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Things to Do While in Providence, Rhode Island

History, Exploring, Eating & Drinking … and … Fun!

With so much to do and see in the Providence area, it’s impossible to list everything but here is a sample of the most popular activities and attractions that should be on your “To Do” list. We can refer you to the local visitors center for more information, or you can visit their website for a calendar of events. Also, be sure to check out our Packages for ideas on how you can combine some of your favorite area activities and restaurants with lodging at Christopher Dodge House Bed & Breakfast.

This list has been updated as of May 26, 2021
to reflect changes due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

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Providence Area Restaurants

Here’s our list of favorite restaurants. We listen closely to our guests as well as go by our own experience, therefore our list is constantly changing. In all cases, when you visit, tell them the Christopher Dodge House Bed & Breakfast sent you.

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Reservations are now required at most restaurants.

  • Al Forno– for over 30 years, great local Italian cuisine on the Providence riverfront in downtown. Open for curbside take-out only via online ordering.
  • Andino’s– for over 40 years, an Italian tradition continues on Federal Hill. Open for dine-in and take-out. Delivery available thru GrubHub!
  • Bacaro– founded in 2007, they offer Italian Tapas along the Providence riverfront in downtown. Open for dine-in and take-out. Dinner only. Delivery available thru DoorDash!
  • Bayberry Beer Hall– an American Craft beer hall offering a communal dining experience near Federal Hill. Open for indoor/ outdoor dining, and take-out via online ordering.
  • Cafe Nuovo– global dishes artfully presented in an elegant waterfront setting in the heart of downtown. Open for indoor and outdoor dining. Dinner only.
  • Camille’s– a landmark Italian restaurant since 1914 located in Federal Hill. Open for dine-in and take-out.
  • Cassarino’s– a family-friendly Italian restaurant in the heart of Federal Hill since 1988. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.
  • Chez Pascal & The Wurst Kitchen– French dining in the heart of Providence’s East Side. Open for outdoor dining and take-out via online ordering only. We are not serving inside at this time.
  • Dolores– offering upscale Mexican cuisine using authentic Mexican ingredients. Former owners of El Rancho Grande. Open for dine-in and take-out via online ordering.
  • Ellie’s– A Parisian-inspired restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Providence.  Open for patio dining and take-out via online ordering. Delivery is available thru GrubHub.
  • Garden Grille Cafe– creating delicious vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest natural ingredients, local and organic whenever possible. Located just outside of the area in Pawtucket. Open for indoor dining and take-out via online ordering.
  • Gracie’s– seasonally inspired cuisine with the freshest ingredients set in an upscale cozy environment. Open for dine-in or takeout via curbside pickup.
  • Harry’s Bar & Burger– modern choice for fresh burgers and craft brews. They offer two Providence locations. Open for take-out and dine-in. Federal Hill location is now offering free delivery!
  • Hemenway’s– a Rhode Island icon for fresh, top-of-catch seafood in the capital city. Enjoy views of the Providence skyline and riverfront. We also recommend their sister restaurant, Waterman Grille. Open for dine-in and take-out.
  • Julian’s– serving Providence for more than two decades, they offer a hip environment and numerous vegetarian options. Open for take-out via online ordering and dine-in. Delivery is available thru GrubHub.
  • Los Andes– high-energy eatery offering Peruvian & Bolivian. Open for dine-in, outdoor, and take-out via online ordering. Delivery is available.
  • Massimo Ristorante– located on Federal Hill, they offer locally sourced Italian dishes. We also recommend their sister restaurant, Pane E Vino. Open for dine-in and take-out via online ordering.
  • Mill’s Tavern– a friendly, upscale environment serving seasonal steak and seafood dishes with local ingredients. We also recommend their sister restaurant, Waterman Grille. Open for dine-in. Take-out via online ordering with delivery now available thru DoorDash!
  • Nick’s on Broadway– a contemporary American restaurant located in the West End of Providence. They utilize fresh local and seasonally inspired ingredients. Open dine-in/ patio dining and take-out.
  • North– hip eatery providing cutting-edge small plates & cocktails in a cool space. Open for outdoor dining and take-out via online ordering.
  • Pane E Vino– high-end authentic Italian cuisine located in the heart of Federal Hill. We also recommend their sister restaurant, Massimo Ristorante. Open for dine-in and take-out via online ordering.
  • Parkside Rotisserie & Bar– a Manhattan-style bistro in the heart of Providence. The casually elegant ambiance is stylish but never pretentious. Open for dine-in. Take-out with delivery available thru DoorDash!
  • Providence G Pub– a modern gastropub offering seasonal and comfort cuisine, craft brews, and cocktails. Outdoor beer garden open Friday – Sunday.
  • Providence Oyster Bar– Rhode Island’s premier seafood house. They offer fresh local ingredients served in an upscale yet casual setting. Open for dine-in. Take-out via online ordering with delivery also available!
  • Public Kitchen & Bar– The closest restaurant to our inn featuring inventive American cuisine and drinks. You’ll enjoy their warm and inviting atmosphere. Open for dine-in and take-out Thursday- Sunday.
  • Red Stripe– a stylish brasserie featuring upscale American fare with a French accent. Sister restaurant to Mill’s Tavern. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. 
  • Rosalina– Italian cuisine created from local vendors. They feature their own house extra-virgin olive oil imported from family-owned groves in Kalamata, Greece. Open for dine-in and take-out. 
  • Siena– owned by two brothers, they create authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively setting. You can also visit Siena Cucina Enoteca in East Greenwich and Tavola da Siena located in Smithfield. Providence location is closed at this time. East Greenwich and Smithfield locations are open for dine-in/ patio and take-out.
  • The East End– a relaxed bar and restaurant offering seasonal American cuisine inspired by what’s being poured at the bar. Enjoy their extensive whiskey collection, craft beers, and inventive cocktails. Open for dine-in/ patio and .Take-out and delivery are also available via online ordering.
  • The Grange– locally sourced and seasonally inspired plant-based cuisine. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and regional beers in a casual setting. Open for indoor/ outdoor dining. Take-out is also available via online ordering.
  • Waterman Grille– located on Providence’s East Side overlooking the Seekonk River, they offer refined American small plates & mains. We also recommend their sister restaurant, Hemenway’s. Open for dine-in/ out and take-out via online ordering.
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Breweries & Distilleries

