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​​Explore Providence

The city of Providence is a historic, college-friendly city that serves as capital of the state of Rhode Island.

Established by Roger Williams in 1636 as one of America's first cities, Providence is, today, one of America's most rapidly transforming cities and an increasingly popular destination.

Things to do and see in Providence

  • Enjoy world-class shopping at the ultra-modern Providence Place Mall.

  • Catch a Broadway show at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).

  • Check out the eclectic collection of stores and restaurants as well as the city's thriving music scene on Thayer Street.

  • Explore the Tropical Rainforest Building at the famous Roger Williams Park Zoo.

  • Interested in art? Check out a Monet or Picasso at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

  • Soak in the magic of WaterFire, where more than 100 bonfires blaze just above the surface of the three rivers in downtown Providence and are accompanied by world music, vendors, and street performers.

  • Stroll down scenic cobble-stoned streets as you explore the historic East Side.

  • Hit the Dunkin' Donuts Center for some professional American Hockey League action, a major concert, or to cheer on the Friars in a home men's basketball game.

  • Experience the living history of the Providence Athenaeum - the nation's fourth-oldest library.

  • Take in stunning views of the downtown area at Prospect Terrace Park or visit some of the other beautiful parks that make up our 1,200-acre park system.

  • Head to the award-winning restaurants and cafes that thrive in the Old Neighborhood on Federal Hill for a delicious Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexican, or Chinese meal.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity