Should You Visit Providence?

Is Providence worth visiting?

Yes, Providence is worth visiting for a number of reasons. This is a city that everyone should explore, and we loved our time here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family or a couple, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the great food and amazing museums.

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and home to Brown University. There are several great outdoor parks as well as museums and art exhibits in town. During the summer months the city hosts many festivals and events and there are often concerts or activities that visitors can enjoy.

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5 Reasons to Visit Providence

1. Food

The food scene around town has grown and diversified in recent years. You'll find a mix of international and local options and for such a small city, it really has a lot to offer.

2. Museums

There are several historical museums around town as well as art museums, zoos, a planetarium and natural history museum, and even a children's museum.

3. Nightlife

Comedy clubs, bars, and clubs keep the energy high during the evening hours. It's not hard to find something to do, particularly on weekend nights.

4. Shopping

Malls, shopping centers, and boutiques all offer a range of shopping experiences around town.

5. Authenticity

Providence has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Is Providence worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Providence, so expect more visitors and higher prices. Even though this destination is not very touristy, in the high season it's busier than usual because this is when most visitors come here.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 23°C (73°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 28°C (82°F).

You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable city, especially in the nice weather. You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to browse through museums and take advantage of the local nightlife.


Summer Weather in Providence
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 23°C (73°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
August 22°C (72°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
September 18°C (64°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)

Is Providence worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Providence. This destination is not very touristy, and in the shoulder season it can become fairly quiet.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 12°C (53°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums.


Autumn Weather in Providence
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 12°C (53°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
November 7°C (44°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
December 0°C (33°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)

Is Providence worth visiting in the Winter?

The weather in Providence can be quite cold during winter, and averages around -2°C (28°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

The low season for travel in Providence is during the winter. This destination is not very touristy, so in the low season it can become fairly quiet.

This is a great time of year to browse the museums, taste delicious cuisine, and grab some drinks at a bar.


Winter Weather in Providence
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January -2°C (28°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
February -1°C (30°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
March 3°C (38°F) 101 mm (4 in)

Is Providence worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Providence. This destination is not very touristy, and in the shoulder season it can become fairly quiet.

The weather in Providence can be quite cold during spring, and averages around 9°C (48°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, spend time at the museums, and dance the night away.


Spring Weather in Providence
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 9°C (48°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 15°C (58°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
June 20°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)

Related

What is Providence most famous for?

Providence is most famous for its outdoor parks, historic atmosphere, and college town vibe. People visit this impressive city for its great food. Also, it's known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. It is often described as friendly, fascinating, and active.


What is the most famous sight in Providence?

The most popular sight in Providence is WaterFire. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Providence on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for WaterFire and other attractions here.

How touristy is Providence? Is it a popular city to visit?

Providence is an off-the-beaten-path city that many travelers overlook. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Parasols and Pocket Watches: A History Tour: $30
    • Murder Mystery Detective Experience Providence, RI: $15
    • Providence Walking Tours: $32
    • Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal: $58
    • Providence Architecture Boat Tour: $65
    • Haunted History Walking Tour of Providence: $30
    • Narrated Boat Tours: $36
    • The Creative Capital: An Art and Architecture Tour of Providence: $35

    How long should I spend in Providence?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Providence is two to three days. Since Providence has activities such as dining, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Providence? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Providence?.