Providence, Rhode Island merges small town living with big city culture. Downtown Providence promotes a thriving arts community, while Dunkin’ Donuts Center houses American Hockey League and collegiate basketball teams. Centered in the middle of Providence is Roger Williams Park, boasting 430 acres including Carousel Village, a zoo, planetarium, museum and botanical gardens. Being bored is never an option once your teen decides to enjoy one of the many activities Providence has to offer.
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WaterFire welcomes your teen and friends to a summer’s night extravaganza. Blazing just above the surface of three rivers, WaterFire lights up the night sky, as well as provides a natural lit path for teens to gather, watch performers and listen to music from around the world. Not only is WaterFire free, many events showcase local talent such as the 48 Hour Film Project and WaterFire Arts Festival. Your teenager will discover a variety of artisan artwork, jewelry, glass and ceramics to add to her urban collection. The WaterFire Providence Merchandise Store is usually stocked with memorabilia appealing to teens, including T-shirts, CDs, books and bags.
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If your teen enjoys history that puts her hair on edge, Providence Ghost Tour might just be the ticket. The walking tour meanders through Providence’s historic East Side spinning tales based on actual events. You may want to skip this one if your teenager is sensitive to stories about haunted houses and ghosts. Dave and Buster’s Eat, Play, Win Combo offers your teenager three favorite teen pastimes: munching, game participation and guaranteed prizes. Whether your teenager hits a strike in a traditional game of bowling or tries her hand harpooning an arcade fish, enough redeemable tickets could earn her anything from tech devices to a stuffed gorilla.
Whether your teen enjoys participating in sports, drama or the arts, Providence has plenty to offer. Trinity Repertory Company invites actors-in-training to the Young Actors Studio. Your aspiring Academy Award winner can try her hand at playwriting, acting and improvisation. Providence Parks and Recreation entices students with 10 recreation centers, four outdoor pools and 11 water parks, all free to Providence residents. Your teen can hit a ball, run a 5K, shoot hoops, score a hole-in-one, earn karate belts or swim a 100 meter. Chances are your teenager relishes a day at the mall. Providence Place not only offers a plethora of shopping and dining opportunities, teens often gather to watch the latest IMAX offering or first-run movie attraction.
With all the water encompassing Providence, taking a boat ride is sure to tap into your teen’s adventurous spirit. Glide along in a gondola, sail in the MV Proud Mary pontoon or hop aboard the “Betsy,” an authentic World War II amphibious water craft. If your teen would rather captain her own ship, Roger Williams Park rents swan boats, paddle boats, electric boats and kayaks. As winter temps turn water into ice, spend a day with your teen sliding across the ice at the outdoor 14,000-square-foot Bank of America Skating Center.