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Preservation and urban redevelopment have made Providence a delightful place. You can see the most interesting sights on foot.



Walking Tour

The best way to get to know and enjoy Providence, its architectural, artistic and cultural richness, is on a two-hour downtown Walking Tour (map). More...

Waterplace Park & River Walk

This 4-acre (1.6-hectare) park along the Providence River (map) frames the river and a tidal basinthrough the heart of the city. Good for wandering and relaxing anytime, it's particularly pleasant in the evening, and especially exciting when there are festivals, concerts and events, prime among which is Waterfire. If possible, plan your visit to Providence around this fascinating spectacle. More...

Rhode Island State House

The State House, Rhode Islands capitol, is a pleasant sight, its tall dome of white Georgia marble—one of the largest in the world—floating over the Providence skyline. More...

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum is Providence's finest, and one of the best small museums in the country, with more than 80,000 objects, including paintings by European masters as well as American painting, furniture, costumes, and modern works of art. Rodin's Balzac is here, as is Monet's Bassin d'Argenteuil. More...

John Brown House

Proclaimed by John Quincy Adams to be "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have seen on this continent," this restored house-museum reveals the prosperity of post-Revolutionary Providence and houses an outstanding collection of furnishings and decorative arts. More...

Roger Williams Park & Zoo

Hundreds of acres of beautifully kept lawns, copses, lakes, and paths, plenty of amusements and play areas for children, an old-fashioped summer "casino," a Natural History Museum: this oasis a few minutes' drive south of Providence is the place to get away from the city and the highway. More...

Slater Mill Historic Site

Water-powered cotton and textile mills built from plans stolen from England changed all of New England in the 19th century. It all started in Pawtucket, a few miles from downtown Providence. The mills (1793-1810) here have many of their old machines in working order. More...

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River Walk, Providence, Rhode Island

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