Despite being an urban capital city, Providence boasts an impressive array of green space and recreational opportunities. Nearby Warwick owns some of the state's best-kept coastline and is replete with natural and manmade beauty.
Nationally recognized for its outstanding design, WaterPlace Park is the focal point of Providence's revitalized downtown. This four-acre urban park surrounding a tidal basin features an amphitheater, landscaped terraces, boat landings, a clock tower and an outstanding restaurant. The river is edged by cobble-stoned pedestrian walkways, park benches, trees and flowering plants.
A series of Venetian bridges connects downtown Providence to the city's historic East Side. From here you can ride a water taxi down Providence's redesigned rivers, stroll the scenic riverwalk, or idle in the gazebo and enjoy the view. WaterPlace Park is also the site of special events such as outdoor concerts and one of the best views for the acclaimed WaterFire.
Cited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's premier urban parks, Roger Williams Park was designed by Horace Cleveland, noted American landscape architect. With more than 430 acres, the Park is comprised of waterways, walks, outdoor gardens, a Carousel Village, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the magnificent Temple to Music and the park's crown jewel, Roger Williams Park Zoo. The Carousel Village features a vintage carousel, pony rides, a themed miniature golf course and kiddie go-boats. The Tennis Center has Rhode Island's only clay courts available for public use.
The boathouse has paddle-boats and mini-speed boats. The newly constructed Botanical Center provides an enviable evergreen oasis.
A tiny jewel of a park on Providence's East Side, Prospect Terrace is the burial place of Rhode Island Founder Roger Williams and boasts a city view nonpareil. Located on Congdon Street, the park is also home to an iconic statue of the Roger Williams.
India Point Park is currently transitioning from outdoor afterthought to an architectural focal point. An 18-acre city park overlooking Narragansett Bay, the park is undergoing a fantastic new re-design and improvement under the umbrella of the city's I-Way public works project. Bike paths, playgrounds and waterfront views sparkle amidst lush lawns and a new pedestrian bridge.
Parks with rolling green hills, a botanical center that's an oasis of green in the dead of winter, Riverwalks with kayaks and gondolas sharing space - Providence has plenty to catch your eye and keep your attention.