Did you ever walk down the streets of Providence and wonder what once was? As the nice weather approaches, take the time to head outdoors and explore the city from a different view. Learn the history of the different neighborhoods, the multicultural influences and more that have shaped our city today through upcoming events, and our very own self-guided tours.

Encuentro 2018
Encuentro providence

The RI Latino Arts, the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and Latinos in Heritage Conservation will conclude their three-day historic preservation and cultural heritage conference with a day of tours throughout the city Saturday, April 28. Following the keynote speakers on Saturday morning, there will be dozens of walking, bus and bike tours presented by local preservation and community leaders. Guided walks in Downtown Providence will explore Providence’s Chinatown, public art, LGBTQ history, urban renewal and Providence’s Broad Street Latino Cultural Corridor. Tickets are available on site.

Jane’s Walk
Jane's walk

Spend the weekend exploring the city with FREE citizen-led walks May 4–6 during the annual Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. Unlike typical guided tours, these walks encourage community conversations to get people thinking, talking and connecting with each other. Examples of tours offered include “Where 195 Used to Be,” “Past and Future of Benefit Street,” “Providence’s Waterfront” and many more. Be sure to take a look at the schedule and meet at the designated starting point.

Historic Self-Guided Walking Tours
Historic Walk

The best part about self-guided walking tours is the ability to explore whenever you choose. GoProvidence, in partnership with the community, has developed three self-guided historic walking tours exploring different neighborhoods in the city including Downtown, The East Side and The West Side. These are available in printed versions in our Visitor Center at 1 Sabin St., as well as online.

The warm weather brings a wealth of outdoor activities, events and festivals in Providence. Plan a weekend stay, eat at one of our many restaurants and enjoy a little getaway. Follow Blog Providence and check our calendar of events to see all the fun things happening!

Downtown Historic Walking Tour

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West Side Historic Walking Tour

Beyond Interstate 95 lies Providence’s West Side. A bridge arching over the interstate takes you...

East Side Historic Walking Tour

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