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South Providence is in Providence, RI. It is a largely African-American and Hispanic community and the population of people is very culturally diverse. It contains the largest park in providence, Roger Williams Park, and numerous restaurants and night clubs. South Providence is well known in the area for its dining and night life. South Providence has a number of social networks along with several daycare centers, elementary, middle and high schools. South Providence is constantly changing and evolving. New construction of homes and renovated hospitals are just some of the newest additions to this part of Providence.

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By car[edit]

When driving, I-95 is the most useful highway coming from the Boston or New York areas. I-95 Exit 18 will get you right into the heart of South Providence.

By Bus[edit]

RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400[1]. (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) is one of the main means of transportation used in South Providence. RIPTA normally runs through the four main roads of south providence, Broad Street, Elmwood Avenue, Praire Avenue and Eddy Street. The 2 more direct lines are to take Bus 11(Broad St.) or Bus 1 (Eddy St.).

By Taxi[edit]

Taxi's are very well known in the South Providence community. Taxi's are one of the most convenient ways people commute to places. Can easily be caught anywhere downtown, except many also quickly respond to phone calls.

Dominican Cab, (401) 467-8855.

Big Daddy Taxi, (401) 578-3163.

Airport Taxi, (401) 737-2868.

Economy Cab, (401) 944-6700

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Roger Williams Park 1000 Elmwood Ave, constructed during the 1880's, Roger Williams Park is the largest park in Providence. It houses many live musical events including the Dominican Pride Festival, every August. Located within the park are the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, the Japanese Gardens, the Victorian Rose Gardens, the Providence Police Department's Mounted Command center, the Dalrymple Boathouse and boat rentals, historical tours, a Carousel Village for children that includes the "Hasbro Boundless Playground," and the Roger Williams Park Casino.

  • Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, Rhode Island, 401-785-3510, [2]. 9am-4pm (last admission 3:30pm). The Roger Williams Park Zoo was opened in 1872 and is one of the nation’s oldest zoos. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, supported and maintained by the Rhode Island Zoological Society, and is owned by the city of Providence. Today, it is one of Rhode Island’s top tourist attractions, bringing in over half a million people annually from all over the country. The Roger Williams Park Zoo has been praised and awarded for its conservation efforts and is a center for science and environmental education. It is home to well over 100 species of animals from all over the world. Included are many rare and endangered species, and the Zoo participates in cooperative conservation and breeding programs that ensure their future survival. First Saturday of the month is free for Providence residence with proof of residency. *Enjoy half-priced admission throughout January and February. There are many heated exhibit buildings throughout the Zoo, such as the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion, the Tropical America building, and the Australasia building. *Zoobilee! Feast with Beasts is the Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. Enjoy live music, dancing, food and drink from the area’s best restaurants, caterers and bars, and more. Saturday, June 30, 2012 7-11pm Adults: $12, Children (ages 3-12): $8, Seniors (ages 62+): $8, Children under 3: Free.  edit
  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907, 401-785-9457, [3]. Museum: 10am-5pm (4:30pm last admission). Closed 10:00am-12:00pm first Monday of every month. Planetarium: Saturday to Sunday 2:00pm. The Museum of Natural History opened in 1896 and is owned and operated by the city of Providence. It houses more than a 250,000 objects (2% on display as is typical of most museums). About 85% of the collection is natural history, while the other 15% is cultural materials. First Saturday of the month is free for residence of Providence (excludes North and East Providence). The Cormack Planetarium was constructed in 1953, and had its first major renovation in 1993. It features state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling on which the stars are projected. The projector can show stars and planetary motion in astonishing detail. Upgrades have been performed throughout the years, the latest of which being the installation of a new full dome video system (2011). Shows last approximately 35 minutes, with over10 available for viewing (Cosmic Collisions, Eyes on the Skies, and Field trip to the Moon—to name a few). Museum: $2 (free for children under 4 years old Planetarium: $3 Children: $2 (ages 4-7).  edit
  • Temple to Music, South Elmwood, F C Greene Memorial Boulevard, Providence, Rhode Island 02910. Temple to Music was a gift from a local olive oil merchant and is made of Vermont marble. It was dedicated in 1924, and since has served as a backdrop to countless festivals, events, and wedding photos.  edit


