As the capital city of Rhode Island, the city of Providence is the state’s most populous cities and home to 180,000 residents. There are plenty of reasons why our clients love Providence, but some of the top reasons include its vibrant art scene, diverse neighborhoods, and renowned coffee scene. If you’re thinking about packing up your bags and making the move to Providence, we’re here to highlight some of what this fantastic city holds. Read on to learn more about why people love living in Providence.
1. Vibrant Nightlife
Whether you’re in the mood to grab a drink or catch a comedy show, Providence has a vibrant nightlife scene with plenty to offer. Rooftop at the Providence G is my go-to recommendation for seasonal cocktails and live entertainment. Located downtown, this rooftop bar and restaurant is located seven stories up, providing you with inspiring views of the glittering city below. The hand-crafted cocktails offer a range of flavors, but figgy-fashioned is one of my favorites. It’s made with bourbon, fig puree, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and pom juice.
2. Rich history
Residents gather for celebrations throughout the year, and Waterfire is an event that you don’t want to miss. Each year, this highly anticipated event attracts nearly one million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the heart of the city. This signature event is an award-winning fire sculpture installation that takes place on three rivers in downtown Providence. Created by local artists, the event lights up over eighty braziers, spanning from Waterplace Park to Memorial ParkSouth Main Street on scheduled evenings throughout the season. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset, and the fires remain until midnight, bringing life to the rivers of Providence. This captivating event is sure to impress and inspire you as much as it did me.
4. Convenient location
Located at the head of Narragansett Bay, Providence locals can take full advantage of the town’s convenient location. The city is located a short 40 miles away from Boston and 33 miles from Newport, Rhode Island. Locals can easily head to a neighboring city for an evening out or pack up the family for a day trip.
5. Green spaces and parks
When the warm days and the sunshine have arrived, there’s a good chance that you can find me exploring the great outdoors. Luckily, Providence offers plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors and is home to a network of 120 diverse and beautiful public parks. If you’re looking for the perfect place to unplug, then Roger Williams Park is undoubtedly at the top of my list. The park was created in 1871 and spans over 435 acres, offering a mix of recreational and educational opportunities. Referred to as “The People’s Park,” this beautiful oasis attracts over 1.5 million visitors from around the state and beyond.
6. World-class museums and galleries
Nicknamed America’s “Creative Capital,” Providence is a hub for creativity and innovation. The town was originally known for its textile manufacturing and jewelry industries, and the city still reflects that dynamically creative culture to this day. It’s also home to the Rhode Island School of Design, which was founded in 1877 as one of the first art and design schools in the United States.
7. Coffee shops and restaurants
New to town and on the hunt for the perfect cup of coffee? Well, then you’re in luck because Providence has garnered a reputation for its coffee culture. I strongly recommend heading over to The Coffee Exchange, which has become a favorite among locals since first opening up in 1984. You’ll notice the smell of roasting coffee as you walk down Wickenden Street, and upon walking through the door, you’ll be greeted by the friendly baristas. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with ordering, but the tuxedo latte never disappoints me.
When it comes time to move, one of the first orders of business is deciding which neighborhood is the right fit for you. Lucky for you, Providence has 25 official neighborhoods, which means you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Don’t worry; as a local real estate expert, I can guide you through the process of finding the best community for your needs.
9. Things to Do
There’s no shortage of things to do in Providence, no matter your interests. I enjoy kicking off my weekends at Providence Farmers Market. This year-round market features a large selection of local farm and food vendors, offering everything from fresh produce to baked goods to artisan cheese.
Continue your weekend fun with a trip to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, another favorite for our clients who have young children. It’s the third oldest zoo in the nation and contains more than 150 animals – just don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance!