Providence Travel Guide

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Providence Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bunsch says…

     Walkable, great restaurants, educational/cultural stuff 

  • Con
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     Only so much to do there, not as much as Boston. 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's easy to miss RI, but don't skip Providence! 

Providence Things to Do

  • Go See A Brown Soccer Game

    Go See the Brown Bears Play Soccer. Yep, that's me in my younger more hair on the head days :-) During my high school days I played in developmental teams for the youth national team and had a call up before the team disbanded and was reconstituted. My senior year in high school, I was recruited by the national champions and lots of contenders for...

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  • Brown University and RISD.

    Brown University and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) are both highly regarded universities. If you travel to Providence, it is well worth visiting both campuses. They are beautiful. Brown dates from the 1760's and is quite nice. At both places you can see great performances, music shows, art shows, films, sports events etc. The student life is...

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  • Museum of Natural History

    This small museum in Roger Williams park is over due for a facelift. However although dated in its displays, the small collection is fairly interesting.

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Providence Hotels

Providence Restaurants

  • Always a sunny day

    To be honest, I'm a little ambivalent about telling you about the Sunnyside, because it is already immensely popular and that means it's almost always a wait to get a table, so why spread the word? Only because it's fabulous, and it would be a shame for a visitor (at least, a visitor with access to a car) to miss it.Three seasons of the year, you...

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  • My favorite -

    Pot au Feu is a quality restaurant which has been in Providence for many years and holds the distinction of being Julia Childs' favorite when she visited the city.The lower lever is a brick walled bistro serving the best French onion soup as well as a knock out Pear Martini. All their dinner entres deserve praise - as well as the atmosphere,...

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  • Eat with Fidel and Che Guevara!

    Cuban Revolution used to occupy a hole-in-the-wall on Washington Street, just across from the downtown campus of Roger Williams University. It has now moved to accommodate a Sierra Suites hotel, and the new space is exceptional, with high ceilings, and plenty of glass! Cuban Revolution manages to take you back to Havana in the 50's. It used to...

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Providence Nightlife

  • Gentleman only

    The Foxy Lady is a "gentlemans club" and a Rhode Island institution. Members of the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots have all graced the chairs of this adult club. As a young man I would make the journey from Western Massachusetts to give bachelor parties for my friends here. I had my own one here as well. I am now married and not allowed to...

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  • Artistful Entertainment

    While the visual sight of Foxwoods will stop you in your tracks, it is the breathtaking interior that will win you over here. From floor to celing, this casino is a delight to the eyes. One of the casino floors is dotted with artificial rock formations topped with life size wolves that have occasion to watch you while you walk around the room. A...

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  • Theaters and clubs

    Providence is full of entertainment. Providence Performing Arts is a gorgeous restored theater where you can see Phantom of the Opera to the Nutcracker Ballet. Previously known as Leow's State Theater....there was vaudeville and Maurice at the organ (lifted from under the floor to orchestra level....very dramatic) I was fascinated as a...

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Providence Transportation

  • Buses

    Go to the greyhound \bus station and get maps to all buses.to go to newport take bus 60 local $1.75 for each trip $5 for all day 1hr 15 minto go to newport on greyhound bus express 18you can by a pass on the bus but you have to indicate what you want before putting your money in. You can use dollar bills as well as change.

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  • (Almost) Completely Hopeless

    Providence does have bus service, provided by the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority. RIPTA being chronically short of money, the number of bus routes and the frequency of the runs seems to be constantly on the decline. Therefore, at least as far as public transport is concerned, this is nearly an "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!"...

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  • Planes, trains and...

    Planes, trains and automobiles..Buses, bicycles and feet.......here are two of mine....

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Providence Shopping

  • there's a flea market in the city

    The flea market in the city has vendors selling vintage clothing, blown glass, jewelry, lots of food trucks and wonderful views of the city. Located along the river, there is a breeze and plenty of people watching .. or a short sit under a tree.We took Watson today. He loved it.

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  • Add a little spice to your life!

    Miko sells sex. More precisely, it sells exotic clothing (it's a lot of fun to go shop just before Hallowe'en or Valentine's Day) and accessories, some of which should not be described on this website.Oddly enough, it now resides only blocks from a Providence elementary school, having begun life as a downtown fixture and then moving to an unused...

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  • "Antiques, art, and covetable goods"

    With a motto like that one -- emblazoned on a fine banner across Heir's coat of arms, so to speak -- you just know you're going to love the contents of the store. I fell for it when Heir won the Downtown Merchants' Christmas Window contest, hands down, creating a hearth straight out of a Victorian Christmas. I wanted to climb into the window and...

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Providence Local Customs

  • If it's spring, it's time for May...

    I grew up reading about May baskets, and I went to a preparatory school where freshmen were required to learn a Maypole dance which was performed while the May Queen (always a senior) and her court were being crowned. But until I got to Rhode Island, I had never encountered the New England tradition of May breakfasts. I'm told that the tradition...

