The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources is thrilled to welcome you to the Ocean State this September! While you’re planning your itinerary, check out these fun, delicious, and educational activities our beautiful state has to offer:
In and around Providence…
Walk along Benefit Street, view breathtaking art at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and stroll through Brown University’s campus for beautiful architecture and rich history. Check out famous historical homes, including the John Brown House and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum. Also visit Roger Williams Park (named after Providence founder Roger Williams and a short car/bus ride away from the conference), which includes a rose garden, sculptures, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Botanical Center, the Casino, the Carousel Village, the Temple to Music, tennis courts, and baseball fields.
Providence is home to beautiful waterways and boat tours. If you’re looking to go out on the water and learn about Rhode Island’s offshore wind energy resources, sign up for NASEO’s Block Island Wind Farm site visit for a fun and educational tour with friends and colleagues (space is limited!).
Need food recommendations? Start at Federal Hill, a neighborhood in Providence best known for its Italian American community and abundance of restaurants. Our office’s favorite restaurants include Hemenway’s for seafood; Luxe Burger Bar and Harry’s Bar and Burger for burgers; Angelo’s Civita Farnese for classic Italian; Teriyaki and Korean House for Japanese and Korean fusion; Jacky’s Waterplace and Sushi Bar; Providence Coal Fired Pizza; Grange for great vegetarian options; and Red Fez for eclectic cuisine. To satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Pastiche Fine Desserts and Scialo Brothers Bakery (both located in Federal Hill).
A short bus ride away (under an hour) from Providence is scenic Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is known for its Cliff Walk along the city’s eastern shoreline, famous historic Mansions, its harbor (which has been home to the America’s cup), its famous annual regatta… and so much more! For more on Newport, visit the Newport Visitor Center’s webpage.
Also check out Visit Rhode Island’s website for the many experiences Rhode Island has to offer.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have as you plan your visit to the Ocean State.