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  • 1.
  • 2. Rhode Island Visitor Industry
  • 3. Impact of RI’s Visitor Industry
    Tourism activity generated $462 million in state and local government revenue in 2006.
    In 2006, $314 million in state tax revenue was generated by the travel & tourism sector in Rhode Island.
    If tourism didn’t exist,each RI household would pay $1,140 more in taxes to maintain the current level of state and local tax receipts.
  • 4. Impact of RI’s Visitor Industry
    • Every 166 visitors creates a new RI job
    • 5. It takes only 239 visitors to pay for one Rhode Island public school student for one year
    • 6. The state department of Labor and Training estimates that 55,000 people work in the tourism industry
  • Recent and Future Conventions
    Academy of Molecular Imaging/Society of Molecular Imaging, 9/2007, 2000 ppl
    Estuarine Research Federation, 11/2007, 1600 ppl
    US Synchronized Skating Championships, 2/2008,
    5000 ppl
    Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 8/2008, 2000 ppl
    Ironman 70.3, 7/2008, 2000 competitors
    American Assn. Neuromuscular and Electro Diagnostic Engineers, 9/2008, 1200 ppl
    US Conference of Mayors, 6/2009, 600 ppl
  • 7. Recent Publicity for Providence
  • 8. Recent Publicity for Providence
  • 9. Attractions
  • 10. Benefit Street: The Mile of History
    Created in 1758 for “the common benefit
    of all” during the triangle trade era. Best
    known for the oldest concentration of
    colonial homes in America.
    Providence Athenaeum
    (1753) America’s fourth
    oldest library in the U.S.
    251 Benefit Street 421-6970.
  • 11. The Arcade
    (1828) America’s oldest indoor
    shopping mall.
    76 Westminster Street.
    City Hall
    (1878) Our municipal palace and home of city government. Open to the public.
    Kennedy Plaza 421-7740.
  • 12. Gov. Stephen Hopkins House
    (1753)Home of Stephen Hopkins, 10-
    time governor, signer of the Declaration
    Of Independence. One of the oldest
    homes in Providence. Tours available.
    15 Hopkins Street 421-0694.
    John Brown House
    (1788) One of America's grandest mansions. Home to John Brown, business man patriot and politician.
    Tours available.
    52 Power Street 273-7507.
  • 13. Old State House
    (1758) For over a century and a half, this was the seat of state government and site of many celebratory occasions.
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were entertained here.
    150 Benefit Street 222-3103.
  • 14. Meeting House of the 1st Baptist Church in America
    Founded in 1638 by Roger
    Williams. Based on
    separation of church and
    State. Tours available.
    75 North Main Street
  • 15. Providence Art Club
    Nation’s second oldest art club, Founded in 1880 to stimulate
    the appreciation of art in the community.
    11 Thomas Street 331-1114.
  • 16. State Capitol
    (1901) Designed by architectural firm Mc Kim, Mead and White
    Fourth largest self supporting dome in the world
    Top of dome sits the independent man named “HOPE”
    82 Smith Street 222-3983. Tours available week days.
  • 17. Culinary Arts Museum
    (1979) The Culinary Arts Museum
    at Johnson & Wales University is the
    Premier museum devoted to the
    preservation of culinary history.
    Tours available.
    315 Harborside Blvd.
  • 18.  RISD Museum of Art
    The RISD Museum houses over 80,000 works of art,
    displayed in 45 galleries on 3 floors. Tours available.
    224 Benefit Street 454-6400.
  • 19. Providence Children’s Museum
    (1997) Located in Providence’s Jewelry
    District, the museum presents hands-on
    exhibit areas and lively programs designed for
    children ages 1 to 11.
    100 South Street 273-5437.
    Regal Reptiles’ Adventure Center
    RI’s only reptile zoo featuring 400 species.
    425 Washington Street 277-9000.
  • 20. Roger Williams Park
    Botanical Gardens
    Carousel Village
    Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
    Nestled within 430 acres.
    1000 Elmwood Avenue
  • 21. Tours
  • 22. Trolley Tours of Providence
    Narrated tour of the city, east side and Federal Hill.
    Corner of Fountain and Eddy Streets.
    421-3825 Seasonal
  • 23. Summer Walks
    A Mile of History. 90 minute guided walking tour.
    Providence Riverwalk – During Waterfire lightings.
    Depart from: The John Brown House Museum
    At 52 Power Street.
    R.I. Historical Society 273-7507. Seasonal
    La Gondola
    (1996) The first authentic Venetian gondola ever
    built in the United States. The second was
    constructed and shipped from Venice Italy.
    Gondola Landing at Citizens Plaza 421-8877.
