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Providence is the state capital and largest city in Rhode Island, as well as the third largest city in New England. Formerly a bastion of industry as well as organized crime, Providence's Renaissance has created new parks and attractions and brought emphasis back to its historic roots. Downcity events, historic vistas, eclectic districts such as College Hill and Federal Hill, and a great nightlife make Providence a worthwhile tourist destination.
Most of Providence's attractions are organized into four neighborhoods: Downcity, which includes the core of the downtown area as well as Waterplace Park, the Providence Place Mall, and Capitol Hill; Federal Hill, a neighborhood just west of downtown along Atwells Avenue that is known for nightlife and Italian dining; College Hill/The East Side, which is home to some of the city's oldest homes as well as both Brown University and RISD, and features several smaller neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants. College Hill is primarily centered along Thayer Street around its intersection with Angell Street; and off to the west end of Downcity, there is Charles Street which runs directly from Downcity. Charles Street Intersects with Branch Avenue and from there till about Mineral Spring is still the most corrupt part of the City. There are a couple of high end restaurants and night clubs at the North end of Charles Street.
South Providence begins roughly at the start of Elmwood Avenue (closest to downtown) and Broad Street. There are many restaurants, mainly serving Spanish or Chinese food; fast food places, hair salons, banks, pharmacies, libraries and supermarkets. Everything is within a walkable distance or a short drive. South Providence has a reputation for poverty and crime; the nightclubs on Broad Street have been known for their brawls. Despite this reputation, South Providence has its nice neighborhoods where tourists can get away from everything. Downtown is a 15 minute drive away for the best entertainment and shopping.
River walk along Waterplace Park
Puritan refugee and Massachusetts exile Roger Williams settled Providence, Rhode Island, in June of 1636. It soon became one of the thirteen original colonies of the United States. The Narragansett Native Americans previously occupied Rhode Island's land.
British taxation held back the city’s economical growth in its fishing, farming, and nautical enterprises. Providence joined the allegiance against the British Crown and opposed the Sugar Act, taxation that negatively affected Providence’s international rum trade. The famous Gaspee Affair of 1772 involved the residents of Providence leading the first violent attack of the American Revolution.
After the war, Providence’s economic industry changed from maritime activities to manufacturing, especially in jewelry and textiles. Such industries drew many immigrants from Western Europe, like Italy, Ireland, England, Portugal, and Cape Verde of Africa, all of which greatly contribute to the demographic populations of the state today.
The jewelry industry boomed in the 1920s. The Great Depression hit hard economically, leading to population decreases as a result of the decline of nationwide trends. Organized crime rose to the forefront in Providence in the 1950s through the 1980s, primarily situated in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood. Providence became a notorious mob scene led by mafia boss Raymond L. S. Patriarca.
The “Renaissance City” got its nickname in the 1990s when Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr came into his second term. After investing millions of local and national funds throughout the city in the 1970s, falling populations became stabilized. Cianci pushed for an emphasis on the city’s strength in the arts and entertainment and revitalized the city’s natural landscape. He brought Rhode Island the Providence Bruins hockey team, uncovered Providence’s rivers, relocated a large section of the railroad underground, created the now famous Waterplace Park and river walks, and sanctioned the construction of the Bank of America Skating Rink and gigantic Providence Place Mall.
Providence has a long history of political corruption that some feel to be part of the local charm. In keeping with this tradition; Mayor Cianci was indicted not once but twice from the local office. When running for office for his second term, he actually ran partly from jail. It wasn't until a 2001 racketeering case was brought against Cianci that the notorious Mayor's reign ended.
The current Mayor of Providence is Angel Taveras who has made strides to end the coffer draining in the capitol.
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Providence's climate is humid continental/subtropical. This means high humidity year-round, with hot, wet summers and cold, snowy winters. Unlike other inland states in New England, Rhode Island's position along the Atlantic coast keeps Providence's temperatures relatively warm. Precipitation is a mainstay in Providence's climate. Spring and summer months often have bouts of rainfall and winter months are regularly hit with snowfall and blizzards. Providence's position on the coast of the Narragansett Bay leaves the city susceptible to hurricanes, but such occurrences are rare.
- Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), 1 Sabin Street (downtown, within the Rhode Island Convention Center), ☎ 800-751-1177, . 9 am to 5 pm Mon - Sat. The Visitor Center is conveniently located in downtown Providence and provides maps, brochures and information on hotels, restaurants, shopping, and attractions. edit
- T.F. Green Airport (IATA: PVD)  in nearby Warwick, offers many low cost and regular flights to cities in the United States.
- Boston Logan Airport (IATA: BOS)  offers flights to many destinations domestic and international destinations.
Get in from TF Green
- Car: take I-95 North. Approx. 20 minutes.
- The #20 bus goes to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence by way of Elmwood and Roger Williams Park and Zoo, and takes approximately 40 minutes.
- The #14 bus goes directly to and from Kennedy Plaza and takes approximately 15-25 minutes, also connects to Newport, Narragansett, and East Greenwich.
- Bus route information from RIPTA's website .
- Commuter Rail: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) now provides passengers the option of catching the commuter rail from the airport into the city. There are 10 trains throughout the week day that does transportation. You now have the option of taking the train to or from the airport to any city in-between.
- Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) is much larger and is generally used for most international flights.
Get in from Logan
- Car: take I-95 South. Approx. 1 hour (potentially much longer in traffic).
- Coach service: Peter Pan offers service approximately once an hour.
- Public transit: take the MBTA  Silver Line bus (it's a BRT line) to South Station and take an MBTA commuter train to Providence. Approx. 1hr 30 mins in travel time. Add waiting time of 1-2 hours if you haven't planned which commuter train to catch. The commuter rail leaves you in downtown Providence.
- MBTA, 100 Gaspee St., +1 617 222-5000, . MBTA runs a commuter rail between Boston and Providence on the Providence/Stoughton line (formerly the Attleboro/Stoughton line). It is $10.00 for a one way trip, however if you pay on board, it is $13.00. The ride takes about an hour.
- Amtrak's Acela and Regional , 100 Gaspee St., 1-800-USA-RAIL,  routes from the south and west, from New York City and Washington, but from Boston in the north, it is most economical to take the MBTA. Service is rather frequent. The Acela train takes just under 3 hours to arrive from New York's Penn Station after traveling from points further south.
For those driving, I-95 will serve you well from Boston or New York areas, Rt. 146 is better when coming from Worcester or western Massachusetts area. I-195 connects to Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. Driving from TF Green Airport (PVD) , head north on I-95. Driving to the airport exit 13 on I-95.
- RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400, . Services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence, with a central hub in Kennedy Plaza. Bus charge is $2.00, and an extra $.50 for a 2 hour valid transfer to travel with other buses. One-day, 10-day, 15-day, and monthly RIPTA passes can be purchased inside the Kennedy Plaza bus station or at a Rhode Island Stop-and-Shop or Shaw’s.
- Peter Pan Bus,  Peter Pan Bus (formerly Bonanza) travels to many states on the East Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Kennedy Plaza or online. Trips depart from the Peter Pan bus terminal at One Peter Pan Way (near exit 25 off I-95) or downtown (between the Convention Center and Omni Hotel) at any given time throughout the day.
- Greyhound, .
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- MegaBus, . Services daily from New York City with three round trips. The stop is located at the intersection of Fountain and Eddy Streets. Tickets can be purchased online, daily deals from $1 - $61.
- Providence to Newport Water Taxi, 265 Melrose St., +1 401 781 9400, . In a one hour and 25 minute ride you can travel on the water taxi from Newport RI to Providence RI. Fare is $14.00 Adults, $12.00 Seniors and disabled, and free for children under 5. Service was scheduled to resume in August 2009 after a being suspended due to lack of funding in October 2008, but was delayed for mechanical difficulties for the rest of the 2009 season.
- Block Island Ferry, Service between Narragansett, RI and Block Island, RI/ Website: www.blockislandferry.com
Address: State Pier, Galillee and Wakefield, RI
401-783-4613 or 866-783-7340 (toll free)
Email: [email protected]
- Martha's Vineyard Ferry Service Vineyard Fast Ferry, Service between Quonset Point, RI and Oak Bluffs, MV/ Website: www.vineyardfastferry.com
Address:1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Phone:401-295-4040
Email: [email protected]
Downtown Providence is very compact and can easily be covered walking. There is some parking available throughout the city, but RIPTA's public transport network is extensive and an alternative to driving. Although public transit in Providence is almost entirely comprised of buses, the buses are on time, reliable, and much of RIPTA's bus fleet is new. Kennedy Plaza, RIPTA's downtown bus station, has recently undergone a major overhaul and is well laid out with digital displays at each terminal that tells when the next bus will be coming.
Two of the downtown lines are run completely on natural gas trackless trolleys (called the Providence LINK Trolley) and cover most of historic Providence. Base fare is $2.00, though e-riptiks or ride passes may be purchased either on-board or at local Shaw's and Stop and Shop supermarkets. Seniors or disabled persons ride for half price during non-peak hours with the presentation of an id. Students from some local colleges can buy discounted bus passes or use their school id cards (policy varies depending on the school).
Providence is a city rich in unique architecture, beautiful streetscapes, and stimulating intellectual pursuits. One of America's older cities, Providence features many historic buildings like the Rhode Island State House and Trinity Repertory Theater. These locations, among others, exemplify some of the country's best 19th and 20th-century architecture. The RISD Museum and Roger Williams Park Zoo offer days of fun sightseeing for adults and children alike.
- Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), 220 Weybosset St #2 Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 421-2997, . The Providence Performing Arts center is a multi-purpose venue that holds over 3000 people for many events such as Broadway plays, concerts, films, and a variety of performers. After its grand opening in 1928, the theater became well known as “Jewel of Weybosset Street” after its opening as Loew’s State movie Palace in 1928. edit
- Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer St Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 421-0020, . Avon Cinema is a historic movie theater located on the East Side of Providence near Brown University. Opening in 1938, it is said that Avon screens independent, art house and foreign films. This building brings great chemistry to the Thayer Street area and takes the attention of it’s passer-byes. edit
- Cable Car Cinema & Café, 204 S Main St Providence, RI 02903, ☎ (401) 272-3970, . Cable Car & Cinema is a luxurious two in one establishment screening art films. This establishment is suited for it’s customers to feel comfortable, with their variety of comfy couches with the convenience of food services and beverages. edit
- Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 272-1314. Established in 1846, Swan Point is a 60 acre piece of land that is well known for being the first in the country’s first garden cemetery. Swan Point is open to the public for many seeking inspiration and great scenery. edit
- Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, +1 401 521-7266, . Daily 9 AM-4:30 PM. The Memorial is on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence and celebrates our Freedom of Religion as first proclaimed by Roger Williams (1603-1683) and now outlined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The memorial is set upon 4.5 acres of landscaped park and includes several interpretive exhibits about Roger Williams and his time, including a short film. Free.
- Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd. Tu-Su, 10 AM-5 PM.This museum documents the history of the culinary and hospitality industries, which includes a diner and stove museum. Seems to be closed to the public as of Feb 2017.
