Driving from Cape to water fires for Saturday night. Where to park? How costly? How is traffic after the event?
Well, you're probably already on your way, but parking in Providence is reasonable--IF you are not using hotel valet. I would try for the Biltmore garage, which is quite close to the action. If you wish to dine in a downtown restaurant, make reservation ASAP. Traffic after the event is not a factor; the performances go on until midnight and people tend to just trickle away. If downtown is too jammed, try parking on the street on College Hill. The walk is pleasant. Lovely eatery up there too: The Red Stripe.
Whatever you do, don't park overnight in the garage at 165 Washington Street. They are closed on Sundays and I had to pay to have someone drive in from Cranston to let me out.
I usually park on the street up on College Hill, but I have also used the big downtown garage. Both involve a little walking, which isn't unpleasant. I've also taken the R Line bus from Pawtucket. Eating in the good restaurants can be difficult/crowded so reserve early. There's plenty of street food, though, so you could enjoy that. Departing traffic isn't too bad.
We went during the daytime and parked in the parking garage adjacent to the park and across from the mall. We didn't have any traffic because the only event was watching the ducks and smelling the pretty bushes. Hope this helps, have fun.
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