Providence is always a fun city to explore, but when spring turns the corner and the days get longer, there is even more to do in Rhode Island’s capital city. Do you have any plans for the next spring weekend?
Here are 5 things to do in Providence in the spring:
1. La Gondola
Do you wish that you could sail away on an exotic spring vacation, but you just don’t have the time? Luckily, in Providence, you can discover the feeling of an Italian getaway without ever leaving the state.
Where is there a taste of Italy in Providence? Besides Federal Hill (another one of our favorite places to visit in the city), you can experience a little Italian ambiance with La Gondola!
With boats launching from the Gondola Landing at One Citizens Plaza, the gondoliers will take you on an enchanting tour of the Renaissance city. All trips are 40 minutes long and you are welcome to bring along your own beverage to enjoy while you sail through Rhode Island’s capital in an authentic Venetian gondola.
The 2017 season begins April 1 and runs through May 29. Book your reservation for a romantic date or evening with friends and family.
Visit La Gondola for more information.
2. Trolley Tours
If traveling in a boat isn’t exactly your style, there is another way for you to see the sights in Providence in the spring: trolley tours.
Bring your family and your friends for a narrated of tour of Rhode Island’s capital. During the trolley tour, you will learn about Providence’s unique history and see some of its most beautiful sights.
What will you see along the way?
The tour will take you through Benefit Street, often called Providence’s “Mile of History” due to its impressive abundance of Colonial homes. You’ll catch a glimpse of the city’s academic scene on the East Side where Brown University and RISD make their homes. And you’ll pass through Federal Hill, the Arts and Theatre District, and Roger Williams Memorial Park.
The tour pick-up is at the corner of Fountain Street and Eddy Street, behind the Biltmore Hotel.
To reserve tickets for a tour (it is recommended to do so at least 48 hours in advance) and to learn more about the the Trolley Tours of Providence call 401-421-3825.
3. Waterplace Park
Sometimes, on a beautiful spring day, all you want to do is spend time outside and do, well…nothing. (Those days are sometimes the best, aren’t they?) And Providence has the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the spring sunshine: Waterplace Park.
Waterplace Park is located in central downtown Providence. Artistically designed around a central tidal basin, it is a 4-acre urban park that features an outdoor amphitheatre, Venetian-style footbridges, and access to river walks.
On any spring day, Waterplace Park is the ideal setting for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or simply an hour spent outside reading in the sun. Find your way to its lush, green grass via its connections to College Hill and the historic areas of the East Side.
Here’s another reason to visit Waterplace Park: It is a relaxing, outdoor haven during the day, but turns into an lively venue at night for Providence’s concerts, festivals, and the like.
The weather in New England can be unpredictable, especially in the springtime. The next time it’s a rainy day, don’t feel like you have to be stuck at home all day. There is plenty to do in Providence in the spring – even when it rains.
4. Trinity Repertory Company
The Trinity Repertory Company is one of Rhode Island’s true gems. Founded in 1963, it has been a hub of artistic production and education for over 50 years. Moreover, the Trinity Repertory Company (more commonly referred to as “Trinity Rep”) has mounted national and international tours and has been recognized for both regional and state awards (such as State Theater of Rhode Island, 2014).
With the theater’s professional resident acting company, you can see a variety of contemporary and classic works.
Visit Trinity Repertory Company to learn more.
5. Providence Public Library
There’s lots of exciting things to do in Providence in the spring – and many people forget that visiting the library is one of them!
The Providence Public Library finds its home in a 140 year old building at 150 Empire Street. In addition to its extensive general collection, the public library also offers distinct, special collections in topics such as Whaling and Maritime History, Magic, Irish History and Culture, and Law and Legal History.
This spring, the Providence Public Library is unveiling a new way to teach you about Rhode Island’s history. Beginning March 2017, there will be guided architectural tours of the library. With its Venetian Renaissance design, this historical building is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture.
Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month and they are approximately one hour in length. You also have the option to schedule a group tour outside of these times.
Visit the Providence Public Library to learn more.
And, of course, what is another great place to visit in Providence in the springtime? PCFP!
(There’s a reason we call Providence home – there is so much to do in this vibrant city! Looking to fill up your calendar for the spring time? Here are some more of Our Favorite Things to Do in Downtown Providence.)