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About Providence

Providence combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city. With a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, and a renowned restaurant scene, Providence is the perfect place to visit.

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Travel & Transportation

For those flying into Rhode Island, Warwick's T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is only 10 minutes from downtown Providence. Named the 4th-best airport in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine, Green Airport is conveniently located right off Interstate 95 and is a favorite of business and leisure travelers.

Boston's Logan International Airport, the closest international airport to Providence, features non-stop air service from more than 100 destinations. Located fewer than 50 miles from Providence, Logan offers convenient transportation options to Providence, including bus service pick-up within steps of all five if its airport terminals. Peter Pan's 10 daily departures leave directly from Logan to downtown Providence, and Amtrak and commuter rail service are readily available.

Providence is located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor route, which runs from Boston to Washington, DC, and back. High-speed Acela service easily transports passengers from New York City to Providence in about two hours and 30 minutes. The train station is located at 100 Gaspee St., in the heart of downtown. For tickets, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit

Amtrak offers some discounted fares on regional service. For special rates, visit

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) runs low-cost, roundtrip rail service from Boston to downtown Providence and Warwick's T.F. Green Airport. Complete schedule and pricing information for the Providence-Stoughton route may be found at or by calling 1-800-392-6100.

Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

If you have a disability, please check the box on the registration form and send a statement about your needs. The ASA Meetings Department will contact you. Availability of appropriate accommodations cannot be ensured without prior notification.


On average, the October temperature in Providence is as follows:

  • Average high: 63° F
  • Average low: 48° F

Suggested Items to Pack

Light jacket, sweater, long- and short-sleeved shirts, and pants

Things to Do

  • Calendar of Events, October 6–10, 2015
  • Area Restaurants
  • Tour the Brown University campus
  • Trinity Repertory Theatre: Julius Caesar
  • Roger Williams Park Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
  • October 01, 2015 - November 01, 2015
    Address: 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907
    Time: 6-11 p.m. daily

    The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo October 1 - November 1. This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features more than 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art. The 2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, titled "People's Choice," admits people from 6-10 p.m.; the trail closes at 11pm. On Saturday, the last admission is at 11 p.m. and the trail closes at midnight. Additionally, visitors who purchase the dinner offering on weekends enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail.
  • Local Museums