Originally Posted by SubOperator
Providence downtown is nice area for walking around if the weather is nice. Check the schedule for Water Fire ( http://waterfire.org/
), it's always nice esspecially if it is a dance night. Brown University area is also nice for walking, you generally do not need the car around downtown. There is plenty of great places to eat, starting from the front of the Providence Mall, few great bars right accross the mall, Trinity brew house of you are fool for fresh brew beers (you see the process/equipment through the glass wall sitting at the bar), few really good restaurants ($$ to $$$), if you are OK with more pedestrian food then checkout Fellini's pizzeria (open until what, 4AM usually, BYOB is OK) and Coffee Exchange coffee house on Wickenden street ( http://sustainablecoffee.com/about-us/our-mission.html
); also some good Asian/Indian food there, and Wickenden pub (known as Wick with locals
). Wick is bring your own food place, their specialty is beer
I wouldn't hang out much in the mall really if the weather is nice; downtown simply has too much to offer.
Yes, the water fires in Providence are amazing. Not sure of the schedule and if they are open that time of year, but definitely a must if you're in the area.
Also as mentioned earlier, Fire & Ice is an interesting place.
There is a lot to do around the town, I know in the summer there's always people walking and there's a lot of stores and what not.
Providence Place Mall is exceptionally big and interesting as well.
Also, someone did mention Newport, that is a really cool place to visit, all the shops and all the fun things to do make it a pleasure to spend a day there.