Formed on the promise of religious freedom and one of the original thirteen colonies today it offers a rich and vibrant lifestyle. The seven institutions of higher learning in the city like Ivy League, Brown University and RISD are hives for both notable, critical thinkers, and talented, creative minds. Providence showcases its historic streets with amazing murals and public art. Referred to as the creative capital for good reason, The College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University is the major influencer for the renowned food scene and the world class WaterFire art installation along the Providence River has inspired residents and visitors alike, creating a renaissance in the capital city. Combine all this culture with its Early American history and architecture and it simply is a stunning small city to explore.
Rhode Island State House
It was constructed from 1895 to 1904 and designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White, the dome is the 4th largest in the world.The Independent Man represents freedom and independence and alludes to the independent spirit which led Roger Williams to settle and establish Providence. Guided tours available.
Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present.
Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village
Roger Williams Park Zoo was founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. It contains more than 150 animals from around the world in natural settings. In 1986, it became the first Zoo in New England to earn accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
WaterFire is a unique public art installation that encompasses all the senses, lighting the Providence River Basin, it was founded by Barnaby Evans in 1994. Also explore the WaterFire Arts Center for more exhibits.
Providence Performing Arts Center
PPAC is a 3100-seat, world class venue located in the heart of Providence’s arts and entertainment district; it is the second largest theatre of its kind in the country. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and presents a full roster of touring Broadway productions.
Rhode Island’s Tony Award Winning State Theater founded in 1963. Recognized nationally for excellence and innovation, and cherished locally for high quality and diverse programming.
AS220 is a non-profit community arts organization located in downtown Providence. They are an unjuried, uncensored forum providing exhibition and performance space for the arts to come together to collaborate, innovate and experiment.
The John Brown House
The John Brown House is the first mansion built in Providence, Rhode Island on College Hill where it borders the campus of Brown University. The house is named after the original owner, one of the early benefactors of the University, merchant, statesman, and slave trader John Brown.
Roger williams Park Botanical Center
Constructed in 2007 by the beautiful Edgewood Lake, the RWP Botanical Center has 23,000 square feet of greenhouse space making it the largest indoor display garden in New England. The Conservatory and adjacent greenhouses are open year-round. The surrounding grounds include a rose maze, perennial display gardens, an edible forest, and much more.
The Christopher Dodge House
This upscale B&B in a 3-story Italianate mansion dates from 1858. Some of the cozy rooms have kitchenettes and/or exposed brick walls, 11-foot ceilings and gas stoves or fireplaces, and canopy beds.
With European flair and New England charm, this landmark hotel in Providence, is steeped in historic character dating back to the 19th century. It is the only AAA Four Diamond luxury boutique hotel in Providence
The Dean Hotel
Built in 1912, this hip boutique hotel features eclectic artwork and a mix of contemporary and vintage furniture. Some of the funky rooms come with bunk beds.
Rhode Island foodie tours
The bounty of Rhode Island stems from its earliest days when Native Americans taught the early settlers how to farm and fish along its 420 miles of coastline. From clambakes to johnny cakes, our culinary traditions are literally pond to plate and farm to fork.
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