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Providence Travel Guide: 278 reviews and 479 photos

Capital Of Rhode Island

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, hence the largest city in the state. Providence was in a huge down swing in the late 70's and 80's and I can verify this because back in the day when I was a young metalhead I used to go to Providence to see Motley Crue, Ozzy, Metalica, Tesla, and AC/DC and the place was really run down and dirty.

But that changed in the 90's when Providence put alot of money into inproving downtown. Now Providence is much improved with many new restaurants, a huge shopping mall and waterfront park.

Providence is also a college town and hosts such schools as Brown University, Providence College, Johnson and Wales, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Walking around Providence is relativly safe during the day. At night however downtown has tons of bars and clubs and at 2AM when they let out there is fighting and assorted mayhem on a regular basis. But the Police are usually around in force to calm the natives.

That's enough intro.. Lets get to the good stuff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Right off I-95, good restaurants, shopping
  • Cons:High crime in South Providence, parking nightmare
  • In a nutshell:City on the rebound,
  • Last visit to Providence: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 22, 2005
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Good tips

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 7:29 AM

    Hope you update to new Mayor..city doesn't operate same since Cianci gone. Surprised you gave credit for the renessaince..actlly took cple Govs, BIG private $$, historic comm, + cple mayors to complete. Buddy liked to make people think it was all him:-)

  • Nov 28, 2005 at 11:56 AM

    Admission is free, but skating is not at the re-named "Bank of America" Skating Center.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2005 at 6:07 PM

    Is it really called the Tonya Harding rink? Does anyone whack you on the knee as you leave it?

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 5:45 AM

    Yep think I'll still go here one day, but maybe I won't rent a car, hahahaha. Great tips, thanks!! I want to see some sailboats over there.....

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2005 at 6:07 PM

    Nice overview!

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 3:21 PM

    Huh?! Corruption, Crime and Foxy Ladies? Very interesting, I have to ring my friend there, he drills people's teeth and always brags about Providence! Ha! Thank you so much! LOL!

  • Polish_Mila's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2005 at 7:13 AM

    Hello. Great pictures and information! Greetings from Poland!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 1:29 PM

    I have enjoyed a lot visit Providence, following the guide. You are an excellent guide !

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 8:22 AM

    Hello Anthony. Thanks for visiting my pages. Nice look at Providence. Do you think a Braves fan could eat at Joe's. We hate the Yankees too. :-)

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