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Rhode Island Convention Center

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Looking for a modern facility in the heart of downtown Providence to host a large scale event?  The Rhode Island Convention Center features more than 137,000 square feet of exhibit and flexible space, 23 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall measuring 100,000 square feet, and a 20,000-square-foot ballroom.  The center can accommodate up to 9,000 people.  In addition to its stunning glass-walled design, facilities at the convention center are top-of-the-line and fully equipped with the highest technological amenities.  Full-service, in-house catering services are available for everything from continental breakfasts and coffee breaks to formal, seated banquets.  Rhode Island Convention Center is a non-smoking facility.  Garage parking is available.  Rhode Island Convention Center is located adjacent to Providence Place mall, restaurants and a variety of hotel lodging.

RISD Museum

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The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, is commonly referred to as the RISD Museum.  With a collection of 84,000 pieces of art, RISD Museum is the leading museum of fine and decorative art in Rhode Island.  The museum is a complex of public galleries spread among five buildings, the first of which opened in 1893.  The museum’s collection is categorized by ancient, Asian, decorative and contemporary art; costume/textiles; painting and sculpture; and prints, drawings and photographs.  The museum also hosts a variety of special exhibits throughout the year.  Other arts programs open to the public include lectures, workshops, gallery talks and tours.  The RISD Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

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Providence Comedy Clubs

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Experience the funny side of Providence, Rhode Island at local comedy clubs.  From the gutt-busting jokes of seasoned comedians to the clever quirks of rising stars, Providence comedy clubs have it all.  Some of the popular places for stand-up comedy include the Comedy Connection, Charlie Hall’s, and Improv Jones in Providence, and Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club at Twin River casino in Lincoln.  Famous comics always headline at Catch A Rising Star.  The weekend lineup includes an opening act performed by a rising star, followed by the longer set of a nationally-recognized name such as Frank Santorelli, Paul D’Angelo, and Joey Vega.  Some Providence comedy clubs, including Comedy Connection and Improv Jones, offer comedy classes to help aspiring comics bring out the laughs.

Roger Williams Park & Zoo

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Roger Williams Park was established in the 1800s after a family member of Providence-founder Roger Williams willed the land to the city.  The urban park today is a familiar gathering place for Providence locals and a must-see destination for visitors to Rhode Island.  Many of Rhode Island’s top attractions are located at Roger Williams Park.  The Museum of Natural History & Planetarium is the only such facility in Rhode Island.  At the Roger Williams Zoo, visitors can observe thousands of animals, including rare and endangered species.  Carousel Village, with its carousel, bounce house, and playground is a dream come true for young children.  Enjoy canoeing, paddle boating, and kayaking on the various lakes at Roger Williams Park.  The marble-constructed Temple to Music is an iconic landmark of Roger Williams Park.  Fun festivals, concerts, and other special events are held here throughout the year.

Providence Place Shopping

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Providence Place mall is the top shopping destination in Providence, Rhode Island.  Find 170 of the biggest names in store brands, a food court and delicious restaurants, and a state-of-the-art movie complex with an IMAX theater and 16-screen cinema.  Shop for name brand fashions and home décor at such shops and department stores as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, Apple Store, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Gap, bebe, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, and H&M.  In addition to a Food Court, dining options at Providence Place mall include Fire + Ice, Dave & Buster’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and The Melting Pot.

Historic Newport Mansions

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Eleven meticulously preserved and restored estates compose the famous Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Islands. The Newport Mansions date back to the 1700 and 1800s. The grand homes were primarily the summer residences for America’s high society such as the Vanderbilts. The estates are of myriad architectural styles including Victorian and Gilded Age. Tours of the Newport Mansions include inside views of certain estates. The Breakers, owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt, II, is the most famous of the Newport Mansions, and features 70 rooms. The Elms mansion most often reminds visitors of the Great Gatsby. The Hunter House is also a popular stop along the Newport Mansions tour. The mansions are within walking distance of each other. Special events at select mansion are held throughout the year.

Rhode Island Universities

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With the number of renowned universities and colleges located in Providence, Rhode Island, it’s evident that Providence is keen on higher education.  Here you’ll find such prestigious institutions as Johnson & Wales University, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Providence College, and Rhode Island College, and Rhode Island School of Design.  Brown University is part of the esteemed Ivy League system, and is New England’s third oldest university.  University of Rhode Island is known for its nursing program and offers four campuses in Rhode Island.  At the private Johnson & Wales University, the International Baking & Pastry Institute is world renowned.  The Rhode Island School of Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various artistic disciplines.  While the colleges and universities offer a variety of degree programs, many campuses also offer professional development courses, certificate programs, and public programs such as lectures and performing arts.

Bank of America City Center

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Enjoy a twirl on the ice this winter at the ice skating rink at Bank of America City Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.  The outdoor ice skating rink is open to the public.  The rink is open daily throughout the winter season.  Skate Monday – Friday from 10am to 10pm, and from 11am to 10pm and weekends.  A variety of lesson programs are available for children and adults, including a drop-in refresher course geared specifically for adults.  The Bank of America City Center ice skating rink is also available for private parties including birthday celebrations and group events.

Providence Children’s Museum

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Experiments, hands-on learning, and awakening the imagination are sure to get the attention of any child at the Providence Children’s Museum.  Located in downtown Providence, the museum is the only one of its kind in Rhode Island.  Interactive exhibits, displays, and programs are designed for children ages 1 to 11 and focus on science, arts, culture and history.  Thoughtfully created exhibits illustrate the museum’s innovative approach to education.  TEETH is  an exhibit centered on human and animal mouths and the significance that teeth play in cultural traditions around the world.  Pets & People is a miniature veterinary hospital that helps families choose the perfect furry, feathered, or scaled companion for their household.   Children learn about Rhode Island’s diverse plant life in the Children’s Garden outdoor exhibit.  The Bone Zone is a humorous exhibit that explains the skeletal system.  There is much more to see and explore at the Providence Children’s Museum.