Providence is a city with a rich history and walking tours of the city, its historic architecture, and visits to the significant houses open for visiting provide a fascinating view of our interesting past.

Rhode Island Historical Society RiverWalk: Before the Fires are Lit

Rhode Island Historical SocietyDiscover the winding history and continued importance of Providence’s rivers! Urban outdoor sculpture and beautiful civic and commercial buildings of varied architectural styles provide the setting for stories of Providence’s fabled past and dynamic present. This walk shares the history of Rhode Island’s capital city and the history of WaterFire. $10 per person. Reservations requested: Barbara Barnes @ 401.273.7507 x362 or Tours last 60 minutes and depart at 5:30 p.m. from the John Brown House Museum on 52 Power Street, Providence.

Providence Independence Trail

Independence Trail

Welcome to the INDEPENDENCE TRAIL of Providence, Rhode Island – a 2.5 mile tour of Providence that takes in over four centuries of history, architecture, culture and folklore.

Using the Trail is easy – it is marked by a green line that is painted on the sidewalks of Providence.

The Trail is circular so there is no “beginning” and no “end” – just start and head in either direction – in 2.5 miles you will be back where you started.  During that time you will have traveled through over 4 centuries of American history, architecture, culture and folklore.