Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and the state’s largest city. Providence, founded in 1636, is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The area was previously occupied by the Narragansett Indians. Opposition to the Sugar Act, a tax that affected Providence’s international rum trade led to the first violence of the American Revolution in 1772. In fact, three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well in Providence, as seen in the number of preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian houses and other buildings located throughout the city.
In addition to great architecture, Providence offers a host of attractions for lovers of the arts such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Museum of Art/Rhode Island School of Design which offers theatre, fine arts and orchestral music. Other options include the seasonal “Broadway” series at the Providence Performing Arts Center and numerous other theater and dance productions.
Travelers from around the world have discovered Providence offers an amazing variety of top-quality restaurants. Visitors searching for new culinary delights will find the city to be a restaurant paradise and worthy of praise by such publications as the New York Times, Gourmet and Esquire. And, of course, fresh seafood is a specialty. You will also find Italian, French, Portuguese, as well as Near Eastern and Asian foods mixed and married in delightful ways sure to entice any palate. From boutiques to department stores, Providence offers ample shopping with perhaps a bit more variety than most cities of that size. Funky chic can be found at one of the many boutiques on Thayer and Wickenden streets, both on the city’s East Side and from the hip downtown, to elegant Wayland Square and eclectic Federal Hill, there is a lot to see and buy.
“Providence’s climate is between humid continental climate and humid subtropical climate, with warm summers, cold winters, and high humidity year-round…January is the coldest month with a mean of 28.7 °F (−1.8 °C). July is the warmest month with an average of 73.3 °F (22.9 °C), with highs rising to 90 °F (32 °C) on 10 days per summer. Extremes range from −17 °F (−27 °C) in February 1934 to 104 °F (40 °C) in August 1975.” Weather information from Wikipedia. For information about the conversion of temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit, see degrees Fahrenheit.
Providence is served by Boston’s Logan International Airport. Public transportation is bus and taxi.
Providence population is 171,909 (2009). Metro area is 1,630,956.
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401 is the area code for Providence.
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