Cheap Flights to Providence
When traveling to Providence, book flights to Green Airport (PVD), which is just 6 miles outside of town. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Providence offers a wealth of history, cultural attractions and great dining in a more compact package than some other historic New England cities. Roger Williams Park is one of the city's top attractions and includes the city zoo, several museums, a planetarium, multiple gardens and a botanical center along with boat rides and tennis courts. Fans of the early 20th-century writer H.P. Lovecraft can take a walking tour of locations significant in the author's life and fiction.
Green Airport is located to the south of Providence in the town of Warwick. The major providers of flights to Providence include Delta, Southwest, United Airlines and American Airlines. JetBlue and a few smaller regional airlines fly out of Green Airport, including the seasonal Cape Air. The airport has a single terminal with two concourses. There are 22 gates in all, and international flights to Providence arrive and depart at Gate 8.
Peter Pan Bus Lines and four different Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses travel between the airport and various locations, including Providence. The MBTA commuter rail also runs between the airport, Providence and other locations. Several shuttles and limousine services run between Green Airport and locations including Martha's Vineyard. A taxi from the airport to downtown Providence is around $45. Cars from several rental agencies are available, and there is short and long-term parking as well as InterLink parking, a transportation hub for buses and trains.
Attractions in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence has a number of historic buildings and sites worth visiting as well as the beautiful grounds of one of the country's foremost garden cemeteries, Swan Point Cemetery. Several historic homes are preserved for visitors, including the John Brown House and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.
For shopping, dining and enjoying the general ambiance of Providence, the neighborhoods of College Hill, Downcity, Federal Hill and South Providence are of interest to visitors. Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design are both located in the College Hill area along with many boutiques on Thayer Street. Downcity encompasses the small and walkable downtown area as well as Waterplace Park and Capitol Hill.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Providence
The six-day Rhode Island International Film Festival is in August each year. Waterfire is a popular local arts festival that involves setting fires along the city's rivers. Bright Night Providence is a New Year's celebration that showcases Providence's artists.
Providence's "Little Italy," Federal Hill, has many excellent Italian restaurants, which are particularly lively in the evenings. South Providence offers diverse dining choices, including Thai and Vietnamese food. A typical restaurant meal for two is around $60.
Providence is humid, which means that it often snows in the winter and can be rainy the rest of the year. Because it is near the Atlantic Ocean, it is not as cold in Providence as other New England locations. Average temperatures in January range from about 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.