Welcome to Providence
Providence is a city rich in unique architecture, beautiful streetscapes and stimulating intellectual pursuits. One of our country's oldest cities, Providence features many historic buildings like the Rhode Island State House and the Trinity Repertory Theater. These locations, among others, exemplify some of the country's best 19th and 20th century architecture.
Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:
Fleet Skating Center
2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
+1 401 331 5544
Fleet Skating Center in Providence, Rhode Island is one of the landmarks of the revitalized Providence. Anchored to Kennedy Plaza, this rink is surrounded by some of the grander examples of local architecture, from the venerable Biltmore Hotel and old Union Station to the skyscrapers of the city's diminutive financial district. Twice the size of its more famous New York City counterpart at Rockefeller Center, this rink boasts a 125-ton refrigeration plant that can keep skaters on ice in temperatures up to 70 degrees.
Waterplace Park & Riverwalk
Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI 02903
Waterplace Park and the Riverwalk linked to it have a welcoming, well-thought-out design, which has become a focal point of the overall revitalization of Providence's downtown area. Built in 1994, Waterplace Park and Riverwalk are situated at the foot of the State Capitol hill. It was created by rerouting the Providence River and removing paving - the "world's widest bridge" - that for decades had covered it over.
The RISD Museum
224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
+1 401 454 6500
Rhode Island's leading museum of fine and decorative arts featuring more than 85,000 works of art from every part of the world on display.
Providence-Newport Water Ferry
265 Melrose St, Providence, RI 02907
+1 401 781 9400
Enjoy Narragansett Bay aboard RIPTA's Providence/Newport Water Ferry. With stops at Conley's Wharf (Providence Piers located at 180 Allens Ave.) and Newport's Perrotti Park, the RIPTA ferry is a relaxing travel option for tourists and area residents alike. Connecting two of Rhode Island's most exciting cities, the Providence/ Newport Ferry runs daily from May 16 through October 16.
Congdon Street, Providence, RI 02906
+1 503 222 6072
Prospect Park is atypical of Rhode Island in that you actually feel like you're above sea level. The park is also home to Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. His remains lie in the base of a 35-foot stone statue that commemorates the crusader for religious freedom.