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What to Do During a Trip to Providence, Rhode Island

by Holly Riddle

Mar 30, 2023

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Destinations / North America

Planning a trip to Providence, Rhode Island, soon? Add these activities to your itinerary to see why the city is called The Creative Capital.


Pay a Visit to The RISD Museum

The leading Rhode Island museum of art, design and culture, the can’t-miss RISD Museum is free to visit on Thursday and Friday evenings, 5–7 p.m., and all day Sunday.


Take in WaterFire

WaterFire is an after-dark artistic experience that lights up the downtown riverside with more than 80 bonfires. Part of an award-winning interactive art installation, WaterFire doesn’t run every night of the year. Instead, it only runs select dates, April–December.


Catch a Show

Providence offers a range of arts and entertainment venues, including Trinity RepProvidence Performing Arts Centerand The Vets. Whether you’re interested in catching a Broadway-style show, comedy set or live music, you can always find something playing.


Grab a Bite

Providence’s creative spirit carries over to its cuisine. Stop at one of the city’s many watering holes or innovative restaurants for a taste. Plant City is the world’s first plant-based vegan food hall. Gracie’s serves high-end, multicourse meals often using its own rooftop-grown produce. At Clementine Cocktail Bar, the focus is all on creative craft cocktails.


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