Providence Rhode Island: Catch WaterFire and the Excitement

WaterFire Night packs in quite a crowd in Providence RI.
WaterFire Night packs in quite a crowd in Providence RI.

Providence Rhode Island is not the typical “go-to” tourist destination. Often overlooked, this tiny state is seeing some major surge in tourism in 2019, with new activities and eight hotels being built.

Woodspring Hotel, Providence RI.
Woodspring Hotel, Providence RI.

March welcomed the new Woodspring Suites Hotel along with two extended stay hotels, the Homewood Suites Hotel and the Marriot Residence Inn, due to open later this year. Tourism development like this has contributed to the increased occupancy the city has seen in the past year-and-a-half. With business going as well as it is, older hotels won’t need to worry about competition. Summer has proven the most hectic with the cities overall hotel capacity reaching 80%.

Providence offers a dizzying array of attractions for visitors. Between the months of May and November braziers are placed in the middle of the river in downtown Providence, 80 altogether, lighting the entire area in a warm glow. This annual tradition is called Waterfire, and it’s a big deal in the small city.

Benefit Street, Providence Rhode Island. GoNOMAD photo.
Benefit Street, Providence Rhode Island. GoNOMAD photo.

If history more your thing, Providence has plenty of it. From tours of the 1786 John Brown to Benefit streets “Mile of History”, a line of Federal period homes at one end, to later Victorian, to “arts and crafts” style. Roger Williams Park and Zoo provide more family-friendly experiences. Take the family for a day and see the over 435 acres of gardens, the carousel, and trackless train rides. If the kids aren’t cooperating, you can always introduce them to one of the snow leopards in the open and largely cage-free environment.

Vacation isn’t the only reason to visit. Other popular travel reasons include sporting events, weekend trips, fishing trips or business conventions. Homewood Suites would be the most convenient for business travelers, as the accommodations are located within walking distance of numerous corporate companies.

The CAV restaurant offers great food and antiques too, in Providence RI.
The CAV restaurant offers great food and antiques too, in Providence RI.

There’s even the possibility of combining play with work, bring the whole family and have them explore the Arcade and Downtown city of Providence while you handle your business meetings and conferences. Meet up with them later for a meal at the CAV restaurant, one of with its European yet muted décor and Monday night martini specials. You can also shop for antiques at this unique eatery–in Providence Rhode Island.

Whatever your reason for travel, Providence will surprise and delight. Use your Bonwi points and when you search for hotels in Providence RI, you can use them to stay longer!