Things To Do In and Around Providence, Rhode Island

There is so much to do in and around Providence, Rhode Island!   Here are our top places to visit while you’re in the area.  This vibrant New England city is only about a 3 hour road trip from New York City.  Plan your day trip or weekend stay accordingly.  Rhode Island has so much to offer!

7. WaterFire

Experience nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.  Details including a map and current schedule can be found here.

6. The John Brown House Museum

Indulge your curiosity about Rhode Island’s history with this culture-rich experience.  During your visit to this museum, you’ll see and experience furniture, sculpture, artwork, silver, porcelain, textiles, and other selections from their extensive collections, 18th-century wall maps depicting a very different world view, and a fully restored 18th-century carriage.  More info can be found on the Rhode Island Historical Society’s website.

5. Rhode Island School of Design Museum

This internationally renowned museum features over 80,000 works of art, and even features a 12th century Japanese Buddha with nearby benches for meditating.  If you enjoy the performing arts, this stop is for you.  More info can be found at the RISD website.

4. Ghost Tour

Take a haunted walking tour of the East Side of Providence!  Great for ghost story lovers and history buffs.  Check out the Providence Ghost Tour.

3. Roger Williams Park

So much to do and see, including a bike park, leisure boating, planetarium and the Roger Williams Park Zoo.   All the details can be found at the Roger Williams Park website.

2. Historic Federal Hill

Enjoy a cappuccino, a quick slice of pizza or a fine dining experience at one of the fine restaurants in this historic section of the city, also known as Little Italy.  More info here.

1. Craft Beer

Providence metro is packed with fantastic breweries, if we don’t say so ourselves.  In fact it was named one of the top six craft beer cities in New England.   But don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself!   In addition to the tasting room at Smug Brewing Company (one of the highest rated breweries around), be sure to check out our neighbors, Crooked Current and The Guild – some of the very best in the Ocean State!

Come explore the Providence, Rhode Island metropolitan area! While you’re here we look forward to serving you at Smug Brewing.