- 'The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, +1 401 785-9457 ext.221  Museum: Su-Sa 10AM-5PM. Admission is $2, $1 for children under 7. Planetarium: Weekends 2 PM-5 PM, also open on holidays and school vacation (summer, winter, and spring break). Admission is $3, $2 for children under 7. Founded in 1896, the Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and houses the state’s sole public planetarium. The museum is modest in size, yet houses a wide array of local selections: birds, marine animals, insects, floral and faunal species, minerals, fossils, and much more. Exhibits specializing in the tools and textiles of New England’s Native American populations can be seen here. The building's colonial style of architecture is a history lesson in itself. See the museum for a quiet and intimate learning experience. This museum is highly recommended for children, as it hosts tons of interactive activities and workshops. The Cormack Planetarium offers multiple programs and exhibitions such as Cosmic Collisions, Field Trip to the Moon, Our Place In Space, Sky Views, and much more. Shows rotate often and are offered to both general and family audiences. The planetarium shows run usually for a half-hour, and are available Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm as well as Daily during RI Spring and Winter breaks . The planetarium now features a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling, which can show the starry sky and the motions of the planets in unprecedented detail.
- Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St., +1 401 273-5437  offers a variety of exhibits to provide hands-on fun. Open September to March Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays 9 am to 6 pm (8 pm on select Friday evenings) and April to Labor Day daily 9 am to 6 pm (8 pm on select Friday evenings). Admission is $8.50 per person, children under 12 months free. The Museum accepts cash, check, Discover, Visa and Mastercard. Family memberships can be purchased at . Park, a picnic lunch and eat either in one of the 3 assembly rooms or in the beautiful outdoor picnic area. The Museum is fun for all ages and includes exhibits such as a water table, an exploration of the history of Rhode Island, wind rooms, dinosaur digs, building blocks and so much more.
- Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, 224 Benefit Street + 20 N Main St, ☎ +1 401 454-6500 (fax: +1 401 454-6556), . Tu-Su 10AM-5PM Th 10AM-9PM. The museum was founded in 1877 as a part of the Rhode Island School of Design. The museum building is a gem. It houses over 86,000 pieces of art from all over the world, ranging from ancient to modern times. The museum thrives on its diversity, creative and cultural expression and its consistency to open new exhibits. $10 adults, $7 seniors (62+), $3 youth (5-18), free for children under 5. edit
- John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St., ☎ 401-273-7507, . Visit the first mansion ever built in Providence from 1768! Located in College Hill, It was built and named after John Brown, one of the early benefactors from Brown University. It was donated in 1901 to the RI Preservation Society and available today for tours including original pieces from the Brown Estate. Children $4, Adults $8, Seniors & Students $6. edit
- Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St., ☎ 401-453-0688, . May-October. Visit this historic mansion from the Victorian era for a chance to see some beautiful architecture and a small piece of Providence history. Today it is a National Historic Landmark and available for guided tours and even wedding receptions. Located near College Hill, this mansion includes original stained windows and stenciling which is a must see. $10. edit
- Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, +1 401 222-2357, . M-F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Built from 1894 to 1901. The current statehouse is a wonder that has the world's fourth-largest self-supported marble dome. This monumental amazement is 300 feet long, 180 wide, and 233 feet high. Features inside this gigantic building are the Bell Room, American Revolution regiment flags, a Rotunda, Gun Room, the State Library, House and Senate Chambers and Lounges, Charter room, and many other fascinating tantalizing rooms including one that houses the original 1663 portrait of George Washington by RI native Gilbert Stuart; whose painting is the same face that went on the U.S. one-dollar bill. Designed by the notable McKim, Mead, and White architectural firm. Come see the State House lit up in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness every October. Accompany this visit of the pink State House with a walk around Providence's WaterFire (See below in 'do'). Guided tours of the building are offered Monday - Friday 9 am to 12 pm. Self-guided tours may be taken Monday - Friday 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Downcity Providence overlooking Waterplace Park
- Brown University, 45 Prospect Street, +1 401 863-2378. The school's Ivy League campus, dating back to the 1700s, features buildings from nearly every American architectural movement. Best to visit in May-September when school is largely out of session and weather is amenable to walking.
- Besides the State House, Providence has some significant works of architecture, of the more noteworthy:
- Old Stone Bank - S. Main St. & Crawford St. Greek Revival building from 1854.
- The Arcade - Westminster St. The oldest enclosed shopping mall in America from 1828. Also in Greek Revival style, replete with Ionic columns.
- City Hall - Dorrance St. & Washington St. Finished in 1878, the Second Empire Baroque City Hall only survives today because of former Mayor Buddy Cianci's careful restoration in 1975.
- Industrial Trust Tower (Bank of America Tower) - Kennedy Plaza. The tallest building in Providence is an intent Art Deco impression from 1928.
- Trinity Repertory Theater - Washington St. & Empire St. This 1912 building, clad in terra-cotta houses the area's finest repertory company.
- Providence County Courthouse - S. Main St. & College St. Built-in 1930, the Courthouse is one of the earliest examples of architectural contextualism anywhere. The building's large mass is tastefully fragmented and detailed.
- First Baptist Church - Main St. & Waterman St. Built on the site of the original 1638 First Baptist Church, this 1775 edifice is beautifully restored.
- Cranston Street Armory - Cranston St.
- Biltmore Hotel - The 1922 Neo-Federal Beaux-Arts styled hotel. Dorrance St. & Washington St.
- Federal Courthouse - Exchange St. & Washington St.
- Athenaeum - The fourth oldest library in the country. Benefit St. & College St.
- Market Square - College St. & S. Main St.
Though professional tours of the city are not offered, a book featuring 12 self-guided walking tours of the city's architecture is available for purchase at the 'Providence Preservation Society, 21 Meeting Street, +1 401 831-7440, .
- Benefits Street and College Hill - The tree-lined Benefit Street contains an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th-century houses and mansions. Additionally, a popular overlook of the Downtown Providence skyline and Rhode Island State House is available at Prospect Park on Prospect Street. Popular with visitors to the city, Benefit Street is also host to the seasonal Providence Ghost Walk (below under "do"), where one may see the ghost of poet Edgar Allan Poe, who was said to spend extended amounts of time in the city, strolling down Benefit.
- Prospect Park on Congdon Street: This is a great park to just go and chill out. It overlooks the entire city, in a relaxed way. It is very easy to waste hours there just laying on the lawn or hanging on the benches. It is very common to see weddings taking place here because it is an ideal Providence Park for such a thing. It is a great spot for having a picnic, playing frisbee with your friends, or simply spending some time alone to sort out your thoughts.
- Federal Hill: This famous Providence area is located just west of downtown, and is quickly and easily accessible from downtown by walking, biking, or trolley ride. This area is known for its Italian heritage and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Some have even compared it to Little Italy in NYC. In 1994, the movie “Federal Hill” was filmed here. At present, Showtime is filming its second season of their critically-acclaimed series "Brotherhood" in and around the Federal Hill area; a neighborhood referred to in the series as "The Hill", a fictitious Providence neighborhood representative of Federal Hill. There is plenty to do in Federal Hill, including shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are many nationally renowned Italian restaurants here, including Andino's, Old Canteen, and Cassarino's. There are also several retailers whose specialty is “Authentic Italian Food,” such as Venda Ravioli, Via Roma, and Tony's Colonial. Gasbarro's Wines is also located on Atwells and carries an extensive variety of wines, both local and international. Impressive bakeries and pastry/confection shops also in the Federal Hill area are Scialo Bakery, Pastiche, and Ocean State Chocolates. Running roughly parallel to Atwells Avenue is Broadway. Broadway has been referred to as the "Bellevue Avenue" of Providence due to the number of large Victorian mansions lining both sides of the street, about the famous mansion-lined Bellevue Avenue of nearby Newport, Rhode Island.
- The East Side- The East Side (not to be confused with East Providence) starts on the east side of Waterplace park and sits atop College Hill. Within the East Side, lies the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. One of the oldest parts of the city, the East Side is home to historic houses and buildings and a plethora of unique areas including, the Blackstone District, College Hill District, and the India Point district. The East Side is great for walking around, visiting eclectic shops along famous Thayer Street, and viewing other parts of Providence from the East Side's Prospect Park, located on Congdon Street (between Benefit and Prospect).
- Thomas Street - Between Benefit (to the east) and North Main (to the west).
- Westminster Street - Between Memorial Boulevard (to the east) and Empire Street (to the west).
- North & South Main Street - Between Planet Street (to the south) and Meeting Street (to the north)
- Weybosset Street - Between Westminster (to the east) and Dorrance Street (to the west).
Roger Williams Park
Roger Williams Park is located in the southern part of the city. The park is named after the founder of the city of Providence and one of the founders of the state of Rhode Island in 1636- Roger Williams. Roger Williams began the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, which provided a refuge for religious minorities.
The land for the park was a gift to the people of Providence in 1871, per the will of Betsey Williams, the great-great-great-granddaughter, and last surviving descendant of the founder to own the land. It had been the family farm and represented the last of the original land grant to Roger Williams in 1638 from Canonicus, chief of the Narragansett tribe.
The elaborately landscaped 427-acre city park contains seven lakes which comprise approximately 98 acres. Roger Williams Park is a National Historic District. The park was designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878 and was constructed in the 1880s. Many of the roads, bridges, and sidewalks were built by the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1940.
To get to the park:
From I-95 South: Take exit 17, Elmwood Avenue, Left at light
The Park entrance is 1/2 block on left. From I-95 North: Take exit 16, Elmwood Avenue, Bear right, Left at light, Park entrance is 1/2 block on right. From I-195 West: Merge onto I-95 South, Take exit 17, Elmwood Avenue, Left at light, Park entrance is 1/2 block on left. R.I.P.T.A – (401-781-9400), Bus 20 (Elmwood Ave) – The cost for riding the bus is $2.00 unless you have a bus pass. Bus 20 passes right by the park approximately every 25mins with other stops along Elmwood Ave.
A rental kiosk is located at the main entrance
One- and two-seat strollers are available for rent at the rental kiosk, located at the main entrance.
Single Stroller Rental: $5
Double Stroller Rental: $7
Manual wheelchairs $5.
EZ Cart automated wheelchair- available for rental by reservation $25
Contact the Admissions Department at (401) 941-4998 at least 48 hours in advance of your visit to reserve the EZ Cart.
- Museum of Natural History & Planetarium: ☎+1 401-785-9457. The Museum houses collections containing fossils, mollusks, minerals, rocks, mounted flora, and fauna. The cultural collection contains over 25,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens primarily of African, Native American, and Pacific origin. They offer exciting exhibitions, workshops, and presentations that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people. The Museum is open every day from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is $2 and $1 for children under 2-7 years old.
Current Exhibits at the Museum of Natural History:
- Africa: Many Places, Many Faces
- Circle of the Sea: Re-Visited and Re-Imagined
- Icy Worlds & the Discoveries of DAWN and New Horizons
- Natural Selections: Museum's Victorian Past to the Present
- Secrets from the Vaults: Ancient Objects and Hidden Treasures
- Seismic Shifts: Earth Through Time
- The Planetarium – Consists of different shows that explore the full range of space collisions, from the past, present, and future. The shows are only on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. General admission is $3, children 4-7 are $2. Children under age 4 are not permitted into the Planetarium.
- Roger Williams Botanical Center: ☎ +1 401-785-9450. The Botanical Center is the largest public indoor display garden in New England encompassing approximately 12,000 square feet of indoor gardens. There is a great diversity of unique and exotic flowers and plants. Nice place to be surrounded by color and nature.
The botanical center has two greenhouses: The Conservator and The Mediterranean Room. Between the two greenhouses, there are over 150 different species and varieties of plants including 17 different types of palms.
