Not enough can be said about walking through this city. Whether you're walking on Thayer Street to go shopping or through College Hill, the neighborhood where Brown University makes its home, you will enjoy what you see.
Along Thayer Street, you will find local merchants as well as chain stores. On the weekend afternoons, this is the place to people watch. Or, head to the new Providence Mall, anchored by Nordstrom's, for serious shopping.
It seems that anywhere you go in Providence, there is something lovely or historic to look at. Rick and I just walked around without a guide book, so we weren't quite sure what all the places were that we passed, but enjoyed such sites as a giant metal man scuplture in the middle of a sidewalk and a scuplture of a man falling off to a building, that uses an actual building as its canvas.
Walk down by the riverside, recently it has been cleaned up and restored, and the bridges and brickwork are lovely. While we were there it was too cold to spend much time, but I imagined that in the summer it would be quite romantic.