Rhode Island was once the rum capital of the world. Today’s distillers and brewers are young, energetic and putting technology to use in their brewing techniques. This has won companies such as Newport Storm and Sons of Liberty national acclaim.

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Reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

  • Union Station Brewery– Providence, 5 Minutes [.8 mile walk]
    Currently open daily for drinks and dining. 
  • Trinity Brewhouse– Providence, 7 Minutes [.8 mile walk]
    Open for in-person dining inside the Brewhouse and on our newly expanded deck! 
  • Providence Brewing Company– Providence, 4 Minutes [1-mile walk]
    Temporarily closed while they work on their new location on Sims Ave. Check out their Facebook page for updates. 
  • Long Live Beerworks– Providence, 11 Minutes [2-mile walk]
    The taproom is open daily except for Tuesdays. Outdoor patio seating available with reservation. Offering beer to go via online ordering and their beer window!
  • The Guild– Pawtucket, 11 Minutes
    The taproom is open daily. No reservations needed. First-come-first-served basis. 
  • Smug Brewing– Pawtucket, 11 Minutes
    The taproom is open by reservation only. Offering curbside pickup via online ordering.
  • White Dog Distilling– Pawtucket, 12 Minutes
    Currently open Thursday – Sunday.
    Also offering curbside pickup via online ordering.
  • Crooked Current Brewery– Pawtucket, 12 Minutes |
    Taproom is currently closed.
    Growlers & cans for sale in-person or pre-order online Thursday – Saturday. 
  • Buttonwoods Brewery– Cranston, 13 Minutes
    Open for tasting in our outdoor space on Saturday & Sunday by reservation only. Online ordering for pickup available.
  • Foolproof Brewing Company– Pawtucket, 13 Minutes
    Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, we offer limited outdoor seating for onsite service of cans only.
    Online ordering for curbside pickup available.
  • Proclamation Ale Company– Warwick, 19 Minutes
    Taproom is currently closed.
    Offering daily pickup via online ordering.
  • Ravenous Brewery– Woonsocket, 20 Minutes
    Currently open Wednesday – Sunday.
    Also offering curbside pickup via online ordering.
  • LineSider Brewing Company– East Greenwich, 25 Minutes
    Currently open Thursday – Sunday.
    Also offering curbside pickup via online ordering.
  • Tilted Barn Brewery– Exeter, 30 Minutes
    Currently open Thursday – Sunday.
    Also offering pickup via online ordering.
  • Twelve Guns Brewing– Bristol, 31 Minutes
    Currently open Wednesday – Sunday. No reservations required!
    Also offering pickup via online ordering.
  • Shaidzon Beer Company– West Kingston, 41 Minutes
    Currently open Thursday – Sunday (weather permitting).
    Also offering pickup via online ordering.
  • Whalers Brewing Company– South Kingstown, 41 Minutes
    Taproom is open for tasting and pickups Tuesday – Sunday.
  • Taproot Brewing Co.– Middletown, 44 Minutes
    Currently open Friday – Sunday.
    Also offering their beer and menu to go.
  • Grey Sail Brewing Company– Westerly, 52 Minutes
    Taproom & Beer Garden (weather permitting) are open Thursday – Sunday.
    Also offering online ordering for pickup.

