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.

Experience RI Shuttle Service

Experience RIForego the hassle of parking downtown on busy Saturday nights. The folks over at Experience RI have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 4:00pm to 12:00am every Saturday night. Park for free at the State Offices parking lot immediately off of exit 23 (from I-95N), and hop on the Shuttle, or pick up the Shuttle at many other locations along the route (including: RI Convention Center, at WaterFire on Washington St, more).

Experience RI also offers weekday tours, for more info visit Experience RI.

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 bbarnes@rihs.org. 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.