PROVIDENCE, RI – Last week I went on a little adventure with Gil and explored the state of Rhode Island. Although Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., it has so much to offer for everyone: historical sites, seafood, nature trails, creative arts, and plenty of ocean views. It was the perfect place to recharge my energy and enjoy the beauty of the sea. We chose to visit the city of Providence as our starting point.
One of the first places we checked out was Waterfront Park. The air was brisk for this time of year, yet the setting sun reflecting off the river provided a warm atmosphere. I got a big surprise when I spotted a pair of rabbits hopping around. There were also several Canadian geese families with their babies swimming in the river. My animal-loving self was ecstatic! The park was beautiful to take a stroll and admire the view of the city. We could see the steeples of the old churches from the pedestrian bridge. Along the waterfront are local restaurants and shops.
Providence is also home to various universities like Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Providence College. The architecture of the colonial-era churches, houses, and office buildings on Benefit Street is part of the rich history the city has successfully preserved. I highly recommended visiting the Providence Athenæum. It’s a 200-year-old library full of rare collections of books and artwork. Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman had a secret romance here and there is a whole public tour dedicated to it. The city is not without its creative arts; amazing murals can be found on various buildings. I was sad I was not able to capture all of them, but it gives me motivation for another visit.
For all my gamer friends and readers out there, go check out the Free Play Bar Arcade. Gil and I had a blast playing all the retro arcade games from Street Fighter to Tron and even Pac-Man. Pinball machines, table hockey, and skee ball were also available to try out. Leave the kids at home because the place only allows ages 21 and up. Best part? It’s only a $7 admission fee for all-you-can-play!
Days one and two were time well spent in Providence. The city has other popular attractions such as the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Botanical Garden, and the Water Fire show which takes place in the summer. Next stops: Narragansett and Newport!
Photos and Videos: Rosa Elena Burgos
Last Updated: May 20, 2022