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Where to Go, What to See, What to Do in Providence
Providence is one of the nation's great little cities, with a cornucopia of activities and sights to see that belie its size (population: 171,000).
Here are just a few of the city's attractions. All are within easy walking distance of the Convention Center and Westin Providence.
Benefit Street, on Providence's East Side, is like an open-air museum of American historical architecture from the Colonial era through the Victorian. Paved with cobblestones, lit with old-fashion street lamps and lined with both simple and grand homes, churches and other buildings such as the Greek Revival style Providence Athenaeum library, Benefit Street and its surrounding neighborhood--Brown University and College Hill--are ideal for history buffs and casual strollers alike.
John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street, Providence
The John Brown House Museum, on the corner of Benefit and Power Streets, a massive and elegant Georgian style mansion, originally was the home of the colonial businessman, patriot, politician, China Trade pioneer and slave trader who helped shape the new American nation. Several generations of the Brown family lived in the house, followed by a succession of prominent merchants and moguls into the 20th Century. It's well worth a visit.
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Rhode Island School of Design Museum
224 Benefit Street, Providence
RISD and the RISD Museum are at the heart of the city's thriving art scene. The museum houses more than 80,000 works of art, ranging from Greek sculpture to French Impressionist paintings, Chinese terracotta and contemporary multimedia art. Despite the breadth of its collections, it's not overwhelming and it provides a relaxed museum experience.
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The Johnson & Wales Culinary Archives & Museum
315 Harborside Blvd., Providence
Considered the world's best museum devoted to the culinary arts, this museum contains more than 500,000 artifacts, including exhibits on kitchen gadgets and food in the White House, plus a diner museum and New England tavern. You'll need a car or taxi to visit this one. Click for more information.
Federal Hill is the red hot center of the city's fabulous restaurant scene. It's been named one of the "five best little Italys in the U.S." by celebrity chef Mario Batali. Within a few minutes walk of the Convention Center and Westin, Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill is lined with great restaurants, Italian groceries, bakeries and the like. Ask any Rhode Island resident for their favorite Federal Hill restaurant. You're bound to get your fill of worthwhile recommendations. Here's a list of some of the best.
The Dining Scene
In addition to the fine restaurants of Federal Hill, there are fun dining experiences available throughout the city, including a variety of ethnic fare, seafood and American classics.
Here's a list.
Providence offers as many interesting shopping experiences as it does dining choices. Federal Hill, Wickenden Street and Wayland Square, all have a collection of specialty shops and boutiques from funky urban chic to the more traditional.
In addition, the Providence Place mall, connected by skyway to the Westin Providence and Convention Center, offers 170 options for shopping, dining and entertainment.
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