Despite residing in the smallest state in the country, Providence, Rhode Island, is a major cultural center in New England and has a host of fun summer events for the whole family. After relocating with the help of a cross country moving company, explore the state capital this summer.
1. WaterFire is an award-winning sculpture created by Barnaby Evans and presented on the rivers that intersect downtown Providence. The eponymous independent, non-profit arts organization behind WaterFire has created a piece of art that's also an urban festival. During WaterFire evenings, a hundred bonfires burn above the surfaces of the Woonasquatucket, Moshassuck and Providence rivers, making it an awesome event for the whole family. With dances, community, cultural celebrations and a mass of interested observers, this free event is an exciting and memorable welcome to the city.
2. The Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country and one of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved zoos in the world. The 40-acre park is home to over 100 species of animals from all around the world. The zoo has faithfully recreated habitats to represent the Australian outback, the African savannah and tropical South American rainforests, among others.
3. The Providence Ghost Tour is the perfect event to spook your children and educate them on the history of their new home. Walk the cobblestone streets of downtown Providence, led by your tour guide, as you learn about some of the horror stories of real Providence residents from bygone years. Your guide will share with your family the facts and folklore behind dozens of historic buildings around the city.