You’ve always believed the adage, “Good things come in small packages,” and you have yet to be proven wrong. From your young niece’s room-filling laugh to the decadent ganache in your favorite truffle, it’s the little things in life that bring you joy. Your trip to Providence will do the same. Blink and you might miss the state of Rhode Island and its capital city, but it’s a mistake to skip the charms of this 1,200-square-foot slice of the United States. With world-class universities like Brown and Johnson & Wales, tons of museums, and events year-round, Providence is smart, fresh, and entertaining for all ages—so pack your bags for a fabulous solo getaway or a fun-filled family vacation in Providence.
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Providence vacations have something for every age. Check out the city’s excellent Children’s Museum, or its huge, colorful Hasbro Playground. Roger Williams Park is a major attraction where you could spend days exploring the zoo, natural history museum, botanical gardens, and planetarium. Next, step off the beaten path to see the evolution of all things food-related at the Culinary Archives, or trace the steps of Edgar Allen Poe down Benefit Street, which is lined with houses and mansions dating back to the 18th century.
Providence is also a great place to go back to school—yes, even on vacation. Watch international cultures develop before your eyes as you browse the collections at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. RISD is known the world over for its innovation and creativity, and this museum celebrates centuries of fellow artists and designers from every corner of the map. Near downtown, wander through the historic campus of Brown University, founded in 1764. The university is a smorgasbord of beautiful New England landmarks, including John Carter Brown Library and the iconic Van Wickle Gates, but don’t worry there’s no pop quiz on this vacation in Providence, RI.
Don’t get the idea that Providence is all academia—the locals sure know how to celebrate and relax, too. In the summer, the Providence River comes alive during WaterFire, a gathering of flickering fire sculptures accompanied by people spinning flames in boats as they glide along the water. Stroll the paths of Waterplace Park or ride a graceful gondola to see the action up close. In the winter, drive just 40 miles to Newport for “New England's Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the Newport Winter Festival. Take an ice sculpting lesson along Main Street, then warm up with a spiked hot chocolate at the Hot Drink Contest.
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