Want to earn cool swag while visiting breweries? Get your RI Brewery Passport and collect stamps to get items such as a hat, a pint glass and more!

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Wineries & Vineyards

Rhode Island’s award-winning vineyards offer gorgeous views and delicious varieties of wine, from reds to roses, whites to ice wines. Be sure to take a bottle home with you.

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Reservations are now required unless otherwise noted.

  • Verde Vineyards– Johnston, 17 Minutes
    Open for wine purchase and tastings. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy our wine and the serenity of the vineyard.
  • Diamond Hill Vineyards– Cumberland, 22 Minutes
    Currently open Thursday – Saturday. We have limited outdoor seating and are working on weatherproofing the porch for additional seating. We cannot do our normal tastings right now, but we offer a sample flight of 4 wines for those who want to try a few things.
  • Mulberry Vineyards– Chepachet, 29 Minutes
    Currently open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays only.
    Also offering online ordering for curbside pickup.
  • Leyden Farm Vineyards & Winery– West Greenwich, 34 Minutes
    Currently open for tastings daily inside & outside. Also offers online ordering for pickup and delivery.
  • Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard– Little Compton, 43 Minutes
    Currently open Fridays – Mondays. Offering wines by the bottle, tasting flights, and grab-and-go food for your enjoyment on our property. Vineyard seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Greenvale Vineyards– Portsmouth, 43 Minutes
    Currently, open on a first-come-first-serve basis. Online ordering available for curbside pickup.
  • Newport Vineyards– Middletown, 44 Minutes
    While our traditional wine tastings at a bar are not currently offered, we are pleased to offer table reservations for wine and Taproot beer tasting flights, wine by the glass, beer pints, and dining.
  • Tapped Apple Winery & Cidery– Westerly, 51 Minutes
    Our tasting room is currently open Friday – Sunday. Also offers online ordering for pickup.
  • Langworthy Farm Winery– Westerly, 55 Minutes
    Open Friday – Sunday for tastings, glasses of wine, and bottle sales.

Want to have some fun while visiting the wineries? Be sure to pick up your Coastal Wine Trail Passport to win prizes.

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History, Sights, and More

Since Providence is “In the Middle of it All” check out these activities and sights in the area.

