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l Riverwalk invites residents and visitors alike to stroll the paths along the Provi- dence River and its tributaries, the Woonas- quatucket and Moshassuck Rivers.


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Houses along Benefit Street in the historic area of Providence harken back to colonial days, and a walk


through the area, particularly on a


spring day, is the perfect way to learn something of the city’s past.


The calories from the coffee cab are


enough to carry you back for another long visit to the RISD Museum and then for a stroll around College Hill. One area walking tour offered in summer by the Rhode Island Histori- cal Society is called “Benefit Street: A Mile of History.” However, you don’t need to be on the official tour to see some of what is here. Governor Steven


Hopkins House, built in the early 1700s, at 15 Hopkins Street near George and Benefit Streets, is south of the RISD Museum. Governor Hopkins was a ten-time governor of Rhode Island, and also a signer of the Declaration of Indepen- dence. Across the way, at 251 Benefit Street, is the Providence Athenaeum, a Greek revival structure built in 1836


Prospect Park is not only a lovely natural oasis but also offers beautiful views of the city.


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