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Address: Providence, RI

A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...

A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.

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Nice houses

I didn't stop there - just drove by and took pictures, as it was really cold. But I think it's really nice for a stroll when it's warmer.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I didn't stop there - just drove by and took pictures, as it was really cold. But I think it's really nice for a stroll when it's warmer.

Thank Nicole L
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I spent the bulk of a morning walking Benefit Street, looking at the views of Providence down below and taking in all of the historic architecture in College Hill.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

It is hard to see the sites in this area because of the toll it takes on your car as you drive through. The condition of the road is terrible. I suggest that you have a chiropractor appointment lined up before you travel this road.

Thank needtogetaway7
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is just a residential street, but it's very charming and makes for a pleasant walk on a nice day. Think of this like Beacon Hill in Boston. To turn this into an afternoon, walk down Benefit Street, see if one of the two or three mansion museums are open for visits, then walk through the adjacent Brown campus, and... More 

Thank LikeItsMyJob
Warwick, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

It was a warm day and I decided to go for a walk on benefit Street, which I had not done in a long while. The street is beautifully kept up, especially during the holiday season. Most of the homes where built several centuries ago. I love the architecture and age of the building and homes on this great street... More 

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Bayside, New York
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Benefit street is worth the stroll. See the History of Providence from its homes. The homes date back to the 1700s. As you walk along Benefit street there are signs that tell you about the homes. All the homes are well designbed,

1 Thank John R
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

There are so many beautiful and historic buildings to see along Benefit Street. If you want to experience Benefit Street with a guided tour check with the Rhode Island Historical Society at the John Brown House Museum where Power St. meets Benefit St. Along Benefit Street, you can check out the Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, RISD, as well as, admiring... More 

Thank Delia C
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

A complete step back in time walking this street. Highly recommended. Mostly private homes, student accomodation, RISD and Brown university. A lot of homes have plaques showing age and builder. 3-4 km walk from one end to the other return. A few eateries along the way. The footpaths are not in the best shape in some places, tree roots having... More 

Thank qofdnz
Brockton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I've taken walks down Benefit Street many times. Its historic and charming and bustling with college activity. With Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design nearby it is seldom empty but worth a stroll. There are houses belonging to Rhode Island historical figures such as sea captains, Sarah Whitman (former love interest of Edgar Allan Poe), a house that... More 

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Cohasset, MA, USA
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

A walk along this street will expose you to Brown University, Rhode Island School od Design (2 world class educational institutions plus some historic homes used by sea captains from the port of Providence.

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