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Discover New England charm in Providence

Choose a Providence, Rhode Island vacation rental to delight in this beautiful and welcoming city’s New England charm. As well as being a magnet for history buffs, Providence boasts prestigious universities, fabulous restaurants, vibrant nightlife and live music events, and a buzzing arts scene. From your Providence vacation rental, you can visit other historic New England cities, such as Boston, Plymouth, and Newport. Or, simply make the most of Providence’s waterfront location by taking a stroll along the city’s Riverwalk, relaxing with a picnic in Waterplace Park, or setting sail from the harbor on a Providence River Boat tour.

Scenic history in Providence

A summer walking tour is a great way to discover this pedestrian-friendly city and see Benefit Street’s wood-frame houses which date back hundreds of years. History buffs will also enjoy taking a tour of Rhode Island State House to view its dome, State Library, and Governor's State Room. Alternatively, explore the history of one of Providence’s oldest neighborhoods, Federal Hill, and enjoy some of the neighborhood’s authentic Italian delis and restaurants. If sport’s more your thing, grab tickets to catch a game at the Gillette Stadium, 20 miles north of Providence in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It’s home to one of the most successful teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots.

Family fun in Providence

The city’s illustrious Rhode Island School of Design is home to the RISD Museum, where you can view treasures including artworks by Picasso, Monet, and Warhol. If you’re staying at your Providence vacation rental with kids in tow, don’t skip a visit to Providence Children’s Museum. Here, you’ll discover hands-on activities and exhibits, as well as a packed events program. Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village is another family-friendly option set within one of Providence’s leafy parks. Children will love coming face-to-face with the giraffes, cheetahs, bears, and other animals that call the zoo home. Or, for something different, take a duck-boat tour from this city park.

Enjoy Providence whatever the season

Providence enjoys a warm summers with temperatures often in the 70s and 80s June through September. Conversely, it also experiences cold winters, although the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean keeps Providence warmer than many inland regions of New England. Despite the ocean’s influence, the area does experience winter snows, making a Providence vacation rental a great choice for an atmospheric winter sojourn. In the summer and fall months, the waterways of Providence are transformed by the glowing braziers of the public art installation, WaterFire. Created by the artist Barnaby Evans in 1994, WaterFire is now an annual seasonal event, attracting many visitors to the city riverfront to experience the beauty of flickering firelight.

Providence: a green city

As well as its zoo, Roger Williams Park is home to the Botanical Center – the largest indoor and outdoor botanical gardens in the state. Wander through the flower-filled realm to discover a myriad of plants and enjoy a scented stroll whatever the season. Walkers and bikers should head to Providence’s waterfront trails, while Providence is also home to the first multi-town bike path built in Rhode Island: the East Bay Bike Path. Stretching many miles from Providence’s India Point Park, the route connects several parks, before finishing in Independence Park, Bristol.