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  • Benefit Street -Known as the “mile of history,” Benefit Street is located on the East Side of Providence and features many stunning homes and businesses from the Colonial and Victorian eras. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.
    Guided tours are now available Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October.
  • Federal Hill– Federal Hill located on Atwells Avenue in Providence is known as Rhode Island’s own “Little Italy”. It is home to many restaurants and shops. It is also the destination for several yearly festivals such as the Columbus Day Festival, The Feast of St. Joseph, and the Summer Festival. Restaurants and shops are open and following Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Food Truck Friday– Come enjoy an array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this tasty event. This admission-free event takes place at the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village from April through September starting at 5:00 pm.
    Now open for the 2021 season!
  • La Gondola– La Gondola provides Gondola rides along the Woonasquatucket and Providence Rivers in Water Place Park. Operates April – November and offers many trip options. *We offer this as a seasonal add-on to our packages. Now open for the 2021 season!
  • Prospect Terrace Park– A park located on Congdon Street in the College Hill neighborhood. Here you will find a statue of our state’s founder, Roger Williams. This spot offers breathtaking views of our city, especially at sunset. The park is open. Come enjoy our beautiful view of Providence.
  • Providence Performing Arts Center– The PPAC is host to many Broadway theatricals and contemporary engagements. It offers 3,100 seats and is the second-largest theater of its kind in the country. Known as the “Jewel of Weybosset Street,” it originally opened its doors in 1928 as Loew’s State Movie Palace. Broadway is back! Join us for shows in August!
  • Providence Children’s Museum– Founded in 1976 as the first and only children’s museum in the state of RI. This hands-on museum features 8,000 square feet of interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. The newly expanded museum is now located in the Jewelry District of Providence. PCM’s exhibits are closed to the public until July 8, 2021, with the exception of vacation weeks. 
  • Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum– The RISD Museum traces the history of art from antiquity to the present through its collection of more than 100,000 works of art in all media from all cultures that span 5 buildings. The Museum is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s best museums of its size and brings its collection alive through special exhibitions, lectures, family-oriented activities, educational programs, and other initiatives. The RISD Museum is open to the public. Advance ticket purchase is required. Plan your visit here.
  • Rhode Island State House Tours– The State House is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays. Free guided tours are offered hourly between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The last tour departs at 3:00 p.m. Tours last about 50 minutes. Visitors may do a self-guided tour. Self-guided brochures are available in the State House Visitor Center and Gift Shop and in the State Library. The State House is a short walk from the Inn. In-person tours are back! 
  • Roger Williams Park and Zoo– Opening in 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the nation’s oldest zoos. It has received accolades from all over the country for its conservation and education efforts as well as its entertainment value. The zoo is home to more than 100 species of rare and fascinating animals from all over the world. Be sure to check out the Carousel Village that offers carousel rides, train rides, pony rides, and a zip-line. Open daily 9 am – 4 pm. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. 
  • Thayer Street– Thayer Street is located on College Hill near Brown University featuring many shops, cafes, restaurants, and a theater. All together it features 71 unique shops. Restaurants and shops are open and following Covid-19 restrictions.
  • The Arcade– Built in 1828, the Arcade is the oldest indoor shopping mall. Located on Westminster Street in the heart of Downtown Providence. The Arcade underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2013 as a mixed-use commercial and residential “micro-loft” space. You can also enjoy dining, coffee, and cocktails. The Arcade shops and restaurants are currently open. Come dine-in or take-out.
  • The Vets Memorial Auditorium– The VETS is a performance venue for legendary artists, local performers, and community traditions. The VETS is also home to the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Ballet Providence, the Providence Singers, and the RI International Film Festival. The VETS has just over 1,900 seats for an intimate setting. The VETS is within walking distance of Christopher Dodge House Bed & Breakfast. All performances will return in September!
  • Trinity Repertory Company– Trinity Rep is an unparalleled professional theater that was founded in 1963. They offer several shows throughout the year, including their annual production of A Christmas Carol that has brought families together for nearly 40 years. All in-person productions will resume in November.
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Outdoor Adventures

