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Families will love:

  • Annual WaterFire event on the rivers
  • Art, culture and cuisine
  • Cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture

With the nickname, "Creative Capital of the World," Providence, Rhode Island, really prides itself on culture, art, history and food. But with this modern, artistic flare comes old-world New England, complete with cobblestone streets, historic architecture and homes and attractions that date back to the 1800's.

Providence is a very walkable city, with hotels ... more
With the nickname, "Creative Capital of the World," Providence, Rhode Island, really prides itself on culture, art, history and food. But with this modern, artistic flare comes old-world New England, complete with cobblestone streets, historic architecture and homes and attractions that date back to the 1800's.

Providence is a very walkable city, with hotels located in the heart of all the action, and attractions and restaurants just steps from your door. And when we say restaurants, we mean a ton of restaurants -- there's basically one on every corner throughout the city, so you're sure to find something to please your little one's palate. If you have big kids in tow, you may want to check out one of the many colleges that are located here, including Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island College and Rhode Island University's Feinstein Providence campus.

Beyond the colleges, attractions, hotels and restaurants, Providence is also home to an annual event that has really put it on the map: WaterFire. Held on select Saturdays throughout the summer and during special occasions throughout the year, the three rivers in Providence illuminate for hours to create a spectacular sight that all ages will appreciate. During full lightings, more than 80 bonfires sparkle in the middle of the rivers, while street vendors and entertainers offer more fun for families. Providence hosts a variety of other festivals and events, as well, such as the Providence International Arts Festival, which launched in 2015. It's something the city and its partner, FirstWorks, plan to continue for years to come.

Written by Hilarey Wojtowicz less

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