Best Times to Visit Providence
The best time to visit Providence is between June and August and from September to November. Summer can be an expensive time to visit, with high hotel rates and lots of crowds. But the comfortable temperatures and full event calendar make it difficult to resist. Fall is another great time to visit thanks to the gorgeous fall foliage adorning the region's trees. Though peak season tourist crowds will have departed after Labor Day, the city won't feel empty thanks to the bevy of college and university students returning for fall semester. If you don't mind walking around Providence with a heavy coat, you want to consider coming in the winter or early spring, when Rhode Island's capital sees fewer crowds and more affordable hotel rates.
Weather in Providence
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
If you're hoping to score a deal, you'll find it with a winter visit. You'll need to pack a heavy coat, gloves and a hat to withstand the chilly temps (expect highs in the low 40s and upper 30s during these months), but you'll be rewarded with nightly hotel rates of $100 or less. If you time your visit for the city's bi-annual restaurant week in January, you'll save on meals, too. Keep in mind: The heaviest snowfall typically occurs in February, meaning you'll need to pack plenty of warm clothes and prepare for potential transportation delays.
Spring can be slow to warm up in Providence, with low temperatures hovering in the 30s and 40s. But if you visit in March, you'll be able to catch the start of WaterFire, one of the city's most beloved events. Nightly lodging rates for March and April follow suit with winter pricing, but you'll notice an uptick in May (as much as $140 a night), especially during commencement weekends for the local colleges and universities.
Summer is one of the more expensive times to visit Providence, with hotel rooms costing up to $150 per night. But if you can stand the crowds and inflated rates, you'll be rewarded with a full event calendar and beautiful weather (expect temps in the high 70s and low 80s).
Thanks to the region's stunning fall foliage, autumn is another popular time to visit Providence. Though this season doesn't see nearly as many events as summer, fall still manages to keep visitors occupied with the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Roger Williams Park Zoo, the final WaterFire lighting in November and plenty of Brown University football games. Lows can reach the mid-30s by November, so if you're planning a trip for then, pack layers. Expect summer season hotel pricing to hold steady through September and October before dipping to about $125 a night by November.
Popular Times to Visit Providence
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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