Great adventures await you, right outside our inn…

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  • Biking– Our little state offers 8 bike paths totaling more than 60 miles of off-road cycling. There are many bike shops that offer rentals if you arrive here without a bike. If you are headed down the East Bay Bike Path, be sure to stop at the Borealis Coffee Company where we purchase our locally roasted coffee that is served at breakfast. For lunch, stop next door at Union Burrito. Their loaded nachos are amazing! They have also recently expanded their patio and added Fuse & Spark, a seasonal food truck offering burgers and much more. Bike rentals are not available locally at this time.
  • Experience Rhode Island Tours– This is a family-owned business started by brothers who grew up in Rhode Island. They love people and Rhode Island. They know the cuisine, culture, people, sights, and stories that make this such a special place, and they’ve brought together the very best of Rhode Island on each of their tours to give you a local experience you will love. So join them, and let them show you what’s great about the Ocean State! Our 2021 season has started.
  • Providence Ghost Tour– A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side. You’ll be lead through the darkened streets of the historic East Side via lantern as you are told bone-chilling stories. All tours depart from Prospect Terrace Park and run from May until December. Our 2021 season has started!

  • Providence Kayak– Rent a kayak and discover urban Providence at your own pace as you paddle through the riverbanks of the Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers, Riverwalk, and Waterplace Park. Take in the beauty of the bridges and cobblestone walkways. If you’re seeking a bit more serenity in a rural setting, visit our new second location at Olney Pond inside Lincoln Woods State Park! Enjoy freshwater paddling surrounded by one of Blackstone Valley’s greatest treasures! Their competent and experienced staff will provide the equipment & guidance you’ll need to explore with confidence! Our 2021 season has started!

  • The Providence Rink– The Bank Newport City Center- Providence Rink located Downtown offers many fun events year-round. Whether it’s ice skating and ice bumper cars in the winter, or roller skating, bumper car racing, and bubble soccer ball in the summer, there are always fun times to be had. They are always coming up with fun and exciting new events. Now open for the summer season! Come enjoy roller skating.
  • Providence River Boat Company– Board one of their open-air 18 passenger vessels and enjoy the city views and expert narration of your tour guide! Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, and the Providence Harbor, as they highlight historical, nautical, and architectural points of interest. Our 2021 season has started!
  • Rhode Island Red Food Tours– Their 3-3.5 hour walking tours provide a unique opportunity to explore the evolving culinary landscape of Rhode Island while gaining insight into the history, architecture, and culture of the state. Their tours support the locally-operated eateries, farms, and makers in the community, offering tastings of fresh, creative local foods of the state. Tours available in both Providence and Newport. Our 2021 season has started!

  • WaterFire– WaterFire is an art feature that takes place on the 3 rivers of Providence with 100 braziers floating on the river’s surface. This amazing work of art attracts millions of visitors from the months of May through November and is a free event.  Our 2021 season is to be determined at this time.
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Self-Guided Historic Walking Tours

Immerse yourself in Providence’s captivating history, local folklore and strange tales by taking a self-guided walking tour. Delve into the historic east side, the rich culture of the west side, waterfront views of the jewelry district or the revival of downtown.

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  • Downtown Historic Walking Tour– Providence’s downtown neighborhood is bordered by the Providence River and Interstate 95. There are 20 points of interest along this walking tour.
  • East Side Historic Walking Tour– The east side is comprised of the Blackstone, Hope, Mount Hope, College Hill, Wayland and Fox Point neighborhoods. There are 16 points of interest along this walking tour.
  • Jewelry District Historic Walking Tour– is a neighborhood located just south of Downtown between Interstate 195 and Henderson Street. Interstate 95 lies at the western edge of the neighborhood, which includes Davol Square and the waterfront along the west bank of the Providence River.  There are 18 points of interest along this walking tour.
  • West Side Historic Walking Tour– The west side is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of Providence. Its perimeter is defined by Westminster Street to the north, Huntington Avenue to the south, Elmwood Avenue to the east and the railroad tracks with Route 10 to the west. There are 21 points of interest along this walking tour.
  • Early Black History Walking Tour– “Taking this tour is an act of remembrance, which honors the lives of those whose stories are only partially known, but who contributed significantly to the city you see today”. This self guided tour starts on Branch Ave and extends to India St. with 14 sites and 5 points of interest along the way.

Maps are available for pick up at the visitors center locations or a printable PDF map is available by clicking on the tour name above. Visitors Centers are temporarily closed.

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