From Benefit Street’s “Mile of History” on the East Side to festive Federal Hill, Rhode Island’s own “Little Italy,” the capital city of Providence is known and loved for its abundance of historic and cultural attractions. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets of Providence, as evident in the scores of immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian houses located throughout the city.
The Rhode Island State House, Arcade, John Brown House and the First Baptist Meeting House in America are among the many historic buildings which are open to the public year-round. In addition to magnificent architecture, Providence offers a host of attractions for connoisseurs of the arts. Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Museum of Art/Rhode Island School of Design offer acclaimed theater, fine arts and orchestral music. Other exciting entertainment options include the seasonal “Broadway” series at the Providence Performing Arts Center and numerous alternative theater and dance productions.
Providence is also home to the Rhode Island Convention Center, New England’s newest convention facility, which is in the heart of Capital Center and just footsteps away from spectacular Waterplace Park and the blue-ribbon restaurants for which the city is renowned.