Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Downtown Providence

Explore Downtown Providence

Downtown Providence is the humming heartbeat of the city. Home to the city's tallest buildings, a wide range of dining and shopping options, and most recently a growing number of residences, downtown Providence has plenty to offer.

Scenically set upon three rivers (the same rivers in which the city was founded in 1636), the downtown area offers a walkable riverfront in a bustling cityscape. A walk along Memorial Boulevard provides an opportunity to chart the city's interesting architecture - and pick out a perfect spot for a WaterFire viewing. The city's redevelopment of the riverfront has served has a model for other cities around the world. 

For more information on the city's history, a visit to the Roger Williams National Memorial and the Rhode Island State House are well worth a visit.

Today, downtown Providence is a flourishing neighborhood. With dining, shopping and accommodations that are both unique and boutique, the city successfully builds upon a reputation as the "Creative Capital." 

Preservation efforts and historic tax credits have jump started redevelopment, allowing resourceful reuse of some of the city's most beautiful buildings. In towering and ornate buildings, once home to dry goods and department stores, you can now find residences, restaurants and galleries.

Events and attractions like WaterFireice skating, Gallery Night, Movies on the Block, and even bocce, ensure the city's heartbeat stays strong throughout the evening and all four seasons.

For more information on downtown Providence, including special events and parking, we encourage you to visit our friends In Downcity and the Providence Downtown Improvement District.

Downtown Quick Links

Make planning your next vacation easier by choosing from an array of inclusive getaway packages... Learn More ›

Providence is a foodie's dream destination, and offers scores of options for your next great meal. Learn More ›

From boutiques to department stores, Providence and the surrounding areas offer ample shopping. Learn More ›

WaterFire Providence is a series of bonfires installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence.... Learn More ›

Providence became a bustling manufacturing town and by the late 19th century, the city was the... Learn More ›