Travel Destinations: Providence

Rhode Island is a small state with a big heart! And the state capital, Providence, is chock full of history, with lots to see and do in your free time. Whether you’re into culture, dining or the outdoors—Providence has something for you. In our series of the best cities for travel nurses, our next installation is Providence, Rhode Island!

Historic attractions

Established in 1636 by Roger Williams, Providence has hundreds of years of history preserved in its streets and architecture. It’s a seaport town built under the belief that all people can enjoy true equality. For sightseeing in Providence, you can take a walking tour of the historic East Side, check out the Rhode Island State House or visit one of many museums, including the Museum of Natural History or the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Outdoors

If green space is what you seek—Providence has plenty of parks and outdoor events. You can visit Waterplace Park and travel in a river boat or gondola, or take in the popular WaterFire event. You can also walk through outdoor gardens, a Carousel Village or use paddleboats and mini-speed boats in the Dalrymple Boathouse. For a fabulous seaside view, visit India Point Park.

Spa and shopping days

Ready to kick back and relax? You can visit the Spa at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, G Salon & Spa in downtown Providence, or nearby Newport’s Stillwater Spa—complete with private deck for lounging in luxury. When you’re ready to shop, you can check out everything from boutiques to department stores in the Rhode Island Convention Center, Omni Providence and Providence Place Mall. If you’re looking for funky, vintage boutiques, you can browse shops in Federal Hill, the East Side and downtown Providence.

Free things to do

If you’re a thrifty sort, Providence offers plenty of culture—free of charge! You can visit the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, Planetarium, Providence Athenaeum, Providence Public Library or take in the architecture and beauty of Benefit Street!

Dining

When you get hungry, popular restaurants boast local cuisine, fine and casual dining, various cultural menus and fresh seafood. Popular establishments include: The Capital Grille, Siena, Red Stripe, Hemenway’s Seafood, Café Nuovo, Harry’s Bar and Burger, and Gracie’s.

Experience Providence travel nursing

One of the best cities for travel nurses, Providence offers plenty to experience in your free time! And if you’re looking for a travel nurse recruiter—check out TaleMed! We work with nurses for placements across the country and can provide plenty of Providence travel RN tips. Contact us today to find your next travel RN placement!

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