The outdoor garden displays include the Perennial Garden, Pine & Hosta Dell, the Winter Garden (located along the main path into the Center), Wooded Hillside Garden, Overlook Terrace, and the very popular Rose Maze.
-Ties to the Community-
The City has agreed with the University of Rhode Island's College of the Environment and Life Sciences to provide horticultural and environmental programs at the Botanical Center. Each fall and spring, the College of the Environment and Life Sciences Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (CELS Outreach Center) has a varied set of class offerings.
The Botanical Center is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM - 4 PM. Admission for adults are $3, children 6-12: $1, and children under 6 – Free.</font>
- Roger Williams Carousel Village- The carousel is a popular attraction at the park for children. It’s a Victorian carousel that consists of all different animals like camels, lions, rabbits, and other magical creatures. The cost for riding the carousel is $1. There are also arcade games available as well for children’s entertainment. The Carousel Village is located just by the park's boathouse.
- Hasbro Playground - A 20,000-square-foot playground that is accessible to children of all levels and abilities. Great place for parents to relax and let their children have fun. Has swings, slides, and games for children of all ages, from babies to teens.
- Boat Rides – Right next to the zoo, one can find paddle boats available. They only hold two people, but it's lots of fun and a great way to see all the beautiful nature surrounding you. There are restrictions on how far you can go and life jackets are provided.
Aboard the "Miss Betsey", Roger Williams Park's Amphibious Duck Boat, visitors get a narrated tour which includes the Betsey Williams Cottage, the Casino, the Dalrymple Boathouse, the Japanese Gardens, and the Botanical Gardens. The tour begins at Cunliffe Lake, home of the Temple to Music, a Romanesque temple equipped with columns overlooking a large patch of grass and trees.
- 40 min
- Adults (ages 16 and older) $15.00
- Children (ages 2 to 15) $10.00
- Children (under 2) $5.00
- Swan Boats
- 15-20 min
- Adults 16 & older - $7.50 per adult
- Adults with children 15 and under $5.00 each for both adults & children
- Single person $10.00 (minimum)
- Electric Boats
- 1st 30 min
- $25.00 for the first 2 persons and $5 for each additional person
- Operator must be at least 18 years old
- Illuminated Swan Paddleboat Rides
- Open October 2nd through November 2nd (weather permitting)
- Sunday-Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm
- $10.00 per adult
- (Ages 16 and older)
- $5.00 per child
- (Ages 1-15)
Boat rides are available April through October on weekends and seven days a week in the summer. The cost is $5 per person.
- Personal Tour Boat Rides - ☎+1 508-984-8264. Located at Queen Anne-style Dalrymple Boathouse. Thirty-minute historical boat tours of the Park's unique waterways, statues, and landmarks are available on an electric boat. One boat holds 6 people and the cost is $5 per person.
- Temple of Music– Throughout the summer and fall, typically in August, there are multiple music concerts and festivals that take part at the temple of music. One popular event that takes place every second Sunday of August is the Dominican festival. Hundreds of people gather together to listen to Dominican artists and watch performances.
- Horse Riding - During the spring and summertime, there is a small course where children under 70lbs can ride a pony around. This is located at the entrance of the carousel; the pricing is reasonable, $5 per ride. The ride is approximately 5mins long.
- Tennis Courts/Baseball Field - The park has ten clay tennis courts open to the public from April through November. Clinics are available for players of all skill levels. Summer camps for children, a variety of leagues, and flex game matching services are also available. More information can be found at http://spotri.com/ A huge baseball field open to the public except when baseball league games are being played. Great place for children to run around and have fun.
- Roger Williams Park Zoo : ☎+1 401-785-3510, http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org . Spanning at about 40 acres, Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence. The zoo has a variety of different animals for one to enjoy.
Current Exhibits at the Zoo:
Alex and Ani Farmyard-
- Live like a farmer! This exhibit immerses visitors into farm life.
- This exhibit features the wildlife of New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia.
The fabric of Africa-
- This exhibit is geared toward making you feel like you’ve gone on safari.
Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail-
- This exhibit focuses on the wildlife of RI’s endangered habitats.
Hasbro's Our Big Backyard-
- A large play space for children to explore.
Marco Polo's Adventure Trek-
- See the animals Marco Polo may have encountered.
- See the Animals of North America!
- A simulated rain forest in "Little Rhody".
The pricing is reasonable: $12/adult, $6/child (ages 3 – 12, under 3 are free) and $8/senior (ages 62+). The zoo is open all year round from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. To show their appreciation, on the first Saturday of each month, the zoo is free for Providence residents with some proof of residency.
~~ In October they have a special event the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. From Oct 7- Oct 31, the zoo is surrounded by hundreds of artfully carved jack-o-lanterns depicting people, places, and scenes from popular culture to old-time favorites and everything in between. Prices for admission are $12 / adults, $10 / seniors (62+), $9 / children ages 3 – 12 (under 3 are free). This event is open from 6 pm-10 pm.
The park is free of charge and opens any time of the day and every day of the week. It holds an old-fashioned carousel with beautifully designed statues of various zoo animals to ride. It is $1 for children or adults to ride the carousel. Often in the park, there is face painting available as well. Furthermore, there is a bright and clean playground that is suitable for all ages. There is a concession stand in the park and ample picnic tables to enjoy the hotdogs and pizza at. The zoo opens daily 9 AM-5 PM from mid-April-mid October and 9 AM-4 PM from mid-October-mid April. This is the third oldest zoo in the United States and blends history and culture with the animals each area houses. Roger Williams Zoo is under near-constant renovation to give you and yours the best zoo experience possible. Make sure to view the Marco Polo exhibit which is included in the cost of your admission ticket. Follow the path of Marco Polo and watch a video of his exploration on a replica of his ship. End your Marco Polo journey with real live camels, further simulating his travel. The zoo also features a fun and exciting dinosaur exhibit. A separate admission of $4 per adult and $3 per child or senior is charged in addition to regular zoo admission. As in the past, proceeds will go towards future zoo improvements and new exhibit construction. The DINOSAURS trail opens a half-hour after zoo opening and the last entry is a half-hour before zoo closing. Admission for the zoo is Adults $12, Seniors $8, Ages 3-12 $6. Family memberships can also be purchased at  and should be considered for frequent visitors.
- Special Events at the Roger Williams Park Zoo:
- Thanksgiving for the Animals - Celebrate Thanksgiving in a wild way by helping to make enriching treats for zoo residents. From paper mache prey filled with edible treats to stimulating scents hidden in an exhibit area, enriching activities help the mentally and physically challenged our animals.
- Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - Running through October is the evening event of the Jack-O-Lantern trail. Open 6-11 pm this event showcases many talented pumpkin carver's creations. These carvings vary from traditional Jack-O-Lantern faces to highly detailed carvings of historic figures, endangered species, celebrities, and many more. While waiting in line there are costumed characters that stroll along, and quiet jazz to help set the relaxed, but entertaining atmosphere. 
- Spooky Zoo - for the last 2 weekends in October, the zoo is turned into "Spooky Zoo" which is full of activities for kids and families. Events include trick or treating, fairytale characters, Marco Polo maze, and much, much more. There are tons of games, prizes, treats, and even a costume contest! Admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children, and $4.95 for toddlers. 
Become a Member of RWPZ and Enjoy These Benefits:
401 941-3910 x 375
- 1. Free admission to the Zoo every time you visit.
- 2. Special Member entry benefit: express entry on high attendance days.
- 3. Discounts on the Zoo's fun education and family programs like ZooCamp, as well as select ticketed special events PLUS a 10% discount at all the gift shops in the park.
- 4. Discounts on Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular tickets.
- 5. Discounts on party rentals.
- 6. Reduced rates to over 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide through the AZA Reciprocal Benefit program.
- 7. Free subscription to WILD, the Zoo's magazine, and Wild Adventures- the Zoo’s educational newsletter.
- 8. Be a part of the RWP Zoo community online to stay informed on breaking news like animal births, upcoming events, and more with the monthly Peek-A-Zoo e-newsletter.
- 9. Invitations to special member-only events.
- Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Francis St. at Memorial Blvd. Finished in 1994, Waterplace Park is probably the most accepted recent addition to the city owing to its historic and unassuming look. Featuring cobblestone paths and unobtrusively shaped concrete form, the park follows Providence's downtown rivers quietly below the level of automobile traffic. You'll usually find a few people enjoying the park quietly. Come here during WaterFire (below under "do") to see the park illuminated by nearly 90 small bonfires.
- Authentic Venetian Gondolas on the Providence Riverwalk, Francis St. through South Water St. Authentic Venetian gondolas operate along the Providence Riverwalk from May through October. Trained gondoliers row passengers through Providence, singing Italian songs and/or giving historical tours of the city. The gondolas operate during WaterFire as well (see below.)
You might also check out Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, which contains a nine-hole golf course, an equestrian show area, 18 miles of bridle trails, 355 picnic tables, 11 game fields, and a new performing arts center for special events.
- Nara Lounge, 248 Atwells Avenue, ☎ 401-273-6272, . Nara's is the upscale Hookah Lounge located on Federal Hill. This Middle Eastern-style lounge has a variety of both Middle Eastern and American drinks, food, and dessert. This lounge is decorated in earthy colors, with dim lights and low Middle Eastern music to create a relaxing atmosphere. Nara also serves 15 flavors of Hookah to choose from, along with entertainment Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings. Must be over 18 years or older to smoke Hookah and 21 or older to drink. Sunday-Thursday hours are: 4:00pm -1:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm-2:00am. edit
- Improv Jones, 95 Empire St, Providence, RI. Voted Best Comedy Troupe at the 2009 Motif Awards, Improv Jones is a group of improvisational comedians who perform at 10pm on the first Saturday of every month. They start the show by involving the audience in some way and segue into an hour of comedy and fun. Each member of the troupe is a brilliant comedian. In collaboration, they are fantastically entertaining. The spot, 95 Empire, is a black box theater with about 12 rows of the audience seating. The intimate setting is perfect for this type of improv show. edit
- Providence Improv Guild, 393 Broad St, Providence, RI, . An organization dedicated to building a community of improvisers in Providence. In conjunction with the Southside Cultural Center, they provide a venue for local and regional improv artists, as well as affordable entertainment for Rhode Islanders. P.I.G. is also committed to providing affordable improv workshops and classes to a wide audience, including free workshops to children and teens. Shows run every Thursday and Friday at 8 pm and cost only five dollars. edit
- Providence Roller Derby, . A non-profit formed in 2004, The Providence Roller Derby is New England's first all-female, flat-track roller derby league. The league consists of three home teams: The Mob Squad, The Sakonnet River Roller Rats, and the Old Money Honeys as well as two travel teams, The Rhode Island Riveters, and the Killah Bees. Providence "bouts" are held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The contests are part athletic competition, part performance art. Punk rock bands perform at intermission. The teams consist of pierced, tattooed, women with colorful nicknames such as Milla Low Life, Raggedy Ann-aneurysm, Luce Cannon, and Shelby Bruisin'(Think the Suicide Girls taking some exercise). The skater's impressive athleticism makes for an enjoyable night's entertainment. edit
- Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Ave. (Corner of Doyle and Hope St.), ☎ 1-401-863-2323, . This historic observatory opened in 1891. It is open to the public on Tuesdays (weather permitting) and a must-see for the astronomy buff. edit
- Waterfire centers on a series of 100 fires that burn on the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river. The fires are burned from sunset to past midnight on select evenings (typically on weekends) from April or May through October. If you want to experience something very relaxing while still taking in the urban life of downtown Providence, go and see Waterfire. There are no admission charges. Concessions are available. There are outdoor stands set up hosting a Dunkin Donuts as well as kettle corn, pizza, and doughboy (fried dough) distributors for modest prices. Boat rides are available if you would like to get a closer look at the fire. Pricing for the gondola during WaterFire is $159 for 2 passengers and $15 per additional person which can be added to your gondola up until the day of the ride. Proud Mary offers motor launch services on a pontoon boat with tours leaving every half hour from the north side of Waterplace Basin. WaterFire is quite popular with locals and visitors alike and tends to draw large crowds. If you do plan to attend WaterFire, walking or taking public transportation into Kennedy Plaza is strongly recommended as most surrounding streets become very congested. If you are driving, parking is available at the Providence Place Mall for $5 for a 3-hour time block. The price increases after one go past 3 hours.
