The 10 Best Things to do in College Hill, Rhode Island (RI)

December 13, 2021 Flossie Demartino

Years of careful urban planning and meticulous restoration have rendered this former rum and molasses trading town one of the best places to live in the United States, star of an eponymous television show and a swell place to spend a weekend. Historic sites, wonderful museums and theaters seamlessly blend with newer attractions on the block including a modern mega-mall, scenic Riverwalk, outdoor skating arena, convention center, plus new hotels and restaurants. The Roger Williams Zoo, with its updated Tropical Rainforest Building where "spunky monkeys" roam free in a constructed jungle-like environment, remains one of the city's top attractions and offers hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. Wander back in time on Benefit Street, where eminent Federal period homes recall the city's wealthy past. For a modern experience, check out the more than 100 stores at Providence Place. Or tantalize your taste buds on "The Hill," a historic area that boasts many award- winning restaurants, from the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for which "Little Italy" got its name, to Caribbean, Mexican, Chinese, seafood and baked goods. For a different perspective, take a romantic river cruise on an authentic Venetian gondola. No matter what your vantage point, Providence sparkles.
Restaurants in Providence

1. Cathedral Church of St. John & Graveyard

274 N Main St at Church St., Providence, RI 02903-1240 +1 401-274-4500 [email protected] http://www.episcopalri.org/ProgramsMinistries/TheCenterforReconciliation.aspx
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Cathedral Church of St. John & Graveyard

2. Providence Art Club

11 Thomas St, Providence, RI 02903-1314 +1 401-331-1114 [email protected] http://www.providenceartclub.org
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Providence Art Club

This is said to be the oldest art club in the nation, designed to foster an appreciation for local arts.

3. The Stephen Hopkins House

15 Hopkins St Corner of Benefit & George Sts., Providence, RI 02903 +1 401-524-3012 [email protected] http://www.facebook.com/stephenhopkinshouse
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The Stephen Hopkins House

TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS Take a tour of the 1707 home of Declaration-signer Stephen Hopkins, his family and their slaves, eight rooms full of antiques, Hopkins heirlooms and 18th century atmosphere. Learn about Rhode Island's own Founding Father and his house, the city's oldest, moved twice but virtually unmodernized, where George Washington was a guest in 1776 & 1781. Relax in our parterre garden designed by Alden Hopkins of Williamsburg. We're on Benefit Street between the John Brown House and First Baptist Church, a block from the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Brown campus and spectacular WaterFire. Open all year, Wednesdays 11AM to 2PM, April though November, Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM, and year-round by appointment *** til 10 PM when it falls on FULL lightings of WaterFire (last tour at 9:30)*** Not 12/26th Tour highlights available in Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and soon French!

Reviewed By garygDC

This is a 1700s house with lots of history that has been well preserved with love and attention to detail. Some of the contents are original and some period pieces added for context. The former are carefully ID'd. We got an excellent tour from Dan, who permitted us to come into the middle of one, which he then completed for us. Chris also added additional color and commentary in the kitchen, where we dawdled and chatted about history and its relationship to current events (read between the lines). We learned a lot about local history and enjoyed the architecture and contents. Very well done. I would say a 'must see'.

4. Providence Massage

154 Waterman St First Floor, Providence, RI 02906-3116 +1 401-965-9756 [email protected] http://www.MassageBook.com/biz/ProvidenceMassage
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Providence Massage

“Your Massage Therapist will customize every session to create great, memorable massage experiences. We practice that every stroke we take be firm and meaningful leaving you with a deep feeling of overall gratification” All are Welcome here at Providence Massage. "Give us your tired body and we will make you whole again" Mark De Binder Owner

5. Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2711 +1 401-454-6500 http://risdmuseum.org/visit
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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating.

