PCFP is proud to have its name and its restaurant in the bustling city of Providence, Rhode Island. Packed with exciting stores and restaurants, it’s easily one of the best places to be in the state. Looking to make weekend plans with friends or family? We’ve compiled a quick, go-to guide for you.
Here are 6 of our favorite things to do in downtown Providence:
The RISD museum is one of the most popular attractions in Rhode Island. Affiliated with one of the country’s top art schools, the Rhode Island School of Design, this museum attracts thousands of art enthusiasts every year. Its extensive collection of work includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, Ancient arts, textiles, and costumes.
For those of us who are interested in art but are not quite at the level of fanatic enthusiast, the RISD museum is again an excellent option. It’s small enough to be covered in one day and, if you ever get burned out from a few hours too many of cultural stimulation, its museum gift shop is a wonder all in its own.
Plan your next museum day in Providence by checking out the current exhibitions at RISD museum here.
Providence Performing Arts Center
Originally built in 1928, the Providence Performing Arts Center has undergone extensive renovations and restorations over the years. Its luxe velvet curtains, intricate crystal chandeliers, and impressive marble columns will transcend you into a night of old-fashioned elegance. Certainly, there’s a reason PPAC is called one of the most beautiful attractions in Providence.
Architectural beauty aside, PPAC is the place to be for a great time. Enjoy the excitement and talent of touring Broadway theatricals like Wicked, the Lion King, and Jersey Boys right in the heart of downtown Providence.
Visit PPAC to view the upcoming performance schedule and to reserve your tickets now.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
For an event that the whole family can enjoy, visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo in downtown Providence. A landmark of Rhode Island since 1872, Roger Williams Park is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. And with 8 different exhibits, including, North America, Tropical America, Africa, and a Wetlands Trail, there is something to catch the eye of every animal lover. Among the dozens of animals you can see at the zoo, there are crocodiles, camels, snow leopards, bears, giraffes, and elephants.
Most importantly, Roger Williams is recognized for its admirable conservation programs, in which its dedicated staff fight to protect animals facing certain extinction.
Learn more about Roger Williams Park Zoo and its mission here.
Every year, supporting the Providence Bruins stands out as one of our favorite things to do in downtown Providence. As winners of the 1999 AHL Calder Cup, this team’s games never fail to bring the high level of excitement and talent that fans crave. Moreover, a Providence Bruins hockey game is an activity that will make every member of the family happy.
Without a doubt, visiting Thayer Street is one of the trendiest and hippest things to do in downtown Providence. (In other words, it’s where the cool kids hang out.) In close proximity to Brown University, RISD, Providence College, Johnson and Wales, and Rhode Island College, Thayer Street is an artistic college neighborhood on the East Side of Providence. Its busy sidewalks boast an abundance of independent shops and restaurants, like Blue State Coffee, Avon Cinema, and NAVA – New and Vintage Apparel.
Check out the full list of events at attractions at Thayer Street to prepare for your next trip to downtown Providence and play it cool like one of the locals.
Centrally located in downtown Providence, Federal hill is one of Rhode Island’s proudest landmarks. As the heart of the state’s Italian American community, Federal Hill is a haven of delicious food and music that keeps locals and tourists coming back again and again. And it’s not only the food that captivates visitors. Federal Hill’s quaint courtyard with cobblestones, live music, and golden lights has an infectious ambience that warms any evening.
Learn more about Federal Hill and all of its dining, shopping, and festivities here.
They say good things come in small packages, and that is certainly true of Providence, Rhode Island. Despite its size, the smallest state’s capital is rich with events for art lovers, families, and street-smart shoppers.
Don’t forget another great destination in Providence. Our PCFP Providence restaurant is located at 385 Westminster Street.
Plan your next day trip to Providence now and call PCFP to book a reservation for lunch or dinner.