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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.

College Arts Building
“Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design is an art museum in Providence affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design, in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The museum was founded in 1877 and is the 20th largest art museum in the United States”
82 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Roger Williams Park Zoo contains more than 150 animals from around the world in natural settings. It was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest zoos in the nation.”
36 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“A more rustic breakfast spot walking distance away. One of the few places you can have a beer with breakfast. They have really good vegan and Gluten choices. In general their options for breakfast are a bunch of very creative recipes that look beautiful. You will see a line but, it's worth the wait. Rain sleet and snow people like to go wait for these really yummy menu options.”
71 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“One of our favorite places to go to for brunch. Just a 10 minute drive, their menu is incredible and you won’t believe that most of it is vegan! They also have a wonderful dinner menu and sometimes have live music and comedy. ”
58 locals recommend
Café
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“best known for higher end gourmet organic, local. Great wine list.Always great!”
65 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Where you can get your iPhone/Mac fix. Somewhat upscale stores, with an innovative design by architect Friedrich St. Florian, who also designed the WW2 Memorial on the National Mall in DC. ”
37 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Vegetarian versions of traditional dishes as well as vegan & raw eats served in a casual setting.”
34 locals recommend
University
“Brown University - beautiful historic campus RISD Museum East Side of Providence - shopping - eateries - coffee Prospect Park- Amazing photo op”
29 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“ The building was a Loew's State Movie Palace and opened in 1928. PPAC contains over 3000 seats and hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, plays and film”
24 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The dates are listed on their website, lots of local vendors and they usually put on a good show. Great for kids!”
34 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious breads, pastries and coffee/tea. About half mile up Hope St. You can order a loaf of bread and have it sliced if you like. Seating outside in nice weather. Papers Prov. Journal, Boston Globe & NYTimes – are behind counter–ya gotta ask for them. Also have a store on Broadway on the West Side.”
45 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is one of the best bakeries in Providence. It's located walking distance and you can work inside, it has plenty of spread out seating. ”
43 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to unwind in the afternoons or night time. There are concerts and festivals at times. Amazing view to walk around Children really enjoy the park there”
21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Dark & beautiful decor with a great place to sit outside and have a few cocktails. ”
37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fun decor. Great mixed drinks. Theme fitting beer menu. Try the chicken sandwich. ”
36 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Gluten free, vegan, and kosher! Every single thing tastes like heaven here! We love the seasonal lavender lemon curd cake, the chocolate peanut butter cake, and their bread loafs. Their lattes are great and they have wheatgrass shots too! A little pricey, but won't disappoint! ”
34 locals recommend