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  • 1. Benefit Street

    Downtown | Neighborhood/Street

    The city's wealthiest families lived along the "mile of history" during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Home to a high concentration of Colonial...Read More

  • 2. Culinary Arts Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This offbeat gem on the Johnson & Wales University campus celebrates the joy of cooking and eating throughout human history. An authentic...Read More

  • 3. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

    East Side | Museum/Gallery

    This museum houses more than 86,000 objects ranging from ancient art to work by contemporary artists from across the globe. Highlights include...Read More

  • 4. Providence Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    At Rhode Island's only hands-on children's museum, kids and their families play and learn in vibrant interactive environments. Favorites include...Read More

  • 5. Roger Williams Park and Zoo

    Museum/Gallery

    Plan a full day to take in this regal 435-acre Victorian park where you can picnic, feed ducks in the lakes, rent a swan-shape paddleboat, and...Read More

  • 6. Brown University

    East Side | Educational Institution

    Founded in 1764, this Ivy League institution is the nation's seventh-oldest college and has more than 40 academic departments. On a stroll through...Read More

  • 7. Downcity

    Downtown | Neighborhood/Street

    A highly walkable section of Downtown—and for some residents synonymous with it—Downcity contains a thriving mix of college buildings, restaurants...Read More

  • 8. First Baptist Church in America

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This historic house of worship was built in 1775 for a congregation originally established in 1638 by Roger Williams and his fellow Puritan...Read More

  • 9. First Unitarian Church of Providence

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This Romanesque house of worship made of Rhode Island granite was built in 1816. Its steeple houses a 2,500-pound bell, the largest ever cast...Read More

  • 10. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

    East Side | House/Mansion/Villa

    The two-term Rhode Island governor made his fortune selling textiles to both armies during the Civil War and spared no expense in building this...Read More

  • 11. John Brown House Museum

    East Side | House/Mansion/Villa

    Rhode Island's most famous 18th-century home was the stately residence of John Brown, a wealthy businessman, slave trader, politician, and China...Read More

  • 12. John Hay Library

    East Side | Library/Archive

    Built in 1910 and named for Abraham Lincoln's secretary, "the Hay" houses Brown University Library's collections of rare books and manuscripts...Read More

  • 13. Market House

    Downtown | Educational Institution

    Built in 1773–74 and designed by Joseph Brown, this brick structure on South Main Street is part of the Rhode Island School of Design these...Read More

  • 14. Prospect Terrace

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    This pocket park offers arguably the most scenic views of Downcity, particularly in the fall, when the surrounding foliage plays spectacularly...Read More

  • 15. Providence Athenaeum

    East Side | Library/Archive

    Philadelphia architect William Strickland designed this 1838 Greek Revival building in which Edgar Allan Poe courted the poet Sarah Helen Whitman...Read More

  • 16. Rhode Island State House

    Downtown | Government Building

    Designed by the noted architecture firm McKim, Mead & White, Rhode Island's beautiful 1904 capitol building has one of the world's largest...Read More

  • 17. Roger Williams National Memorial

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This 4½-acre park dedicated to Rhode Island's founder has a symbolic well to mark the site of the spring around which Roger Williams built Providence...Read More

  • 18. Thayer Street

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    Bustling Thayer Street bears a proud old New England name and is very much a part of life at Brown University. Gentrification has resulted in...Read More

  • 19. Waterplace Park and River Walk

    Downtown | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Venetian-style footbridges, cobblestone walkways, and an amphitheater encircling a tidal basin set the tone at this 4-acre tract along the...Read More

  • 20. Wickenden Street

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    Named for a Baptist minister who was one of Providence's first settlers, this main artery in the Fox Point district is home to antiques stores...Read More

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