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Waterfires..our premiere free public entertainment

Many speak of the renaissance of the City of Providence awakened after years of decline. Creative planners and designers moved rivers and opened vistas which had been hidden over time by asphalt and concrete. The result is glorious. The city has a vast collection of phenomenol architecture, ethnic restaurants, collegiate activities, unique theaters, and entertainment venues. If you visit Providence you will be surprised at how much is packed into such a small city.

Yes there are gondolas that drift along the river during the Waterfires evenings. There is no way to describe this event adequately. Everyone says the same thing. They couldn't have imagined what it would be like...or how it would smell...or how mesmerizing it all is. You simply must come and walk the lower sidewalks beside the river...under the bridges....and down to the basin while listening to the wonderful music that is designed especially for this event. Come and discover what thousands discover each summer.....Providence will capture your heart.

The Jewel of Providence...Roger Williams Park

This is the Casino at Roger Williams Park. It was built as an elaborate dance hall where weddings and special events take place throughout the year. It overlooks the lakes and has a beautiful painted ceiling in the ballroom.
The park consists of over 300 acres of rolling hills and beautiful specimen trees all designed by the noted Landscape Architect, Cleveland...an associate of Olmstead (Central Park, NYC) ...similar style. The park also boasts an award winning zoo, the Museum of Natural History, a victorian Bandstand, the Temple to Music, 7 lakes, Betsy Williams Cottage and Lovers Retreat Bridge across from the Rose garden and gazebo. And there is more....
See my Rhode Island page for many more photos and tips...and my latest pics here of the newest addition to the park. They recently opened one of the largest Horticultural Centers in New England.
So much to see, do and enjoy.
Horticultural Ctr. tips and pics begin in my OFF THE BEATEN PATH and continue in the TRAVELOGUE

News on our collection of restaurants!

We discovered a great Peruvian Restaurant in the city - check my restaurant tips for more..

Rhode Island has been blessed with some very prominent preservationists over the years, and several devoted their lives to establishing a significant number of National Historic Register districts and individually listed homes. The collection in Providence is unsurpassed almost anywhere in the country.

The Governor Lippitt house is another treasure which has been preserved and is open to the public for tours as well as available for special events, such as weddings.
Spend some time walking the East Side around Brown University and the RI School of Design and you will be astounded at the architecture...house after house after house.
FOR THE SHOPPERS IN THE CROWD THERE IS PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL...WHICH IS A FABULOUS AND ENORMOUS RECENT ADDITION TO OUR COLLECTION OF SIGNIFICANT ARCHITECTURE. NORDSTROM'S IS THE ANCHOR STORE...BUT MANY OTHER FAVORITES ARE INCLUDED.
FINISH THE DAY IN A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT....TOO MANY TO NAME HERE. WE ARE KNOWN FOR EXCELLENT AND VARIED NEUVO AND ETHNIC RESTAURANTS. AFTER ALL....WE ARE THE HOME OF JOHNSON & WALES CULINARY INSTITUTE AS WELL!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Best restaurants, small enough to manage on foot
  • Cons:parking can be a problem on East Side - downtown use a lot or garage
  • In a nutshell:All around terrific for education,entertainment,architecture
  • Last visit to Providence: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated Jun 2, 2013
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Nice page Janet!

    • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
      Apr 11, 2013 at 4:07 AM

      Thanks for visiting our precious Providence. Hope you can visit in person one day.

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Cool waterfires! I had imagined this idea with architecture friends at RISD back in 1987. I'm glad someone brought this to life. (not saying they used the idea :) Just glad.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Hello, Janet! Thanx for your splendid page! I felt like traveling there....

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    most interesting. ridc is impressive, the water features in the roger williams park more so - i love those. a lot has changed for the better since i was in p in 1975. great informative page

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Super museum! Newest restaurant tip is outstanding. What a wonderful presentation, Janet. Even Aussie got into the picture! Great restoration info and the architecture of that intro photo is magnificent.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    I think we will have that lunch in Thayer Street. Then a tour of the Henry Lippitt House . What a magnificent mansion. The designer/architect that re-designed the river area MUST have been a genius. It is a very clever idea. Great page.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Whoa - I thought I was looking at a pic from Italy -- wonderful waterfires and I like the way the rivers converge...beautiful pics and you're right, RI does have a lot to offer...will visit (specially for the good Italian food!)! Norman :)

  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Janet, Very tempting the way you have described the city of Providence. Your place in Pawtuxet also sounds terrific. Thanks for sharing, Mike

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    What an amazing spectacle--I've never heard of this event, but would sure love to see it!!!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Excellent new updates on Providence. The fires, music, and gondolas look amazing. Beautiful pictures of the fall scenery.

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