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  • Hot weiners: our late night food

    Every Rhode Islander has had an Original New York System "all the way" at some point -- they call them "gaggers" -- and many have had a lot of them, particularly late at night. These are pork sausages with chili , chopped raw onions, celery salt and a secret sauce, and they're delicious if totally lacking in nutritive value and crammed with...

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  • Turn left where the Outlet used to be...

    They don't do it deliberately, honestly, but "real" Rhode Islanders have a penchant for giving directions by landmarks that no longer exist. (This is a little like some of the directional signs in Boston which, if followed, lead you via a circuitous route back to your starting point -- presumably on the basis that if you don't know where you're...

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Providence Warnings and Dangers

  • People here belong to Red Sox Nation

    It's true, my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I write this, but: it isn't wise to walk around in public wearing a New York Yankees cap. I have it on good authority from Mark Patinkin, columnist for the Providence Journal Bulletin. We DO enjoy something called the "New York System" but it is a hot dog, not a way of doing business.

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  • re: warnings about Providence

    Hi, the things I am concerned about in Providence being a black adult male. Corrupt police who cover for there brethren. Look at the news here and police are arrested everyday for all types of crimes. it is disguised but this is a state where there are no black people in power and they like it that way...thats why the poster told you to stay away...

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  • Beware of snow!

    Other Providence VT'ers have commented about the generally bad driving habits of Rhode Island residents. I'd just like to emphasize that whatever their skills during normal weather, in snow all bets are off -- things can get hazardous very quickly. (I realize this is not purely a local phenomenon; even in Michigan, where we got a lot of snow, it...

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Providence Tourist Traps

Providence What to Pack

  • Some general advice

    In this day and age, any air traveler should carry several one-quart Ziploc bags with them, to be used for the 3 ounce (or less) carry-on items -- lipstick, suntan lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. -- which must otherwise be discarded at airline security screening. Summer: Sandals and tennis shoes. (Many yacht charter services prefer that you...

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  • Packing List

    Pack some good walking shoes. You'll explore the homes and paths, up and down hills near downtown.

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  • Packing List

    In the summer, shorts and your bathing suit. This isn't called 'The Ocean State' for nothing! In the fall, well...sometimes you need just a sweater, sometimes short sleeves, other times you'll need a parka...come to think of it, that goes for spring, too! Winter means layers, lots of em! This isn't Siberia, you can find everything you need, so...

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Providence Off The Beaten Path

  • Pining for Lebanese food?

    Being what amounts to a native Detroiter, I grew up around wonderful Lebanese food and it was one of the things I missed the most when I moved to Rhode Island more than twenty years ago. I was at a local Honda dealer today, and just happened to glance across the street to see the Pita Market, which turns out to specialize in Mediterranean cuisine...

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  • Art in North Burial Ground

    The North Burial Ground at 5 Branch Ave & North Main Street in Providence dates to the 1700's. There are multiple layers of history entwined throughout its many acres...recording the history of the city as well as much of the state. The artwork of the stones and statuary are a study in themselves. On a recent tour by Robert O. Jones, historian,...

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  • Cryptic Providence - more than a...

    Jay Critchley is an immaginative artist who brought a group together to create art installations at the North Burial Ground for a summer of interesting viewing and contemplation. Artists who were writers, historians, sculptors, and more...collaborated to present a modern interpretation of the North Burial Ground and its "otherworldly voices". In...

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Providence Sports & Outdoors

  • The East Bay Rail Trail

    We drove over the bridge to East Providence to the ride the East Bay Rail Trail. The trail is fully paved for 14 miles south to Bristol. The are places to grab a hot dog, ice cream, soda, etc. scattered along the trail. We chose to wait until we got to the end at Bristol to get something to eat. Any type of bicycle will do, the surface is smooth...

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  • A pretty little nine

    One of the really great things about being a lawyer is that sometimes you get to see that you've done something good. Buttonhole Short Course and Teaching Center used to be a Brownfields site, with a lot of pollution and an unsavory reputation as a result of the execution-style murder of a young couple after a carjacking. No more, and my agencies...

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  • Fourteen miles...endless views

    The East Bay Bike Path is part of a series of rails-to-trails initiatives in Rhode Island. I'm sure the others are just great, but this is the one with which I am most familiar since I lived just a couple of blocks away from it for several years, taking daily walks or rides along the mile or so that was closest to home. The Path actually begins in...

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Providence Favorites

  • RISD Museum of Art

    The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is built around a 19th century mansion. It includes both modern, American and ancient art. 224 Benefit Streethttp://risdmuseum.org/

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  • First Baptist Church - exquisite!

    "We reserve the right to accept everybody!"When it was built in 1774-1775, the current Meeting House represented a dramatic departure from the traditional Baptist meetinghouse style. It was the first Baptist meetinghouse to have a steeple and bell, making it more like Anglican and Congregational church buildings. The builders were part of a...

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  • Providence strolls - all good

    The RI Historical Society can provide brochures for a self guided walking tour of the city or you can join one of their guided walks on summer evenings. My son and I enjoyed a simple sunny day walk wandering past a variety of wonderfully designed structures which bound the river on the east bank. You could walk any number of areas and enjoy...

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