  • South Providence Community Library, 441 Prairie Avenue Providence, RI 02905 (Rte. 95 South to exit 18, Thurbers Ave. Cross over Eddy Street, continuing down Thurbers to the intersection with Prairie Ave. Turn right on Prairie. Cross over Oxford Street, library is on left behind St. Michael's Rectory. Street parking.), 401-467-2619. M/TH/F- 1-6pm, Tues- 1-8pm, Wed- 9am-5:30pm. The South Providence Community Library has been a referenced resource center for this area for many years. People of all ages are able to be greeted with respect and treated with kindness. Whatever reference you are looking for whether it is a book, magazine, article; try the South Providence Community Library.  edit



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The Dominican Festival

Every August, Broad St and the Roger Williams Park hold the Dominican Pride festival in RI. The festival includes face painting, a parade, food from local businesses and live latin music. Thousands of people come out of their homes and hang out on broad st. every year. Actual Festival Date may vary, but is normally held on the first weekend of August.

Motion Center 111 Chestnut Street Providence, RI 02903" directions="" phone="401-654-6650 and 401-338-5466" url="www.motioncenter.com" hours="" price="Classes vary" lat="" long="">Motion Center is a place where everyone is welcome to explore yoga, mediation and relaxation. The Motion Center also has a number of different dance classes. Don't worry, the center is for all ages regardless of ability; from birthing mothers to senior citizens.</do>

White Electric Coffee 711 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903" directions="" phone="401-453-3007" url="www.whiteelectriccoffee.com" hours="M-F 7am-6:30pm, Sat- 8am-5:30pm, Sun- 9am-4pm" price="" lat="" long="">In the mood for great coffee and live entertainment? White Electric Coffee is the place for you.</do>

Ronnie's Tattoo 786 Eddy Street Providence, RI 02905" directions="" phone="401-941-2225" url="http://rotarymachines.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ronnie is known for the best cover up tattoo artist in town and has been in business for years. Looking for another design, added color to a previous tattoo or something outrageous? Ronnie is your guy so go and check him out.</do>

Dorcas Place Adult & Family Learning Center 220 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907" directions="" phone="401-273-8866" url="http://www.dorcasplace.org/directions.html " hours="M & F- 8am-4:30pm, Tues/Wed/Thur- 8am-9pm" price="" lat="" long="">Since 1981, The Dorcas Place has been serving Rhode Island's low income community members with opportunity to enhance their educational, vocational and literacy skills. They also provide employment & volunteer opportunities, workforce training and college preparatory programs. </do>

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a Halloween event that is held every year at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Thousands (about 5,000+ to date) of beautifully, bizarrely, and creatively carved pumpkins are put on a dazzling display. It is an awe-inspiring attraction with Jack-O-Lanterns “depicting people, places, scenes from popular culture, old-time favorites”, and many others with amazingly intricate detail. This is an event that can be enjoyed by friends, couples, and the entire family. For those running on empty stomachs, there is a specially offered Harvest Buffet. This local event has been featured on the Early Show, CNN, Associated Press, and USA Today (called, “extraordinary”). The proceeds will help support the Roger Williams Park Zoo education and conservation efforts, as well as zoo improvements.The event begins October 6 and runs through October 31st, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 10 p.m. Those on the trail can enjoy until 11PM when it closes). It’s located on 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907. For pricing and other information visit, http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/jols/info.cfm.

  • For 2011, the spooky and popular “Laughing Tree” centerpiece was back on display. The theme was called “A Journey around the World”, which included scenes from the Seven Wonders of the World (Taj Mahal, the Pyramids and Sphinx, the Great Wall of China, etc.), as well as representations of nations from around the world. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular brings culture and intrigue to an already culturally diverse and unique city.

