13th Annual American Delirium Society Conference
Engage, Enhance, Evolve: Reclaiming Life From Delirium
Nestled at the top of Narragansett Bay, Providence, Rhode Island delivers classic New England charm in a friendly, small state. Founded on a tenet of religious freedom, Providence exercises its independent spirit through innovation, culture, food, and art. Yet it is also steeped in the history of its founding, maritime phase, and industrial phase. It has been named one of the most walkable cities in America.
Providence boasts one of the best commuter airports in the US and is connected to the downtown area by commuter train. If traveling through Boston, Providence is accessible via public transportation.
The ADS Conference will be held at the Providence Convention Center which is a 10-minute walk from the Providence Train Station, Marriott Courtyard (the official conference hotel), Providence Place Mall, state capital, and Rhode Island School of Design. The Conference Center is in the heart of the downtown district, with plenty of restaurants, bars, theaters, and retailers at its doorstep.
If you decide to come a little early or prolong your stay, your palate can enjoy a diverse menu, especially given Rhode Island’s seven culinary schools. Explore the mansions of Newport or the bucolic islands of Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard – both accessible by ferry from mainland Rhode Island. Finally, there’s WaterFire, an event that transforms downtown Providence and draws visitors and locals alike, where you can enjoy the flickering firelight of the eighty-six wood-burning bonfires in the river, their fragrance of aromatic wood smoke, the boats of fire-tenders, and music from around the world.
Things to Do in Rhode Island
The mix of ocean fresh seafood, a diverse multi-ethnic population, and a creative environment provides for some of the best food on the eastern seaboard. Some of our local favorites are below, but there are plenty more out there waiting for you to discover – half the fun is going off the beaten path. The recommendations listed are generally within 1-2 miles of the RI Convention Center.
Coffee / Breakfast / Bakery
Seven Stars Bakery
Founded by Roger Williams on the tenet of religious freedom, Rhode Island prides itself on its history. Within a 10-minute walk from the Convention Center, you can view the charter that King George III gave to Roger Williams at the State House, admire the 18th-century residences that line historic Benefit Street, or enjoy the ambience of college greens at Brown University, our hometown Ivy (founded in 1764). Newport is also known for its stately mansions that were once summer homes for some of the country’s wealthiest families during the Gilded Age.
Rhode Island State House
Stephen Hopkins House
John Brown House Museum
The Breakers & Newport Mansions
See & Do
Rhode Island is a place filled, with natural beauty and bounteous arts and crafts, with a little something for everyone—whether you want to stick around in Providence or explore more of the state.
Rhode Island is home to verdant city parks (along with the Roger Williams Park Zoo), exhilarating bike paths, and numerous scenic walks and hikes with coastal views. Within downtown Providence itself you can also find Waterplace Park, where you can ride a gondola during the day, or catch WaterFire on one of its many scheduled weekend nights each summer.
WaterFire & Waterplace Park, Providence
Roger Williams Park (and Zoo), Providence
East Bay Bike Path, Providence to Bristol, RI
Blackstone Boulevard, Providence
India Point Park, Providence
Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
Colt State Park, Bristol, RI
Art & Museums
Rhode Island has a thriving arts community and is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, one of the most prestigious art and design schools in the world. Few other states offer the incentives to attract artists and art that RI does, including no sales tax on art. Providence is also home to a robust array of theaters and musical venues, while Newport hosts celebrated jazz and folk festivals that bring visitors from around the world.
RISD Museum, Providence
Gallery Night Providence
Providence Performing Arts Center
Trinity Repertory Company, Providence
Newport Art Museum
Rhode Island is home to large urban shopping malls and small independent artisan boutiques alike, with antiques, crafts, and markets galore, especially in the summer. In addition to those in Providence, there are also wonderful shops that line the streets of Newport and Bristol for those who want to venture further out.
Providence Place Mall
Federal Hill & DePasquale Square, Providence
Thayer Street, Providence
Wickenden Street, Providence
Rhode Island Antiques Mall, Pawtucket
Thames Street, Bristol, RI
The Ocean State has over 400 miles of coastline, much of which is comprised of sandy beaches and waters that are tailor-made for surfing and swimming. Most of its best-known beaches are within a 45-minute drive from Providence.
Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, RI
Easton Beach, Newport, RI
Second & Third Beach, Middletown, RI
East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown, RI
Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, RI