- Bank of America Skating Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, +1 401 331-5544 is a 14,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink located in the center of Downcity Providence that offers ice skating fun for all ages. Hours are 10 am to 10 pm Monday - Friday and 11 am to 10 pm Saturday / Sunday, and the rink is open from the end of November to the end of March, weather permitting (in the case of inclement weather to confirm the rink is open). The cost of skating is $6.00 Adults, $3.00 Children (12 and under), and $3.00 Seniors (65 and older), though season passes are available and certain designated skating times are discounted. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Skate rental is available for $4.00 per pair.
- The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on Federal Hill in May. It is sponsored by the Holy Ghost Parish. For further information, the following number is listed on the Order of the Sons of Italy Organization Phone: +1 770 421-9137.
Bunny on the street at Foo Fest 2009
- “The Stroll” is a twice-a-year event, June and October, where you can walk Federal Hill and sample 22 restaurants and 11 boutiques and shops. For hours and exact dates call the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau at +1 401 274-1636 extension 230 or 231, or register online. Included in the $20 price for sampling, are coupons for two free beverages.
- Foo Fest is an urban street party hosted by AS220 each summer. The Foo Fest features numerous interactive art installations and games, with local artists showcasing their creations. Live, original, local musicians play all day, usually featuring one special guest headlining act. This festival caters to people and kids of all ages in the alternative or arts scene. $5. Times and dates subject to change each year, so check out the website 
- Providence SoundSession is a popular, multi-genre summer music festival and concert series. Over the course of a week at number clubs, cafes, parks, and stages, SoundSessions presents live gospel, reggae, pop, indie rock, hip hop, jazz, comedy, techno, soul, and much more. Times, locations, and ticket prices vary. 
- Columbus Day is celebrated on Columbus Day Weekend on Federal Hill. It consists of a parade on Sunday, outdoor vendors, and a who’s who of Italian “hierarchy”.
- Bright Night Providence - Dec. 31. Citywide, +1 401 621-6123, . Artist-run arts-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration. Featuring hundreds of the best local sings, actors, dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians, and clowns to celebrate Rhode Island’s most important cultural asset — its artists.
- Pride Fest - Gay Pride Parade Occurs in the Summer, usually in June. There are events in the daytime and then a parade at night. This is a parade that lasts for about half an hour filled with dancing men, drag queens, old people driving in old cars, and people simply celebrating life. The streets of Downtown Providence all lined with some people in crazy outfits and others just there to watch and see what it's all about. It is a very popular event, and people tend to be intoxicated, so some pushing and bumping into people can occur. The floats are usually very well decorated and the people dancing upon them are very skilled at hyping up the crowd. When the parade finishes the gay bars downtown open up for special events complete with more drag queens, lots of dancing, and drink specials.
Arts and theater
Inside AS220's "Dreyfus" building downtown.
Trinity Repertory Company
- AS220, 115 Empire St., +1 401 831-9327. A non-profit community arts center. The building features four art galleries, a performance space, 19 artist studios, and a bar/café. Events are booked every night at AS220; these include art exhibits, live music, and panel discussions. AS220 features many Rhode Island artists, but national acts are booked here often. Notable recurring events include:
- Fools Ball. AS220's signature gala event. This yearly party spans five days and countless exhibits. Every year brings a new theme (the Harlem Renaissance in 2004, for example). Major events usually include live music, art exhibits, dinners, and film screenings.
- Providence Poetry Slam. Held on the first and fourth Thursday of every month. This eclectic event, one of the venue's most popular, features both local and national poets and musicians. All artists (novice and professional) and spectators are welcome; the Providence Slam team has had great success in the national Poetry Slam over the past decade.
- Geek Dinners. Held on the last Wednesday of every month. These dinners allow those involved in Rhode Island's technology industry to communicate and collaborate. Geek Dinners always have a featured presentation or discussion. Topics vary greatly, from Startups to Web Services to hardware.
- Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, +1 401 421-2997, . Located in the center of Providence, and hosts a plethora of shows, from stand-up comic Larry the Cable Guy to the kid's show Dora the Explorer, to the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The center also features local and national music, and local musicians have the unique chance to perform before a large audience here. The audiences sometimes include students from grades 6-9, and at the end, the students will be asked to submit a card grading the performance.
- Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street, Box Office Phone: +1 401 421-3315.  A funky Thayer Street independent theater often showing one-two films a week. Films change every Thursday and showtimes are usually 3-4 times daily starting in the afternoon. The seats aren't as comfortable as more as newer stadium-style theaters and the picture resolution is low. Still a great time and one of the only places in the city to see independent films. Tickets are $8 for Adults.
- Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, Box Office Phone: +1 401 272-3970 . . A truly unique cinema experience where half of the seats are replaced by leather couches. A real romantic date location. Wine and cocktails are served alongside the usual picture fare. Usually showing independent films and documentaries. Try to arrive early to grab one of the better couches.
- Trinity Repertory Company - 201 Washington St., Box Office Phone: +1 401 351-4242. A nationally-renowned theater downtown. Trinity Rep seats 820 and has an estimated annual audience of 160,000. Trinity Rep has produced over 50 world premiere plays and a balance of both contemporary and classic works. The venue features six subscription productions each year and an annual production of A Christmas Carol.
- The Roots Cultural Center at Providence Inner-City Arts, Formerly the Providence Black Repertory Company, 276 Westminster St., 401-351-0353, http://www.rootsprovidence.com This creative non-profit offers art, culture and entertainment for the growing and diverse communities of the city. Space offers a cafe and kitchen so you can eat, drink and hang out. It is also available to be rented for events, big or small. Also, to live theatre, it features a regular lineup of events:
- Who Dat Jam on Sundays 7-11 PM, featuring Who Dat! Band.
- Sweet Little Variety Show, once a month welcoming different local acts.
- Strictly Jazz Jam with Mango Trio Band on Tuesdays 7:30-10:30 PM, bring your instrument and join the band.
- [email protected], folk music performances on the 4th Thursday of each month.
- IMAX Theatre, located in the Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island’s only Imax theatre housing a 6 story high screen. The theatre is home to various films such as educational, current entertaining films, and the most popular 3-D films. Many people go to the IMAX theater because they want to see 3-D films on a bigger screen. Previously, the theater was named after Alan Shawn Feinstein but Feinstein's name was removed after National Amusements bought the theater. Phone: 401-453-4446 ext 200, Web Site: http://www.imax.com/providence
Handicap Service: Complete Wheel Chair Access, Special Arrangements Upon Request, Communication Devices for the Deaf.
- Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI 02903, ☎ (401) 222-1467, . edit Shows many different art shows including performances by dance companies and film festivals.
- Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square, Box Office: +1 401 331-6700, . A 14,500 seat indoor sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Providence brings in over a million people annually. It holds various musical events, Providence Bruins ice hockey, basketball, and almost every type of show for kids. Has events such as Champions on Ice, featuring Olympic medalist Michele Kwan and others, Coheed And Cambria/Avenged Sevenfold Co-Headline Tour, and every PC Friars and Providence Bruins home game. Ticket prices will usually vary depending on the event, and can range from $30.00 for a concert to $150.00 for a special event (such as ice skating). Wheelchair accessible.
- Rhode Island Convention Center Providence. A multipurpose facility available for almost any event, from a dog, shows to dinner banquets. Special Events at the Rhode Island Convention Center:
- Northeast International Auto Show - Automobile extravaganza featuring hundreds of new model cars, trucks, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles from more than twenty import and domestic manufactures.
- Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show - More than twenty-eight gardens, lectures and demonstrations, children’s activities, bookstore, and more than 200 garden-related vendor booths. 
- The Home Show - Largest and most informative consumer home show in southern New England. Features hundreds of exhibitors and displays of the latest products and services for building, remodeling, and decorating homes. Variety of seminars and demonstrations. 
The Ryan Center is a $54 million multi-purpose facility owned by the University of Rhode Island; it's located in Kingston
- Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street, +1 401 331-5876, . (Also known as Lupos at the Strand), a midsized musical venue in downtown Providence a few blocks from the Providence Place Mall. It's housed in a historic five-story theater and hosts punk bands, alternative, hip-hop, blues, reggae, and many other types of music which are set for a larger venue but can't quite fill the Roseland Ballroom or similar larger gigs. However, it also brings the groups who would normally be set for a much larger stage, such as De La Soul, Coheed, And Cambria, or George Clinton and the P-Funk. With slightly less expensive tickets than a bigger venue and a much more personal experience, Lupos is a great show worth going to any day.
- The Century Lounge, 5 Elbow Street, +1 401 751-2255, . (Formerly the Last Call then the Call) This establishment attracts a large number of different styles, but it focused mostly on rock, alternative, and blues. Although it isn't very big, the inside is composed of exposed brick and wood and gives the place a warmer, cozier feel than your typical venue. It also has a bar and a very good sound system for a building that size. The bands that come to the lounge are usually progressing bands that have gotten some publicity, and regional bands of the area. Ticket prices are relatively low, ranging from $5-20.00. The Century Lounge is a good bet for a cheap show with a personal feel or to see and support local bands.
- Club Hell, 73 Richmond Street, +1 401 351-1977. While known for its unique nightclub atmosphere, Club Hell has recently become a music venue as well. It is a small yet intimate place with a bar and a dance floor. Past musical acts include local success stories ZOX and The Von Bondies. Tickets usually run from $5-15.
- Monet Lounge  115 Harris Ave, Phone: (401)580-4847. It offers a fun environment for all ages. They have VIP sections inside as well as outside in the Rum Jungle. Every Thursday is college night, 18+ to party, 21+ to party harder. Every Saturday is 21 plus. $10
- Colosseum  - 180 Pine St Providence RI 02903 Phone: (401)497-4200. The Colosseum was inspired by "The Renaissance City, to create a trip back to the Gods and Goddesses. The Colosseum is broken into three themed nightclubs, "The Ruins", "Mythology" and "The Arena". Mythology is where the real party is, with live DJs and VIP booths for those who want to be catered to. The Colosseum is also home to Shake Wednesdays. This is an Indie/Electro dance night held every Wednesday. Each Wednesday there is a different theme for the night.
- Water Place Park, is connected to 3/4 mile of cobblestone-paved pedestrian walkways along the waterfront known as Riverwalk host to Providence's popular summertime Waterfire events, a series of bonfires lit on the river accompanied by Classical and World music. The Friday night concert series kicks off at Waterplace Park in June for free. This is a summer concert series for all Rhode Islanders featuring an eclectic array of performers ranging from jazz and folk to hip-hop and rock.
