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Providence Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Providence

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When traveling to Rhode Island, one of the most enjoyable places to spend the day is the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. This is one of the oldest zoos in America because it opened in 1872 and has been home to an assorted array of animals through the years. It is home to over 160 various species of animals, and is housed in over 40 acres.

There are a variety of excellent exhibit in the Roger Williams Park Zoo, including:

- An excellent African exhibit to find some of the most exotic species including elephants, giraffe, zebra, aoudads, and many more on this spectacular safari adventure

- A Tropical rainforest display that has monkeys scampering through the canopy, along with flamingoes, a giant anteater porcupines, an anaconda and much more in this lush environment.

- The North American exhibit is home to a magnificent bald eagle, along with buffalo, seals, and many more animals native to America... read more arrow
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For travelers heading to New England, make sure to stop at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence. The Rhode Island School of Design is one of the most distinguished design schools in the area, and is associated with the museum. This incredible museum was actually established in 1877 and it contains a number of permanent collections in addition to the traveling collections that are touring.

When visiting the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, be sure to visit the following collections:

- One collection, called the Painting and Sculptures Gallery, and it is home to over 2500 pieces of art from America and Europe ranging from the medieval time through the 1960s.

- Another collection is the Decorative Arts that contains glass, ceramics, furniture, metalworks from medieval times to today.

- The Contemporary arts Gallery contains art in various media dating from the last 50 years, and some of the most well-known modern artists... read more arrow
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For travelers touring around Providence, Rhode Island, the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is an excellent place to spend some time and enjoy the day. This house was originally built in 1865 by Governor Lippitt, and several generations actually continued to live in this house until the late 1970s and serve the community. In addition, this structure was designated as an Historic landmark in 1976. The house was donated to the Preserve Rhode Island society and became a museum in the 1980s.

When visiting the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, be sure to see the following areas:

- One of the unique treasures in this museum is the spectacular space of the Grand Hall, which has some of the best craftsmanship and attention to detail of any building in this period.

- The sitting room and fireplace mantle are also magnificent and contain furnishings reminiscence of the late 1800s... read more arrow
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Calling all children whose parents are dragging them to New England! The Providence Children's Museum is a really fun place to go while in Rhode Island. Learning about the history of the American Revolution, and visiting various mansions and museums is very interesting, but sometime there needs to be a break for some fun, and this is the place to see some great exhibits and participate in some exciting activities.

Since there are various events and activities throughout the year at this Providence Children's Museum, be sure to check the calendar for what's happening, such as:

- One of the most popular storytellers and singer of children's songs is Keith Munslow, who will provide an exciting performance with some great music.

- Another really fun activity that continues off and on during the year is a puppet play where the kids get to design and built puppets from a large collection of eclectic materials... read more arrow
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One of the most unique places to see in Providence, Rhode Island, is the Avon Cinema, which is an Art Deco Theater and one of the oldest and grandest in America. Originally, this site was the Toy Theater in 1915, but it was closed and used as a parking lot for a number of years. Later it re-opened in 1938 and it continued to delight audiences with an array of films from all over the world. During World War II, the owners decided that on American films would be shown at this film; afterwards it became an art house that primarily showed European films primarily from Italy, England, and France, along with a variety of American movies.

The Avon Cinema has continued throughout the years with one screen, even when theaters housing multiple screens are the prevailing interest, this one has survived with a loyal attendance of local patrons. It resides close to Brown University on the East Side on Thayer Street, and is extremely popular with the student and visitors to the area as well as the locals... read more arrow
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* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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