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Top Choice University in Providence

Brown University

Dominating the crest of the College Hill neighborhood on the East Side, the campus of Brown University exudes Ivy League charm. University Hall, a 1770 brick edifice used as a barracks during the Revolutionary War, …
Top Choice Museum in Providence

John Brown House

On College Hill, the brick John Brown House, called the ‘most magnificent and elegant mansion that I have ever seen on this continent’ by John Quincy Adams, was built in 1786.
Top Choice Library in Providence

Providence Athenaeum

One of the most prominent buildings on Benefit St, the Greek Revival Providence Athenaeum was designed by William Strickland and completed in 1838. This is a library of the old school, with plaster busts and oil pai…
Top Choice University in Providence

Rhode Island School of Design

Perhaps the top art school in the USA, RISD's imprint on Providence is easily felt, with students' creativity extending across the cityscape. Open to the public, the extraordinary collections of the Museum of Art in…
Top Choice Notable Building in Providence

Rhode Island State House

Designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1904, the Rhode Island State House rises above the Providence skyline, easily visible from miles around. Modeled in part on St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, it has the world'…
Top Choice State Park in Newport

Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams is America's largest coastal fortification and is the centerpiece of this gorgeous state park, which juts out into Narragansett Bay. It's the venue for the Newport jazz and folk festivals and numerous spe…
Top Choice Museum in Newport

National Museum of American Illustration

This acclaimed museum features an impressive collection of Maxfield Parrish's impossibly luminous works in color, NC Wyeth prints, Norman Rockwell's nostalgia and the illustrations of other American graphic heavywei…
Top Choice Mansion in Newport

Rough Point

While the peerless position and splendor of the grounds alone are worth the price of admission, this faux-English manor house also contains heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke’s impressive art holdings, including …
Top Choice Modern American in Block Island


The locally caught sea-bass special (tender fillets over scallions, grapes and beans) tastes so fresh and mildly salty and sweet that its memory will haunt you for weeks. For real. The room is cramped, crowded and c…
Top Choice Street Carnival in Providence


Over 15 summer nights, beginning at sunset, Providence's landscaped riverfront promenades spring to life with scheduled (and unscheduled) street performers, vendors, food trucks and throngs of onlookers who come to …