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Things to do in Providence

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
College Arts Building
“Rhode Island School of Design's museum of art and culture-- a gem of a museum! You really could spend an entire day (or more) here. Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).”
  • 85 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you like walking or visiting zoos it’s great mix There’s a carousel and park for kids. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Julian's is a delicious staple of Providence and is known for their Sunday Funday brunches, great food/drinks, and an overall chill atmosphere. Julian's is also a great place to meet locals. The food is super yummy, but waiting to be seated on Sundays can be a while, so a drink or two might be in order in the meantime. ;)”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“I've lived in New Orleans, and the mushroom po-boy here is the best one that I and my meat-loving husband have ever had. Seriously! In addition to dinner, they also have an excellent brunch. This is the same group that operates the delicious veg spots Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan bakery. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the best brunches in the city! Get there early on the weekends or prepare to brave the lines. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Where you can get your iPhone/Mac fix. Somewhat upscale stores, with an innovative design by architect Friedrich St. Florian, who also designed the WW2 Memorial on the National Mall in DC. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Restored Loew's movie theatre, originally built in 1928. Hosts touring Broadway shows, plays, and concerts. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“On WaterFire evenings, downtown Providence is transformed by eighty-six anchored burning braziers (each with approximately 33 pieces of wood) that float just above the surface of the rivers that flow through Waterplace Park (the Woonasquatucket river) and the middle of downtown Providence (the Moshassuck and Providence rivers). The public is invited to come and walk the riverfront and enjoy the beauty of the flickering firelight, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the changing silhouettes of the volunteer firetenders, and the music from around the world. Average attendance is 40,000 a night,[2] ranging from 10,000 to 100,000. WaterFire is presented for free, with only ten percent of the funds needed to host WaterFire acquired through governmental means and the remainder coming from private and corporate donations. WaterFire is held May through November, with lightings typically on Saturday evenings once or twice a month.[3] ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Iconic neighborhood full of restaurants, bars and shops. Festivals and live music during the spring, summer and fall.”
  • 48 locals recommend
University
“Don't miss the opportunity to tour Brown's historic campus while visiting town -- it's just a short walk away. The campus is filled with beautiful, carefully maintained brick and stone buildings, courtyards, and monuments. I would recommend walking Benefit street to see some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in New England!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is one of the best bakeries in Providence. It's located walking distance and you can work inside, it has plenty of spread out seating. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A local favorite in the morning for coffee, smoothies, and all sorts of baked goods and fresh bread made fresh on site. Outdoor patio.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Avery is an absolute gem of a place - craft cocktails, cool crowd, incredible interior designed by Kyla Coburn.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Intentionally kitchsy decor and their specialties are gourmet tator tots and other comfort food”
  • 39 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Warm beautiful deco atmosphere, really good food, great eats at bar. Outside bar round back in nice weather.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“My husband is a carnivore from Texas, and he loves this vegetarian place. There are no misses here, but the butternut squash quesadilla is excellent-- something you can eat a few times a week. The cocktails are phenomenal too! This group also operates the fantastic Grange and Wildflour vegan bakery (which is right next to Garden Grille); don't miss either!”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Julian's is a delicious staple of Providence and is known for their Sunday Funday brunches, great food/drinks, and an overall chill atmosphere. Julian's is also a great place to meet locals. The food is super yummy, but waiting to be seated on Sundays can be a while, so a drink or two might be in order in the meantime. ;)”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“I've lived in New Orleans, and the mushroom po-boy here is the best one that I and my meat-loving husband have ever had. Seriously! In addition to dinner, they also have an excellent brunch. This is the same group that operates the delicious veg spots Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan bakery. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
“One of the best brunches in the city! Get there early on the weekends or prepare to brave the lines. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
“Intentionally kitchsy decor and their specialties are gourmet tator tots and other comfort food”
  • 39 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Warm beautiful deco atmosphere, really good food, great eats at bar. Outside bar round back in nice weather.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“My husband is a carnivore from Texas, and he loves this vegetarian place. There are no misses here, but the butternut squash quesadilla is excellent-- something you can eat a few times a week. The cocktails are phenomenal too! This group also operates the fantastic Grange and Wildflour vegan bakery (which is right next to Garden Grille); don't miss either!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
“Enjoy fresh juices, tons of gluten free selections while you sit and read or work in their spacious eat in area. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
“If you want to celebrate, you cannot go wrong at Los Andes! This is the best restaurant in RI, and everybody knows it--so you should call for a reservation. Indoor and outdoor seating, fresh and innovative contemporary Peruvian/Bolivian inspired cuisine, excellent wine list, and live music sometimes too. You can also grab a seat at the bar to eat. ”
  • 33 locals recommend

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