Our List of Things to Do in Providence

The Norwich Spa at Graduate Providence is located in the center of downtown Providence, Rhode Island and is known for its historical roots, thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse schools and universities, fantastic hotels, renowned restaurant scene, and tons of things to see! 

If you’re a resident seeking hidden gems during your spa stay or a visitor eager to dive into the heart of the Ocean State, we’ve curated a list of must-visit Providence RI attractions while you’re here.

Whether you’re sightseeing, looking for the perfect souvenir, a trendy outfit, or a one-of-a-kind antique, Providence’s shopping districts have you covered. Discover the charming shops of Wayland Square or the eclectic boutiques along Wickenden Street. The bustling Providence Place Mall is an iconic shopping destination in the heart of downtown Providence. Featuring over 150 stores and restaurants, this upscale shopping center offers a wide range of fashion, accessories, and home goods. Browse popular brands like Apple, Nordstrom, and Zara, or unwind after a long day of shopping at one of the mall’s many dining options, from casual cafes to elegant bistros.

Reiners Restaurant in Providence

Reiners Restaurant, Bar and Game Room

Indulge in the ultimate dining and entertainment experience at Reiners. steps from the spa and located off of the lobby of Graduate Providence Hotel brings fun, flavor, and the ultimate gaming experience to the Providence community and hotel guests alike. This beloved establishment offers an eclectic menu of mouthwatering dishes, craft cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. Challenge your friends to a game of billiards, darts, or shuffleboard while savoring delicious bites, making it the perfect spot for an unforgettable night out. Reiners boasts two Topgolf® Swing Suites® and is outfitted with 10 TVs – treating guests to an immersive sports experience and an exciting place to socialize. The menu features a combination of local cuisine and seafood favorites as well as elevated pub fare. The beverage program offers classic artisan cocktails, flavorful wine varietals, and a rotating selection of craft beer available on tap.

Shopping in Providence

Located minutes from the Norwich Spa, Providence Place Mall offers visitors a mall with more than 170 shopping, dining and entertainment options. Shop ’til you drop at Providence Place Mall, the premier shopping destination in Rhode Island. Boasting an impressive selection of retail stores, from high-end fashion boutiques to popular brands, there’s something for everyone here. Funky urban chic can be found at one of the many boutiques on Thayer and Wickenden streets, both on the city’s tony East Side. From the hip downtown neighborhood, to elegant Wayland Square and eclectic Federal Hill, there is lots to see and buy. For those looking to make something old, new again, Providence offers a fun and eclectic vintage retail scene. 

Take a break from browsing to catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema or enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the many eateries within the mall. Garden City Center, in nearby Cranston, R.I., also offers a unique mix of sophisticated shops, eateries and boutiques. Located just 10 minutes from Downtown Providence, its charming village design invites open-air shopping for all seasons.

Providence Place Mall
Roger Williams Zoo in Providence RI

Roger Williams Park

Immerse yourself in nature and culture at Roger Williams Park, a sprawling oasis approximately 5 miles from downtown Providence. Explore the park’s picturesque landscapes, tranquil ponds, and lush gardens as you unwind amidst breathtaking scenery.  Dotted with lakes and filled with trees, gardens, and walking paths, this 400-acre-plus showcase of Victorian landscape design is the kind of verdant civic park you’d love to have in your own town. Attractions within the main attraction: Roger Williams Park Zoo, the third oldest in the country, where thrills range from a petting zoo to a zip-line ride; the Roger Williams Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the only such museum in Rhode Island, and the state’s only public planetarium; the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park, the largest public indoor display gardens in New England; and a Carousel Village with a vintage merry-go-round and a choo-choo train.

Discover Providence’s Museums

In addition to these prominent attractions, Providence offers many other exciting things to see. Whether you’re craving outdoor adventures along the stunning coastline, exploring charming historic towns, or sampling delectable cuisine at local eateries, the possibilities are endless for Providence sightseeing.

Providence, RI is home to several museums, including the RISD Museum, part of the famed Rhode Island School of Design; the John Brown House Museum, a landmark from the 18th century; and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, an American National Historic Landmark. For families, we have the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the state’s only natural history museum and public planetarium; and the Providence Children’s Museum, a hands-on museum for children. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Providence at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Catch a Broadway show, musical performance, or ballet production in this stunning historic theater, renowned for its exquisite architecture and world-class performances.

Experience Providence, RI

From shopping and dining to exploring parks and museums, Providence offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a resident or a first-time visitor, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. Plan your getaway today and make memories that will last a lifetime with all the fun stuff to do in Providence.

Museums in Providence RI