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Providence County

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Providence County

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Providence County is located in the Northern part of Rhode Island. The population is 1,050,292 (as of 2012). It is home to the state's capitol, Providence.


Other destinations[edit]

  • The southern portion of the Blackstone Valley National Corridor is encompassed by Providence County.


Providence County is a diverse region with a diverse population; at the heart of this region lies the state's capitol, Providence, which is a lively metropolitan location. Despite the small proximity between cities within this county, (on average a 10-20 minute drive between city sites), the area you are visiting can be rural, suburban, or urban. Depending on the city's demographics, you may also encounter an environment where multiple cultures and ethnicities coexist. Although the dialect of Providence County is standard English, it is not uncommon to hear multiple languages among the natives. The diversity found in Providence County is one of the region's main appeals for travelers; you can be sure to find the right atmosphere for everyone involved during your stay!

Blackstone Valley Canal District has a long story that you will be curious to know when you travel along the valley canal. The Blackstone Valley becomes a place where history and culture are embraced in each city. The resources of the valley are sufficient enough to provide a high level quality of life for residents all over the it's cities. It is inspiring to know how communities had built around the valley between the 18th and 19th century. So take advantage of being in New England and grasp the history and culture by visiting Blackstone valley. You can discover the beauty of its nature by visiting the Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway Tours or Samuel Slater Canal Boat. Think about preparing your family for fun day at Slater Park in Pawtucket. It has all kinds of different activities. You will see old mills along the Blackstone River, a standing witness to history. The yellow building with the white-topped cupola along the Blackstone River is one of the most historical structures in the United States.It is Slater Mill, America's first factories and the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.


New Englanders, or more specifically the natives of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have an ongoing reputation for forgetting the letter "r" and replacing it with the sound "ah." For the most part, native Rhode Islanders have a distinct accent when compared to the rest of the United States, however this accent does not interfere with communication.

That said, depending on the part of Providence County you visit, you may find yourself located in the re-creation of a small-scale European or South American country. For instance, in Central Falls there is a dense population of Hispanic and Latino people, thus the environment is made up of many restaurants and venues that cater to the culture of the city. Even though English is spoken within that community, it is not uncommon to hear locales talk in another language, such as Cape Verdean, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.

Get in[edit]

Depending on where you are coming from and where you want to end up, you may have to use more than one mode of transportation to get to your desired location.

By Plane If you are coming from far away, your best bet is air travel. Located in Warwick is the Providence Airport, Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport, more commonly known as T.F. Green by the locals. Prices for plane tickets will vary based on season and the location you are flying from. You can look up pricing and flight times by going to T.F. Green Airport's website [1]

By Train If you are coming from a nearby state, your next best bet would be to travel by train. Depending on the state you are traveling from will influence the station and line you choose. There are three train stations throughout Rhode Island. There is the Providence Station, located in Providence, the T.F. Green Station, located in Warwick and the Wickford Junction Station located in North Kingstown. Prices for the train will vary depending on the stop you choose to take. You can look up pricing for train travel by going to the State of Rhode Island Department of Transportation's website [2]

For Massachusetts travelers, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) takes trips from Boston and other locations directly into the city of Providence at the Providence Station. You can look up pricing and train schedules by going to the MBTA's website [3]

By Bus If don’t want to fly or take the train, you can always look up travel information for bus companies. Typically, companies like Peter Pan Bus Lines (formerly known as Bonanza) and Greyhound Bus Lines take trips from other states into Rhode Island, specifically Providence. For information about pricing and travel schedules, you can go to Peter Pan Bus Lines' website [4] and Greyhound Bus Lines' website [5]

By Car If you are taking the road-trip route, the best way to get into Providence County is by taking I-95. Like other means of travel, this too depends on your departure location. For information on getting to Providence County from outside states go to the "Traveling R.I." page of the Rhode Island Department of Motor Services website [6] You can also gain more information on getting to and from various cities while in Providence County by going to the same webpage [7]

Get around[edit]

By Bus The most cost-effective and eco-friendly choice for transportation between cities, is the bus. The Rhode Island bus line is called Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). To get on the bus and ride the line is $2.00. You can look up the bus schedules at RIPTA's website [8]

By car For many people, driving is the best way to experience the beauty and culture of Rhode Island. If you would prefer to travel more freely, you can rent a car or call a cab. Listing for cab companies and car rentals can be found at the Yellow Pages website [9]

See[edit][add listing]

