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Providence River, Providence

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Providence River is a tidal river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8 miles (13 km). There are no dams along the river's length, although the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier is located south of downtown to protect the city of Providence from damaging tidal floods.

The southern part of the river has been dredged at a cost of $65 million in federal and state funds to benefit nearby marinas and commercial shipping interests.

The Dutch called the Providence River the Nassau River. It was the northeastern limit of Dutch claims in the colonial era, owing to Adriaen Block's exploration of Narragansett Bay, from 1614 until the Hartford Treaty of 1650. It can, therefore, be regarded as the original boundary between the English New England colonies and the Dutch colony of New Netherland.

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  • I was born and raised in Rhode Island until my marriage took me out of state in 1972. I have always prided myself in being a Rhode Islander and have praised its history, beauty and cultural assets...  more »
  • We took the Amtrak to Providence from Boston and enjoyed the city for a day. We strolled along on the Riverwalk and had a picnic lunch in the park. We really liked Providence.  more »
  • The new Pedestrian Bridge is GORGEOUS and within walking distance of so many great restaurants! Plan to park and walk for 45 minutes before grabbing a bite, and you'll end of loving Providence more than you had before.
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