When you visit one of the oldest cities in the country, it’s safe to assume you’ll come in contact with a fair number of landmarks. History buffs will be delighted to learn, that Providence is home to no fewer than 156 National Register of Historic Places locations—12 of which are National Historic Landmarks. Stroll through the Downtown Providence Historic District or the Elmgrove Gardens Historic District. Spend an afternoon visiting big, stately brick houses that have been preserved for hundreds of years. Spend time in parks, finding monuments, and snapping pics of all your favorite discoveries.
Amongst the historic districts and locations on the National Register of Historic Places is Roger Williams Park. Named for Providence’s founder, this 427-acre park is a perfect intersection of outdoor wonder and historical significance. When you visit, you can take advantage of a zoo, a botanical center, a natural history museum, a planetarium, rose gardens, Japanese gardens, and more. Sign up for a tour of the park to ensure you make the most of your time visiting.
After working up an appetite visiting landmarks and gardens, make sure to tuck into some classic Rhode Island eats. Thanks to its location at the head of Narragansett Bay, there’s plenty of fresh seafood found menus across Providence—which is also said to have more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city. Enjoy clams, oysters, calamari, lobster ravioli, and more. Fans of fine wine should consider stopping by a wine shop that’s been open for over 100 years to see what gems they might find.