  • 24. Gallery Night
    A free, fun-filled introduction
    To Providence’s exciting art
    Scene! On the 3rd Thursday of
    each month 23 of the hottest
    “art spots” open their doors
    inviting guests to a visual
    art party. Art buses depart
    from Citizens Plaza.
    March – November
    5:00 PM-9:00 PM
    • Visit old world bakeries and Italian specialty stores
    • 26. Sample cheese, antipasto, bread, wine and cookies
    • 27. Watch ravioli makers create their specialties
    • 28. Enter the kitchens of some of the Hill's finest chefs
    • 29. Receive samples, recipes, coupons and more!
    Call Cindy Salvato at (401) 934-2149
    www. Rimarkettours. com
  • 30. Providence Ghost Tour
    www. ProvidenceGhostTour. com
    Join us as we lead you by
    lantern light through the
    darkened streets of the
    historic East Side, sharing with
    you stories that will be sure to
    send a chill down your spine.
  • 31. Dining
  • 32. Capital Grille
    American steakhouse that also serves seafood.
    1 Union Station 521-5600 Lunch - Mon-Fri Dinner –Daily
    Ri-Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant
    Irish Pub Style Food
    50 Exchange Terrace 272-1953
    California Style
    5 Memorial Boulevard 621-WINE
    Lunch – Mon-Fri Dinner – Daily Sunday Brunch 10:30-2
    Union Station Brewery
    Brew Pub Featuring Grilled Pizza,
    Salads & Full Pub Menu 36 Exchange Terrace 274-2739
    Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily
  • 33. Blake’s Tavern
    122 Washington Street 274-1230Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily
    Murphy’s Deli & Bar
    Home style food.
    100 Fountain Street 421-1188
    Trinity Brewhouse
    RI’s largest brewery serving beer, burgers, pizzas,
    sandwiches and more.
    186 Fountain Street 453-2337
    Cuban Revolution
    Traditional Cuban Food
    50 Aborn Street 331-8829
  • 34. Downcity
    American Bistro
    50 Weybosset Street 331-9217
    Lunch Dinner & Brunch Sat. & Sun
    McCormick & Schmicks
    Specializing in Seafood and bar menu.
    11 Dorrance Street (Biltmore Hotel)
    Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
    Gracie’s Bar & Grill
    Contemporary American
    194 Washington Street 272-7811 Serving Dinner Only
    Local 121
    Regional cuisine featuring locally harvested ingredients.
    121 Washington Street 274-2121 Serving Lunch & Dinner
  • 35. Flemings Steak House
    Steakhouse and wine bar.
    One West Exchange Street (Westin Hotel) 533-9000
    Waterplace Restaurant
    Fresh salads, sandwiches, seafood, and pastas
    One Finance Way (Waterplace Park) 272-1040
    Shula’s 347 Grill
    American Steakhouse
    21 Atwells Avenue (Hilton Hotel) 709-0347
    Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    American Steakhouse
    10 Memorial Boulevard 272-2271
  • 36. Temple Restaurant
    Contemporary American/Mediterranean
    120 Francis Street (Renaissance Hotel) 919-5050
    Café Nuovo
    Eclectic Cuisine
    Eclectic Café.
    250 Westminster Street 421-3300
    American/Northern Italian Cuisine
    2 Pine St. 421-1320
  • 37. Federal Hill “Little Italy”
    Featuring over 40 restaurants from moderately priced to fine dining
    establishments. Federal Hill offers a blend of classic and creative dining from
    Italian, Mexican, Asian, Indian, Eclectic, Mediterranean, and more. Atwells Ave.
  • 38. Shopping
  • 39. Broadway –
    West Side
    Featuring a variety of
    unique shops and
    quality restaurants and
    the famed Columbus
    Federal Hill - Atwells Avenue
    Lined with authentic bakeries, boutiques, shops,
    and Italian markets.
  • 40.  Westminster – Downtown
    Featuring restaurants, boutiques,
    fine home furnishings, art gallery, and a wine store .
    The only tree lined street in downcity.
  • 41. Providence Place
    Upscale shopping complex covering 13 acres.
    170 specialty stores, 8 restaurants
    and entertainment venues.
    1 Providence Place
  • 42. South Main Street
    Array of boutiques, jewelry, fine linen shops and restaurants.
    Thayer Street
    Considered to be the main shopping and dining hub for Brown
    University and Rhode Island School of Design students.
  • 43. Wayland Avenue/Square – East Side
    A quaint setting and home to uniquely independent
    boutiques, shops, unique restaurants, and book stores.
    WickendenStreet – East Side
    Another street popular with college students, it features a
    variety of unique shops, coffee houses, restaurants, art Galleries. 
  • 44. Entertainment
  • 45. Bank of America Skating Center
    Twice the size of Rockefeller Center in New York City.
