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Providence, Rhode Island
This year's FirstWorks Festival began on October 2nd and runs through November 9th. FirstWorks features a wide range of world-class regional, national, and international arts programming.
History lovers will want to tour historic Hopkins House at 15 Benefit Street. Hopkins House was built in 1707 and remains an excellent example of colonial architecture. Stephen Hopkins, ten time Governor of Rhode Island, lived in the house from 1743 until 1785. He was also a member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independance, and first Chief Justice of the Superior Court.
Roger Williams Park (see photo at right) covers more than 430 acres and features waterways, outdoor gardens, a Carousel Village, and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. The park also features the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which is currently holding Spooky Zoo weekends. Santa will be returning to the park this year as well.
Located in downtown Providence, Waterplace Park covers four acres and offers an amphitheater, landscaped terraces, boat landings, and a clock tower. Stroll along the scenic riverwalk, or just enjoy the view from the gazebo. This is my kind of place!
While you're in the neighborhood, treat someone special to dinner at the WaterPlace restaurant, located at One Finance Way. Start with the Lobster Fritters or the Honey Chipotle Calamari. Next, enjoy one of WaterPlace's unique salads. For the main course, try the Filet Mignon, Sea Bass, or Angie's Signature Chicken Picatta. Are you as hungry as I am right now?
Many fine restaurants in Providence are worth noting. Blue Grotto at 210 Atwells Avenue serves authentic Italian cuisine. Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, at 121 South Main Street, gets rave reviews for its food, service, and generous portions. Wes' Rib House at 38 Dike Street features award winning Missouri-style barbeque cooked over wood.
The Rhode Island Historical Society presents "Downcity Alive!", historical walking tours of Providence held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through October 15th. Enjoy architecture, public art, and more as you learn the history of this great city.
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