Providence is rooted in religious freedom and signs of this are visible throughout the city. The Beneficent Church is one of the oldest churches in the state, dating back to 1743. Its Christian worship takes place weekly and tours are granted upon request. Grace Episcopal Church holds weekly mass and is open daily to visitors for worship and tours. The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is a Roman Catholic Church with daily mass offerings.
Head over to the Providence Public Library for a tour of this Venetian Renaissance building. Dating back to 1900, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Perhaps take in a play at regional theater Trinity Rep (Trinity’s annual interpretation of “A Christmas Carol” is a must-see!). Trinity features the last permanent resident acting company in America. Nearby, the Providence Performing Arts Center brings an array of Broadway shows and contemporary performances to Providence.
Check out an exhibit, performance or gallery show at AS220. The AS220 Main Stage hosts more than 10 events a week. Additionally, the artist-run organization offers printshop workshops, electronics workshops and many drop-in classes.
Rhode Islander’s love to give directions by telling where something used to be. Seek out the downtown spot where Lupo’s was once located and find The Strand. This historic theater has been a gathering place for locals to hear music acts and concerts for decades. Stop by Trinity Brewhouse’s outdoor beer garden or visit the skating center for some outdoor bumper car fun. These fun-for-all-ages bumper cars spin on ice in winter months and pavement the rest of the year.
The late-night scene offers something for everyone. Take in a spectacular view of the city from the Rooftop of the Providence G. Enjoy a signature cocktail (and stay warm by one of the fire pits), as the rooftop is open year-round. Stop into The Salon for a game of ping pong or pinball, and a beverage. We recommend a Pickleback or a Dirty Shirley (Temple). Murphy's — a Providence institution since the 1920s — is a comfortable Irish pub.
The Boombox in The Dean Hotel has a lounge and private karaoke party rooms. Fortnight is an intimate wine bar, which serves naturally and biodynamically produced wines and small-batch beers. The Dark Lady and The Stable, both favorites of the LGBTQ crowd, often have live music, DJs and dancing. After a night out, a burger from the Haven Brothers food truck or a treat from Friskie Fries' downtown storefront will satiate your late-night craving for some fried goodness.
Seasonal activities include: September’s PVDFest, an arts extravaganza of music, performances and creative expression, which takes over downtown; summertime outdoor Movies on the Block; and outdoor ice skating during the winter at the Bank Newport City Center.
The city is easily bikeable, and there is plenty of on-street metered parking, as well as convenient lots and garages.
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