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Things to do in College Hill, Providence

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
College Arts Building
“Rhode Island School of Design's museum of art and culture-- a gem of a museum! You really could spend an entire day (or more) here. Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).”
  • 85 locals recommend
University
“Don't miss the opportunity to tour Brown's historic campus while visiting town -- it's just a short walk away. The campus is filled with beautiful, carefully maintained brick and stone buildings, courtyards, and monuments. I would recommend walking Benefit street to see some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in New England!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Grab Insta-worthy photos from the most stunning view with a visit to Prospect Terrace Park. Located on Congdon Street, this park overlooks the city and is adorned with a statue of theologian and state founder Roger Williams. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Library
“One of our favorite spots! This Greek Revival private library is a must-see for academics -- and has some Edgar Allen Poe ties.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Museum
“(RISD = “Riz-Dee”) - world famous premier fine arts and design college with famous alumni such as Dale Chihuly, Seth MacFarlane, Nicole Miller, David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
“Area near Brown University in Providence, RI. Lots of shops and restaurants.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
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“This is a small independent movie theater that shows super cool movies! It's also right on Thayer, so you can be part of the hustle and bustle of college life!”
  • 16 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located on the historic Benefit Street on the East Side of Providence, the JB Museum is a worthwhile visit.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Interesting Art and Foreign Films. Small theater, walking distance from out house.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Especially during the beautiful summer nights, enjoy the beautiful views while taking in some of Providence’s night life!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This Providence landmark restaurant has an elegant atmosphere overlooking the Providence River in downtown Providence. Although more open and less intimate than some restaurants, I actually like that they have more room. They have fish from all over the world and an excellent raw bar. The fixed price menu was a great bargain too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent family-owned restaurant that's been there for-ever! Our go-to meal choice when we want quick and healthy and inexpensive. Don't forget to get baklava for dessert! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Immediately east of Providence's downtown, you'll find College Hill, where you can see the city's Colonial history reflected in the 18th-century houses that line Benefit St on the East Side. These are, for the most part, private homes, but many are open for tours one weekend in June during the annual Festival of Historic Homes. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Walking distance from the studio. Excellent spot if you love Korean and Japanese. Love the Kimbab and the Katsu. This group also operates a Korean Fried Chicken place a short drive away. Highly encourage you to visit there as well. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Stop into Knead Doughnuts for a delectable vanilla bean, sour cream old-fashioned, or indulge in a peanut butter-glazed, jelly-filled doughnut.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fantastic little restaurant in Providence serving scrumptious local flare. Known for their seafood and charcuterie, there’s nothing that isn’t delicious on the menu. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Especially during the beautiful summer nights, enjoy the beautiful views while taking in some of Providence’s night life!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This Providence landmark restaurant has an elegant atmosphere overlooking the Providence River in downtown Providence. Although more open and less intimate than some restaurants, I actually like that they have more room. They have fish from all over the world and an excellent raw bar. The fixed price menu was a great bargain too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent family-owned restaurant that's been there for-ever! Our go-to meal choice when we want quick and healthy and inexpensive. Don't forget to get baklava for dessert! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Walking distance from the studio. Excellent spot if you love Korean and Japanese. Love the Kimbab and the Katsu. This group also operates a Korean Fried Chicken place a short drive away. Highly encourage you to visit there as well. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic little restaurant in Providence serving scrumptious local flare. Known for their seafood and charcuterie, there’s nothing that isn’t delicious on the menu. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“We're from Texas where there are no shortage of great burger joints but this place gives them all a run for their money. Get the classic sliders with cheese, a side of fries and a craft brew or soda and enjoy (make sure to add a third!).”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish but not inexpensive steak and chops with a roaring fire place, great wine list, sit at the bar for a drink and apps next to the fire for a quick or budget-minded stop”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“In my opinion, some of the best Indian food in New England. Providence has many great Indian restaurants, but this one is tops.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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