunate enough to come during WaterFire, you'll be able to enjoy an evening in the park, watching the beauty of a pool of water interspersed with glowing flames. You'll be surrounded by the arts and other enthusiasts who want to see Providence and urban development thrive. If you are a history buff, your Providence excursions should include a visit to the John Brown House Museum and a walk along the river bank. Choose from other top Providence tours, such as walking the Independence Trail. You'll be able to follow a green line that runs along the sidewalks of Providence, highlighting great moments in the state's quest for independence in colonial days.

There are more attractions in Providence which are sure to keep you busy during your stay. Take a ride in La Gondola and view the city from above. Pass a pleasant evening at the Rhode Island Performing Arts Center as you take in a show. The Providence Children's Museum will provide your little ones with a hands-on experience, while the Roger Williams Park Zoo gives everyone a chance to talk to the animals. Be sure to catch the Roger Williams National Memorial along the way.

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Things to Do in Providence with Kids

Providence has loads of nearby fun activities for you and the kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep everyone happy for days.

Free Things to Do in Providence

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's easy to occupy yourself in Providence without surrendering a cent.

Kennedy Plaza - Architecture aficionado or not, you'll be wowed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Rhode Island School of Design - Get to know some of the intriguing history of the area through this site.

DePasquale Plaza - Discover for yourself why visitors and locals alike are drawn to the character and charm of this place.

Providence Public Library - If you'd like to explore a few of the more important or unique places in the community, this is a good place to start.

First Baptist Church of America - Get in touch with your spiritual side or simply savor the peaceful atmosphere at this holy place.

Waterplace Park - Work on your green thumb and appreciate the many and varied plants on show.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Providence


Travelers to Downtown praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Providence Performing Arts Center and Dunkin' Donuts Center.


College Hill

You'll enjoy the churches and architecture in College Hill. You might want to make time for a stop at Thayer Street or Avon Cinema.



While Wayland might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Providence Performing Arts Center and Providence Place Mall.

Washington Park

If you're spending some time in Washington Park, Big Blue Bug and Culinary Arts Museum are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Providence on a sunny day?

You wouldn't want to be locked up in your hotel room when you could be outdoors experiencing a 1-Day Rhode Island Tour (Boston departure) BR1.

What to do in Providence on a rainy day?

What should I not miss in Providence?

You'll want to put these attractions at the top of your to-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • Brown University
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Kennedy Plaza
  • Rhode Island State Capitol Building

What can you do in Providence for free?

Your vacation in Providence needn't send you broke with free things like these to enjoy:

  • Brown University
  • Kennedy Plaza
  • Rhode Island State Capitol Building
  • Twin River Casino