Tourist travel tips and transfers while in Providence
As the capital of the smallest state in the U.S., many expect Providence to be small and unimportant, but there’s nothing small about this growing and bustling metropolis. The city is filled with an eclectic mix of urban modernization as well as 19th-century homes that surround the urban streets, making for a hip but quaint atmosphere.
If you have some time on a layover, instead of staying at the airport you could explore this gem of a city. Providence is a fun city to spend time and it has a small, close-knit feel and is pedestrian friendly so it is easy to explore. You could take a shared ride van or taxi to the city. About 10 miles from the Airport is the RISD museum, which is well worth visiting. There are guest lectures and you can view historical art.
A few miles away from the airport, is another historical treat at the John D. Memorial. It is a beautifully constructed building which is surrounded by flowers. This historic site also serves as a park for handicapped children. You could stroll through the greenery or sit and read a book and have a relaxing time before your flight.
If you are traveling with kids who are tired and cranky from the trip and need to stretch their legs, take them to the Roger Williams Park and Zoo which located not far from the airport. The Zoo offers a huge variety of animals and has some great exhibits that the kids will love.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
|Flying into Providence T. F. Green Airport|
T.F. Green Airport is a very busy airport, but that doesn’t mean one should be confused when they land. Named after the beloved Rhode Island governor, Providence’s premier airport has several different stores, restaurants, and a main food court, making for a comfortable wait.
|Providence Airport Transportation|
If you’re in need of transportation, there’s a variety of ways to get around, from limousines to ferry shuttles. Orange Cab Airport Shuttle offers daily services to several hotels while Providence Shuttle offers rides to more downtown locations as well as other hotels – to see if you qualify for a free lift, contact your lodging.
|Nearby hotels in Providence|
For a luxurious and elegant stay, check into the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel for full dining and a 24-hour gym. With a 4-star rating and a hot location in downtown, you can’t ask for much better. Another great hotel with the same scale, but a cheaper price is Hotel Dolce Villa, a beautiful resort that offers modern suites with whirlpool Jacuzzis.
One of the best restaurants in the city is Sienna, a great upscale Italian place that’s so exclusive and delicious, it doesn’t open until 5 PM – so be sure to call for reservations. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, visit Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar for a mouth-watering fish bar.
|Things to do in Providence|
There are more things to do in Providence than one would expect. For a fun night of drinking and a youthful atmosphere, visit Thayer Street, a college road made great for going out with friends. If you’re looking for a more tame evening, Providence Place Mall is triple-floor complex that offers an array of selections, made perfect for families or shopaholics.