    Available for public skating, lessons and special events.
    2 Kennedy Plaza 331-5544.
    Dunkin Donuts Center
    Recently renovated civic arena for
    entertainment and sports events.
    Capacity of 14,500
    1 LaSalle Square
    Feinstein IMAX Theatre
    RI’s only six-story high movie
    Screen located in Providence Place
    453-4446 ext. 200.
  • 46. Perishable Theatre Company
    Presents new plays; performance art; concert series;
    acting, dance, fitness classes, and special events.
    95 Empire Street 331-2694.
    Black Repertory Company; XXODUS
    Café, bar, and performance space. Celebrates the
    artistic contributions of black artists
    throughout American history.
    276 Westminster Street 351-0353.
    AS 220
    Uncensored forum for
    the arts community featuring
    galleries and performance space.
    115 Empire Street 831-9237.
  • 47. Columbus Theatre
    Located in Federal Hill its been described as one of
    New England’s most beautiful theaters offering history, architecture,
    movies and special events.
    270 Broadway 621-9660.
    Providence Performing Arts Center
    Historic landmark theater built in 1928 . RI’s home for Broadway
    productions, children’s shows, and other popular entertainment.
    220 Weybosset Street 421-2787.
  • 48. Trinity Repertory Company
    Tony Award-winning classical & contemporary theatrical productions.
    201 Washington Street 351-4242.
    Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts & Cultural Center
    VMA is the oldest arts venue in RI and welcomes a range
    of cultural and civic events.
    Avenue of the Arts 222-1467.
  • 49. Parks
  • 50. Prospect Terrace
    Panoramic view of Providence skyline featuring a famous statue of
    Roger Williams.
    Congdon Street & Cushing Street 785-9450.
    Roger Williams National Memorial
    A landscaped urban park located on a common lot of the
    original settlement of Providence in 1636.
    282 N. Main Street 521-7266.
    India Point Park
    India Point Park features 18 acres of open space,
    graceful trees, and walking paths along its
    3,600-foot shoreline.
    Waterplace Park and River Walk
    (1994) A focal point of the city, the 4 acre urban park
    surrounds a tidal basin and includes an amphitheater.
    It is edged by a landscaped riverwalk and a series of Venetian-style
    footbridges bridges connecting downtown to College Hill.
  • 51. Universities
  • 52. Brown University
    (1764) Founded as the College of R.I.
    It is a member of the Ivy League.
    3rd oldest university in the country.
    45 Prospect Street 863-1000.
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Preeminent art and design college.
    236 Benefit Street 454-6365.
    Providence College
    The college is known for its programs in the
    liberal arts and sciences.
    549 River Ave. 865-1000.
  • 53. Rhode Island College
    RI’s oldest public institution of higher learning.
    600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue 456-8000.
    Johnson & Wales University
    Johnson & Wales University is a private,
    non-profit world-class university. Programs in business,
    culinary, hospitality, technology, & education.
    8 Abbott Park Place 598-1000.
  • 54. Warwick - Attractions
  • 55. Warwick City Park
    A 126 –acre park, which
    includes a salt water beach,
    children’s play area, hiking,
    bike paths, and ball fields.
    Asylum Avenue 738-2000.
    George B. Salter
    Memorial Grove
    A scenic park on Narragansett
    Parkway overlooks the bay.
    Narragansett Parkway 738-2000.
    Goddard Memorial State Park
    Described as one of the
    “finest examples of private
    forestry in America.”
    Ives Road 884-2010.
  • 56.  
    Aldrich Mansion
    Magnificent château situated on a 75 acre estate on scenic
    Narragansett Bay with a panoramic view.
    Open to the public for special events.
    836 Warwick Neck Avenue 739-6850.
  • 57. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum
    Built in 1877 once a working
    farm, the gingerbread-
    trimmed stone mansion sits
    on a hilltop.
    Open to the public.
    4157 Post Road 884-4550.
  • 58. Warwick Museum Of Art
    Located next to City Hall it features two galleries and the Mad Poets Café and performance space.
    3259 Post Road 737-0010.
  • 59. Conimicut Point Beach
    Salt water beach with a park and play.
    Point Ave.
    City Park Beach
    Salt water beach with bathhouse
    and play area. Asylum Ave.
    Oakland Beach
    Salt water beach featuring restaurants, a play area, picnic area and ball park.
    Oakland Beach Avenue
    Goddard Park Beach
    Salt water beach overlooking East Greenwich Bay in Goddard Memorial State Park
  • 60. Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Visitor Information Center
    1 Sabin Street
    401-751-1177 / 800-233-1636
    Open Monday –Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • 61. City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism
    Warwick Tourism
    Rhode Island Tourism