The Providence Athenaeum is one of America's oldest member-supported libraries and it has functioned as such since 1753 (though the present structure was built in 1838). According to 19th-century legend, the poet Edgar Allen Poe courted Sarah Whitman in the stacks of this granite Greek Revival building. Some of the collections include documents and books from the original Providence Library, rare editions from American authors like Louisa May Alcott and Herman Melville along with the Robert Burns collection, which has more than 400 items. Today, the Athenaeum hosts events throughout the year with a focus on education for both adults as well as children.
Home to two greenhouses, namely the Conservatory and the Mediterranean Room, the botanical center shelters hundreds of species of plants and palm trees. It is known as the largest of its kind in New England. The botanical gardens are located inside the massive Roger Williams Park, which is named after one of the state's founders. 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 in advance and during the summer, the center organizes field trips for elementary school students and other events for adults.
Providence has plenty to boast about, from big-city nightclubs and old-school party halls to retro cinemas and unique event venues. The Columbus Theater fits right into this list. Its large main auditorium holds 800 comfortably. It has 650 orchestra seats and 150 seats on the mezzanine level, respectively. Every seat has a great view of the stage so you won't miss a single detail and the acoustics are quite impressive. The second venue called the Cinematheque is more intimate with 200 seats.
Stretching from Main Street in the northern part of College Hill to Alves Way in the neighborhood of Fox Point, this street is also called the 'Mile of History'. Benefit Street has been a catalyst in the history of the city and state. Along the way, visitors will see many Victorian and Colonial homes as well as the campus of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. The street is dotted with other historical attractions like the Providence Athenaeum, the First Baptist Church in America and the anachronistic John Brown and Nightingale Houses. If you choose to walk yourself, the Providence Preservation Society provides free pamphlets in order to guide you down the street.
Popular throughout the state for its fine brews, Foolproof Brewing Company infuses the spirit of Pawtucket into its brews. A brewery that's constantly evolving to suit the preference of the modern beer drinker, the brews produced here are meticulously crafted to offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you won't forget. Open just two days a week, the taproom is a sight of absolute excitement. Customers can sample up to three beers, before purchasing a bottle or two of their choice. Tours of the brewery are conducted every Saturday, wherein customers are given a in-depth account of the philosophy and functioning of the site.
Easton's Beach is locally known in Newport as "First Beach" and is a favorite spot for tourists, events and tournaments of all kinds throughout the summer season. The beach is long and narrow, providing a great place to stroll across the town line into neighboring Middletown. The boardwalk has parking, public bathhouses, concessions stands and even a carousel. The beach is known to have red kelp warnings that often prevent swimming and make walking and wading difficult.
Built in 1762, and renovated several times over the years, the Old State House is not only a historical building, but it is also an important city landmark. Built in the brick Georgian-style by the state, the building was home to numerous meetings of the colonial and state legislatures. It also served as the courthouse for a considerable period of time. If you are in the mood to get a glimpse of a slice of history, certainly head to the Old State House in College Hill.
As the name suggests the Governor Stephen Hopkins House was the former residence of the governor of Rhode Island Stephen Hopkins once resided in the early 1700s. Built in the 18th Century, the house was expanded from its original structure under the order of the governor himself. The house was restored in the year 1920 by Normal Isham and later came under the ownership of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. It is now open to the public and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the National Historic Landmark.
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is located within the premises of Brown University and has more than one million items on display. The museum serves as a teaching museum and is used for extensive research and also conducts various seminars and other educational programs. The museum consists of displays mainly from North America and has various archaeological and ethnological collectibles from almost all the continents in the World. The museum also showcases various photographs and artifacts.