When visiting Providence County, you will notice that the pulse of the region picks up the closer you get to the heart of the state, Providence. Like most other suburban regions, one can find local highlights, like historical museums and parks. When in the rural areas of Providence County, you will find yourself exploring scenic routes, like the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. For more information on scenic routes you can go to Visit R.I.'s website [10]

Some Notable Locations:

  • Federal Hill Located in Providence, a historical site for Italian-American culture in Rhode Island. To learn more got to Federal Hill, Providence's website [11]
  • Willard House and clock Museum. Discover where time began in the black stone valley in the small workshop of the clock maker. In the city of Grafton, Massachusetts, the year 1766, the museum's collections includes over 80 Willard clocks at largest in the world of its original kind.
  • Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway Tours. From Cumberland, RI to Putnam, Ct. enjoy fall Foliage and Shopping Excursion to Putnam, CT. A full 3 1/2 hours in Putnam for antique shopping, dining, and Putnam Fall Festival.
  • Samuel Slater Canal Boat and B&B. Launched in May, 2000 as a millennium project, the 40-foot canal boat is the only one of its kind plying American waters. Docked at its permanent docking area at Central Falls Landing, The boat can seat up to 12 for river tours and can be chartered for up to 4 as an overnight bed and breakfast.

Do[edit][add listing]

Providence County has activities for all age groups and personality-types. For a more serene experience, you can discover opportunities for walking through mill villages, exploring canal towpaths, canoeing and visiting historic sites. Enjoy bird watching while you're hiking out in the beautiful nature. For a more metropolitan experience, you can browse the towns and enjoy the multiple malls, locale shops, and music venues; a good place to start would be Thayer Street located in Providence.

Some Notable Options:

  • Providence Children museum. It is the place for children; it has a very wide range of educational activities that strengthen their ability to learn and play at the same time
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo. A location for the entire family; it consists of a zoo, park, and other small-scale museums about Rhode Island's history and ecology. You can learn more about what they have to offer at their website[12]
  • Twin River Gambling Casino. A location for the adults that are travelling; open twenty four hours, seven days a week, Twin River is stocked with restaurants, live entertainment and games. You can learn more about the location at their website [13]

Eat[edit][add listing]

One of the perks of visiting such a diverse county, is that there is a wide variety of food choices. When you are in Providence County, you will find that the culture of the city or town you are in will influence the type of cuisine you have access to. That said, it is easy to find venues where all diet needs are met (i.e. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, etc.) There are also plenty of farms all over the valley providing excellent quality food products as well as the regular food markets like Stop and Shop[14] and Shaws[15]

For any first time travelers to the Ocean State, it is highly recommended by locals that you try the New England cuisine, which won't be hard to come by, considering most restaurants feature traditional meals, like fish and chips or clam cakes and chowder, every night as a potential dinner option.

Some Notable Options:

  • Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House locations in Narragansett and Warwick.
  • Ye Old English located in Woonsocket
  • Chelos located in Woonsocket, Providence, East Providence, Rumford, Apple Valley, Cranston, and Warwick

Drink[edit][add listing]

From bars to bistros, cafes to cantinas, travelers of Providence County will not have a problem finding a place to drink, whether it is a pint of Ale or a warm cappuccino from a local cafe. Nevertheless, it is of the utmost importance that first-time travelers drink the following:

  • Del's lemonade To find a Del's near your area you can go Del's website [16]
  • Coffee Milk The quintessential non-alcoholic, past-time drink of Rhode Islanders
  • Awful Awful The milkshake of all milkshakes. This frothy drink can be purchased at any Newport Creamery, stores are located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • There are also traditional drink spots like Starbucks [17], Dunkin Donuts [18],and Mcdonalds[19]

Stay safe[edit]

Standard precautions should be taken. However, when traveling in urban cities, like Providence, Central Falls, and Pawtucket, you should take extra care. For example, think twice about leaving valuable items like a purse or a wallet in plain sight or in your care without any supervision.

Get out[edit]

To the North is Massachusetts. There is plenty to do; again, another diverse location, packed with entertainment for everyone in the family.

To the South is South County. Typically this location is known as a summer spot and provides countless beaches and nature trails for the outdoor person to enjoy.

To the East is the outer edges of Massachusetts. Like South County, this area is more known for day trips and summer vacationing.

To the West is Connecticut. A well-known location is Mystic, favored for its aquarium and seaport.

Some notable next stops are:

Routes through Providence County
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