Set around a number of eclectic neighbourhoods, Providence is a charismatic city and the capital of Rhode Island. Its historic streets have had a colourful past and now feature picturesque green spaces, contemporary attractions and international restaurants.
Things to do in Providence
Set within one of Rhode Island’s most beautiful colonial buildings, the Museum of Natural History features exhibits on New England’s Native American population and local wildlife. It’s also home to the Cormack Planetarium where you can get a fascinating look at the night sky during their “Cosmic Collisions” or “Field Trip to the Moon” events.
Experience the “Little Italy” of Providence in the historic neighbourhood of Federal Hill. Dine at one of the many Italian restaurants or pick up artisan goods in the European-style providores before admiring the grand Victorian mansions that line Broadway.
Boasting one of the world’s largest, self-supported marble domes, the late-19th-century Rhode Island State House is a striking architectural landmark in the heart of Providence. Join a guided tour through its Gun Room and Senate Chambers, then witness the 1663 portrait of George Washington by local artist Gilbert Stuart.
Looking for something to do after dark? Join the Providence Ghost Tour through the historic East Side to come face-to-face with some of the city’s former residents. Walk by lantern light past the 18th and 19th-century mansions of Benefit Street and catch a glimpse of the ghost of poet Edgar Allan Poe.
Getting around Providence
T.F. Green Airport is 15 minutes’ drive from Providence, with Boston Logan International Airport around one hour to the north. Buses access destinations across Rhode Island while the downtown area of Providence is compact enough to be explored on foot.