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Best Outdoor Activities in Providence

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Memorial Park

This park embanked on the Providence River offers residents of College Hill and people from the nearby superior court a place to escape from the tumult. Its highlight is the World War Memorial, a 150-foot obelisk built from Rhode Island granite in 1929. The carved stone edifice stands majestically over the river and atop it sits a statuette of Victory. There are inscriptions that quote from famous Americans like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Abraham Lincoln along with a frieze that honors Providence citizens. Today the park is a great spot to walk along the greenway and enjoy the panorama of downtown over the river.

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Burnside Park

Burnside Park is located adjacent to Kennedy Square Plaza and it's known for its popular Burnside Music Series concerts every summer. The park is named after Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War general from the state of Rhode Island and it was constructed in 1892. Another highlight in the park includes the Bajnotti Fountain and it's just an overall great place to relax amidst the downtown hustle-and-bustle.

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Riverwalk & Waterplace Park

Riverwalk & Waterplace Park is pegged against the confluence of the Woonasquatucket and Providence rivers in a little corner of downtown Providence. It's best known for its WaterFire events, which are mini-bonfires that bob atop the water to the beat of world and classical music. The city revitalized the entire area in 1994 and the walk makes an otherwise droll stroll into a pleasant one when walking to College Hill over the Washington Street bridge. The park's bridges are fashioned after those classical ones in Venice, and it's not uncommon to see gondoliers gliding under them.

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Grant's Block

On the corner of Westminster and Union streets is where you'll find this small square. It is primarily known for its summer 'Movies on the Block' series, where flicks are shown for free, but it also holds mini-markets, skateboard contests, food trucks and other events. It's definitely a place where the community gathers, especially when the weather allows.

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India Point Park

India Point Park is located in the Fox Point neighborhood, right outside of bustling College Hill. It is a tranquil oasis with waterfront paths that meander between graceful trees, attracting bikers, joggers, dog-walkers and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors and spectacular views of the harbor. The park holds an important place in American history as it is where Roger Williams landed in 1638. The park's name itself is the product of its historic use as a launch for trade ships heading to the East and West Indies. India Point Park attracts an eclectic crowd with its myriad pleasures, and is often used as a venue for spectacular open-air events like concerts, fireworks shows and festivals.

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Lippitt Memorial Park

This park is named after former governor Charles W. Lippitt and it's located on the east side of Providence in the affluent neighborhood of Blackstone. The park encompasses six acres and it provides a perfect spot for cyclists, joggers and walkers to start a trek down the Blackstone Boulevard Walking Path. Overall it's a nice green space to bring the kids and during the summer, the Hope Street Farmers Market opens up shop much to the delight of the neighborhood.

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Wanskuck Park

Just north of Providence up the Louisquisset Pikeway and off of Woodward Road, visitors will find Wanskuck Park. It's in the historic district of the same name and is mainly used for people to let their dogs run around and get some energy out. However, this park is for more than just the dogs. There are some tranquil spots for a picnic or a walk on the forested trails, which make for quite the relaxing afternoon.

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Roger Williams Park

This massive 427-acre park is located in South Providence, adjacent to the suburb of Cranston. It sits upon land that was once inhabited by the Narragansett Tribe before it was granted to Roger Williams, one of the Rhode Islands's original colonists in 1638. His heirs donated it in 1871 and the park was subsequently built in 1878. Once on the grounds, the park contains seven different lakes and it's also home to the city zoo, botanical gardens, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in addition to some other quirky attractions like the Temple to Music and Carousel Village. The aforementioned lakes are also the perfect spot to take a tranquil boat during the summer and especially during the fall when the leaves change their colors.

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Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

This greenhouse garden garden includes hundreds of species and its the largest of its kind in New England. The botanical gardens are inside the massive Roger Williams Park, named after one of the state's founders. The park is surrounded with foliage itself and with Edgewood and Cunliff lakes as a backdrop, it makes the visit to the greenhouse even better. The center provides docent led tours with reservations at least four weeks in advance and during the summer, the center organizes field trips for elementary school students and other events for adults.

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Dexter Training Ground Park

The Dexter Training Ground just south of Federal Hill is a small park that used to be an actual military drill field during the Civil War. It is named after Ebenezer Knight Dexter, a local benefactor and philanthropist who donated the land. One of the main highlights is the magnificent Rhode Island State Armory that stands majestically at the end of the park. Today, the training ground itself is primarily a dog park, however it still has trails that allow cyclists, joggers and anyone else to enjoy the outdoors.

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