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.
This baseball diamond is home to the beloved Pawtucket Red Sox or more affectionately known as the 'Pawsox,' the Boston Red Sox triple-A minor-league affiliate. The stadium was built in 1942 and named after then Mayor Thomas P. McCoy. It holds around 10,000 people and though it is outside of the city of Providence, visiting the town of Pawtucket is always a nice day excursion.
The winding sculpted paths of this park named after one of Rhode Island's founding fathers will allow you to see more than 900 different zoo animals. There are giraffe, zebra and cheetah habitats as well as an open-air aviary which allows visitors an up-close look at the birds. Some of the animals with more exotic names include the Babirusa, the Binturong, the Aoudad or the amphibious and endangered Axolotl. The exhibits also feature different geographical regions and environments, such as Australasia and North America or a Wetlands Trail and a Marco Polo Adventure Trek. The zoo is always hosting events that focus on conservation, environmental stewardship and an overall zoological education for schools throughout the greater Providence area.
WaterFire is a magnificent array of more than 80 mini bonfires or braziers that illuminate the three rivers of Providence. It began in 1994 when artist Barnaby Evans used the confluence of the rivers to create this ephemeral water exhibition. However, it was not that fleeting because the city of Providence along with generous volunteers and donors continues to present the exhibition every weekend. The route runs from Waterplace Park to South Main Street and it winds nearly two-thirds of a mile through parks and public spaces in downtown Providence. Here, people can stroll along the riverbanks while listening to the sounds of classical music hum over loudspeakers. The fires are lit approximately 20 minutes after sunset each Saturday and usually burn for two to three hours.
The Providence River is a tidal river that is only about eight miles long. It has a two other tributaries in the area, namely the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck rivers. The river is probably best known for its WaterFire events held throughout the year. Additionally, you can see some most historic structures in Providence as well as more modern buildings and bridges while you stroll along its banks.
Federal Hill has one of the most varied and historic reputations as a neighborhood could have in any city. Today it's filled with ritzy bars, restaurants, shops, apartments and entertainment, though it was not always this way. Situated in the heart of the city, this neighborhood is known for its rich Italian-American population. The Italian-Americans here have contributed immensely over the centuries to the development and betterment of the city. The many Italian restaurants here offer delectable food to patrons throughout the year. As you walk down Atwells Avenue, you'll definitely know where you are when you see La Pigna (the pine cone) under the gateway arch.
Prospect Park was one of writer H.P. Lovecraft's favorite places to wander. When you arrive, it is not hard to see why he enjoyed it so much. The park sits atop Congdon Street in historic College Hill and it offers one of the best views of downtown Providence. Another highlight here is a the statue of Roger Williams, one of the founders of Rhode Island. In fact, his remains lie underneath the statue. Overall, it's a worthwhile stop, especially if you're here when the sun goes down in the West.
A verdant oasis in the midst of the urban cacophony of downtown Providence, the Roger Williams National Memorial is an idyllic park epitomizing history and fine landscaping. Built by Roger Williams, this park pays a solemn homage to the man himself, and his ideas and initiatives. The memorial's location was once Providence Plantations, the first European settlement in Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams as a safe haven for religious choice and freedom. The site was designated a national monument in 1965 and is nourished by the eastern banks of the Moshassuck River. Enlisted on the National Register of Historic Places, the park bears a tapestry of scenic droves, paved walkways, nationally-significant buildings, a spring, and an insightful visitors center.
Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence is the arena where almost seems like the entertainment never stops. There are a whole lot of events that take place here such as concerts, live music, sports events, tournaments and trade shows. The American Hockey League (an affiliate of the NHL) holds its home tournaments in this arena and it's also the home to the Providence Bruins. Any event at the Dunkin' Donuts Center is a larger than life experience in this 31,000 square foot arena.