- Ultra the Night Club, Located at 172 Pine St., Providence RI, For VIP call 401-454-LIVE x31.
- Lupos' Heartbreak Hotel, Located 79 Washington St., Call 401-331-LUPO, Turns into Roxy Nightclub at night after concerts.
- PVD Social Club, Located at 71 Richmond St. Once referred to as Jerkey's, the PVD Social Club hosts different artists, both local and not local along with different events. Can make for a fun night, the only thing to be aware of is the bathrooms. There are two toilets in the same space, neither of which is gender-specific. Can be a bit of a shock for a first-timer. 18+ for most events, 21+ to drink.
- Tantric Lounge, 1070 North Main Street, Call 401-273-1070
- Roxy Providence, 79 Washington St, Call 401-831-ROXY
- Level 2, 101 Richmond Street, Call 401-490-4100
- Club Hell, 73 Richmond Street.
- Karma, 101 Richmond Street, Call 401-248-8813
- Glo Bar, 93 Clemence Street, Call 401-347-8492
- Triggs Memorial Golf Course 1533 Chalkstone Ave., Phone: (401) 521-8460. Triggs is one of Rhode Island’s most well-known public golf courses. The golf course is located just minutes from downtown Providence and offers views of the city from some of the more elevated points. It offers a nice middle ground between a championship course and an enjoyable public course. With affordable rates and great holes, it is definitely a course worth playing. Green Fees: Weekend /Weekdays: 18 Holes: $40, 9 Holes: $23. Cart Fees- 18 Holes: $18 per player, 9 Holes: $9 per player.
Providence is home to many schools. The city is also home to a few notable colleges.
- Providence College 1 Cunningham Square, +1 401 865-1000, 
- University of Rhode Island Providence Campus 80 Washington Street, +1 401 277-5000, 
- Rhode Island School of Design 2 College Street, +1 401 454-6100, 
- Community College of Rhode Island 1 Hilton Street, +1 401 455-6000, 
- Rhode Island College 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, +1 401 456-8000, 
- Brown University 71 George Street, +1 401 863-1000, 
- Johnson & Wales University 8 Abbot Park Place, +1 401 598-1000, 
- Roger Williams University Metro Campus 150 Washington Street, +1 401 276-4800, 
- East Side. Minutes away from the city's capital and home to Brown University and RISD, this area combines an urban atmosphere with quiet, picturesque views. A fantastic place to stroll the streets and pass the time. edit
- Cellar Stories, 111 Mathewson St, Providence, ☎ 401-521-2665, . Monday-Saturday 10-6. Open over thirty years, Cellar Stories offers Rhode Islands largest selection of used and rare books. Specializing in Rhode Island History, New England History, Art and Architecture, Modern First Editions, Poetry and Mathematics. Over 70,000 volumes on hand. edit
Downcity is the new place to grab a cappuccino or snag a great pair of jeans . You can drool over must-have furnishings or stop for a bistro lunch. Browse art books. Then toast a day well spent. You can do it all in Downcity Providence, home to a collection of fine design, fashion, and dining opportunities.
- Providence Open Market Saturdays May - June 11AM-4PM, Saturdays September - October, 11AM-4PM . The Providence Open Market, now in its 3rd season, is the city’s only Open-Air Market where you can shop for artisan-made goods, fine art, and fresh produce. Located in Lippitt Park on the East Side of Providence, the Market features a different group of artists every week ensuring that each visit will be unique. This year, the Providence Open Market is committed to partnering with community-based artist and development organizations.
- Butterfield, 232 Westminster St., +1 401 273-3331, . T, W, F, Sa 10 AM-6 PM, Th 10 AM-8 PM, Su 12 PM-5 PM. Butterfield is a well-known resource for beautiful quality home furnishings and accessories. Features Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams furniture, along with an always-changing assortment of lighting, mirrors, jewelry, bedding, ceramics, and apothecary. Interior design consultations also available.
Thayer Street is the place to go if looking for a pleasurable and eclectic shopping experience. It is good for those who enjoy walking outside from store to store. It is also a good place to buy gifts because many of the stores sell quirky trinkets. Located near two Colleges, it attracts many young adults. It could be called an “artsy” street with stores that sell, imported clothing, handmade crafts, clothes, art, housewares, and books. It has changed dramatically as years have passed, it has become much more about the restaurants than the shops, but it is still great for both. It is filled with both locals and visitors.
- Details Clothing 277 Thayer St, +1 401 751-1870. Offers a wide variety of inexpensive jewelry ranging in price from $5-$40.Also specializes in leg ware such as stockings and leg warmers with all items under $40.
- Pie in the Sky 225 Thayer St, +1 401 861-3954, M-Tu 11AM-6PM, F 11AM-8PM. Specializes in sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones. This store also offers a mix of decorative items such as candles, incense, and jewelry boxes. Prices for items are generally moderately priced ranging from $5-$400.
- Spectrum, 253 Thayer St, +1 401 421-1010, . Features clothes, jewelry, books, incense, and gifts meant to enhance well-being. Many of the products are imported from Asia. Those looking for exotic, handmade clothes, tapestries, and jewelry would enjoy this store. It carries quite a variety of odds and ends, but it is very interesting. Do not go in if you do not like the smell of incense. The man who owns it is usually always at the cash register, he is very personable and always interested in having conversations with the people that come into his shop.
- ZuZu's Petals! 288 Thayer St, +1 401 331-9846 . Voted best for party dresses in 2005 by Rhode Island Monthly, ZuZu's carries casual dresses, accessories, and seasonal items. Some of the designers that ZuZu's carries include: Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria, Milly, Shoshanna, Rebecca Taylor, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Susana Monaco, and Maria Bianca Nero.
- Coco Pazzo, 165 Angell Street (Directly off of Thayer Street), +1 401 454-3434 . Coco Pazzo is an upbeat, affordable neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food there consists of a blend of traditional and modern Italian cuisine. Coco Pazzo's brick oven pizza is one of the best in Rhode Island and there are many styles and toppings to choose from. Other entrees include a variety of pasta dishes such as Lobster Ravioli, Littlenecks & Linguine, and Angel Hair Pomodoro. There are also traditional Italian entrees like Chicken Milanese and modern Italian entrees like Atlantic Salmon. The knowledgeable bartenders dish out original cocktails, keep the jams flowing all night, and are all-around fun.
- Rockstar Body Piercing 267 Thayer St Providence, RI 02906 (401) 272-0345 [www.rockstarpiercing.com/]. One of the best places in Rhode Island to go for a piercing of any kind.
Providence Place Mall
Shopping in Downtown Providence at Providence Place Mall
- Providence Place Mall, 1 Providence Place, +1 401 270-1000, . M-Sa 10 AM-9:30 PM (except Dave & Buster's which is open until 1 AM) Sunday 11 AM-7 PM: Witness RI's most anticipated establishment since the building of the historic downtown Arcade. The enormous and well accommodating mall houses 3+ main floors of various shops, including a wide array of specialty items, clothing, shoes, books, and one IMAX and Showcase Cinemas theater each on the fourth floor. The Providence Place Cinema is also extraordinary for its feature for housing 16 showcase cinemas all at once. The IMAX and IMDR include 2D and 3D cinematic features. There are a handful of lower-level restaurants to dine in as well as a food court on the third floor, and a Dave & Busters Restaurant on the fourth floor. Providence Place is the new home to some of the best restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, Fire and Ice, The Melting Pot, P.F Changs and so many more. Some of Providence Place's most popular departments include Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penny, Tiffany's, Fossil, Sephora, Pandora, and Swarovski. Besides, there are over 20 different booths that include items such as accessories, personal products, health products, and more. The Providence Place mall first opened on August, 20th 1999, and since then it has continued each year.
- Kreatelier, 804 Hope Street, +1 401 432-7995,  Mon - Fri 10 AM - 6 PM, Sa 10 AM - 6 PM Su 12 Noon - 5 PM Kreatelier offers fabric creations and gifts for life and home as well as home decorating services (upholstery, window treatments and more) and sewing workshops for children and adults.
- J Marcel, 808 Hope Street, +1 401 383-9777,  Mon - Fri 10 AM - 7 PM, Sa 10AM - 6PM Su 12 Noon - 5PM Local women's clothing and accessories boutique. Specializing in statement pieces at affordable prices, you'll be sure to stand out from the crowd.
- Olive del Mondo: Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Bar 815 Hope St, +1 401 383-5733, M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. A locally-owned haven for food lovers, Olive del Mondo boasts an impressive selection of over fifty olive oils, bottles of vinegar, and specialty oils in bulk, as well as local, Italian and French gourmet treats, kitchen goods, cookbooks, and more. A great resource for gifts and recipe ideas. Complimentary tasting and gift wrapping.
- Seven Stars Bakery, 820 Hope Street, +1 401 521-2200,  Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-7p.m. Sat-Sun 7a.m.-7p.m. Freshly baked bread, pastries, and cookies with all-natural ingredients. Full selection of coffee drinks. Tremendous croissants and cinnamon rolls. Nice touch: Ice coffees are served with ice cubes made of coffee so your drink doesn't get watered down.
- Frog and Toad 795 Hope St, +1 401 831-3434, M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-4PM. A 'Mom and Pop' shop for over eight years, Frog and Toad offer local art and handcrafted items, fair trade pieces from around the world, and an eclectic range of cards, jewelry, home goods, gifts for all occasions, and clothing. Complimentary gift wrapping.
- Rhody Craft, 780 Hope Street,  Mon.-Sat 10AM-6PM, Su Noon-5PM. A carefully curated, eclectic collection of locally handmade art and craft. Fun, unique gifts for everyone. Art prints, jewelry, bath & body, handbags, wood, glass, t-shirts, awesome teacher gifts, baby, cards, and more. Gift wrapping included.
- hope returns: kids thrift and gift, 746 Hope Street, +1 401 453-2222, Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM. A quality children’s resale and gift store specializing in upscale resale clothing, gear, and locally handcrafted gifts. Stocked with a wide variety of funky, fun, and useful items for children sized newborn to 8.
- Green River Silver Co., 735 Hope Street, +1 401 621-9092,  Mon-Sat 10 AM - 6 PM, Sun 12 - 5 PM Green River Silver Co. offers unique handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from around the globe as well as local designers. Gift wrapping is always offered.
Shop the city
Rhode Islanders can be quite secretive about the city's hidden treasures. Outside of the state's most frequented shop spots lie many other great opportunities to find that special item or to simply discover something new and exciting.
- ALEX AND ANI, 201 Wayland Avenue +1 401 919-5467, http://www.alexandani.com M-Sa 10AM-9PM Sun 10AM-7PM. Alex and Ani have been featured in many national publications including Lucky, Redbook, Vogue, and InStyle magazines. This popular retailer features signature expandable bracelets with charms, as well as necklaces and earrings. The bracelets have an original and patented technology that makes each piece customizable for its owner. The company is eco-friendly, using reused and recycled materials, and its products are Made in America. Designer and Rhode Island local Carolyn Rafaelian use seven different metal finishes to make jewelry that promotes the power of positive energy, uplifts, and inspires.
- Comina Inc 201 Wayland Ave, +1 401 273-7665, M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Sells a variety of items including jewelry and furniture. Items have a wide range in pricing from $10 to $1000 for larger pieces of furniture.
