OP-ED: Doable New Year’s Resolutions for All

75 Providence sights and scenes worth experiencing in 2023


You may have heard the saying, “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions” – which often go in one year and out the other. Rather than trying to quit all of our bad habits for the new year, here’s a list of our top 74 Providence resolutions well within everyone’s ability to accomplish! These ideas give us all the opportunity to use the upcoming year to embrace and celebrate the uniqueness, beauty, and – yeah – the quirkiness of the place we call home. On that note, here’s hoping 2023 is a fun one for all our readers.  

1. Attend at least one WaterFire lighting.

2. Go to the RISD Museum.

3. Visit City Hall.

4. Revisit the “Superman Building” before it becomes, well, something else.

5. See a Providence College basketball or hockey game.

6. Check out the Crook Point Bascule Bridge.

7. View the city from the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse (in East Providence).

8. Crew or scull on the Seekonk River with the Narragansett Boat Club.

9. Talk to the ranger at the Roger Williams Memorial Park.

10. Appreciate the Big Blue Bug (and send a photo to an out-of-town friend).

11. Visit the Rhode Island Historical Society.

12. Stroll the aisles of the new Trader Joe’s.

13. See what the Cranston Street Armory is up to.

14. Take your kids (or your child-at-heart attitude) to Roger Williams Park Zoo,

15. See a Providence Bruins game at the AMP.

16. Sail along the Providence River.

17. Sample sweets at DeLuise Bakery.

18. Play a round of golf at Triggs (it’s a GREAT course).

19. See glass blowing at Peàn Doubulyu.

20. Take a gondola ride.

21. Visit the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum.

22. Go on a Gallery Night Tour.

23. Visit the Museum of Natural History.

24. Take a step back in time at America’s oldest indoor mall (The Arcade).

25. See a show at PPAC.

26. Visit the Botanical Center at RWP.

28. Check out the Providence Art Club and the Fleur-de-lys Studio.

29. Cheer for Brown basketball and hockey teams.

30. Take in the jungle of exotic flowers at Brown’s Environmental Center.

31. Visit the State House (either the old one or the beautiful domed one).

32. Shop unique gifts at the Peaceable Kingdom.

33. Dine on Federal Hill.

34. Visit The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown.

35. Explore Good Fortune Supermarket.

36. Take a swing at Button Hole Golf Course.

37. See the City’s waterway on the Providence River Boat Tour.

38. Learn our state’s history at the John Brown House Museum (with the “remnants” of Roger Williams).

39. Find the Silver Lake Yacht Club.

40. Walk through Swan Point Cemetery (H.P. Lovecraft has a tomb here).

41. Have a drink at The Hot Club.

42. Visit the Stephen Hopkins House (he signed the Declaration of Independence).

43. Attend a performance at Trinity Rep.

44. Treat yourself to LaSalle Bakery.

45. Check out a book at the Providence Public Library downtown.

46. Admire the fascinating street art all over downtown.

47. Visit The First Baptist Church in America.

48. Stargaze at the Brown Planetarium.

49. Actually take a chug of Coffee Milk.

50. Shop local produce at a farmers market.

51. Walk the whole Benefit Street “Mile of History.”

52. See the complete collection of US postage stamps in Brown’s John Hay Library.

53. Try Asian and Latino foods from the Mekong Market (local chefs’ choice).

54. Check out New Urban Arts.

55. Indulge in a hot weiner at a New York System Restaurant.

56. Peruse rare early maps at the John Carter Brown Library. 

57. Enjoy the sunset from Prospect Terrace.

58. Eat in Luongo Square.

59. Go grocery shopping at Urban Greens Co-op Market.

60. Visit the Children’s Museum.

61. Climb the highest point in Providence (Neutaconkanut Hill).

62. Visit the Governor Henry Lippitt House.

63. Find your own best donuts (KNEAD Doughnuts, PVDonuts, or a new contender?).

64. Browse book collections at the Providence Athenæum (Edgar Allen Poe did).

65. Experience the night sky at the Ladd Observatory.

66. Catch a concert at the Music Mansion.

67. Watch a FirstWorks show.

68. See what art is on view at AS220.

69. Walk through WaterPlace Park (without a crowd).

70. Skate at The Providence Rink. 

71. Stroll across our gorgeous new downtown river bridge.

72. Check out the hurricane high watermark plaques (Biltmore Hotel).

73. Visit the WaterFire Arts Center.

74. Revisit Al Forno.


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