Your first destination in Providence should be to have breakfast. A place that you could consider is Amy’s Place. Amy’s Place is located at 214 Wickenden Street. The hours are 8:00am-5:00pm daily and they even deliver! So if you are in the hotel lying around and do not want to go out right away, breakfast delivered to your door is also an option. There delivery hours are 10:00am-3:00pm daily.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Your next destination in Providence can be a trip to the Roger Williams Park Zoo. The zoo is located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence. Roger Williams Park zoo was founded in 1872 by a collection of small animal exhibits in the city of Providence. It is open to all ages. The hours for the zoo are 9:00am-4:00pm daily. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 12 and under, $11.00 for seniors 62 and up, and free for children under the age of three. According to ‘America’s Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans & Families,’ “Roger Williams Park Zoo is not only one of the top tourist attractions in Rhode Island, but also, in our humble opinion, the best zoo in the region.” After taking a tour through the zoo, feel free to grab a bite to eat at The Wilderness Café or The Serengeti Market Café. The Wilderness Café is open all year round while the The Serengeti Market Café is only open seasonal. The Cafés sell anything from hot dogs to sandwiches and wraps to pizza. They also sell salads, soups, desserts, and of course beverages. A portion of the profits made at these Cafés support Zoo education programs, preservation of animals and improvements to the exhibits.
Thayer Street & Federal Hill
Providence is known for it’s beautiful works of art. Take a 10 minute walk from Kennedy Plaza to Thayer Street and enjoy the artistic surroundings. The journey to Thayer offers many works of art from local artist and is completely free to the public. While on Thayer Street, stop by the local thrift stores and do a little shopping. Thayer Street has an Urban Apparel and a local sneaker store by the name of Sneaker Junkie which offers reasonable priced clothes and shoes. After your day of shopping and sightseeing, head over to the historic unique sneakers. After enjoying your day of shopping, you can take a trolly to Federal Hill, also known as little Italy. The trolley price is 2.50 roundtrip. While in Federal hill, you can grab lunch at Caserata Pizzeria which is located at 121 Spruce Street Providence, RI 02903. Federal Hill is a great place to experience the Italian culture and cuisines.
Bank of America City Center
On your evening in Providence, you can enjoy ice skating at the Bank of America City Center located at 2 Kennedy Plaza. The Bank of America City Center consists of a 14,000-square-foot skating rink and is known as one of New England’s most popular winter destinations.. The season for going ice skating starts at the end of November and continues on until the middle of March. It is open Monday-Friday 10am to 10pm and Friday-Saturday it is open 11am to 10pm. The price for admission is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 12 and under, $3.00 for seniors 65 and older, and $4.00 for renting a pair of ice skates. However, if you go between 4-6pm on a weekday including Friday, it is only $3.00 for admission and $3.00 for renting a pair of ice skates. Also, on Wednesday nights between 6-10pm, if you have a valid college ID, admission is $3.00 as well as renting ice skates. Have anything you want to store away while your ice skating? No problem. The Bank of America City Center offers locker rentals for $1 with an ID as a collateral until you return your lock.
If you are not in the area during the ice skating season, feel free to enjoy the WaterFire in Providence. The WaterFire is simply a number of bonfires taking place in downtown Providence’s three rivers. The cost to see the WaterFire is free. The only thing that you would have to pay for is parking if driving. Parking next to a parking meter is the cheapest way to park. The cost to park at a parking meter is $0.25 for 12 minutes which is $1.25 an hour. Since it is a non-profit organization, donations are always accepted. The WaterFires occur starting Memorial Day weekend and continue until the middle of September.