Providence Tourism

Providence is the capital of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and one of the major cities in the country, population wise. It is also the oldest, being on the map since 1636. Its providence metropolitan area, known for its jovial crowd, spans till the southern Massachusetts. The city is located on the edge of Providence River and has over the time proved itself to be a major hub of civic evolution. It was providence which first started to industrialize with many industries coming forth including textile, jewelry and silverware. The city is divided into various districts- Down city, Federal Hill, College Hill and South Providence, emphasizing different aspects like culture, history and nightlife.

There is a unique history behind the establishment of the place. It was founded by a man named Roger Williams who was in exile from Massachusetts Bay Colony at that time. The man has firm belief in God and it was him who named the city Providence or ‘God’s Merciful Providence’ believing that it was gift given by god. Today, this third largest city of New England is home to large number of parks, along numerous attractions connecting to its past and present.

Tourists will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy here as the place caters to all. There is Downcity- the downtown area which is home to some pretty terrific places like  Waterplace Park, the Providence Place Mall, and Capitol Hill, there is Federal Hill which is located in the west of downtown and offers happening nightlife opportunities, one can also check out the old College Hill, which as the name suggests is a place full of old quintessential homes, colleges and bustling streets with shops and restaurants. The southern province is notorious for its crime but famous for its food places.  One may decide their itinerary as per their liking, whether they want to indulge in the food or explore the architecture.

Essential travel information and Providence tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC 05:00
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: Internet is cheap and easily available in Rhodes Island.
  • Languages: English


  • Police- 911
  • Ambulance- 911
  • Fire- 911


  • Keep all the required documents such an e-print of Visa, ID and Passport with you.
  • In US, everything given on the menu is provided with prices without sales tax and tip. It means the latter will be added to it increasing the price up to 25 %, hence order wisely.
  • Tipping is important, hence keep sure to leave some change after your meal.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Providence

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  • Know the pollution level of Providence before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 21.15 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 22.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 42.86 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Providence for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Providence.

    • Burglary and Theft 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 55.36 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 59.62 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 32.14 (Low)
    • Drug offense 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.23 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.57 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.57 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Providence is 173.25 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 51.59 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.77 (High)
    • Pollution Index 38.44 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.8 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.53 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 86.11 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.1 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 97.58 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Providence

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

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