Welcome to Providence
A charismatic and welcoming modern capital city with an undeniable historic charm
Rhode Island’s capital is one of New England’s most exciting and vibrant metropolitan areas. Big-city sophistication pairs with small-town charm through its friendly family-run eateries, extensive museums, beautiful parks, and seaside amenities. Providence may be small but stands mightily alongside other east coast cities thanks to an increase in well-paying jobs, revitalized neighborhoods, and a friendly atmosphere more people have been seeking out in recent times. Colonial-style homes line the streets of this artistic city on the Narragansett Bay, where a cultural future meets a robust history.
Originally founded in 1636, Providence was one of the country’s first cities to industrialize and develop a reputation for its innovative silver, jewelry, and textile industries. Today, Providence is home to several innovative health care centers, institutes for higher education, and pleasant tourism not often found in 21st-century cities.
What to Love
- Providence is home to a high concentration of museums featuring beautiful works of art, artifacts, and interactive displays for young children.
- Several neighborhoods have undergone revitalization over the years, breathing new life into the city and leaving a bright future to look forward to.
- Blackstone Park and Boulevard is one of the region’s most tranquil walking paths, stretching across 4.64 miles with a dedicated bicycle lane leading down to the Blackstone Park Conservation District.
New England is one of the country’s most scenic and historical regions. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum
is the 20th-largest museum in the nation. Founded in 1877, some past exhibitions have included contemporary ceramic pieces, silver and metalworks from the 1800s, and intriguing pieces from the Middle East. WaterFire Providence
strives to inspire the city and its visitors to aid in revitalizing the urban experience by displaying glowing fire sculptures along the Providence River. Relaxing days can be spent in the company of Mother Nature at Roger Williams Park & Zoo
. New England’s first accredited zoo showcases more than 150 animals from around the globe and often hosts several festive events like holiday light displays, yoga followed by animal petting, and special activities for younger visitors.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Rhode Island’s capital city is also one of New England’s friendliest. Fine dining, trendy cuisine, and some other well-known names are enjoyed in the company of smiling faces, friends, and family.
is one of Providence’s more elegant options for a night out on the town. A frequently changing menu showcases new American trends, the best ingredients in the world, and the enthusiasm of a very talented chef. Foie gras, duck, and soft-shelled crab smørrebrød are just a few of their delectable creations.
Seasonal small plates are Oberlin’s
specialty. This downtown award-winner has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Eater. Cacio e pepe and bigeye tuna platters are some of their timeless simplicities, which have earned a loyal following over the years.
For more familiar favorites, Fleming’s and The Capital Grille are two top choices. A consistent reputation across the country for classics such as filet mignon, crab cakes, sea bass, and mouth-watering sides like caesar salad and creamed spinach has ensured a steady flow of loyal customers for years to come.
Things to Do
One of New England’s most significant cities is brimming with history. Federal Hill
, one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, boasts a heavy population of Italian immigrants, many of which have amazing stories to share about this beautiful city’s hard-working past. Atwells Avenue is a festive street for alfresco dining, unique shops, and people-watching on DePasquale Square
. The waterfront location of Providence allows easy access to ferries traveling down the Providence River from the Seastreak Terminal
on India Street. The ferry heads to Newport and, from there, many other beautiful locations along the east coast.
In Providence, students have robust educational amenities at their fingertips, including Ivy League college Brown University