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Visiting Providence, Rhode Island

Art Museums, River Parks, & the Old State House

Rhode Island State House

Rhode Island State House

One of the nation’s oldest cities, Providence is an active city known as the Creative Capital, and the Beehive of Industry. The largest city in Rhode Island – and the third largest city in New England – Providence is teaming with stunning parks, fascinating museums, and unforgettable history.

Set along Woonasquatucket River, Waterplace Park is a lively and scenic spot located in downtown Providence. Enjoy a brisk walk along the Riverwalk – cobblestone walkways trailing the river – or grab a good seat on the lawn for summer events like bonfires, live music, and the annual Waterfire.

For history lovers, be sure to explore the Rhode Island State House – also known as the Sixth District Court House, Rhode Island State, Providence Colony House, and Providence County House. First completed in 1762, the Old State House is a brick Georgian-style structure located in Providence’s College Hill Historic Landmark District – just northwest of Brown University. Found on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old State House is the site of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission.

For the artist in your outfit, the historic Rhode Island School of Design Museum is a must-see during your time in Providence. Established in 1877, this cultural center is the 20th largest art museum in the country. Guests of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum may browse collections of everything from ancient and contemporary art to works of décor, costume, and photography.

Associated with the Rhode Island School of Design, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gallery Nights are held the third Thursday of the month, every Sunday is pay-what-you-wish admittance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last Saturday of each month is free to the public.

Cultural centers, pleasant parks, and famed historic sites – that’s your time in Providence.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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2138 Post Road, Warwick RI 02886-1401
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BEST WESTERN West Greenwich Inn

99 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich RI 02817-1525
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