Reviewed By margatemensch2016 - Coconut Creek, United States

Recently,I returned to Providence and the delighful RIsd Art Museum.I devoted my day to studying its quality European paintings and sculpture.I did not see everything in this art museum that has a broad range of Art.Old Master personal favorites were Spinello Aretino's"Saint Anthony Abbott Enthroned",Jacopo di Cione's"Taking of Saint Peter",Giusseppe Cesari's"Perseus and Andromeda".Aert de Gelder's"Esther and Mordecai",Francisco Collantes'"Hagar and Ishmael".Marinus Van Reymerswaele's"Money Changers",and Giovanni Pannini's"Colliseum".19th Century favorites were Jean Victor Bertin's"Tivoli",Edouard Manet's"Repose",Claude Monet's"Bassin At Argentieul"(awesome French Impressionism),Carolus Duran's"Portrait of Manet",and Edgard Degas'"La Savoissiene".I also savored the fine Gothic and Renaissance Period sculptural works that were on display such as Ivory Diptych from 13th Century France depicting Nativity and Crucifixion,and Tillman Riemenschneider's "Pieta",among others..Kudos to a fine art museum in historic Providence.

6. Avon Cinema

Thayer Street, Providence, RI +1 401-421-0020 http://www.avoncinema.com/
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Avon Cinema

Local Providence theater.

7. Benefit Street

Providence, RI http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/benefit-streets-mile-of-history/97
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Benefit Street

A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.

Reviewed By MayLehmannNYC - New York City, United States

Shy of two miles long, Benefit street is a veritable "stroll" back in history as the street highlights 18th and 19th architecture. Modern street lights are replaced by faux gas lights which only add to the charm of this street. A walk at dusk when the lights come on is a must!

8. Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709 +1 401-421-6970 [email protected] http://www.providenceathenaeum.org
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Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenæum is an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. Over its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. At its heart, the Athenæum encourages a love of reading and learning to all. Free & open to the public.

Reviewed By 349cynthiae - Boston, United States

Inside this beautiful building is a world of real books (complete with card catalogue!) and helpful docents. The architecture and decor would be worth a visit; the rare books collection astonishing. The shelves are filled with books, some familiar, others waiting to be explored. The Raven tour (Edgar Allan Poe was a visitor) is fun and informative. Throughout the year, special events are offered to members. Easily worth the price of admission to membership!

9. Brown University

1 Prospect St, Providence, RI 02912-9127 +1 401-863-1000 http://www.brown.edu
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Brown University

University located in Providence.

Reviewed By JBlanc197 - Miami, United States

Although not comparable to nearby Harvard, this is nonetheless a beautiful campus. Buildings are fine old brick structures reminiscent of the old world. The fence bordering the main heart of campus is a thing of beauty in itself, and bears dates which commemorate events and persons integral to the founding and early years of Brown U. The Brown family home can be seen close by and modest by present presidential mansions of other universities. Take the time to venture out to visit this sprawling campus.

10. Rhode Island School of Design

2 College St, Providence, RI 02903-2784 +1 401-454-6100 http://www.risd.edu
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Rhode Island School of Design

Reviewed By barryn680 - Coventry, United States

To go to this school of Art you must be very,very good.When you apply here they want to see your work.What do you do outside of school,what are your interests. And on and on and on. Rightly so, as this is one of if not the finest school of Art in the world. Students from all over the world come here to refine their work. This is the school where when you get out and graduate you can write your own ticket to the best companies in the world. Or you can become an artist on your own or work if you take the classes for great architecture companies. It does not have a fancy campus,mostly single buildings laid out across the school area.Near the nice campus nearby of Brown University. Attached to the school itself is its outstanding museum.World class.A large,very high class place where art is all around you of every kind from every part of the art world. It is a must see if you are in Rhodel Island as it is the finest museum in the State of Rhode Island. If you are a young high school student or the parent of one who wants to make their mark in the world of Art,this is the place to look at, bar non. below info is for the museum to go to visit. check the days and hours it is open.

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