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“The Finale Of An Enjoyable And Educational Evening In Providence.”

Water Place Park and Riverwalk
Ranked #12 of 97 things to do in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Watch a street artist sketching the city, enjoy a lovely stroll by the river past Venice inspired bridges or see some wonderful public art, all at this well-designed four-acre park and scenic riverwalk, considered to be the heart of the restoration of Providence's downtown area.
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Our evening began with dinner under the stars at the Pot au Feu Restaurant where they were celebrating Bastille Day (7/14) by blocking off the street and setting tables outside for a wonderful buffet dinner complete with wine and desert, all accompanied by live music.

Following the dinner, Three members of the Kentish Guards led us in a drum & fife march from the Pot au Feu to Burnside Park for a laying of a wreath at the World War II Memorial.

After the laying of the wreath ceremony, we retired to the River Walk to await the lighting of the water fire. The River Walk is the people friendly parks and walks along the Providence River that over the last 30 years of so has replaced the foul smelling, run down dump that lined the river. It is now a very beautiful and relaxing place to reflect on the positive changes people can make when they work together for the good of the community. Providence has come a long way and this spot is worth a visit, especially on one of the nights when a Water Fire lighting is scheduled (A schedule is available online). Additional events may be added throughout the seasons to coincide with other major events occurring in the capitol city.

The lighting occurs at dusk where wood filled cauldrons mounted on cement piers in the middle of the river are set a blaze with torches one-by-one all the way up to Water Place Park. The cauldrons are restocked with wood as necessary to keep the fires going past midnight. It's a very captivating visual effect that will remain with you until your next visit where it will all seem new and exciting all over again. Come, see, and enjoy!

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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Nice, but brief walk along the river. Offered quite a bit of shade and a few opportunities to learn more about the city. We did not take advantage of the kayaks or gondola, which would have enhanced the visit, I’m sure.

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Great stop off in Providence. Gondola rides, paddle boats and kayaking. Very close to Providence Plaza and train station.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

This was our first visit to Providence and we appreciated how walkable downtown is. Strolling in and around the park is quite pleasant. Also we liked touring the State House and reading the commemorative plaques of the memorials and history posted around the walk.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

This is one of the favorite spots in the city of Providence, RI. Summer is the moment of the water fire, the Venice inspired water channel is enchanted by the fire coming from the artistic fountain crated along the channel per se. In this period you can take a tour with a gondola (bit too much maybe), or explore on board of a canoe since the channel is connected to the bay. Very nice walk too, as you can go form the large Providence Mall to the end of downtown, looking at building and different architecture, Brown hill to arrive to Art and Silver districts. This square is very closed (5 min walk) to the train station, so visitor can enjoy this spot right away once arrived in the city.

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