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Providence Introduction


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Providence, Rhode Island, New England's second-largest city, is an old city, established in 1636 by Roger Williams; but Providence is also young in spirit, with a youthfulness replenished by a steady flow of immigrants.  Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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Providence Geography


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Providence, called Downcity by some, nestles in a bowl circled by College Hill (the neighborhood home of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design) and the East Side and Smith Hill (with the marble-domed Rhode Island State House) and Federal Hill (known as Little Italy). South of the city, past the Jewelry District—now known for its nightclubs and converted factories—lie the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay. The small Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket rivers slip along either side of Smith Hill, meet at what is now WaterPlace Park, join together as the Providence River and flow south to join Narragansett Bay at India Point Park. Another finger of the bay, the Seekonk River, marks the eastern boundary of the city.   Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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Providence History


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Exiled from the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony for preaching religious tolerance and Native American ownership of the entire New World, Roger Williams established Providence in 1636. He divided up a mile-/kilometer-long stretch of riverfront and hillside among his followers and established the first Baptist church in North America. With official recognition of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations from King Charles II, Providence flourished as a haven for people who thrived in an atmosphere of tolerance.  Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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Providence Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Most Providence sightseeing is done best on foot and at a leisurely pace, paying special attention to three centuries of history. The best points of interest are open Tuesday-Friday in the morning: Wander up to the Rhode Island State House on Smith Hill, down to WaterPlace Park and Riverwalk, then visit the nearby First Baptist Church (which is really the first Baptist church body founded by Roger Williams) and climb College Hill to visit historic Benefit Street. Along the way, you can visit historical buildings, museums, galleries and shops.  Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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Providence Nightlife


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Providence's nightlife is concentrated in the Jewelry District, the west side of the downtown area, and in the South Main Street area. The standout in the live-music category is Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel. Ri-Ra is a popular Irish pub that features its own performers, and many Providence restaurants turn into nightspots after dinner crowds depart.  Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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Providence Restaurants & Dining


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The dining scene in Providence benefits from the presence of Johnson and Wales' culinary arts school—the school's interns are a source of highly motivated kitchen staff, and many of the students remain in the city after graduation to open their own innovative restaurants. The fierce competition keeps Providence restaurants on their toes, and there are always new restaurants to visit and enjoy.  Click here to see the full Providence travel guide on Travel42 »

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