Providence is one of Rhode Island's must see areas! It is a city that boasts with great attractions, combining the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city.
Rich history, scenic beauty, outstanding hotels, thriving nightlife and a vast shopping scene - these are only a few of the city's highlights, a small part of the sophisticated and glamorous destination that Providence is. Among the most popular and favorite of Providence's attractions, there are:
Roger Williams Park Zoo, home to some of the world's tallest, heaviest and rarest animals, featuring a collection that contains more than 100 animal species, gathered from all over the world, including mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, insects and reptiles, the zoo also bing home to the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail, which is a beautiful ¼ mile walking path through Rhode Island’s most endangered habitat, where, on any given day, visitors can discover a variety of native wildlife including great blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks and turtles.
RISD Museum, which houses a vast and varied collection of art works, inlcuding displays of ancient and Asian art, as well as contemporary art, decorative arts, costume, textiles, paiting, sculptures, drawing, prints and photographs, showcasing art in all its forms.
Roger Williams National Memorial, which commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island, a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. The story goes something like this: Williams was banished from Masachussetts for his beliefs, and he founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state.
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, ''the only intact authentic example of original 19th century high style Victorian decoration in Providence'', as NY Times quoted, a historic landmark, built for textile merchant Henry Lippitt, his wife Mary Ann Balch Lippitt and their six children, the house, which was designated a Historic Natinal Landmark in 1976, being an exceptional testament to local craftsman from the past.
Providence Children's Museum, a place where children can play and learn, in the same time, among the ''not to miss'' exhibits from the museum being: The Climber, a safe, artful and challenging climbing sculpture designed by nationally acclaimed artists and architects Tom and Spencer Luckey, which takes kids to new heights as they wriggle and stretch through a colorful enclosed maze of undulating platforms at various levels, and the Underland, which is an imaginative subterranean adventure through root systems, worm tunnels and critters’ burrows featuring the work of several talented local artists, encouraging exploration, discovery and a deep appreciation of the natural world.
There's always something fun to do in Providence, no matter what month you choose as the date for your trip! Special events, fairs, festivals, and concerts are happening year-round throughout the state and the city, one of the most favorite and popular of Providence's events being the Waterfire, which happens in June, featuring sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke and enchanting music from around the world, engaging all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park, during the celebration. Waterfire attracts millions of enthusiasts every year, and it is continuously growing and gaining popularity, being considered ''a must'' while visiting Providence!
Clothing, unique accessories, gifts, jewelry...whatever you're looking for, it is more than unlikely not to find it in one of Providence's great shopping spots.
Among the top places to shop in Providence, RI there are:
Providence Place Mall: One Providence Mall, Providence, RI.
White City Shopping Center: 245 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.
Water Place: Francis Street & Francis St, Providence, RI.
Wampanoag Plaza: Pawtucket Avenue & Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI.
Steve Madden: 128 Providence Place, Providence, RI.
Nine West Outlet: 76 Providence Place, Providence, RI.
Aldo Accessories: 141 Providence Place, Providence, RI.