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Find yourself in Federal Hill, called “One of the Five Best Little Italys in the U.S.” by Chef Mario Batali. More than 100 restaurants, boutiques, galleries and food markets preserve the city’s Italian influence while also showing off its inventive modern spirit. Head to the East Side to encounter the Colonial past; you’ll be greeted by 18th and 19th century homes, cobblestone streets and flickering streetlamps. Tour Brown University’s campus or visit the Rhode Island School of Design’s RISD Museum, home to more than 91,000 works of art. Shop Thayer, Wickenden and Hope streets for indie fashions and antiques, or go downtown to The Arcade, the oldest indoor shopping mall in the U.S. In Rhode Island, most clothing is tax free.

Explore the city on foot on a historic walking tour or, for the foodies, a behind-the-scenes Savoring Rhode Island walking (and eating) tour. Follow up with a trip to one of Providence’s renowned bakeries, including Seven Stars, North Bakery, Ellie’s and Scialo Bros. Bakery.

Catch a Broadway act at Providence Performing Arts Center, originally a Loew’s Movie Palace built in the 1920s. At Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company, one of the U.S.’s most established resident acting companies performs. Kids can enjoy a trip to Providence Children’s Museum or Roger Williams Park Zoo, 16 hectares full of African elephants, snow leopards and moon bears. For a romantic night out, take a Venetian gondola ride on one of downtown’s three rivers, where WaterFire, one of Providence’s newest attractions, also takes place. Running May through November, this multisensory art installation lights up the night with bonfires on the rivers, music and festivities.


Fun Fact

Ice skating in Providence
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Downtown Providence’s ice skating rink is twice the size of the one at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

The Arcade was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 1971
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The Arcade, located in downtown Providence, was built in 1828 and is the oldest indoor shopping mall in the USA.

Providence's Jewelry District neighborhood was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985
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Providence was once known as the “Jewelry Capital of the United States.”

Panoramic view of Providence's WaterFire
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