Providence is the capital, and most populated city, in Rhode Island.
As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., and one of the first to industrialize, it’s a city that also holds some surprising facts you may not already know.
- If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you may or may not already know that Providence is the donut capital of the United States! Providence actually has the most coffee and donut shops per capita of all cities in the entire country. While Dunkin Donuts is a popular go-to coffee and donut shop for all of New England, Providence has one of the best spots for a crazy flavorful donut – PVDonuts! This donut shop is Providence’s first donut shop, and these donuts bring a new meaning to the word “gourmet.” This is a must-try if you’re in the area!
- Roger Williams Park Zoo opened up back in 1872 and stands as the country’s third oldest Zoo! In 1986, it became the first Zoo in New England to receive accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Today, the Zoo has animals from all over the world – over 160 of them! According to the Boston Globe, it has evolved into New England’s greatest zoo. Be sure to spend one of your summer day’s seeing some of the most unique, beautiful animals that the world has to offer!
- Providence is the largest manufacturer of silverware – in the world! Back in 1831, The Gorhman Manufacturing company started up from two silversmiths, Jabez Gorham and Henry Webster. Just around 30 years later, the company became the number one producer of silverware. Silverware from The Gorham Manufacturing company is known today as providing highly collectible silverware, as it has been used in the White House since Marry Todd Lincoln’s purchase of a tea set!