Find great and fun things to do in Providence/Warwick
Enjoy historic and entertaining attractions
on a day trip, longer visit, or romantic getaway
. There’s a wonderful zoo inside a beautiful park with its own carousel. Go carts run on New England’s largest family track and there’s great music and local theater. Flea markets and farmer’s markets abound, along with museums and galleries, and the Arcade is the country’s oldest indoor shopping mall. Waterfire’s music and light stoke the night and you can enjoy it from a Venetian-style gondola. Providence offers a renowned four-stool diner and spectacular local and continental cuisines.
Multiple Centers & Dock Locations
Providence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MA
Hands-on fun on beautiful Narragansett Bay
Narragansett Bay is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Save The Bay connects the community and the Bay through hands-on and on-the-water experiences for families, groups, students, and schools. Take in the beauty and history of Narragansett Bay on Summer and Fall Lighthouse Cruises. Get up close with hundreds of critters that call Narragansett Bay home, at the Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport, open year-round. Our week-long Summer BayCamps give youngsters the perfect mix of fun and marine science education. And enjoy 360º views of harbor seals on Winter Seal Watch Cruises. Join Save The Bay in protecting and improving Narragansett Bay, keeping it swimmable, fishable and accessible to everyone.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, Providence RI and Fall River, MA.
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI, 02907
An Historic Zoo with Fun for the Everyone
In 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo, the country’s third oldest Zoo, opened its doors to the public with a collection of small animal exhibits throughout Providence’s newly formed Roger Williams Park. Today, the zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 160 animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, alligators, tree kangaroos, and more! Conservation and environmental stewardship are at the core of the mission at Roger Williams Park Zoo. The Zoo is the recipient of numerous awards for conservation work done both locally and internationally. For more information and hours, please visit rwpzoo.org.
Tour the Tasty Treasures of Rhode Island
Rhode Island has a deep cultural history going back to the days of the Colonies, and that culture is reflected in the culinary diversity found in Providence and Newport. Today Rhode Island’s food scene is eclectic and creative, having fused that history with the influence of JWU Culinary School. Rhode Island Red Food Tours takes guests on a food- and beverage-tasting adventure into these two beautiful and walkable small cities. As you stroll, nibble and sip at bakeries, eateries, and food purveyors, you also explore architectural gems and hear stories about Providence and Newport's historic neighborhoods.
It is recommended to take this tour at the beginning of your visit so you will know where you want to eat while visiting.
1098 Fall River Avenue
Seekonk, MA, 02771
Seekonk Grand Prix's got Go Karts and games
Experience the wildest Go Kart action at this state of the art facility offering competitive fun at an affordable price. Challenge family and friends on more than 60 arcade games including Guitar Hero, Ski Ball, Air Hockey and Dance Dance Revolution. The Family Track, the longest in New England, features tunnels, hairpin curves and straight-aways and new two-seater go-karts. Little guys and gals get in on the action with the new Rookie Track, with the Kiddy Track and Beginner Track just ahead. Bump and bounce your buddies in bumper cars and boats and finish the day off with a friendly game on the adventure mini golf course.
Bookstore on the Square Is Actually Pretty Groovy
Books On the Square
at 471 Angell Street I Providence
is a privately owned independent bookstore in the charming Wayland Square neighborhood of Providence’s East Side, tucked behind the picturesque Brown University neighborhood. The store feels neighborly – it is not large; parking is easy; and there are many nearby cafes to enjoy a coffee or smoothie with your bookish boodle. Fans note that the store is clean, organized, and easy to navigate. And it’s not packed to rafters, so you don’t feel so overwhelmed. The store hosts author talks and other social gatherings, and it is very welcoming to children. Read on! 401-331-9097
Visit the Arcade for Classic and Classy Urban Shopping
In basic terms, the Arcade
, at 130 Westminster Street in the Financial District of downtown Providence
, is a place for shopping and dining. But it so much more than that. Built in 1828, it is the country’s oldest indoor shopping mall, and it is surrounded by ornate 19th-century city architecture that is the essence of classic urban beauty. The two-story Arcade, with its arched glass ceiling and fancy ironwork, is typical of the lavish public spaces of 200 years ago. Stores offer interesting and creative clothing, jewelry, artwork, gifts, and vintage household decorative items. Lots of places to find coffee and lunch. 401-454-4568
Food Trucks of Providence – Downcity, That Is
Food trucks are rolling with delicious, creative chow in the streets of Providence
. Find these in Downcity, which is the area bounded by Weybosset, Exchange, Washington, and Empire streets.
are not like any French fry you’ve met before. Try Buck Naked with a sauce or the Cluck U fries topped with crispy chicken, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese. Find Friskie Fries at Snow and Washington streets Friday and Saturday nights. Email: email@example.com
Tricycle Ice Cream
is on a three-wheeled journey to perfect the ice cream sandwich, using ice cream and cookie combinations that are delicious and unique. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find the Tricycle.
