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North Providence [1] is a town in the Providence County area of Rhode Island. There are seven villages that make up the town of North Providence; Allendale, Centerdale, Fruit Hill, Greystone, Lymansville, Marieville, and Woodville/Geneva. North Providence is the smallest town in the smallest state of the country. It has an area of nearly six miles and has nine schools; six elementary, two middle schools, and one high school. North Providence was established in the late 1700s by farmers, who were originally from Providence, and wanted to form a separate town because government officials in Providence favored merchants over farmers. The town has everything you need in one place; markets, banks, gas stations, several gyms, convenience stores, and small shops. There are two main roads that run through the whole town; Mineral Spring Avenue and Smith St. North Providence is the eighth most populated community in Rhode Island with a population of approximately 33,000. The current mayor is Charles A. Lombardi.


Understand[edit]

Surrounding towns include; Smithfield, Lincoln, Providence, and Pawtucket. The town itself has a unique blend of urban and suburban areas. Mineral Spring and Smith St. are very busy urban-like roads. There are also countless dozens of condo and apartment complexes scattered throughout the small town. Overall North Providence is a great town with a lot to offer, but most of the main attractions are in neighboring Providence.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

North Providence is easily accessible from multiple highways. The town is accessible right off of Interstate 95, 295 (exit 7a) and 146 has more than one exit that leads into the town.

By plane[edit]

TF Green Airport 2000 Post Road, Warwick RI. 401-268-7222. Approximately 20 minutes away by car.

Get Around[edit]

North Providence is a small town, area-wise, however it's densely packed and populated. The majority of the roads in the town do have side walks. Some locals will walk to the market, school, churches or to other errands, however a visitor's best bet would be to rent a car, bike, or use public transportation especially if traveling to neighboring towns.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) (401)-781-9400. Runs several bus lines through the area. Buses 51, 52, 55, 58, and 73 all run through North Providence, but check the website for details that pertain to your trip. http://www.ripta.com/

North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith St., +1 401 232 0900, [2].  edit The town hall (located in the Centredale district) is known for having great aesthetic appeal as well as exceptional landscape and architecture. Across from the town hall are other town buildings such as the Recycling and Refuse Department Office. The original town hall, which is located on Mineral Spring Avenue, contained what was once the North Providence Town Jail.

Do[edit][add listing]

Capital Billiards 2024 Smith St. 401-232-1330, this is located on the west end of North Providence, in Centredale. A great place to grab a drink or some food and play some pool.

Express and Create 1007 Charles Street 401-722-6222, this is and art studio that offers both simplistic and abstract art.

Governor Notte Park 1810 Mineral Spring Ave. A nice, local park featuring a beach and pond, baseball field, tennis courts, and more.

North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., +1 401 353 7007, [3].  edit If you're looking for an indoor swimming area, then you should certainly consider the North Providence Pool located in the back of the North Providence Public Library. The pool is an has three or four swimming lanes available during non-reserved time slots, and the other half is open water space available for you to use at your leisure (when not reserved). Swim classes, water aerobics, etc. are offered. There is also a fitness center located on the second floor of the building. Call to inquire about hours and availability for both the pool and fitness center.

Parks and Recreation There are a few parks scattered throughout North Providence. Stephen Olney Park, features a skatepark, tennis courts, basketball court, and many baseball fields. Evans Field also features two full size basketball courts, along with a baseball field, and a playground.

Peter Randall State Park Smithfield Road, A great view of Providence and surrounding towns. Its a great spot for a picnic or a just a relaxing outing.

Providence With North Providence being located only a few minutes away from the capital city of RI, there is a lot to do around North Providence.

Twin River Casino 100 Twin River Rd. Lincoln. 401-723-3200. Just a few miles outside of town the casino can be accessed from route 6, as well as 146. Twin River is open 24 hours and has designated areas where smoking and non smoking is allowed.

Buy[edit][add listing]

AJ's Quality Sports Cards, 1394 Douglas Ave., +1 401 354 4373.  edit AJ's is for any sports fanatic trying to find any cards of their favorite players and teams, along with other select memorabilia. This shop has packs of collectible sports cards still intact from over 20 years ago up to the latest releases. There are also single cards of many prominent and famous sports figures for sale and most of the cards they sell are in mint condition.

Anthonys Jewelers 1525 Mineral Spring Ave. 1(800) 927-9030. If its diamonds, silver, gold, or bracelets chances are Anthony's jewelers has it. Everything from engagement rings, watches, necklaces, and much more.

Brands: The Hobby Place, 2193 Mineral Spring Ave., +1 401 231 5380, [4].  edit If you are looking to have some fun with radio controlled boats, cars, etc., then this may be the place for you. Brands has all the knowledge and expertise to help you maintain any vehicle and takes pride in customer satisfaction. Whether it's already a hobby or something you just want to try, Brands will find the items that suit your preferences and have you walking out the door a happy camper.

Courts Sporting Goods 1983 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-233-4424. For all of your sporting good needs from baseball bats, gloves, and balls. Courts also also sells fan gear as well as customizing team sporting jerseys.

Franks Fine Tailoring 1455 Mineral Spring Ave. (401) 354 6648 Family owned and operated, Franks offers everything from modern cut and one off suit to all of the classics.

Michael's Florist Limited, 1171 Mineral Spring Ave., +1 401 724 4800.  edit Michael's is known for putting together many breathtaking floral arrangements. Whether you your looking to present someone with a nice gesture or looking to decorate for a special occasion, Michael's will be able to accommodate your needs. Their customer service goes above and beyond to ensure their customer's are satisfied and the quality of their creations are nothing less than amazing. There is no floral task too great for Michael's, and that's why they've become such a hit.

