Skip to content

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.
“(RISD = “Riz-Dee”) - world famous premier fine arts and design college with famous alumni such as Dale Chihuly, Seth MacFarlane, Nicole Miller, David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg”
  • 12 locals recommend
Taco Place
“New England has very few good Mexican places, and this is one of them. Love the carnitas, veggie options and margaritas. Limited seating during the winter; huge patio for the warmer months.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“See a show, check-out the gallery or take a quick class. Life-drawing drop-ins.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“Don't let the name fool you, the Hot Club is the undisputed local favorite chill out and hang out spot. Grab a spot on the riverfront deck and watch as people from every corner of the City come through over the course of the night After sunset everyone gets together for "Goodnight Lights" where we all flash flashlights at the Children's hospital across the River”
  • 25 locals recommend
“Area near Brown University in Providence, RI. Lots of shops and restaurants.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“This is a small independent movie theater that shows super cool movies! It's also right on Thayer, so you can be part of the hustle and bustle of college life!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“This place has arguably the most beautiful interior in Providence, and the food is fantastic. The highlight though is the bar program; be sure to have a cocktail while you're here!”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Bike path begins in Providence on India Point Park and ends in Bristol, Rhode Island. Great for bikes and walking.”
  • 16 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located on the historic Benefit Street on the East Side of Providence, the JB Museum is a worthwhile visit.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Interesting Art and Foreign Films. Small theater, walking distance from out house.”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Especially during the beautiful summer nights, enjoy the beautiful views while taking in some of Providence’s night life!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“almost two miles of tree-coddled-walk. Run, stroll or bike. Great food at north end”
  • 20 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“This store features local art and so many unique items, which include many rhode island themed specific gifts. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Go for the cupcakes, stay for the atmosphere. We recommend the Monte Cristo - a turkey, ham and swiss cheese sandwich on Portuguese sweet bread french toast. They are known for their brunch and afternoon tea, but we enjoy dinner there as well. Opens at 10am, but expect a line at the door in the mornings. Open late except Thursdays and closed on Mondays.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This Providence landmark restaurant has an elegant atmosphere overlooking the Providence River in downtown Providence. Although more open and less intimate than some restaurants, I actually like that they have more room. They have fish from all over the world and an excellent raw bar. The fixed price menu was a great bargain too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Delightful European-style cafe with freshly-prepared foods, imported beverages and fine Illy coffee. Offering ample seating inside as well as beautiful outside patio area. Great place to soak up the sun or read a book and relax”
  • 13 locals recommend