Exploring Providence: 5 things to do in Rhode Island’s capital
Home to historic architecture, cobblestone streets and a thriving arts scene, Providence is the perfect place for your next getaway.
With Breeze Airways recently launching nonstop service from TPA to Providence, exploring The Creative Capital has never been easier. We’ve gathered five essential attractions to help you plan your visit.
1. Explore nature in Roger Williams Park
Located in the heart of Providence, Roger Williams Park is a must-see destination. With a zoo, botanical center, planetarium and natural history museum, this 435-acre park has something for everyone. Visitors can rent a paddleboat on the pond, take a relaxing walk or simply enjoy the views and connect with nature.
2. Immerse yourself in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum
Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply appreciate beauty, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a creativity hub worth visiting. Hosting works by renowned artists like Picasso, Monet and Warhol, the RISD has extensive exhibitions with over 100,000 ancient and contemporary pieces.
3. Experience WaterFire
WaterFire is an award-winning fire sculpture installation and a Providence staple. Installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, WaterFire consists of more than 80 bonfires set ablaze above the surface. The spectacle is mixed with music and live performances. You can check its upcoming events or simply take a leisurely walk along the riverbanks.
4. Delight yourself in Federal Hill
The foodies will feel right at home in Federal Hill. Originally an Italian American settlement in the early 1900s, this neighborhood is now known as Providence’s own Little Italy. Indulge in some of the city’s best restaurants, cafés and gelato shops. If you’re not in the mood for Italian, the area also offers top-notch Lebanese, Chinese and Mexican bites.
5. Hop aboard and enjoy a boat tour
Take a guided boat tour and discover the city’s rich history and culture. Cruise along the Providence River, Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, Providence Industrial Harbor and Waterplace Park, as tour guides provide unique commentary about the city’s past and present. Tours are offered daily and last around 50 minutes.