Mr Cigar 1622 Mineral Spring Ave. (401) 353 5200

Ourplace Tuxedo. 2044 Smith Street. (401) 231-2370. One of the few places in the state where someone can rent a tuxedo, they offer just about every color shade and range from toddler to older people.

Smoke Stack Cigar Shop. 2003 Smith Street. (401) 349-0512

Wild Witches. [5]. 1965 Smith Street. (401) 944-1230. A unique New Age store on Smith St.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Twins Pizza Enjoy great pizza and sandwiches at this fine establishment. They have been serving us for about 50 years now and are very established. 1000 Mineral Spring Avenue. 401-726-8978 or 401-726-0549

Oki's Steak House 1270 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-728-7970 If your looking for some great hibachi style asian food this is a good local place located on Mineral Spring Ave. A little on the pricier side but you do get what you pay for.

Pauli Pentas1290 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-722-3222 A great italian deli located about 100 yards from Oki's. Great "italian grindahs"(italian sub) and very fresh snail salad. All the food is fresh and the place is very clean. Customer service is great and you will leave satisfied no matter what you order.

Riccotti's1360 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-724-8859. This spot allows people to see north providence from the 70's. They have never renovated this sandwich shop since they opened it, it looks old but the food is fresh and delicious. What you need to order here is the steak and cheese sandwich with a coffee milk. .

Dunkin Donuts In North Providence there are three Dunkin Donuts' within a mile and a half. 1588 Mineral Spring Ave. 1871 Mineral Spring Ave. 1800 Smith St.

North End Deli 11 Waterman Ave. 401-601-7287. A great stop for lunch, North End is always serving up fresh food daily with various specials.

The Fire, 1874 Mineral Spring Ave., +1 401 353 7110, [6]. $14.99-$18.99.  edit Formerly Stuffies Bar and Grill, Wildfire has a great selection of personal specialty pizzas reasonably priced and loaded with flavor. Seafood and pasta dishes are also reasonably priced and serving sizes are more than enough to leave you stuffed. The establishment's structure allows for privacy and the atmosphere is very welcoming. Dishes range from flame-grilled rib eye to baked-stuffed shrimp, and the selection of cocktails and other alcohol beverages is one of the best in the area. Get in at a good time (usually between 5 and 6) and you'll have a satisfying dining experience.

Avenue Grille. 2223 Mineral Spring Ave. (401) 232-7722. This is a great place to eat late at night. It's open 24 hours on the weekends. The staff is wonderful, the food is great (they serve breakfast all the time), and it's one of the few places open all night. It's got an old-fashioned diner decor.

New Peking Restaurant. 1670 Mineral Spring Ave. (401) 353-8666. Great Asian restaurant. Very clean and the staff are very friendly.

Cilantro Mexican Gril 1658 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-353-8226. Looking to spice it up and leave on a full stomach, Cilantro prepares the customers order to their wants and desires.

Taco Bell. 1479 Mineral Spring Avenue. (401) 353-9066. It should be noted that this Taco Bell is open until 2am. It's one of the few places open late in the area, so sometimes the drive-thru line is out onto the road. The building has just been completely renovated.

There are many other places to eat, we have numerous fast food chains such as Burger King and McDonalds both located on Mineral Spring. If you're looking for even more good eats, just head over to Federal Hill or the east side of Providence, the infamous hub of RI's best restaurants.

Markets/Grocery[edit]

Stop & Shop 1128 Mineral Spring Ave.

Shores Market 1590 Mineral Spring Ave.

Shaw's Market 15 Smithfield Rd.

Breakfast[edit]

Avenue Grille. 2223 Mineral Spring Ave. (401) 232-7722. This is a great place to eat late at night. It's open 24 hours on the weekends. The staff is wonderful, the food is great (they serve breakfast all the time), and it's one of the few places open all night. It's got an old-fashioned diner decor.

Betty's A great place to enjoy breakfast at any time of the day. Great for the college student crowd after coming from a night of clubbing in Providence.

Cal's Corner 1538 Smith St. Hands down the best Mom & Pop breakfast place in North Providence. Cash only.

Mazeys 2017 Smith St. 401-353-8215 Known for their large portions Mazeys will give you a full start to the day.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Where you can eat, you can drink. North Providence has a colorful array of bars and pubs, mostly on Mineral Spring Ave and Smith St.

Mozzarellas 1021 Mineral Spring Ave. More of a family restaurant but still has a great bar with plenty of different kinds of alcohol.

The Fire 1874 Mineral Spring Ave. What used to be Stuffies, Wildfire is a nice place to grab a drink and some appetizers

Wine and Cheese 1861 Smith St. A nice place to get delicious food with a nice outdoor patio.

Care[edit]

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital 200 High Service Ave. 401-456-3000. In the event of any medical emergency, Fatima hospital is located near the entrance of the town bordering Providence and is fully staffed with doctors and nurses 24/7

North Providence Medical Services 1637 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-353-1012. In the event of any type of illness that does not require hospitalization or immediate attention. The North Providence walk in can get you in and out relatively quickly and with their highly trained staff feeling better.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

North Providence is not home to any large scale hotels, however with Providence just a short drive away, there are multiple places with rooms always available.

Providence Marriott 1 Orms Street. 401-272-2400 The Marriott has much to offer with rooms starting around $200 and up. The hotel offers free wifi, Indoor and outdoor pools. Free parking, Air conditioning, handicap accessible, and much more. However book rooms fast as they fill up quick with, businesses and conventions that are always coming to town.

Renaissance Providence 5 Ave of the Arts. 401-919-5000 Overlooking Interstate 95 the renaissance hotel offers rooms starting at $180 per night depending on the day of the week and time of booking. The hotel is also with a couple of miles of the town and can be easily accessed by car and or bus

Get out[edit]

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