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The capital city of Rhode Island draws visitors for its world-class museums, thriving arts community and picturesque streets lined with historic buildings.

One of America’s oldest cities, Providence offers historic attractions and architecture along with a vibrant food scene and unique shopping.

Providence has a long and rich history so a great place to start your visit is on the East Side at Benefit Street’s “Mile of History.” Take a stroll through the colonial thoroughfare, past restored homes, churches and museums, or pay for a guided tour to learn more about the city’s historic waterfront.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum is one of the country’s largest art museums. Here, you can browse more than 80,000 works of art that span many cultures, time periods and media. Artifacts include a collection of Paul Revere’s silver. Combine your visit to the RISD with a trip to the nearby Museum of Natural History & Planetarium.

From here, take a short walk to Thayer Street, where you will find eclectic shops filled with quirky souvenir items, gifts, imported clothing, handmade crafts, art and books.

You’ll find plenty of nightlife and restaurant options in Providence. Italian cuisine lovers won’t want to miss dining in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This historic section of the city is also known as Little Italy. Sip a strong espresso at an open-air café or enjoy an upscale meal at number of gourmet Italian eateries. In this same neighborhood you can step into a Middle Eastern-style lounge for an after-dinner drink and dessert.

Head downtown for upscale martini bars and hip-hop clubs, or check out the eclectic bars near the university colleges. For Broadway musicals, concerts and comedy acts, look to the schedule of performances at the art deco Providence Performing Arts Center. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is a legendary venue for live music.

Avoid driving in Providence if you can as parking is limited. The best alternative to walking is the inexpensive and reliable public transport.

Top hotels in Providence

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Providence Hotel
Omni Providence Hotel
4 out of 5
1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$211
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall and Dunkin Donuts Center. Trinity ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,821 reviews)

"Love the central location and the staff, helpful and patient tho very busy with a volleyball convention. Valet parking so convenient in a city with limited parking at the venues we visited. Rooms good sized and pleasingly decorated. Bar/lounge area a little too small- very busy on the coldest night ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Omni Providence Hotel
Graduate Providence
Graduate Providence
4 out of 5
11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$196
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Providence City Hall and Rhode Island Convention Center. Providence Performing Arts Center ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,125 reviews)

"Historic, beautiful, great location. Near many restaurants. Coffee shop attached is nice."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Graduate Providence
Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence
Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence
2.5 out of 5
1000 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI
AU$136
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Situated in East Providence, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Seekonk Grand Prix, Monster Mini Golf and Fantasyland. East Providence Yacht Club and Seekonk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (511 reviews)

"I loved that they had a full refrigerator, a microwave and a stove. They keep the pots and utensils at the front desk. There are lots of places to shop and eat on the same street."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Extended Stay America Providence - East Providence

Popular activities in Providence

Providence Performing Arts Center
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Providence Performing Arts Center

See local and international acts performing live music, Broadway shows, stand-up comedy, circus and more at this enormous 1920s movie theater.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Discover the many delights of this historic park, which features ponds, rolling landscapes and numerous attractions, including a museum, zoo and botanical gardens. 

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Downcity Providence Walking Food Tour
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Downcity Providence Walking Food Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$103
Per adult
Boston Day Trip from Providence by Rail
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Boston Day Trip from Providence by Rail

76% of travellers recommend
AU$231
Per adult
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Providence, RI

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