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City of Providence

Providence is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct character and feel. Explore the European charm of Federal Hill; the history and beauty of College Hill; and the hip, trendy shops and cafes along Thayer Street and Wickenden Street.

Downtown, take in a Friar men’s basketball game or a Providence Bruins hockey game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, see a touring Broadway show at the Providence Performing Arts Center, shop ’til you drop at Providence Place mall, and eat at some of the best restaurants in the Northeast.

Things to do and see in Providence

  • Catch a Broadway show at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).
  • Check out the eclectic collection of stores and restaurants as well as the city’s thriving music scene on Thayer Street.
  • Explore the Tropical Rainforest Building at the famous Roger Williams Park Zoo.
  • Interested in art? Check out a Monet or Picasso at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
  • Soak in the magic of WaterFire, where more than 100 bonfires blaze just above the surface of the three rivers in downtown Providence and are accompanied by world music, vendors, and street performers.
  • Stroll down scenic cobble-stoned streets as you explore the historic East Side.
  • Hit the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for some professional American Hockey League action, a major concert, or to cheer on the Friars in a home men’s basketball game.
  • Experience the living history of the Providence Athenaeum – the nation’s fourth-oldest library.
  • Enjoy world-class shopping at the ultra-modern Providence Place Mall.
  • Take in stunning views of the downtown area at Prospect Terrace Park or visit some of the other beautiful parks that make up our 1,200-acre park system.
  • Head to the award-winning restaurants and cafes that thrive in the Old Neighborhood on Federal Hill for a delicious Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexican, or Chinese meal.