Top January Activities in Downcity

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January can be a good time to nest and recover after the holiday madness, but cabin fever has a way of eventually creeping in. Here are some ideas for fun things you can do in Downcity this January.

1. Ice skating at the Alex & Ani City Center

Located right in the heart of downcity, The Alex and Ani City Center is open 7 days a week through January and February. Public skating hours are 10am – 10pm and they offer college skate nights and lunch time skating rates. Skate rental is available on site.

2. Take a tour of the State House & Charter Museum

The Rhode Island State House offers free, guided tours Monday through Friday, except holidays. The tour includes the Bell Room, the State Room, and the Rotunda, where you can gaze upward at one of the world’s largest, self-supported marble domes. If tours aren’t your thing and you’d rather explore at your own pace, you can do a self-guided tour (also free!) and take your time.

Be sure to stop in to the new Charter Museum to see many original artifacts significant to Rhode Island history. At the center of the museum is the original Royal Charter of 1663 granted by King Charles II of England, guaranteeing Rhode Island settlers freedom of religion and to govern their own colony.


3. Guided tour of the city

There are several different companies offering tours that leave from Downcity. The Brew Bus  leaves from Trinity Brew House and takes you on a tour of microbreweries around Pawtucket and Providence, dropping you back at Trinity. If you prefer running over drinking, City Running Tours offer different tours around the city so you can get a work out and see the sights. Trolley Tours and Experience Rhode Island both let you sit back and enjoy a tour around Providence or further afield.

4. Take in some theater

Right in downtown we have options depending on what you’re in the mood for. January 16 – 18  Providence Performing Arts Center presents The Illusionists and starting January 22, Trinity Repertory Company is presenting Middletown.

5. RISD Museum

OK, technically not Downcity, but just across the river and an easy walk from your Downcity home base. The Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design houses a collection of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Being a part of RISD, there is also a strong urge to educate and connect with local artists and designers, as well as alumni and scholars. Housed in 5 buildings, the museum has regularly changing exhibits as well as an exceptional regular collection. Currently on view is Circus. Admission is $12 for adults or free every Sunday and on the third Thursday evening of each month.


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