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  • Expressions, 537 Broad Street Providence, RI 02907, 401276-4292. You will find the newest urban clothing and footwear for the entire family. Styles are flavorful with many colors and is very inexpensive. Expressions constantly has sales which seems appealing for most people so drop by and see what is in store for you.  edit
  • J & T Jewelry and Clothing, 986 Broad St. Providence RI, 401-781-8580. 9AM-6PM. Looking for quality jewelry or clothing for the family. Well here you can get the latest in Urban fashion and quality jewelry at affordable prices. Excellent if you are trying to buy gifts. VARY.  edit
  • Standard Liquors, 829 Eddy Street Providence R.I., 401-941-9605, [4]. 9am-9pm. Featuring an array of specially selected Wines, Liquors, and Beers since 1937. Standard Liquors is one of the oldest businesses in South Providence  edit

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  • Carolina's Market Restaurant, 864 Broad Street Providence, RI 02907, 401-941-1333. 11am-8pm. Carolina's restaurant is well known in the community for serving delicious Hispanic cuisine. Their menu ranges from meat pies, to salad and dishes that include chicken, beef and pork. $1.00-12.00.  edit
  • Elea's Restaurant, 711 Broad Street Providence, RI 02907, 401-383-9404. 11am-7pm. Do you have a taste for African food? Look no further because Elea's restaurant serves the community with Liberian cuisine that is irresistible. Dishes range from chicken and beef with different stews and sauces like cassava leaf, spinach and collard greens. These meals can be tried with fufu (a type of soft white potato texture), rice or just by itself. $1-11.00.  edit
  • Aspara, 716 Public Street Providence, RI 02903, 401-785-1490. Cambodian, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese food all-in-one sounds too good to be true, but look no further, Apsara is the perfect restaurant. Apsara is family owned and has been open for over twenty years. Apsara has a variety of dishes to choose from for dining in or ordering out.  edit
  • Pito's Restaurant, 1029 Broad Street Providence, RI 02905, 401-941-4320. 11am-8pm. Another Hispanic restaurant which serves Latin food. Pito serves an abundance of food ranging from rice to beans, chicken, spaghetti and plantains.  edit
  • Ada’s Creations, 1137 Broad St, 401-941-5020. 11am-8pm. Family owned restaurant/café and bakery. Ada’s restaurant specializes in making personal sandwiches. Also, Ada creates pastries and cakes for special events when ordered ahead of time.  edit
  • La Sonrisa, 320 Broad St, (401) 228-3470. 11am-8pm. Dominican specialties that change daily. This is a counter-service restaurant with plenty of tables to dine in.  edit
  • El Principe Restaurant, 1095 Eddy St Providence, RI 02905, (401) 383-9743. vary. El Principe Restaurant is a Latin restaurant, sticks out the most in the south side of Providence because it not only serves Dominican food, like most of the restaurants in the general South Providence area, they also serve a variety of south and central American dishes. vary.  edit
  • Ramaraya Cafeteria, 1100 Broad St Providence RI, 401-781-3997. 7AM- 5PM. A Dominican cafe that serves mainly Dominican specialties. They have a wide selection of juices. They are family owned and operated. They set themselves apart by being one of the few cafes on Broad St. that serve fresh breakfasts, you can sit in or take out. The breakfasts are typical Dominican breakfasts. They also specialize in a variety of fruit juices for everyone to enjoy.  edit
  • Johnny's Chimis (The Chimi Truck), On Broad ST. in front of El Danubio. 5PM-2AM. This is the most well known chimi truck on Broad street. It is the Red truck with lights and always has a line of loyal customers craving their specialty food which is the chimi. They also have the pastelitos, which are the Dominican version of meat pies, but they have them in a variety of fillings such as chicken, beef, and pizza.  edit
  • El Pez Dorado Restaurant, 1266 Broad St Providence, RI 02905, 401-781-3050. 10AM-1AM. If you want to grab lunch on your break or want to kick back with your friends they have a small cafeteria to sit in or take out, then for the friends and even special someone, take them to the club/restaurant for a nice dinner and dance. Some nights they will have live bands playing tipico (typical music generally merengue or mambo). And on even more special nights they will have latin artists come out to perform. Call ahead for table reservations. vary.  edit
  • Brother’s Famous Pizza, 950 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02905-1822, 401-461-3760, [5]. 10AM-1AM. A community based pizza shop that serves delicious pizza, wings, grinders, pasta-among other menu options-at reasonably low prices. Friendly staff, food made the way you like, and fast delivery. vary.  edit

