Providence is one of the more underrated cities in the New England area. Initially founded after Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts Bay, the city’s grown to be a true college town. It’s home to Brown University, Johnson & Wales, Providence College, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
The best attractions in Providence tie into its collegiate reputation — it’s helped to flesh out the city’s downtown options. A few blocks from downtown Providence sits Federal Hill, abundant in Italian restaurants, specialty shops, and street performances.
PVDFEST brings together world-renowned art, culture, and food. During the summer, Providence also hosts the Bacon & Beer Festival, and the Ocean State BBQ Festival.
The Providence Children’s Museum has a lot of hands-on activities for the kids. The Roger Williams Park Zoo was named the “finest zoo in New England” by the Boston Globe.
Oysters and other seafood are not hard to come by in Providence. To try some, visit Providence Oyster Bar, Red Fin Crudo + Kitchen, and Bucktown.
Providence is home to many museums, including the RISD Museum, John Brown House Museum, Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.
Providence Place offers nearly 200 shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Providence’s trendiest boutiques can be found on Thayer and Wickenden streets.