- Paper Nautilus Books, 5 South Angell St, Wayland Square, "+1 401" 521-5533, Monday Through Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm. (Formerly Myopic Books) A 16-year old local bookstore, and one of the last in the city. Boasting over 25,000 books with many rare copies and out-of-print books, it is a local gem. Paper Nautilus also has its lovely outdoor courtyard for reading during warmer weather as well as presenting local artists around the stores. In this vein, there is also the "Arto-mat", a cigarette vending machine modified to dispense small pieces of local artwork.
- Nanita Variety Store, 1364 Broad St, +1 401 467-2560. Sells a variety of adult items at average to moderate prices, including lingerie and other typical products found in adult stores.
- Franklin Rogers Limited, 142 Westminister, +1 401 454-8170. Offers average-priced menu ware specializing in fine suits and business attire, in addition to casual menswear such as sweaters and golf attire.
- M&M Step & Style, 1282 N. Main St, +1 401 621-4710. Specializes in casual hip-hop clothing for males and females at reasonable prices ranging from $20-$50.
- In the Bag, 141 Elmgrove Ave, +1 401 521-5300. In the Bag sells designer bags straight from New York. The owner will get you any bag you want from a designer's showroom.
- risd|works, 20 North Main Street, +1 401 277-4949, . M-Sa 10 AM-6 PM, Su 11 AM-5 PM. risd|works sell functional pieces designed by Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and Faculty. Great for finding fun and unique gifts.
- Into The Wardrobe, 117 Brook St, +1 401 831-7660. Tu-F 11AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Sells a variety of consignment items, ranging from inexpensive tops around $5 to some more moderately priced items such as gowns ranging in price from 30-up to $100.
- Clothing Collaborative, 220 Elmwood Ave, +1 401 421-5753. M-F 9 AM-4 PM. Sells typical items found at a consignment shop offers a variety of business dress and casual attire. Most items are moderately priced ranging from $5-$40.
- Act II, 802 Hope St, +1 401 274-2223. Act II is a second-hand store that sells antique jewelry and designer clothes such as Lacoste and Burberry.
- Easy Coast Tatooing and Body, 170 Atwells Ave, +1 401 331-5623. Clean facility and friendly employees.
- Armageddon Record, 436 Broadway St, +1 401 521-6667. Armageddon shop is on Broadway, just a short walk from downtown. Run by two members from the band Dropdead, they specialize in rare and obscure rock albums and local music from around Rhode Island. They also specialize in music zines and t-shirts.
- Johnny Rockets, 269 Thayer St, Providence, RI, ☎ (401) 276-0003, . Best known for their awesome American-Hamburgers, Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Their purpose I to provide their customers with the classic all American experience in which this establishment has exceeded in doing. edit
- Chipotle Bar & Grill, 235 Thayer St Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 621-2503, . Chipotle, best known for it’s extravagant Mexican dishes opened in 1993 and has been greatly known around the world. Chipotle serves naturally raised chicken and uses zero trans-fat cooking oil for their famous dishes. edit
- Baja Tex Mex Grille, 273 Thayer Street, Providence, RI, ☎ (401) 383-7079, . Satisfying the needs of it’s customers, from vegetarians to meat lovers, Baja’s provides a wide variety of dishes from American Styled foods to Mexican Styled dishes. With it’s great atmosphere, Baja’s has become a go-to place for it’s awesome choice of dishes. edit
- Red Stripe, 465 Angell St. Providence, R.I. 02906, ☎ 1-401-437-6950, . Red Stripe is a casual, moderately priced neighborhood bistro in Wayland Square.It is loud and brightly lit, not the kind of environment for a romantic dinner. The service is casual and friendly as the waitstaff dart between tables in a fairly cramped dining room (for more privacy request a booth). A decent selection of craft beers are available on tap, and wines by the glass are solid (though contain a few too many of the usual suspects.) It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, brunch is offered on Sundays from 10-3. Appetizers range from $5-$14. An outstanding item is the crispy duck roulade: delicious duck confit served with arugula and lingonberry chutney. Entrees are in the $12-$22 range. Some stand-out offerings include Steak Frites, Lavender Brick Chicken, and the Duck Shepard's Pie. Moules and Frites are a featured item offered with ten different preparations. For lighter appetites, there are dinner-sized salads (to which grilled chicken or salmon may be added)and an array of burgers and sandwiches. edit
- Brickway on Wickenden, 234 Wickenden St. Providence, R.I., ☎ 1-401-751-2477, . Brickway on Wickenden is a funky little breakfast and lunch spot in FoxPoint. It is open M-F from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sat-Sun from 8.am-3.p. Breakfast is served all day, lunch after 11. The decor is bright with a large colorful mural covering an entire wall. Service is casual and friendly and a real attraction is coffee, which is excellent for this type of establishment. For breakfast, a wide array of omelets are available with a variety of fresh ingredients. French toast and Pancakes are offered with a larger than average selection of add-ons (chocolate chips, bananas, walnuts, etc). The lunch menu is small, featuring soups, salads, burgers, and wraps. edit
- Rogue Island, 65 Weybosset Street (The Arcade), ☎ +1 401 831 3733, . Lunch & Dinner Daily; Brunch Fri-Sun.. Restaurant and bar located in the historic Arcade. They serve appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts utilizing locally sourced ingredients primarily from within 75 miles of Providence. The bar features Rhode Island produced craft beers, wine, and regional small-batch spirits. The atmosphere is cozy, with reclaimed wood and vintage-style lighting. edit
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, One West Exchange Street, ☎ +1 401 533-9000, . Fleming's is known for its prime steak and elegant, cherry wood atmosphere. Its wine list features over 100 wines available by the glass. This steakhouse also offers bar menu specials until 7:00 PM. edit
- New Rivers, 7 Steeple St., +1 401 , . New Rivers Bistro prizes inventive presentation and taste over any pretension and it shows. The unassuming 18th-century interior yields a culinary masterpiece. Expensive but worth it if you are looking for a special night. Entrees $18-30.
- Waterplace Restaurant & Lounge, 1 Finance Way, ☎ 401-272-1040, . Tuesday-Thursday 430pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-11pm. Waterplace is a casual restaurant and lounge overlooking beautiful Waterplace park in Providence. Located downtown, Waterplace specializes in Italian, Seafood, and American cuisine. View the breathtaking Providence skyline right from your dining room seat and enjoy a casual experience or a nice romantic night on the town. Available for weddings, parties, and corporate events. $$. edit
- Cafe Nuovo, 1 Citizens Plaza Providence, RI 02903, ☎ (401) 421-2525, . edit Cafe Nuovo has some of the best food in downtown Providence with a modern twist. It has a nice view of the city no matter where you are seated in the restaurant. Although it is on the expensive side, you truly get what you pay for here.
Providence Place Mall
- 'P.F. Chang's, 111 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4665, . M-Th 11 AM-11 PM, F-Sa 11 AM-12 AM, Su 11 AM-10 PM. P.F. Chang's is fairly new to Providence, just opening in the fall of 2011, and it is already popular. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan on eating here, the wait can be pretty long. Serves fine Asian cuisine in a nice friendly atmosphere. P.F. Chang's is a nice place to take the family to dinner.
- The Cheesecake Factory, 94 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4010, . M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, * F-Sa 11:30AM-12:30PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Upscale dining, The Cheesecake Factory offers more than 200 menu selections including 50 cheesecakes and desserts. $10 - $20 entrées. The Cheesecake Factory is a nationwide chain. The wait can be long, it is always very busy, be prepared for that if you plan on making a trip.
- The Nordstrom Cafe, Level Three of Mall, Inside Nordstrom, +1 401 621-6111. American-style cuisine offers a great spot for some better quality food inside the mall that is not food-court style. It offers a great view of the State House and the East Side of Providence. Provides the best view in the mall. Less expensive than the sit-down restaurants, but pricier than the food court options.
- Uno Chicago Grill, 82 Providence Pl Providence, RI 02903, (401) 270-4866. A good place to stop and eat is the Providence Place Mall. A good alternative to the food court and less expensive than most of the other restaurants.
- Andreas Restaurant, 268 Thayer Street, +1 401 331-7879, . M-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Su: 9AM-2AM. Andreas offers some of the only authentic local Greek/American cuisines. The menu consists of souvlaki's and other traditional Greek cuisine but often with an Americanized twist. The burgers are particularly sensational as are the expansive salads. For those that are interested in something new, try the saganaki flambe (read flaming cheese). After 10 PM the kitchen closes and Andreas caters to late-night drinkers while maintaining a bar menu. Entrees range from 8-22$
- Antonio’s Pizza, 258 Thayer St.,+1 401 455-3600. A popular pizzeria chain that features pizza by the slice in almost 40 unique varieties, including chicken quesadilla and tortellini. Reasonable prices, offers $1 cheese slices late at night which is awesome for nights after too much drinking. It is always full of college students, and can be very busy at lunchtime and late at night.
- Nice Slice, 267 Thayer St.,+1 401 453-6423, , Su-M 11AM-2AM. A great alternative to the more "pedestrian" Antonio's. A skater atmosphere paired with a vegan-friendly menu makes this one-off a slam dunk for those looking for a Pizzaria with more options and a cooler vibe. Located right next to Kabob and Curry.
- Kabob and Curry, 261 Thayer Street, +1 401 273-8844, .M-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. A decades-old local institution providing both standard and original fare. Voted the best Indian food in Rhode Island. Takeout and delivery were available. Meals $11-$16.
- Shanghai, 272 Thayer St, +1 401 331-0077. SU-W 11 AM-11 PM, TH-SA: 11 AM-12 AM. A popular restaurant on the Eastside; Shanghai serves Chinese/Vietnamese style fresh cuisine. There are two sides to the restaurant, one side offers a casual side for take-out, and the other side is great for a fancier night out. Good to have a night out with friends. Available for delivery.
- East Side Pockets, 278 Thayer St., +1 401 453-1100, M-SA 10AM-12PM. East Side Pockets has excellent falafel, served in pockets, in salads, or alone, along with a range of other Middle Eastern pocket fares. Vegetarian and vegan options. Pockets are less than $7.00. Take out or counter seating.
- La Creperie, 82 Fones Aly, +1 401 751-5536. M-Th 10AM-12AM, F 10AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 9AM-12AM. La Creperie specializes in crepes and offers affordable plates, wraps, and smoothies. Tough to find from the street sometimes, but worth looking for. Easiest to find if you look between Au Bon Pain and BBC.
- Cafe Paragon/Viva, 234 Thayer St.,+1 401 331-6200, Sunday Brunch 10AM-3PM, M-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, (Kitchen Closes for exclusive drinking at midnight) . Acceptable Italian/American fare for lunch but truly lacking in an original dinner menu. A late-night lounge is where the Paragon/Viva spaces excel. Paragon takes the role of a pub after midnight while Viva becomes a dance club. Some of the best drinks and bartenders on Thayer St, but expect to pay for them.
- Byblos, 235 Meeting Street., +1 401 453-9727, . Voted Best middle eastern restaurant and the best burger in Rhode Island for 2006. The Providence Byblos serves authentic Lebanese foods and hosts a Lebanese Hookah Lounge on the second floor open 7 PM-1 AM Monday-Thursday and until 2 AM Friday-Saturday. Contains two full bars and two floors, and the option of sitting inside or out. Enjoy over 30 flavors of hookah and even mix some of your favorite flavors.
