The city of Providence––like Rhode Island itself––is compact and coastal, packed with shopping, art, history and outdoor attractions.
Stroll through Downcity, historic downtown Providence. On the East Side, near Providence hotels, browse east-side boutiques on Thayer and Wickenden Streets; head to Providence Place Mall for big brands, and for non-stop shopping and golf, take the quick trip from our hotels in Providence to Warwick.
You can wander cobblestone streets illuminated by historic streetlights––tour Rhode Island’s State Capitol Building, and step into another era at the John Brown House and Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.
Take a cue from Venice and explore Providence via gondola. Or, May through October, catch Providence’s award-winning WaterFire: 100 bonfires alight on downtown rivers. Take in the views at Prospect Terrace, the burial place of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, or zigzag across Venetian bridges in WaterPlace Park.
Visitors can spend a day contemplating the more than 80,000 works of art at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art, or enjoy the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales University. See an alternative art performance at AS220––or a concert at the Rhode Island Philharmonic––before returning to your Providence accommodations.