Historic and hip, charming and chic, Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and sophistication of a larger city. The city’s downtown is compact and filled with innovative and eclectic restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and historic architecture.
The Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) is situated in the heart of downtown, where attendees can step out of their meeting and walk to dinner or a touring Broadway show within minutes. On one side, the RICC is connected to the Omni Providence Hotel and Providence Place, a major downtown shopping destination. On its other side, the RICC is connected to the Amica Mutual Pavilion, the area’s premier multi-use events arena. Events may also be held nearby at The VETS, a historic theater located across from the striking Rhode Island State House.
Some of the nation’s top schools call Providence home, including Ivy League Brown University, world-renowned Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson & Wales University, a leading culinary educator. The presence of these educational institutions infuses the city with a youthful vibe.