Providence Byblos Hookah Lounge
- English Cellar Alehouse, 165 Angell St, Providence, RI, (directly off Thayer) +401 454 3434, English Cellar Alehouse features an extensive beer list of over 200 of the “best beers in the world.” Their food makes mouths water with dishes like homemade Shepard’s Pie and Guinness Meat Loaf, and deserts like fried Oreo’s. The atmosphere is that of 20th century England, featuring a classic telephone booth and famous quotes all around the building having to do with beer. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and offers excellent recommendations for those who can’t decide which beer to enjoy.
- Shark Sushi Bar and Grille, 275 Thayer St. Providence, RI, ☎ (401)490-0212, . 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.. edit A nice restaurant with a modern atmosphere and a wide variety of elegant foods. They also offer hookah.
- Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzura), 210 Atwells Av., +1 401 272-9030 (fax +1 401 272-4814, . M-Th, 5 PM-10 PM, F, Sat 5 PM-10:30 PM, Su 12 PM-9 PM. Also, an upscale restaurant where reservations are required. The atmosphere is romantic, with live music, fireplace, and ok for families/children. The attire is casual though there is a small dancing area. They serve Italian and seafood. Pricing is moderate to expensive.
- Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen Restaurant, 120 Atwells Ave., +1 401 751-5544. W-M 12 PM-10 PM. "Elegant Dining" with a taste of Italy. All meals cooked to order. It has a very old-school Italian feel. Reservations and valet parking are available. Voted Best Restaurant RI Monthly and by Food & Beverage Magazine.
- Nancy's Fancies, 294 Atwells Ave, ☎ (401) 421-2253, . Located on Federal Hill in Providence, about 5 minutes from Providence Place Mall, Nancy's Fancies is a great place to go for those with a sweet tooth. Nancy's Fancies is known for the variety of custom cakes designed for special occasions and also know for the opportunity to make your own cupcake in over 30 flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, oreo, coconut cream, chocolate buttercream, marshmallow, raspberry mousse, almond buttercream, mocha buttercream, etc. Custom cakes are available for all occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, etc. It is a great place to have a custom cake made, visit with kids, or just to go when you’re feeling creative with cupcake making! edit
- Angelo's Civita Farnese, 141 Atwells Ave, +1 401 621-8171, . Su 12AM-9PM, M-Th 11:30AM-9PM,F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Angelo's serves award-winning home-style Italian food. Meals $6-$15
- Jessie's Dessert Bar, 230 Atwells Avenue., +1 401 351-5377. Su-Th 7 AM-10 PM, F-Sa 7 AM-12 PM. Jessie's Dessert Bar is an old-fashioned ice cream bar and dessert bar that serves gourmet desserts, coffee, gelato, and ice cream. Also, open for breakfast Su-M.
- Broadway Bistro, 205 Broadway, +1 401 331-2450, , Open Daily 5-10pm, Reservations only accepted for parties of 6 or more. A small upscale eatery in the heart of the Armory. Broadway Bistro is a small and intimate space with local artwork adorning every available square inch. The small and evolving menu reflects the atmosphere. Rich flavors with simple presentation and excellent ingredients. Entrees range from $8-20 with tapas-style appetizers $6 and up.
- Nara's Lounge Providence - Nara's is the upscale Hookah Lounge located on Federal Hill. This Middle Eastern-style lounge has a variety of both Middle Eastern and American drinks, food, and dessert. This lounge is decorated in earthy colors, with dim lights and low Middle Eastern music to create a relaxing atmosphere. Nara also serves 15 flavors of Hookah to choose from, along with entertainment Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings. Must be over 18 years or older to smoke Hookah and 21 or older to drink. Sunday-Thursday hours are: 4:00pm -1:00am, Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm-2:00am.
- Rue De L'Espoir, 99 Hope Street, +401 751-8890, . Offers unique dining experiences in breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Set in the historic East Side district of Providence, "The Rue" features food specializing in fresh regional cooking, with influences from France, Italy, and Asia. Charming and warm ambience, friendly wait staff and an impressive menu. Interesting choices are their cheese board and Monday's "Dollar Daze," with $1 apps at the bar.
- Not Just Snacks, 833 Hope Street, +1 401 831-1150. This is a small restaurant that serves very traditional Indian and Pakistani food at an affordable price. This family owned and handicapped accessible business is open from 11AM-9PM 7 days a week. They do not take reservations but you can call in to place an order either to be eaten there or to take out. They do not serve and drinks that are alcoholic. However, they are a BYOB establishment and will provide you with glasses for beer or wine upon request. Both the outside and inside of the buildings are very unassuming so make sure when looking for it your eyes are peeled.
- Fellini's Pizzeria, 166 Wickenden Street, +1 401 751-6737, .Su-W open until 12AM, Th-Sa open until 2AM . New York style, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings. Fun atmosphere, for kids and kids at heart due to the pinball machines. Awesome specials, specifically at Thanksgiving time, which is when they offer a one-time-a-year Thanksgiving style pizza. Free delivery for Providence area.
- Sakura, 231 Wickenden Street, +1 401 331-6861, . Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi, in true Japanese style, at Sakura. The staff are very friendly although some are hard to understand. It can get very busy and sometimes the only available in the dining room where you must sit on the floor at the tables. You usually find a lot of college students in this dining room, they don't mind it. BYOB. Meals $6-$20.
- 3 Steeple Street, 125 Canal Street, +1 401 272-3620, serving dishes like smoked trout and Maryland crab cakes within stone slate walls and wooden plank floors in the second-oldest industrial building in the United States. $16-$33.
- Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Terrace. +1 401 274-2739. Serves bar & grill-type food, but come for the beer! Union Station brews its own beer in 6 different styles. Can't decide which to get? They'll serve you 5oz of each for $7.50. The namesake comes from the fact that the restaurant was carved out of the original 1898 Union Station.
- The Capital Grille, 1 Union Station, +1 401 521-5600, . The Capital Grille has exquisite dry aged steaks and a friendly, but comfortable atmosphere. They also have an award winning wine list. Eating here is always excellent. This franchise is actually the original restaurant in the Capital Grille chain.
- Capriccio, 2 Pine St., +1 401 421-1320, . M-Th 11:30PM-10:30PM; F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM and Su 11:30AM-9PM. This restaurant is among the best of Providence. Extended wine list (more than 550 available), fabulous wait staff, exquisite food are some of the things that make this restaurant as good as it is. The food is expensive, but worth it. Many of the items on the menu are made by your table. You can not go wrong with the Steak Diane, cooked tableside, or any other dish on the menu for that matter!
- Cuban Revolution, 50 Aborn St., +1 401 331-8829, . M-Sa 11AM-12AM.Cuban Revolution features a signature, award winning Latin menu. Voted Best Sandwich in Rhode Island in 2003. Meals $6-$12.
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, GTech Center 10 Memorial Blvd., +1 401 272-2271, . M-Th 5PM-10PM,F4:30PM-11PM, Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse serves New Orleans-inspired appetizers, U.S. Fine steaks, fresh seafood, classic desserts, and an award winning wine list. This is a frequent place of interest for the New England Patriots football players. Private dining rooms available.
- A Taste of India, 230 Wickenden Street, Providence, RI, ☎ 401-421-4355, . M- F: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-10:00PM Sa & Su: 12:00PM-3:00 PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM. A small but cozy Indian restaurant which specializes in curry dishes and authentic appetizers. Vegan friendly, and also offers Gluten-free menu items. Price range $2-$35. edit
- Cafe Noir, 125 North Main St., ☎ 401-272-2116, . Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm. Specializing in all your fine dining needs, Cafe Noir is the place for a classy and elegant dining experience. Known for it's french cuisine with a twist, Cafe Noir is a must if you are new to the area or just passing through. Full bar available and also a variety of delectable desserts which are made fresh to order! $$$. edit
- La Sonrisa, 320 Broad St Providence, ☎ (401) 228-3470. Best Spanish food around. For $5.00 get a full course meal. From Chicken rice and beans to seafood salad. Order in or take out. $5.00. edit
- Tea in Sahara, 69 Governor St., ☎ +1 401 709-3252. 11 am - 11 pm. Very affordable Moroccan appetizers, smoothies, and paninis. Hookahs, with a variety of flavors, are also served. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly servers. Free WiFi provided. edit
- Local 121, 121 Washington St., ☎ +1 401 274-2121. Locally harvested, seasonable, and organic cuisine is served in the modern and elegant dining room. You can often catch live acts in the tap room which is adjacently located. The speakeasy downstairs is an ideal environment for everything from live music to business lunches. Hours of operation = Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm and Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 11pm and Sunday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm. TAPROOM: 12pm-1am, Monday - Thursday; 12pm-2am, Friday & Saturday; 5pm-1am, Sunday. edit
- Wings and Things, 250 Brook St., ☎ +1 401 369-7551, . Wings and Things is located within the Brown University campus on the East Side. They are best known for their wings and boneless chicken chunks, slathered in your choice of 20 sauces. As far as dedicated wing joints go in Providence, this is the one to beat. They offer dine-in, take out, or delivery. If you're in the mood for some spicy wings or want to test your machismo by trying to handle their highest heat, then Wings and Things is the place to go. edit
- El Rancho Grande, 311 Plainfield St, ☎ 1 401 275-0808, . 8am-10pm. Family business owner Maria Meza opened her restaurant mid 2007. This Mexican family restaurant offers traditional and affordable dished while also using authentic ingredients at the same time. Most of their ingredients are brought in directly from Mexico, providing an authentic Mexican taste and experience. Maria hosts many festive Mexican traditional events throughout the year to give her customers a rare and memorable time. edit
- The Dorrance, 60 Dorrance street, (401) 521-6000. Contemporary American upscale cuisine, $20-$30 entrees. A James Beard nominee. Many of the items on The Dorrance’s menu are cooked using the sous-vide method. The Dorrance is housed in the former Federal Reserve building. Its dining room features breathtaking architecture in the French Second Empire style. The bar features artisan cocktails. Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-close.
- Mill’s Tavern, 101 North Main Street, (401) 272-3331. Contemporary American upscale cuisine, $20-$40 entrees. Forbes Four Star rating. Mill’s Tavern is a local favorite. One of the few places to get fois gras in the state. Comfortable, rustic atmosphere. The restaurant can be easy to miss, as it is oddly marked. Their “sign” is a large, horizontally placed, silver fork. Monday-Thurs, 5pm-10pm. Friday-Saturday, 5pm-11pm. Sunday, 4pm-9pm.
- Gracie’s, 194 Washington St. Providence, RI 02903, Theater District, (401) 272-7811. Contemporary American upscale cuisine, $20-$40 entrees. AAA four diamond award winner. Gracie’s is a foodie favorite. Fresh, local, seasonal farm-to-table ingredients. Gracie’s offers chef’s tasting menus and pre-fix menus as well as suggested wine pairings. Stars are a prevalent theme throughout the elegant dining room. Tue-Sat 5pm-close
- Haven Bros, Corner of Fulton and Dorrance Street,(401) 861-7777, Diner Food, $5-$10. One of the oldest street food eateries in America. Late night greasy food; hamburgers, wieners, fries etc... Good place to go after the bar. 4:30pm-5am
Although the city of Providence may be small compared to other states' capitals, it has quite a bustling nightlife. There are a variety of bars and clubs to suit any taste and price range - from hip eclectic bars in the artsy college area, to upscale martini bars downtown, techno and hip-hop clubs for the younger crowd, and casual pubs and brewhouses scattered throughout the city, there is certainly something for everybody. RI Law prohibits Happy Hour drink specials.
