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Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

1. Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 11+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Providence in 1-2 hours. Explore Rhode Island's capital city on a self-driving audio tour and discover the city's history, culture, and architecture. Start your self-driving adventure from the Convention Center downtown and head into the historic Federal Hill area, home to both history and the city's best restaurants. Enter the Welcome Gateway, featuring the iconic pineapple, and learn about how this neighborhood grew and changed over the years — including the infamous Macaroni Riots and the secret of the Coin-O-Matic. Continue past the 9-acre park which was a gift from one of the greatest philanthropists in Providence's history. Explore the Wedding Cake House, a 3-story historic house located in the Broadway-Armory Historic District, and other architectural marvels, such as the State House and Barnaby Castle. Finish your tour at the Lippitt House Museum, a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the finest Italianate mansion houses in the state and considered one of the best-preserved examples of Victorian-era houses in the US.

Providence: Ghosts, Phantoms and Poltergeists Walking Tour

2. Providence: Ghosts, Phantoms and Poltergeists Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of writers, like H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, on this haunted Providence tour by US Ghost Adventures. Providence has a long history with artists, writers, and creatives and that history comes with a dark side explored on this walk through the city. Hear bone-chilling, campfire tales of deadly apple trees, books bound with human skin, a Rhode Island vampire, and a ghostly writer who watches people sleep. Visit the real-life Shunned House from H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, and delve into the strange details of Angela O’Leary’s death at Fleur de Lys Studio. Along the way, uncover Providence’s weird and spooky history. You may even look into the eyes of a ghost. By the time you reach the seventh and final stop, you’ll have more than a few reasons to keep the lights on at bedtime.

Crime and Cuisine on Federal Hill

3. Crime and Cuisine on Federal Hill

A Food Tour with a Felonious Twist! The Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence is one of its hottest destinations, home to some of the best Italian food in the world. This tour will give you a smorgasbord of its best bites and drinks, from fine Italian wine to housemade pasta. Come hungry! The Hill was also home to some historic characters who dabbled on the wrong side of the law. Follow the intrigue of State v. Patriarca, when a future mayor took on a mob boss; learn about the corruption which brought Rhode Island's banking system to its knees in the '90s, and about a raid on an illegal dice game that sent a Providence Police Officer through a second-story window.

Providence: Christmas at the Newport Rhode Island Mansions

4. Providence: Christmas at the Newport Rhode Island Mansions

Board a tour bus in Providence or Warwick and discover the splendor of Christmas at 3 of dazzling Newport's most iconic mansions: The Elms, Marble House, and The Breakers. Admire the lavish Christmas decorations, explore the history of the estates, and have free time in Newport's Historic District. After boarding the bus in Providence or Warwick, head toward Newport to visit the mansions. Take in the stunning festive beauty of the decorations, and learn the intriguing story of the families who built these grand estates at the height of the American Gilded Age. In the middle of the day, enjoy free time for lunch and Christmas shopping in old town Newport. Later, experience a Christmas wonderland at The Breakers as holiday music fills the air and the landscape becomes awash in hundreds of thousands of lights before returning to the starting point.

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4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Really interesting, great way to quickly to know a new city. Great back stories. Many of the stops are really close together it may have been better as a walking tour.

This was a great experience! It was a bit of a rainy day in Providence so we were still able to see everything in the comfort of our own car. AMAZING!