4 Reasons Why Providence, RI Should be a Destination on Your Summer Bucket List

According to an article on U.S.News.com, 52% of boomers say they prefer to travel domestically rather than internationally. “They want that small town feel and they want close proximity to good places to shop and eat” according to AARP research analyst Patty David. Where do you go in the U.S. that won’t break the bank, is a great place for relaxation and doesn’t require a passport? Providence, Rhode Island. It may seem random at first, but let us explain why this city is worth checking out this summer. 

Great City for Foodies

Providence has a great selection of coffee shops, donut shops, and fine dining restaurants- If you're a fan of coffee or just a foodie, then you should definitely consider visiting these well-known establishments in Providence. 

  • New Harvest Coffee & Spirits - A place for all coffee lovers, whiskey fans or anyone in between. This unique shop offers various blends of light to dark roasts as well as teas, whiskeys and traditional cocktails. 
  • Bucktown- If you're a fan of Southern comfort food then this is the place for you. This place serves their famous fried chicken and other delicious dishes including crispy oysters, chicken and waffles, po' boys and more. The quick service restaurant is Zagat approved as well!
  • Ellie's Bakery- Take a bite out of Paris without even leaving the country with Ellie's croissants and other delectable baked goods. The bakery uses local ingredients from farmers and producers to create their menu items. Stop in for a quick bite for breakfast or lunch with delicious soups or sandwiches and save room for the macarons. 
  • Providence Oyster Bar- A must visit restaurant in the area for all oyster and shellfish lovers. The restaurant has won various awards within the past years on OpenTable and Trip Advisor. Customers also mention their wine menu is great as well.
  • PV Donuts- Rhode Island's first specialty donut shop including daring flavors such as banana cream pie and pineapple upside down cake. If you have a sweet tooth and want to try a new place, be sure to check this place out. To view their current menu click here.
  • Restaurants in Federal Hill- Historically known for being the Little Italy of Providence, this area hosts award-winning restaurants that bring people in from all over the country. There are restaurants for almost every cuisine you can think of.

Special Attractions with Historic Roots

  • Walking tour on Benefit Street- Walk along beautiful colonial houses from the 18th and 19th century and get a glimpse of the waterfront. A perfect way to keep active on vacation and enjoy the weather. 
  • WaterFire lightings- Watch the city come to life with beautiful bonfires beautifully sat over the water. One of the most popular activities to do in the city that bring everyone together. One visitor mentioned, "The smell of the fire and the music. The beauty of it all, so inspiring."

Great Place to be Active

  • Take a walk through Swan Point Cemetery – Don't let the name of the place bring you down, this garden is known for its tranquility and beauty.  A quiet place where you walk and enjoy the scenery. It's one of the most prominent gardens in the U.S and includes an array of laurel, azaleas and other flowering shrubs. If you're a gardener, then you should check this place out. 
  • Visit Roger Williams Botanical Center- Bring out the horticulturalist in you and discover 150 species of beautiful plants at your fingertips. This botanical garden is the largest public indoor display in New England. A visitor on Trip Advisor mentioned, "Great array of beautiful gardens and flowers. Quiet and peaceful. Large area for walking and sightseeing."

Great Place to Gain Knowledge 

  • Visit RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)- If you're into the visual arts and like going to museums this place if for you. The museum offers various exhibitions in contemporary art, painting and sculpture, textiles and more.
  • Visit the Providence Athenaeum- A playland for book lovers to walk or sit down and get lost in a novel.  This library offers some of the oldest books in Providence. A visitor on Trip Advisor mentioned, "What a beautiful library! This was my favorite part of my trip to Providence. Not only is it picturesque on the inside, but there is a wonderful variety of unusual books there that I could have spent hours looking through."

Providence is a city where you can go to get a great meal, walk around the city and just relax. It's not like other big cities, but if you're looking for a place to take it easy and just lay low, this one is a great option for you. You don't have to travel too far to get some R&R.