While we certainly want everyone to stay longer, sometimes there’s only a few hours to make a quick pit stop in The Creative Capital. For those on the go, here are 17 things you can do in Providence in one afternoon.


  1. Head up to Federal Hill for a leisurely lunch in one of the country’s top Little Italys.
  2. Grab some provisions at Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches and head to Waterplace Park.
  3. Providence is the birthplace of the diner. Pay homage by chowing down at Olneyville New York System.
  4. Pick up a coffee or Gifford's ice cream at The Landing and enjoy it as you stroll the RiverWalk.


  1. Stroll the nation’s oldest indoor shopping center, the ornate and airy Arcade Providence.
  2. Pay homage to Providence’s favorite writer and find H.P. Lovecraft’s grave in gorgeous Swan Point Cemetery.
  3. Take a walking tour of one of Providence’s historic neighborhoods, using one of our guides.
  4. Hit the water. Glide through the rivers of Providence in a gondola, learn a little something on the Providence River Boat, or burn off lunch with Providence Kayak Company
  5. Bring the kids or be a kid at the Providence Children’s Museum.
  6. Shop like a local in fashion-forward neighborhoods like Hope Street, Wayland Square and Westminster Street.
  7. Feel the summer warmth any time of year at the Roger Williams Park Zoo's Faces of the Rainforest exhibit.
  8. Marvel at the exhaustive and expansive collection at the RISD Museum.

Late Afternoon

  1. Grab a beer at local landmark The Hot Club, made famous in the movie “There’s Something About Mary.”
  2. Pick up a pick-me-up with a wicked sweet treat from Sin Bakery.
  3. Zip around town with any of the bikes or scooters available throughout the city.
  4. Stand tall above the Providence skyline with a cocktail at the Rooftop at the Providence G.
  5. Snag a souvenir from your quick trip at the GoProvidence Visitor Center.

Providence Walking Tours

Immerse yourself in Providence's fascinating history, local lore and quirky tales by taking a self-guided walking tour. Explore the historic East Side, the rich culture of the West Side, the reinvention of Downtown and more.