NEW: Providence Named 1 of 52 Cities Worldwide to Visit in 2016
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Providence was ranked 33 on the list of cities all over the world and one of ten US cities to make the list.
The article highlights the rising food scene including the opening of Ben Sukle's new restaurant Oberlin. Other things highlighted in the article include the redevelopment of the old I-195 and the new culinary center at the Ocean House in Watch Hill.
"Providence is home to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world and is being recognized as a destination for travelers worldwide. Arts, culture and cuisine are embedded in our DNA and are evident in every neighborhood throughout the city. I invite those who haven't visited to taste, explore and enjoy all that Providence has to offer," said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
Martha Sheridan, CEO and President of the Providence Warwick added, “This is a great accolade for Providence, and all of Rhode Island, as it reaffirms the “book a city, get a state” moniker we frequently use in our marketing messaging,” said Martha Sheridan, CEO and President of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With the extraordinary reach and influence of the New York Times, we are certain that potential visitors will add Providence to their consideration list of places to visit this year.”
Places to Go Issue
Each January, the editors of the New York Times Travel Section work with contributing writers worldwide for ideas for this annual issue. Destinations are suggested based on their compelling attributes for the upcoming year, and then discussed at length before editors compile the exclusive annual list.
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Participate in this annual charity event that involves nearly 500 swimmers going 1.7 nautical miles from Newport to Jamestown.
It also serves as Save The Bay’s biggest fundraiser, with funds going towards restoring and protecting the Narragansett Bay region.
Photo courtesy of savebay.org
Ride the Flying Horse Carousel
Take a ride on this 20-horse carousel. Horses hang by chains from a center frame, making it appear as though they are flying.
It was brought to Watch Hill in 1883 and has been a town staple ever since.
Photo courtesy of [email protected]/ wikipedia
All you can eat at Wright’s Chicken Farm
Make sure you’re starving, because the meal Wright’s Chicken Farm is about to serve you requires plenty of room in your stomach.
Their chicken dinner that comes with rolls, salad, pasta, and fries is simple, but continues to wow guests every day.
Visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary
Stop by this wildlife refuge to see a wide variety of local and migratory birds, take in ocean views, and hike to the top of Hanging Rock.
The sanctuary is home to over 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails, so bring your binoculars to see what birds await!
Photo courtesy of swampyank/wikipedia
Watch the Biggest College Rivalry Game in RI
The games tend to go down to the wire and the atmosphere created by both fan sections make this a must-see sports event.
Watch “A Christmas Carol” at Trinity Rep
Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the chance to see a remarkable and always different interpretation at Trinity Rep is a Rhode Island tradition.
Get in the holiday spirit by watching Scrooge fill his heart with the joy and love Christmas brings.
Go to the Bristol 4th of July Parade
Bring your Fourth of July celebrations right into the heart of Bristol and experience America’s oldest 4th of July parade.
Finding a parking spot will be your biggest challenge, but once you’re there the festivities, food, and music are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Down a Clam Cake at Flos
Portsmouth and Middletown
Stop by this famous clam shack that has been around since 1936 for some of the best clam cakes in Rhode Island.
Whether you go with a group of friends or as a family, you’re sure to leave with a full stomach and chomping at the bit to come back for more.
Go to the South County Balloon Festival
Hop into one of the many hot air balloons on display at this URI-based festival and urge the pilot to push you high above the trees.
The festival has been going on for 37 straight years and also features a Rhode Island State Barbecue Championship.
Catch a Mount Saint Charles Hockey Game at Adelard Arena
Experience a high school hockey game of the legendary Coach Bill Belisle, who leads his Mounties at the storied confines of Adelard Arena.
This program has produced two of the three Americans ever selected number one in the NHL Draft and won every state title from 1978 to 2003 - the longest high school sports streak in U.S. history.
Watch a Game at McCoy Stadium
Head out to the ballpark that is home to the longest game in baseball history and the launching pad to the careers of Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Dustin Pedroia and dozens of other Boston Red Sox greats.
If you attend near the Fourth of July, make sure to stick around for fireworks after the game.
Walk Along The Cliffwalk
Embark on this recently renovated 3.5 mile path that runs from Bailey’s Beach all the way to First Beach.
As waves crash below you, make sure you look inland towards the ornate architecture of Newport’s many mansions and take in the natural beauty of the shoreline.
See a Movie at the Rustic Drive-In
Call up your friends, pack a picnic, and sit in your car as feature films are projected along giant outdoor screens.
The audio plays right through your radio, so be sure to turn the volume up high as you snack on your candy and popcorn.
Hop aboard the Block Island Ferry, skip the beach, and head right for this historic lighthouse that was first lit in 1875.
Before you check out the nearby Mohegan Bluffs, be sure to head up to the fog signal itself that goes off every 30 seconds and look out as far as your eye can see.
Go to the top of the State House
Join the small group of people who have had a State House insider bring them up the stairs towards the top of the State House. Along the way make sure you take in the many amazing murals of the Rotunda.
Once you conquer the stairs, you’ll be as high as the marble dome and “Independent Man” sit and take in breathtaking views for miles around.
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