Get to Know Providence

Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital are located in Providence, the capital of the state of Rhode Island. Although the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline and is often referred to as the Ocean State. Rhode Island is situated in the heart of New England allowing easy access to neighboring states. As such, people come from all over to visit the state. Providence is a “minority majority” city because of its diverse population. The state also serves as an active refugee resettlement site bringing in people from all over the world. As a result, the state celebrates a rich cultural history with festivals and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Combined with all the outdoor activities you could imagine, Rhode Island is a fun place to be!



    International & Specialty


    American & Breweries

    • New Rivers
    • Mill's Tavern
    • Red Stripe
    • Birch
    • Gracie's
    • Cook & Brown Public House
    • Harry's Burger Bar
    • Ivy Tavern
    • Lux Burger Bar


    • Al Forno
    • Bacaro
    • Cappricio
    • Siena
    • Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen

    Brunch, Bakeries,

    Cafés, & Sweets

    • Nick's on Broadway
    • Julian's
    • Ellie's Bakery
    • Modern Diner
    • The Duck and Bunny
    • Bolt Coffee Co.
    • Coffee Exchange
    • Malachi's
    • Seven Stars Bakery
    • East Side Creamery
    • Pastiche
    • Three Sisters Ice Cream
    • City Girl Cupcake



    The Ocean State

    • Sailing
    • Scuba Diving
    • Beaches and Surfing
    • Waterfire: bonfires on the river in center city with live statues, art, and vendors

    Weekend Trips

    • Block Island
    • Martha's Vineyard
    • Nantucket
    • Cape Cod

    Arts & Culture

    • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Store, and Nature Lab
    • The Providence Flea is a fun market along the river bank throughout the summer
    • Providence Performing Arts Center- a top-class venue for traveling shows and concerts
    • Slater Mill - cotton-yarn plant and factory turned museum
    • Trinity Repertory Company and The Columbus Theater for comedy and theater
    • Live music at various venues like Lupo's, AS220, and Jazz night at Aspire.
    • Cable Car Cinema: catch an artful film while sitting in a comfy couch with food service



    Sports & Activities

    • Check out the Trails & Walks RI group for outdoor adventures
    • Ice skating at the Bank of America Center downtown every winter in Kennedy Plaza
    • Check out the local Providence Bruins, PawSox, Brown Bears, Providence Fryers, and other New England sports teams


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