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Best things to do in Providence

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theatre
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“Now in its 52nd season, Trinity Rep is home to one of the last remaining resident acting companies in the country, a wide range of public programming that brings thousands of people to the theater each year, the nationally renowned Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing, and so much more. ”
20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located on the historic Benefit Street on the East Side of Providence, the JB Museum is a worthwhile visit.”
17 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“almost two miles of tree-coddled-walk. Run, stroll or bike. Great food at north end”
20 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Don't let the line scare you...it moves fast and its soooo worth it. Or order ahead online for pick up. ”
19 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“This store features local art and so many unique items, which include many rhode island themed specific gifts. ”
23 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“See a show, check-out the gallery or take a quick class. Life-drawing drop-ins.”
25 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Restored theater, now a live music venue with *great shows. Check out their website calendar. ”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Gotta love rooftops! If it's 60 degrees or cooler then you'll need a jacket for this place. It gets cold up there.”
11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Decades long favorite right on the water. Great views of the city from the river”
23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This Providence landmark restaurant has an elegant atmosphere overlooking the Providence River in downtown Providence. Although more open and less intimate than some restaurants, I actually like that they have more room. They have fish from all over the world and an excellent raw bar. The fixed price menu was a great bargain too. ”
17 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
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“This is a small independent movie theater that shows super cool movies! It's also right on Thayer, so you can be part of the hustle and bustle of college life!”
16 locals recommend
Café
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“Small little coffee shop that definitely hits the hipster vibe. Amazing coffee, all the non-dairy options, and a variety of treats, sandwiches, or salads if you're hungry. Has wifi. ”
22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Love Mediterranean food like I do? than you'll love eating at one of Thayer Street's oldest restaurants. Be sure to use my promo code to take an uber or lyft here because being in a college area, parking if very hard to find. Their chicken kebab pocket is the beat and its only $8”
19 locals recommend
Museum
“(RISD = “Riz-Dee”) - world famous premier fine arts and design college with famous alumni such as Dale Chihuly, Seth MacFarlane, Nicole Miller, David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg”
13 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Go for the cupcakes, stay for the atmosphere. We recommend the Monte Cristo - a turkey, ham and swiss cheese sandwich on Portuguese sweet bread french toast. They are known for their brunch and afternoon tea, but we enjoy dinner there as well. Opens at 10am, but expect a line at the door in the mornings. Open late except Thursdays and closed on Mondays.”
23 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Interesting Art and Foreign Films. Small theater, walking distance from out house.”
22 locals recommend