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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Play With Nature at Providence Children’s Museum
If your family includes young folks under the age of about 12, you owe them a tip to the Providence Children’s Museum
at 100 South Street in Providence
’s quickly reviving “Knowledge District” (a second home to Brown University’s medical college). There’s a ton of stuff for kids to enjoy every day at the museum, along with special events and celebrations linked to holidays and seasons. Children may play with water and magnetic; explore plant life; climb a two-story-tall maze or into a tree house; burrow into a world of subterranean creatures; learn how to build a bridge; play with marionettes, and much more. The museums’ website tells you the special events coming up on the calendar. 401-273-5437
Feed Your Inner Explorer at Biomes
The marine biologists at Biomes Marine Biology Center
at 6640 Post Road in North Kingstown
really want to teach you what they know about sea life, particularly the plants and creatures who live in Narragansett Bay. The Biomes Center is New England's only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium zaround. The scientists here host demonstrations throughout Saturdays, Sundays, school vacation days, and every day during the summer, noon to 5 p.m. Daily events include pufferfish and octopus demonstrations, and feedings of tortoises, shark, horseshoe crabs, skates, stingrays, and sea horses. Discover the marine biologists in yourself or your family! 401-885-4690
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.
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.
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
Vintage Never Gets Old
Browsing a consignment shop is a treasure hunt, allowing shoppers to burrow into layers of time and taste. Providence
's consignment shops give you a chance to visit the city’s wonderful neighborhoods, like Federal Hill, Fox Point, College Hill. Three consignment shops that introduce you to indoor treasures are Hall’s On Broadway
, Nostalgia Providence
, and Lola Fashion Boutique
Duck, Dive, and Soar. Indoors!
Launch Trampoline Park
at 105 Pace Blvd. on Warwick
is place to work off pent-up energy for adults and kids. The indoor park is four dozen adjoined trampolines that span the floor and walls to create one giant bouncing surface. Come of open jump hours and bounce off the walls. Play dodge ball, Make a day of it for housebound kids with more activity at the arcade room and the café, serving kid-licious finger food from burgers to chicken fingers. For adults, the park offers structured workout classes that promise to help you burn 1,000 calories an hour. Open daily except Tuesdays; hours vary. Phone: 401-828-5867.
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.
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
Like many of New England’s hip zones, Providence cultivates its share of places to drink excellent and unique beer. Among them, the Malted Barley
(craft beer and
gourmet pretzels) at 334 Westminster Street in the arts-rich DownCity neighborhood; Nick-A-Nees
(live music and no cover) at 75 South Street, also in the DownCity section; and E & O Tap
(expert bartenders and classic pinball machine), at 289 Knight Street in the Federal Hill area, which is the city’s truly authentic Little Italy.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Find the Tricycle.
And for pure sophistication, there is O’Crepe
, a little bit of Paris on the street of Providence. Find it.
The Most Authentic Diner of All
The original diner -- a horse-drawn wagon that served food in the middle of the night in the 1890s to workers at the Providence Journal -- was born in Providence. The Haven Bros. Diner
, a four-stool operation, is honored as the most basic diner of all in the diner’s hometown. Haven Bros. Diner is towed to a curbside location next to Providence City Hall every evening and towed away at 5 a.m. the following morning. This legendary eatery has been serving minimalist food to late-night downtown denizens since 1893 (seriously). It is considered perfectly acceptable to take your burger and coffee and sit on the front steps of City Hall while dining.