Introduction to East Providence, Rhode Island
East Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 2 miles E of Providence, Rhode Island (center to center) and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The city is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. East Providence has a population of 48,688.
East Providence History
The present day city of East Providence was originally inhabited by the Native Americans. In the early 1660s, the city was part of a large settlement known as Rehoboth. In fact, the center of Rehoboth, which was also known as Old Rehoboth, presently lies within the borders of East Providence. The western half of Old Rehoboth was incorporated in 1812 as a separate township. It was named Seekonk, Massachusetts. Later in 1862, part of the township was ceded to Rhode Island and reincorporated as the city of East Providence.
East Providence and nearby Attractions
- Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
- John Brown House Museum
- Crescent Park Carousel
- Providence Children's Museum
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Haines Memorial State Park
Things To Do In East Providence
While staying in East Providence, you can visit the Crescent Amusement Park, Rumford Historic District, Squantum Woods State Park, Roger Williams Square, Grassy Plains Park, and Sabin Point Park. The city also offers easy access to Lincoln Woods State Park and the Museum of Natural History. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Narragansett Park Plaza Shopping Center, Lakeside Shopping Center, and Wampanoag Mall Shopping Center. Golfers can also spend their free hours at the Silver Spring Golf Course and Hunt Club Golf Course.
East Providence Transportation
Theodore Francis Green State Airport is nearby.
East Providence Higher Education
Brown University and Johnson & Wales University are close to the city.