Providence, Rhode Island, is a place of distinctive people, original thinking, and local pride. Lucky for you, Brown is right in the middle of it all.
Its distinctive colonial history leaves its mark on more than streets and churches. City founder Roger Williams, who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony in pursuit of religious freedom, went on to carve out a new colony in an area sometimes dubbed Rogue’s Island. That spirit has shaped the local culture and institutions, such as Brown, which is dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom.
In the state capital, you can find experimental theater next to karaoke, rock clubs around the corner from old Victorian homes, and a skating rink at the mayor’s doorstep. The beauty of Providence is that it keeps its idiosyncratic ways and treasured stretches of colonial architecture, while also embracing the more cosmopolitan aspects of Boston, to the north, and New York, to the south.
The advantage of living in the smallest U.S. state — only 48 miles long by 37 miles wide — is especially apparent when you go exploring: No Rhode Island destination is more than an hour away. Head down to Newport for great music festivals or sample the Ocean State’s storied coastline, with beaches from Watch Hill to Little Compton. If you prefer spending your time inland, there are local farms, vineyards, orchards, hiking, a drive-in theater, dozens of parks, and numerous towns in which you can experience unadulterated Rhode Island-ness (stuffies and cabinets, for example).
Downtown Providence has experienced dramatic growth during the past 25 years, highlighting its emergence as one of the most exciting and culturally diverse urban areas in the country. Offering a host of entertainment and sports venues, notable restaurants, and easy access to breathtaking natural resources, Providence was named in recent years one of the top 50 places in the country for business and careers by Forbes magazine, and "Best Place to Live in the East" by CNN's Money magazine. It was rated one of the top 20 places to live and work by BestJobsUSA.com, and College Hill was selected as one of the top 10 great neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association.
Travel + Leisure magazine again named Providence one of America's Favorite Cities. In the 2011 poll, Providence topped Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., among others. Strong cultural life, food and restaurants, quality of life, and affordability make it a standout. Best hamburgers -- who knew? Yahoo Travel also ranks Providence as one of the 10 most romantic cities in America, saying, "
Some Providence-related links of note:
- ArtTixRI — The source for arts and cultural information and tickets
- AS220 — Shows, galleries, parties, theater. Senior statespeople of the underground arts scene
- David Winton Bell Gallery
- Dunkin’ Donuts Center
- Festival Ballet
- Gallery Night — A gallery and museum tour of Providence
- Haffenreffer Museum
- Improv Jones — Rhode Island’s premier improv comedy troupe
- Ivy Film Festival
- Latin American Film Festival
- Lots of Noise — A guide to underground music/art/stuff in Providence
- NewGate Theatre
- Newport Art Museum
- Opera Providence
- Pawsox — Minor league baseball
- Providence Bruins — Minor league hockey
- Providence Business News
- Providence French Film Festival
- Providence Journal
- Providence Monthly
- Providence Performing Arts Center
- Providence Phoenix
- ProvidenceRI.com — City of Providence’s official website
- Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Rhode Island International Film Festival
- Rhode Island Family Guide
- Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
- Rhode Island Philharmonic
- RISD Museum of Art
- Rhode Island State Parks — Get back to nature
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
- Sarah Doyle Gallery
- Trinity Repertory Company
- WaterFire — Soothing music, invigorating dance, and a flaming river in the heart of downtown