When visiting Providence, Rhode Island, there is hardly a shortage of activities to take part in. The historic city is full of culture, entertainment, dining, and places to visit. Dubbed the “Creative Capital” there are always things to see and do in Providence. One of the most popular places to visit in Providence is Roger Williams Park. With greenspaces, museums, historic points of interest, gardens, a zoo, and more, you could easily spend an entire day (or more!) at Roger Williams Park.
Located in southern Providence, the park consists of 427 acres. This city park was named after Roger Williams, one of the state’s founders. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is still home to the Williams farmhouse from 1773. With meticulously landscaped gardens featuring different design influences, you can count on breathtaking scenery at the park. The park also has a boathouse that offers rentals, and contains 7 lakes. Another landmark within the park is the 1896 Roger Williams Park Casino, which is now used for special events and still boasts a beautiful bandstand. There are three other major points of interest in the park:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is among the oldest in the US, being opened in 1892. Today the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, with a focus on animal education and conservation. The zoo has tons of animal exhibits broken down into major areas: Alex and Ani Farmyard, Australasia, Fabric of Africa, Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail, Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard, Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek, North America, and Tropical America. When you visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo, you can expect to see topnotch facilities featuring well taken care of animals ranging from toads to giraffes.
Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Founded in 1896 when the park was established, the Museum of Natura History and Planetarium is still in operation today. The Museum features a collection of upwards of 250,000 objects including plant, mammal, and bird specimens and fossils. The Museum describes itself as being “85% Natural History and 15% culture.” The Planetarium has 35 minute shows scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
The Botanical Center in Roger Williams Park features two greenhouses: The Conservatory and the Mediterranean Room. Outdoor displays are the Perennial Garden, the Pine & Hosta Dell, the Winter Garden, Wooded Hillside Garden, Overlook Terrace, and the Rose Maze. The Botanical Center totals 12,000 square feet of beautiful trees, flowers, and other plants.
When you visit Providence, be sure to stay at a local inn or a Select Registry Rhode Island bed and breakfast. The Historic Jacob Hill Inn in Providence is a luxurious bed and breakfast located just minutes from the historic downtown area and Brown University. The historic house was built in 1722 and is surrounded by peaceful countryside. The Inn features comfortable and spacious guest rooms with private baths and luxe amenities like an in-ground pool, tennis court, and a home theater. Your time in Providence will certainly be enhanced by a stay at a Select Registry property.
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