Providence Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Providence; our list of the best things to see, including Waterplace Park, Providence Performing Arts Center and Durfee's Hardware.
  • The best place in Providence: Waterplace Park

    Waterplace Park

    Memorial BlvdExchange 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 at its best.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Providence Performing Arts Center

    Providence Performing Arts Center

    220 Weybosset StSte 8
    ’s home for Broadway productions, children shows and popular entertainment. 220 Weybosset St, phone: 401-421-2787.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Durfee's Hardware

    Durfee's Hardware

    65 Rolfe St.
    * M-F: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM * Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM * Sun: Closed. This is the hardware store where true Cranstonians purchase their hardware. They make keys, sell all kinds of nuts, bolts, and other small pieces of you home improvement project. They also sell tools for home improvement. This store is one of the few places in town where you can get $2 bills for your change if you would like.
  • 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 that is 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. Boatrides 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 $2 for a 3 hour time block. The price increases after one surpasses 3 hours.
    College Hill food nearby
  • Providence Place Mall

    Providence Place Mall

    1 Providence Place, Providence RI 02903
    One Providence Place, phone: 401-270-1000.
    Downtown
  • Dunkin Donuts Center

    Dunkin Donuts Center

    Dunkin Donuts Ctr1 Lasalle Sq
    A 14,500 seat indoor sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Providence which 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 Sevefold 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.
    Downtown
  • Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University

    Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University

    Meant to excite your senses and pique your appetite for art and artifacts about food service and cookery, this museum documents the history of the culinary and hospitality industries, and includes a diner and stove museum. The Culinary Arts Museum is recognized as a premiere institution dedicated to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. Tues-Sun, 10AM-5PM. 315 Harborside Blvd.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Luxe Burger Bar

    Luxe Burger Bar

    5 Memorial Blvd
    Sunday-Wednesday 12pm-11pm, Thursday-Saturday 12pm-12am. $$. Located right in downtown Providence, Luxe Burger Bar is a wonderful place to relax and go grab a burger and a beer. This bar has a build your own burger menu, a DJ every friday/saturday with no cover, and even thursday night trivia night!
    Downtown
  • Nick's on Broadway

    Nick's on Broadway

    500 Broadway
    A culinary masterpiece. The fact that it's only open 5 days a week for dinner makes it that much harder to get into. The food is all local, and boastful of the fact. Make reservations and expect to wait for your table even if you are on time. Entrees $20-34
    Federal Hill
  • Local 121

    Local 121

    121 Washington St
    Lunch, Tues-Sat; Dinner & drinks, nightly. Creative regional food featuring local ingredients. Local micro-brews, regional wines and classic cocktails. This restaurant is located in the renovated Dreyfus Hotel. Great for the foodie, or those looking for a nice place to take out-of-town guests.
    Downtown
  • Mediterraneo

    Mediterraneo

    134 Atwells Ave
    M-F 11:30AM-3PM, M-Th 5-10PM, F-Sa 5-11PM. Offers a full and exquisite Mediterranean menu, and the upper level transforms to a very exclusive discoteca-style nightclub on weekends. Meditrraneo is also is a perfect place to spot celebrities who frequent The Hill. The website has visits by Alec Baldwin, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Steven Tyler and many more. Of course, you don't have to be famous to enjoy their excellent food and friendly service.
    Federal Hill
  • T's

    T's

    1059 Park Ave
    under $10 for Breakfast. This is a charming restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. There is another location in East Greenwich, RI. They have an everyday menu that they make new additions to regularly, as well as a seasonal menu. There is friendly service and great tasting food (with large portions). Due to the popularity of this restaurant, there can be a wait of up to an hour during peak times.
  • Columbus Theatre

    Columbus Theatre

    270 Broadway
    One of New England's oldest and most beautiful venues. It offers plays and productions for everyone, providing the "show" half of a fine "dinner and a show" evening.
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • University of Rhode Island Providence Campus Gallery

    University of Rhode Island Providence Campus Gallery

    80 Washington St, phone: +1 401 277-5206.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Waterfire

    Waterfire

    101 Regent Ave
    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 that is 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 $1 for a 3 hour time block. The price increases after one surpasses 3 hours.
    Valley
  • Green River Silver Co

    Green River Silver Co

    , ☎ +1-401-295-0086, [9] M-Sa 10AM-6PM; Su noon-5PM Perfect gifts for those in love with silver jewelry. Not too pricey and a great selection.
    Blackstone
  • Trinity Rep

    Trinity Rep

    201 Washington St
    Established in 1963, the Trinity Repertory theatre has been host to 58 world premieres, film screenings, educational programs and is home to the last permanent acting company in the country.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Angelo's Civita Farnese Restaurant

    Angelo's Civita Farnese Restaurant

    141 Atwells Ave
    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
    Federal Hill
  • Froyoworld

    Froyoworld

    219 Thayer St
    A New England-based, self-serve frozen yogurt chain with over 30 flavors on rotation. You can top your “froyo” with fresh fruit, candy and cereal and eat it while you watch one of the Disney movies that is on loop on the flat screen TV above the cash register.
    College Hill
  • First Unitarian Church

    First Unitarian Church

    1 Benevolent Street Providence 02906
    Service begins at the Meeting House on Sundays at 10:30AM from the Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June and at 10AM during the Summer.. This is a historic church, it was built in 1816.
    College Hill eat nearby
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

    Roger Williams Park Zoo

    1000 Elmwood Ave
    open all year around from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.. $12/adult, $6/child (ages 3 – 12, under 3 are free) and $8/senior (ages 62+). The first Saturday of each month, the zoo is free for Providence residents with some proof of residency.. Roger Williams Zoo has a variety of different animals for one to enjoy. 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 in order 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 last entry is a half-hour prior to zoo closing.
    South Elmwood restaurants nearby
  • Avon Cinema

    Avon Cinema

    260 Thayer St
    [30] 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.
    College Hill food nearby
  • AS220

    AS220

    115 Empire St
    A non-profit community arts center. The building features four art galleries, 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.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

    Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

    199 Hope St
    May-October. $10. 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.
    College Hill restaurants nearby
  • Ladd Observatory

    Ladd Observatory

    210 Doyle Ave.
    Tuesday evenings. Free. The astronomical observatory of Brown University was built in 1891. It is open to the public for viewing the Moon, planets and stars. There is also a collection of historic scientific instruments on display.
    Blackstone food nearby
  • Professional School of Bartending

    Professional School of Bartending

    108 Spruce St
    Just where you'd like to enlist to land a job and any of the restaurants and bars in Federal Hill. They offer day, evening and Saturday classes and boast unlimited job placement assistance. You can even sit in and watch a class for free to see if it's for you.
    Federal Hill eat nearby
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