Things to Do in Providence, RI

Providence, Rhode Island is home to scores of exciting attractions and things to do. Whether you’re on vacation with the family or visiting Providence on business, there are plenty of spots in and near the city to take in the sights and sounds of New England. Top attractions include the historic Newport Mansions, Roger Williams Park and Zoo, ice skating at Bank of America City Center, the RISD Museum and Providence Children’s Museum, and Twin River Casino. With so much to see and do, your visit to Providence, Rhode Island is sure to be action-packed!

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Rhode Island Convention Center

The Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island is a state-of-the-art facility for major events, trade and consumer shows, exhibits and conventions. Function spaces at the convention center accommodate up to 9,000 people. In addition to being connected to Providence Place mall, the Rhode Island Convention Center is within walking distance to restaurants and national hotel chains.


RISD Museum

The RISD Museum is one of the most noted art museums in Rhode Island. Located in the historic east side district of Providence, the RISD Museum has been educating people on the significance of artful objects and creative thinking since it opened in 1893. The museum is affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design.


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Providence Comedy Clubs

Enjoy a night on the town at fun comedy clubs in Providence. From famous headline performances to up-and-coming stars of the comedy circuit, fans of stand-up comedy have a lot to laugh about in Providence. Find comedy clubs in downtown Providence and some located near the city center at such locations at Twin River casino in nearby Lincoln.


Roger Williams Park & Zoo

Roger Williams Park in downtown Providence is the heartbeat of the city center. An urban park and attraction, Roger Williams Park features an acclaimed zoo, botanical center, museum of natural history, planetarium, lakes, walking paths, and the well-known Temple to Music where family festivals and special events are held throughout the year.


Providence Place Shopping

Find the best shopping, entertainment, and dining in Providence under one roof at Providence Place mall. With 170 stores, great restaurants, and an IMAX theater and 16-screen cinema, Providence Place mall has something for the whole family. This Rhode Island mega mall is located in downtown Providence.


Historic Newport Mansions

The Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island are among the most popular attractions in Rhode Island. The collection of 11 historic mansions is managed by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Each of the fully furnished estates dates back centuries, some as far back as the 1700s. Tours of the Newport Mansions are available throughout the year.


Rhode Island Universities

Some of the nation’s top universities and colleges are located in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown University, Providence College, Johnson & Wales University, and University of Rhode Island campuses are all located within close proximity to each other. Include a campus tour to your agenda when you vacation in Providence, Rhode Island.


Bank of America City Center

Treat the kids to an exciting day of ice skating this winter at Bank of America City Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The ice skating rink is open daily to the public during the winter. Ice skating lessons and rental ice skates are available for children and adults.


Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum, the only children’s museum in Rhode Island, is an innovative museum of interactive exhibits that stretch the imagination of children and adults. Located in the historic Jewelry District of downtown Providence, the museum features hands-on exhibits where kids can make to make water fountains and 3D replicas, get their hands dirty in a garden, learn fascinating tricks about puppets, and come face to face with amazing animals.


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