And for pure sophistication, there is O’Crepe
, a little bit of Paris on the street of Providence. Find it.
It's a Nice Place to be Alive, Too
The paths and gardens of Swan Point Cemetery
off Blackstone Blvd. in Providence
make for one of the most peaceful and interesting walks in all of Providence. Within the gates of this 200-acre garden cemetery are manicured lawns that flank the Seekonk River, replete with laurel, rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowering shrubs. A walk through Swan Point is always educational; the grounds are home to an abundance of rare and beautiful trees with plaques for easy identification, and the gravestones are pieces of artwork by themselves. Here you’ll find the final resting places of everyone from Civil War officers and early state politicians, to the writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Walk the Majestic Streets of the East Side of Providence
Providence has many distinctive neighborhoods, and one of them – The East Side – is particularly endowed with natural and architectural beauty, along with connections to the state’s founding principles of religious freedom. The self-guided East Side walking tour
created by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
starts at the magnificent State House and then ambles across the Providence River, past a national memorial named for Roger Williams, the city’s founder, and other places along North Main and Benefit streets that are equally stirring for their roles and their architecture: First Baptist Church, Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum and Brown University. Follow the tour on your phone and feel the pull of lofty minds from our past.
You Have One Hour
Who says Rhode Islanders can’t escape? Escape Rhode Island
invites you and your friends to a challenging game in which you have 60 minutes to escape from a locked room. The only way out is to work together to solve the many puzzles, riddles, mysteries and games confined within the room. This location offers four themes: Ex Machina, The Study, The Gallery and The Mausoleum. Challenge your mind, work as a team, confound your senses and think creatively. Once you are in, there’s only one way out, so team up! Ages 10 and up. Players under 15 must be with an adult, and 15-17 must sign a waiver. Phone: 401-572-3889
Visit the Turk’s Head While You’re in Providence
is a joy to walk in and through. Highlights are the WaterPlace Park – paths, stairways, and ornate foot bridges along the city’s rivers – along with Kennedy Plaza and many quaint streets. The city is rich in interesting statues : honoring people and historic events like Abraham Lincoln, General Ambrose Burnside, John Kennedy, the Irish Famine, and more. The Turk’s Head building alone is a camera-grabbing bit of sculptural delight. You can find an online tour
of Providence provided by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. Follow the guide to gems of sculpture and history in this delightfully walkable New England city.
Dine on the Deck With Your Dog
Rhode Island allows your canine buddy to accompany you when you dine in outdoor seating areas of restaurants, for restaurants that allow it. Cool! Bring your mutt, on leash, and let him or her relax under the table as you and your human friends enjoy RI delicacies, from calamari to Campari or whatever leisure foods and drinks make you smile. Among the Ocean State restaurants that welcome dog companions are Wildflour Vegan Baker and Juice Bar in Pawtucket (dog treats on the menu); Garden Terrace at Vanderbilt Grace in Newport (Yappy Hour daily at noon); Luxe Burger Bar in Providence; and Portsmouth Publick House in Portsmouth.
Picnic Above the City
Set out a sunset picnic above the Providence skyline, in Prospect Terrace at Congdon at Cushing Street in Providence. The view of downtown spread out below is fantastic, and you are in good company. The park is the home of a large statue of Roger Williams, an advocate of religious freedom who fled Massachusetts and founded the Providence community more than 300 years ago. Roger, too, is facing the downtown panorama.
Flea Market Treasures in an Arty Neighborhood
The Providence Flea
is an upscale urban flea market open every Sunday on the green space across from 345 South Water Street I Providence
, cheek to cheek with the RI School of Design and WaterPlace Park. The Flea is an eclectic open-air market, featuring antiques and vintage finds, fashion and jewelry, curiosities and collectibles, books, bikes, furniture, local artisan and upcycled crafts, food trucks, live music, and free on-street parking. The Flea won “Best of RI” from Rhode Island Monthly and “Best of New England” from Yankee Magazine for its vintage treasures. Open Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hope for Fun & Interesting Encounters
To enjoy a relaxed and interesting view into Providence’s boulevard society, take a stroll along Hope Street
on the city’s East Side. The street moves among the properties of Brown University and it is dotted with fun eateries. Hope connects with Wickenden Street
, also a near walk with plenty of cool shops and a sidewalk society that loves to sit, sip, and walk the world go by. Lots of nice shops of Wickenden, purveying goods from fish for you aquarium to art supplies. Denizens of the Brown University community will be kicking about too. Neat walks in all seasons.
Expert Maps for a Glorious Park
Roger Williams Park at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence
is a gorgeous Victorian-era park comprising 435 beautiful acres of drives that are great for walking or biking, lakes, a carousel, gracious buildings, a zoo and a museum and planetarium. The park’s conservancy organization offers some really helpful downloadable maps that allow you to explore it on your own. Enjoy!
Notable buildings map.
Walking trails map.
Notable art map.
Notable trees map.