- Bradley's Cafe 571 Admiral St, +401 621-2891. Open till 1AM everyday, this is a great relaxed bar to kick back and enjoy a beer with the pals. It is a bit dirty, but that can be part of the enjoyment of it all. Sometimes all a person needs is night of relaxation at the bar. "Brad's" as it is commonly referred to, is always filled with locals and college students. They also can play great music, so when you have had one too many, you can dance it out on the dance floor. The bathroom is a bit gross though, be wary of that, it's definitely a typical bar bathroom.
- The Dark Lady 124 Snow Street, +401831-4297. Mon-Thurs 9PM-1AM, Fri-Sat 9PM-2AM. Open 7 nights a week and always has something going on. A popular spot for cross-dressers and transsexuals, with live drag shows featuring local talent. The Dark Lady's performers are known to socialize with patrons. Great place for meeting those in the transsexual/cross-dressing scene.
- GLO Bar, 93 Clemence St., ☎ +1 401 272-0227. 8 pm - 2 am. Small downtown bar and dance club with live dj's playing a wide variety of music from hip-hop to techno to alternative. Cheap cocktails available at the two full-length, fully stocked bars. edit
- Fat Belly's Irish Pub, 125 Canal St, . Located in the second oldest industrial building in the U.S., overlooks the Waterfire canal.
- Whiskey Republic, 515 South Water St., +1 401 421-5796. Daily 3:30PM-1AM. Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and R&B. Thursdays ladies get in free. $1 Corona until 11PM. $3 margaritas. Pool tables, lounge areas and booth tables. The bar acts like an island, where the dance floor is located to the left of the small stage. There is another bar located in the back of the place. Outside enclosed area for smokers.
- The Hi-Hat, 3 Davol Sq, +1 401 453-6500, . M-Th 4PM-1AM, F-Sa 4PM-2AM, Su 6PM-12AM. Features live jazz, Latin, soul, R&B, soft rock, and even swing music in an elegant, upscale atmosphere. Has small dance floor, and a cozy room with fireplaces in the back. Extensive wine and champagne list. Cover charge on weekends, usually ~$8.
- Mirabar, 35 Richmond Street, +401 331-6761.. Sun-Thurs 3pm-1am. Fri-Sat 3pm-2am. Self-proclaimed Rhode Island's best gay men's bar and dance club. Laser lights, high-energy dance floor, shirtless shot boys and themed nights. Fun for girls and boys! This is a hot-spot for the trendy gay male crowd and their gal pals. Not recommended for gays who don't like loud dance music and/or like to mingle.
- Monet Lounge, 115 Harris Ave, +1 401 580-4847. This lounge/nightclub is a nice setting for a night of dancing or just lounging, they provide plush couches and bar stools. In addition there is a large VIP section if you're interested in your own private party. Cover charge; dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Olives, 108 North Main St, +1 401 751-1200, . Dining: Tu-Th 5PM-1AM, F-Sa 5PM-2AM, Su 5PM-9PM, Bar: 12PM-1AM. Restaurant, martini bar, and nightclub. Ages 21-plus after dinner. Drink menu includes 65 different martinis, ranging from $7 to $9.
- PROV, 99 Chestnut St., +1 401 621-8888. This is more of a bar than a club but still has a nice dance floor, an elegant environment for an evening of drinks. There is usually a DJ playing new hits and shot girls walking around for your convenience. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant, 50 Exchange Ter., +1 401 272-1953, . Su-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM. At Ri Ra everyday is St. Patty's Day! Great place to throw back a pint o' Guinness in a fun, festive atmosphere. Attracts crowds of all ages. Food also available mainly traditional american food with an irish twist. Monday=1/2 price wings, Tuesday=Pub Quiz, Wednesday=1/2 price burgers, Thursday=Live Music, Friday & Saturday=Local Bands, Sunday=Irish Session/Karaoke.
- Tantric 1070 North Main St, +1 401 273-1070, . This club is located downtown providence. Features include Red Carpet Thursdays, $2 Corona and shots. Dance floor, Hip Hop and R&B music. Admission to Tantric is usually $10.
- Tazza Caffe & Bar, 250 Westminster St., +1 401 421-3300, . M-W 7AM-12AM, Th 7AM-1AM, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 9AM-5PM. Features live music ranging from jazz and blues, to funk and world music, in a funky, artsy atmosphere. No cover. Drink price: $3-9.
- Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain St., +1 401 453-2337, . M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 12PM-1AM (food served until Midnight everyday). In addition to a great selection of beer on tap, features six beers (two light, two dark, two amber) that are brewed daily on-site. The same beer is never brewed two days in a row.
- Ultra the Nightclub, 172 Pine St., +1 401 454-5483. This nightclub has a large Hip-Hop room and a Techno/House music room with plenty of dance floor to fulfill your dancing desires. Small cover charge and reasonably priced drinks allow for an exciting night for under 50 dollars. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Kartabar, 284 Thayer St., "+1 401" 331-8111. Upscale lounge on Thayer. Exceptional drinks with excellent Mojitos and Caipirinhas. House music is piped across an open floor plan that opens up onto the street during the warmer months. Is crowded for most of the day but after midnight the lounge really heats up.
- Viva/Paragon, 230 Thayer St., +1 401 272-7600. Popular with RISD and Brown students. Tables are cleared at 11PM to create a dance floor, DJ spins hip-hop and dance music. Features extensive wine list, bottled and draft beer list, variety of champagne and martinis. Can get quite crowded on weekends, plan on arriving before 1AM to guarantee a spot inside.
- Harry's Bar & Burger, 121 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903, ☎ (401) 228-7437, . good food composed of fresh ingredients from local purveyors. Serving 100% pure Hereford beef mini burgers coupled with a huge selection of craft beers. A great location to visit in providence for their multi award winning burgers edit
- Point Street Dueling Pianos, 3 Davol Square, Providence, RI 02903, ☎ (401) 270-7828, . This is by far the best bar in providence. Two piano players singing custom tunes and classic ones. Truly a great experience in the providence area, not only are the drinks cheap and affordable but the entertainment is like no other. Be sure not to attend this bar if you do not have a good sense of (adult) humor. One large perk of this bar is the fact that you can bring or order your own food! edit
- Smoke Lounge, 114 Spruce Street, Providence Rhode Island, ☎ 401-780-8975, . Smoke Lounge, best known for it’s great atmosphere, offering hookah, drinks and music is a small lounge located in the Federal Hill vicinity. Smoke Lounge is a two level establishment offering an area to sit, kick back and enjoy drinks on the upper level, and a night of fun and dancing on the first level. In the summer, the first level roofing gets taken off where the scenery of stars is at it’s best of view. edit
- E+O Tap, 28 Knight St., ☎ 401-454-4827, . E+O is a dive bar in the heart of the hipster ghetto. A good selection of micro brews on tap and a few decent wines offered by the glass.The room is small and usually crowded, especially on weekends. There is a television, and the game might be on but it won't be the center of everyone's attention as it would in a sports bar. The Poco Loco truck parks outside Wednesday nights 8-12 and Fridays 8-11. edit
- The Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St Providence, R.I., . M-Th 4pm-1am, Fri 4pm-2 am, Sat 5pm-2 am, Sun 5pm-1am.. Large cavernous space with a mix of locals and students from nearby Rhode Island School of Design. Large selection of micro-brews available on tap or bottled. A decent but small selection of wines by the glass. Food options are limited but above average in quality. Appetizers include chips and salsa, hummus (garlic or spicy). Cheeseboard available. Sandwiches include: a Reuben, Corned Beef, Turkey and jerk chicken with mango salsa. There are pool tables and dart boards and a wildly popular Pub Quiz where patrons form teams and compete for prizes. edit
- La Hacienda, 603 Plainfield Street Providence, RI 02909, ☎ (401) 275-2385, . La hacienda is a mexican style resataurant that has plenty of traditional mexican dishes and american style breakfast all day. This location is known for its extremely cheap prices and professional and friendly customer service. This quaint restaurant is the perfect home town feel for someone from out of town. edit
- The Good Will Engine Company (The Engine), 41 Central Street, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. A hi-style hostel designed for visiting Providence offers a variety of accomodations ranging from a single dorm bunk to a large 3 bedroom apartment. All spaces feature art, vintage touches, and murals by local artists. Lounge on 1st floor features music, performance, and special events. $29-$300. (41.814261,-71.422490) edit
- Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Ave., +1 401 831-3900, . Located within walking distance to Federal Hill, the Hilton Providence is comprised of 274 guestrooms. There is a restaurant and Starbucks in the hotel. The Hilton is adjacent to Dunkin Donuts Center and RI Convention Center.
- Hotel Dolce Villa, 63 DePasquale Sq, +1 401 383-7031,. This 14-suite hotel offers guests luxury accommodation located in the historic Federal Hill. Each room is equipped with memory foam beds, kitchens, and whirlpool tubs. At the rear of the hotel is Smoke, a tobacco and liquor bar.
- Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor, 220 India St, +1 401 272-5577,. The Radisson Hotel overlooks the harbor and is located a mile away from Brown University. Rooms are equipped with free high-speed wireless. Many rooms have views of Providence Harbor.
Bed & Breakfasts
- Christopher Dodge House, 11 West Park St, +1 401 351-6111, Fax: +1 401 351-4261, . 15 rooms. Walking distance from Providence Place Mall, downtown, and Brown University. Each spacious guest room offers early American reproduction furniture, Stearns and Foster mattresses a private bath, and much more. $130-$200.
- Mowry-Nicholson House, 57 Brownell St, +1 401 351-6111 (fax: +1 401 351-4261), . Bed and Breakfast with panoramic views of historic Providence. Comfortable rooms & suites, all with private baths.
- Old Court Bed & Breakfast, 144 Benefit St, +1 401 751-2002, . This 11-room bed and breakfast are decorated with memorabilia from the 19th century. Each room has a private attached bathroom. Old Court Bed & Breakfast is located close to all the major city attractions. Prices range from $115-$199, depending on the season.
- On 1 March 2005, Rhode Island put a smoking ban into effect. Smoking in bars, restaurants, and other businesses is prohibited.
Providence is a relatively safe city for its size, though proper caution and common sense should not be abandoned. The downtown area can be dodgy at night, especially around Kennedy Plaza and Washington Street. The club areas on the outskirts of downtown have also been known to draw some issues, though most are gang-related. Another area to avoid at night is the Camp Street area of the East Side. There is some known gang activity and there has been some violent behavior in the past. Also, late nights on Federal Hill are a great place to watch drunken idiots beat each other up under the guise of Italian pride (though this is more in the vein of "Jersey Shore" Italian and not of that that first inhabited the city decades ago), so exercise caution while in the bar and club area of this historic neighborhood.
As far as violent crime goes, it is best to avoid South Providence and the Olneyville neighborhoods of the city. There is little reason for most tourists to go to these locations, though the city's three main hospitals are relegated to the South Side. Olneyville's New York System was featured on Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate" series, and while there are two other locations within driving distance of Providence (Rhode Island is the smallest state, after all), a quick visit here to get a few hot dogs will not result in a problem unless you decide to walk around the neighborhood a bit and it's 1:00 in the morning.
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