Things to Do in Providence

For more information about  conference logistics and preparing for Providence, join us Monday, April 8, at 1 pm EST for the webinar “Getting Ready for #NORDP2019” – REGISTER HERE.

Are you getting excited for #NORDP2019? One of the best parts of traveling to a conference is the chance to sneak in some sightseeing between sessions. Or maybe you’ve decided to come to town early or spend a day or two after things wrap up–even better!

Welcome to New England! As someone who’s called Boston home for almost three years, I love taking day trips down to Providence to explore everything this city has to offer. Here are just a few ideas for things to do in Providence while you’re here for the conference.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 9.33.30 PMProvidence Waterplace Park and Riverwalk
Distance from the Conference Hotel: 7 minute walk

This waterside park is so close to the conference hotel that you’ll want to be sure to find some time for a walk. Grab a colleague or take a solo stroll by the river. Sometimes there are even gondoliers!

Providence Athenaeum
Distance from the Conference Hotel: 13 minute walk

Do you love books? The Providence Athenaeum is a fascinating (and extremely photogenic!) library that welcomes visitors. Read about its historical significance–and famous patrons including H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe–here.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 10.11.39 PM.pngRISD Museum
Distance from the Conference Hotel: 11 minute walk

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s collection “contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world.” Explore the museum’s current exhibitions here. (Sidenote: I’ve somehow never made it to this museum and would love to, so if you need a museum buddy, come find me!)

Providence Place
Distance from the Conference Hotel: Attached!

Shoppers, get ready: Providence Place is attached to the conference hotel. If you left a business casual essential at home or just want to browse, you won’t even need to grab your jacket.

Wander Around
Distance from the Conference Hotel: Up to you!

Providence is a wonderful city to explore on foot. For classic New England architecture, head toward Brown University’s campus. If you’re interested in food, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants within walking distance of the conference hotel. In fact, the conference organizers have put together this helpful interactive map if you’re interested in exploring even more ideas for things to do in Providence.

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Have fun in Providence! I hope you’ll enjoy this city as much as I do.

(All photos courtesy of me and my iPhone.)


For more information about the conference program, visit @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

2 thoughts on “Things to Do in Providence”

  1. Thanks, Paige, for this post. I am looking forward to the conference – including the restaurants, architecture, shopping and RISD!


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