Providence, Rhode Island, has long been known as the Renaissance City, a nickname earned during years and years of rebuilding and re-imagining. The past thirty years have seen massive revitalization projects, which have completely changed the area's "downcity" (downtown) area. New hotels, parks, public facilities, and shopping malls provide visitors with ample things to do in Providence.
First and foremost, however, Providence is an arts and culture city, featuring four major educational institutions, a Tony Award-winning theater company, one of the most unique outdoor art installations in the country, a vibrant culinary scene, and a passionate community of artists. The city's residents embrace the arts, and visitors can't help but be swept up in the enthusiasm, especially when many of Providence's premier events are free.
Flights to Providence land at T.F. Green Airport, about 10 miles outside the city limits.