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  • Anacaona Night Club, 1137 Broad st. Providence RI, 401-256-8495. 10PM-2AM. Very upscale, excellent drinks, beautiful wait staff, safe atmosphere.. Everything you need for a fun night. Highly recommended mixed drinks especially the "long island Iced Tea" or a good Dominican beer called "Presidente". They also provide Hookah services to sit at the bar or a table. They also do have a VIP area for your special occasions. This club serves the Exclusive 21+ crowd for gentlemen and 18+ for the ladies. Dress code is Proper Club Attire STRICTLY. FOR MEN: Means fitted Jeans or slacks, button up/polo/ name brand graphic shirt, and dress shoes/clean sneakers ALLOWED. (No white tees, sweats, shorts, or boots allowed.) FOR WOMEN: cocktail dresses, leggings, heels, fitted jeans, flats allowed. (No sandals, sweats, shorts allowed.) $10.  edit
  • El Danubio Night Club, 971 Broad St, Providence, RI 02905, 401-941-7973. 10PM-2AM. Fact: It is the biggest club on Broad St. capacity wise. Has two bars, 2 VIP rooms both on either side of each other for ultimate privacy for special occasions. Good sized dance floor. It serves drinks such as wines, beer, base/mixed drinks, and soda. This is more of a Central American club music and appearance wise. Yet it still plays all types of Latin music, not much American though. On Thursdays it is 18+ to party 21+ to drink. Friday-Sunday the club is exclusive only to the 21+ crowd. On occasion will host concerts of Latin artists. Dress Code: casual but neat. $10.  edit
  • Ada’s Creations, 1137 Broad St, 401-941-5020. 10PM-2AM. Café in the day, bar by night. Ada’s has two floors with an intimate environment at night where friends can grab a drink and dance. Ada’s holds a small capacity and is well-known for holding private parties. $10.  edit
  • Luna Night Club, 1206 Broad St. Providence RI, 401-865-6085. 10PM-2AM. Formerly known as Platinum Night club, this club has gone under new management. It has been renovated into a new, in-style night club. They serve the 21+ on Saturdays and Sundays EXCLUSIVELY. On Fridays they serve the 18+ crowd. They generally play Latin, Hip-hop, and Techno. New bar as well has put into place. Dress Code: is proper dress code required! No baggy jeans, boots, sandals, white tees, big tees, dirty sneakers, hooded sweaters allowed. $10.  edit
  • El Macuto Bar & Grill, 1137 Broad St. 1st Floor, 401-941-5020. 9PM-2AM. By day a restaurant, by night a bar and night club. Smaller than most of the clubs on Broad St. They have hookah service and drink specials every night on the weekends. Thursday-Sunday it is open to the 18+ crowd. Karaoke night every Sunday starting at 6PM until 10PM. They will from time to time have guest djs from out of state come play as well as have guests artists perform from time to time. Dress Code: Casual dress (no sweats, shorts, sandals, or boots) $10.  edit
  • Manny's Sport's Bar, 11 W Friendship St, Providence, RI, 401-383-1788. 8PM-1AM. Need a place to go watch sports with your friends, then here's the place to go. Watch the games on flat screens with a drink. They have a variety of different appetizers and finger foods, excellent location to go in a group. Vary.  edit
  • Mi Sueno Restaurant, 1070 Broad Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02905, 401-383-5571. 10PM-2AM. Just re-opened October 18th 2010 after going under new renovations. It is the second biggest club on Broad St. Capacity wise. They have a bar with a variety of beers and drinks being sold. They have bottle services and hookah service as well. It is the only club on Broad St. where you are allowed to sit outside at a table and be waited on and enjoy your drink. The club portion of the club is open Thursday-Sunday, and serve the 18+ crowd to party and 21+ to drink. $10.  edit

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