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Things To Do at Providence, Rhode Island

Explore Fun Things To Do in Providence, RI

Situated in the picturesque northern part of Narragansett Bay, Providence, Rhode Island, is known for its historical roots, famed architecture, lighthouses, Ivy League schools, and thriving art scene. There are plenty of fun things to do in Providence ranging from hiking, history walks, city tours, museum visits, dining, and shopping.


A stay at our hotel puts you near top attractions and the best places to visit in Providence, RI, including family-friendly activities, local stadiums and arenas for sports enthusiasts, and prestigious universities. Visit exotic animals in their natural habitat at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, tour the campus of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, and catch the Bruins on the rink at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Watch the creativity flow amid inspiring landscapes, from award-winning art installations to annual events that pack in crowds. Providence is home to many esteemed museums, including the RISD Museum, and historic theaters like the Providence Performing Art Center and the Trinity Repertory Company showcasing the latest Broadway shows and live theatrical performances.

Providence Performing Arts Center

Providence Performing Arts Center

Steeped in history and old-world charm, score the hottest tickets in town and catch a touring Broadway show, play, or family-friendly performance at the nation's second largest theater of its kind.

RISD Museum at Hotel Providence

RISD Museum

Located on the campus of one of the world's most prestigious art and design schools, the RISD Museum of Art features over 100,000 objects ranging from Ancient Art to Contemporary.
Brown University in Providence

Brown University

Tour campus, attend a graduation, and catch a Bears game at this Ivy League school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a Dual Degree with RISD.

Trinity Repertory Company at

Trinity Repertory Company

As one of the most respected regional theaters in the country, Trinity brings diverse performances of contemporary and classics to New England, as well as theater education and outdoor performances.

Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence

Dunkin’ Donuts Center

With family shows, concerts, sporting events, and fun entertainment, head to the Dunk to catch all the action on and off the rink or court at New England's premier multi-use arena.

Waterfire in Providence


Join thousands in a multi-sensory art event paired with music and fun by visiting this award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on three rivers in downtown Providence.
Providence Place Mall in Providence

Providence Place Mall

With more than 160 stores, eight restaurants, and a movie theater, spend the day shopping until your heart is content at brand name favorites including J Crew, Gap, H & M, Michael Kors, and Zara.

Federal Hill in Providence

Federal Hill

Take a cultural tour through Providence's Little Italy and stroll through this Italian American community filled with authentic restaurants, food emporiums, bakeries, coffee shops, and boutiques.

Roger Williams Zoo in Providence

Roger Williams Zoo

Spanning over 40 acres of majestic woodlands, the Roger Williams Zoo is home to over 150 animals including Komodo dragons, zebras, pandas, African elephants, giraffes, snow leopards, and bears.

Annual Events in Providence

Annual Events

From the WaterFire art installations and Restaurant Week to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the zoo, get your tickets to the best annual events happening in Providence, Rhode Island all year long.
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Providence Ghost Tour

Providence Ghost Tour is a walking haunted history tour of Providence's treasured East Side.