Elmwood Providence

Located directly off Interstate 95, the Elmwood neighborhood is an epicenter of multicultural activity in the city. On this stretch of road, there are more than a dozen different countries represented by neighborhood businesses and community organizations. Locals refer to the Elmwood area, which includes the South Elmwood neighborhood, as the “Gateway to Opportunity” and it’s easy to understand why.

Where to Shop

Explore Good Fortune Supermarket on Cadillac Drive. Browse a wide array of Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese fruits, vegetables, sauces and spices. With a variety of whole fish, live seafood and more, this Asian grocery store is a great place to find ingredients for your next meal.

With bulk candy ranging from old-time penny candy favorites to the latest in novelty trends, a visit to Candy4pennies will have you feeling like the proverbial kid in a candy store. They've also got gift baskets galore for all ages and interests.

Places to Dine

The neighborhood offers a world of casual food options. Apsara Restaurant cooks up traditional Chinese, Cambodian and Thai food, with a menu including several variations on spring rolls, a variety of noodle dishes, nime chow and more. For fresh dishes with a Latin flair, locals love La Roca Restaurante.


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Things to Do

Central to both the Elmwood and Broad Street neighborhoods is the community powerhouse the Southside Cultural Center. It is home to the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Rhode Island Latino Arts, the Laotian Community Center, the Jordan Wellness and Adventures Center, and Arte Latino of New England. Check the events calendar for performances and community events held in their theater or open-air pavilion.

Nearby, Teatro ECAS is an organization dedicated to preserving the art, history and culture of the Latino communities of Rhode Island. Concerts, dance performances and visual art exhibits include a Puerto Rican master carver demonstrating his craft, a beginner session in Latin American percussion drumming, and a workshop on oral histories. 

Step into Knight Memorial Library, a fixture of the neighborhood, and be transported back in time. The marble building dates back to the 1920s and holds an impressive selection of books, as well as offering community activities, such as music lessons, robotics workshops, storytime, and GED and ESL classes. The library is host to the Sankofa World Market, which showcases affordable, culturally appropriate and locally-produced food, craftspeople and entrepreneurs. 


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Just a short walk away on Peace Street, find Peace and Plenty Park and the adjacent Southside Community Land Trust. The park provides needed green space, as does the land trust, which is a shared community garden that encourages community stewardship of the earth. Both spaces are gathering places for neighbors and members of the community.

Further down Elmwood, spread across a massive 430 acres, is Roger Williams Park, which houses the Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village, as well as the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Temple to Music. Animals range from the ever-popular camels, elephants and giraffes to the newest animal in residence — the intriguing Komodo dragon. The Carousel Village and swan boats add to the family fun, as does the zoo’s Big Backyard, an oversized outdoor play space with water features and a giant treehouse. The Botanical Center will engage the senses, with more than 150 species of plants, fountains, a koi pond and waterfall. The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium offers presentations, exhibitions and workshops for children and families and its collection of fossils, minerals, flora and fauna is awe-inspiring. The planetarium also offers daily viewings.

Seasonal Elmwood neighborhood events include a Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival, the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historical Homes and the zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

For a little fun in the city, Providence Indoor Paintball is the place. There are indoor fields for all ages and playing levels, an Ultimate Airball Field and even rec-ball space.

The Elmwood neighborhood has plenty of on-street parking, intercity bus service, and can be biked with ease.


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Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island's only natural history museum and is home to the state's only public planetarium. For more than a century the museum has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people. Call for information and pricing about private planetarium shows and museum tours.

Providence Preservation Society

Formed in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18th- and early 19th-century houses on College Hill, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has grown from that small neighborhood group to a multifaceted citywide preservation organization. With a large membership, a professional staff, and countless volunteers, PPS is able to provide a broad range of services that fulfill its mission to improve Providence by advocating for historic preservation and the enhancement of its unique character through thoughtful design and planning. PPS activities, outreach, and offerings include the Festival of Historic Houses, citywide advocacy, homeowner resources, and many other events and programs.

Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village

Dubbed “the finest zoo in New England” by the Boston Globe. Walk through this beautifully landscaped 40-acre zoo — one of the nation’s oldest — and encounter an African elephant, a Masai giraffe, zebras, a red panda, snow leopard, moon bears, a gibbon, giant ant eater and more in naturalistic settings. Check the zoo's website for hours and admission pricing. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Check our website for any additional early closings. The nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs evenings during October; check website for dates and details.

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