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Providence Walking Tours

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Walking Tour with PPS Ages 8+
$35.00
Providence Walking Tour Ages 8+
$25.00

A Story On Every Corner…

The intention of every walking tour is to enable our guests to not only see Providence in all its grandness, but to feel its energy and to know its heart. Walk with us…and come to know the real Renaissance City.
We are offering several new, unique walking tours with guides from the Providence Preservation Society, Greening the District, long-time residents and expert guides; all skilled at unraveling the many layers of Providence’s art, architecture, culture and history.
Join us for some fresh-air fun on one of our casually-paced walks through our capital city, and allow us to wrap America’s Renaissance City into a story package for you to take home!

Discover Providence Tours

Highlighting historical, nautical and architectural points of interest, parks, public spaces, colleges, theaters and streets throughout downtown Providence.

  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Rate: $25 per person
  • Appropriate for ages 8+

Providence Preservation Society Tours

Bright Lights, Creative City: Providence’s Arts & Entertainment History

  • Providence punches above its weight when it comes to progressive urban development, resulting in a vibrant riverfront and downtown. Over the last 60+ years, Providence has moved railroads, highways, and rivers to achieve the urban renaissance many American cities dream of — but neighborhood erasure and displacement are often the dark side of urban growth and progress. Come explore some of the exceptional buildings that preservationists, politicians, and Providence’s own have worked so hard to reimagine, as well as some of the communities and streetscapes we sacrificed to make modern day Providence.
  • Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
  • Rate: $35 per person
  • Appropriate for ages 8+

Urban Renewal and the Making of Modern Providence

  • Providence comes by its reputation as the Creative Capital, with an arts and entertainment history that extends back hundreds of years. Today, this legacy is evident around almost every corner downtown, from historic theatres to music venues, community arts incubators, and old world hotels. This tour explores the city’s early entertainment history and highlights the many ways creatives have reimagined historic spaces and kept the arts at the center of life in Providence.
  • Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
  • Rate: $35 per person
  • Appropriate for ages 8+

 Jewelry District Tours

  • Starting in the late eighteenth century, and spanning into the twentieth, Providence was famous for its affordable, innovative and beautiful jewelry. Watches, collar buttons, umbrella fittings and countless other accessories were made in our capital city, once dubbed the “Jewelry Capital of the World.” Join long-time Jewelry District resident & historian Olin Thompson for a 2 hour walking tour and learn about the District’s historic past and exciting future!
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Rate: $25 per person
  • Appropriate for ages 16+

The theme of each tour is listed under each date on the bookings calendar. Please call our office if you need assistance, we’re happy to help!


Additional Information:

  • Available on select days throughout the spring, summer & fall beginning June 8th.
  • ALL participants must have a reservation to join the tour.
  • Kindly remember that our tours are narrated and our patrons are looking forward to listening to the narration. Please make sure this tour will be appropriate for your young children.
  • Check-in is located inside The Landing at 101 Dyer Street in downtown Providence.
  • When checking in for your tour, feel free to explore The Landing, where you’ll find Rhode Island-themed gifts, t-shirts, and local art; local crafts, jewelry and giftware, and a full café & ice cream parlor.
  • You are welcome to bring a beverage or ice cream from The Landing with you to enjoy during your tour.
  • Certified service dogs are permitted, pets are not.
  • Our walking tours include areas of uneven terrain, stairs, grass and cobblestone. Please make sure this will be appropriate for everyone in your party to navigate.

Parking Information:

  • There are several parking garages, outdoor parking lots and on-street metered parking spaces throughout our neighborhood.
  • The Freeway Parking Garage and Arcade Parking Garage, both located behind our building on Pine Street, offer very reasonable parking rates.
  • We also recommend taking your hotel shuttle, a Lyft or Uber, or walking from your hotel, if possible. We are centrally located in downtown and most hotels are within a 15 minute walk from us.

Tour Cancellation Policy:

  • Tour reservations are non-refundable. Please make sure you are booking the correct date/time.
  • Customers may reschedule their reservation or receive a credit for a future tour (subject to availability) with 72 hours advance notice only.
  • Requests to reschedule inside of 72 hours are not granted.
  • Same-day late arrivals and no-shows are not exchangeable or refundable. If you are late for your tour, or don’t arrive at all, you will forfeit your entire reservation fare.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel tours when less than 4 passengers have booked. It doesn’t happen often, but we will call you ASAP if it does.

Weather-Related Cancellation Policy:

  • The weather in New England changes often, and quickly. Because of this, we do not postpone or cancel tours until the day of the tour. If we were to cancel your tour, we would call you at the phone number provided on your reservation. Please do not call us questioning cancellations, we will reach out to you once we have made a decision. Thank you for your patience and understanding on this policy.
  • That being said, all of our tours typically run in a light mist and other moderate weather conditions. Our tours may launch a few minutes late if we are experiencing a passing shower, or weather-related event. We do not allow cancellations/refunds in this case, we simply ask that you are patient and wait it out with us.
  • If a tour runs as scheduled, same-day refunds, cancellations or reschedules are not permitted due to weather.
  • We reserve the right to cancel our tours in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If we do cancel your tour due to inclement weather, you may reschedule, subject to availability, or receive a full refund.

A portion of all proceeds from the walking tours with the PPS will benefit the Providence Preservation Society.