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Providence River

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Neighbourhood: Fox Point
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Address: Providence, RI

River running by Providence's popular Waterplace Park and Riverwalk.

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Nice for strolling in the center of the city

In the nicer weather a walk along the Providence River is a great activity. It has been renovated and there are many restaurants and a large mall adjacent, There are a number of... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
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704 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

In the nicer weather a walk along the Providence River is a great activity. It has been renovated and there are many restaurants and a large mall adjacent, There are a number of great events during the summer including the Waterfire. A go to event.

Thank frugalarnie
Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We took a walk along the river. It was very pleasant. They were preparing for the firewater event that evening. It was quiet and clean. There are restaurants near by. We were hoping for one with a view of the river. I think they are planning to open one soon.

Thank Max P
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 June 2016

this is avery pretty city. You will love it if ytou love a gigantic mall right downtown. Its sad that everything is a franchise.

Thank auntalice2016
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

I enjoyed walks along the Providence River! The river is accessible across from the mall and includes a walkable path.

Thank bcfritch
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

To walk along the river is wonderful. So clean. Wish the weather was sunny and warm. All weekend damp and cold.

Thank DEAN Q
St. Petersburg, Florida
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319 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The Providence River flows through downtown Providence by the State House and the mall area. There are several restaurants and bars along the river and it's nice during Waterfire to watch as the gondolas set the fires. Waterfire gets very crowded, but if you don't have to try and drive, it's actually enjoyable. It's nice to have a waterway in... More 

1 Thank Heather R
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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485 reviews
218 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 546 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Strolling along the Providence River provides the opportunity to see the city and enjoy the flow of the water. The walk from the capital building to the Stone Bank is especially nice.

Thank Lynn1950
New Delhi, India
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48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Good place to relax, enjoy leisure walk. There is a long pedestrian road alongside the river where you can walk and enjoy city's views.

1 Thank Ankur_traveller
Barrington, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

You can walk along the river in its downtown setting, or take a gondola ride. The gondolas are a feature of Waterfires that take place on many weekends, but you can reserve spots and ride them at other times, too. Your gondolier may even serenade you with song.

1 Thank RhodeScholar123
Albany, NY
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405 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

I enjoyed walking along the river in the evening when coming back from dinner. The town lights torches along the river which gives the water an even more special reflection on a clear evening.

1 Thank STEBAY711

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