Things to Do in Providence, Rhode Island
Seize the opportunity to experience the best of Providence, Rhode Island during your stay at Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel. We're situated just minutes away from the area's most compelling things to do, including family-friendly activities, local sports arenas and one-of-a-kind cultural attractions.
Shoppers visiting Rhode Island for the weekend should pack an extra suitcase; we're located just a short trip away from the endless retail options at Providence Place Mall. Our hotel is also offers proximity to Rhode Island's top universities and colleges, including Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.
Explore some of our favorite things to do in Providence, below, and begin planning your trip.
Roger Williams Park
8-minute drive | 5 mi.
Spend a leisurely weekend afternoon enjoying great views of downtown at Roger Williams Park. Situated in the southernmost part of Providence, bordering on neighboring Cranston, this historic park was designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, with construction being completed through the 1880s.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
10-minute drive | 5.6 mi.
Touring the grounds of Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of Providence's most family-friendly things to do. This unique zoo is home to over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and more. Exhibits include Africa, North America, Tropical America, Australasia, Marco Polo Trail and Wetland Trail.
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
11-minute drive | 5.8 mi.
Add visiting Rhode Island's only natural history museum to your list of compelling things to do while in Providence. While you are there, enjoy exciting interactive cultural and scientific exhibitions and make sure you don't miss going to a planetarium show.
Providence Children's Museum
12-minute drive | 7.8 mi.
Learn, play, and discover at Providence Children's Museum. Recently renovated, the museum provides a full day of family fun with exhibits, activities, and performances.
Providence Performing Arts Center
13-minute drive | 7.9 mi.
Located in the heart of the arts and entertainment district, gather your family and friends together for an exciting night New England's second largest performing arts venue. On your next visit choose from an array of events for an enjoyable night from Broadway shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, or community events at Providence's main arts venue.
Trinity Repertory Theater
13-minute drive | 7.9 mi.
Located in downtown Providence, the Trinity Repertory Company season has something for everyone. Rhode Island's Tony Award-winning theatre, the Trinity Repertory Company presents seven productions per year, including their signature spectacle, The Christmas Carol.
Dunkin Donuts Center
13-minute drive | 8 mi.
Home to the AHL Providence Bruins and the Big East Providence College Men’s Basketball team, the Dunkin Donuts Center is New England’s premier multi-use entertainment arena. The center hosts a wide variety of sporting events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and more.
14-minute drive | 8.8 mi.
During the summer and early fall, take a romantic stroll along the Providence River as the night sky is lit up with over 100 smoldering cauldrons of burning wood that line the downtown river and can be seen from the paths of Waterplace Park and arched bridges along the river. Savor dinner at a downtown restaurant and enjoy the music and entertainment of this annual event. Held on select weekends from June - October.
18-minute drive | 13.5 mi.
Come enjoy a home game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island home to the Pawtucket Red Sox or PawSox, the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox.
- Adult ticket prices range from $11 for box seats to $7 for general admission
- Children (12 and younger) and senior citizen tickets are $5