Wait a minute- is it actually free?
It absolutely is. Pinwheel Tourism is dedicated to making information about our favorite city accessible to every traveler (or resident!). You can walk over, take the tour, and have a wonderful rest of your Sunday without paying a dime.
So how do you make any money?
We depend on tips from travelers. It's up to you to decide if our efforts are deserving of your support, and to what extent. But to put everyone at ease- this really is a labor of love for us. If we were out here to make money, we would charge. It's that simple: contributions are appreciated, but not necessary.
Where do tours meet?
Our tour meets at the Providence Visitor Information Center. That's 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI. There is a yellow flag that basically shouts "TOURS" at you as you walk by, and it is right across the street from the Omni Hotel. Tours meet inside the building. This can get a little confusing because the visitor center is attached to the convention center; look at the picture below:
Right in there!
Looks like this!
How long are the tours?
The tour lasts about two hours, 10 AM - 12 PM.
Are tours "rain or shine"?
They are indeed! We are intrepid historians.
What should I wear/bring?
Whatever will make you most comfortable. Sneakers definitely for easy walking, maybe a pair of sunglasses and a hat, a water bottle on a hot day, a sweatshirt on a cool one, and an adventurous attitude!
How far will we walk?
The whole of the tour is less than two miles. It's an easy walk, with only one small hill at the beginning. Tours can be arranged to be wheelchair / stroller accessible.
Where can I park?
Parking is free on Sundays in Providence, so if you can grab a spot on the street, jump for it! Otherwise, the closest parking facility is the Rhode Island Convention Center parking lot. If there's an event that particular day, the rate is $15 per day; otherwise, the rates are listed below. If you're looking to save a bit of money, the Providence Place Mall has free 2 hour parking, and is about a 5-minute walk, depending on which part of the garage you park in. The rates are listed below:
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence Place Mall Parking
1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI
259 Providence Place, Providence, RI
Up to 1/2 hour: $5
Up to 1 hour: $6
Up to 1.5 hours: $7
Up to 2 hours: $8
Up to 2.5 hours: $9
Up to 3 hours: $11
3 to 10 hours: $13
10 to 24 hours: $20
Up to 2 hours: Free
2 to 5 hours: $2
5 to 8 hours: $15
8 to 20 hours: $20
20 to 25 hours: $25
Are there bathrooms available?
Bathrooms are available at the beginning of the tour, along with drinking fountains. While we don't have a regular tour stop for bathroom usage, there are places I can suggest along the way that would be generous enough to permit you to use one.
Is the tour okay for children?
Can I bring my dog on the tour?
What happens if I need to cancel?
Don't worry about a thing. In fact, you don't even have to let us know- because the tour is free, we always anticipate a few folks sleeping in or getting involved in other things. It won't hurt our feelings!
What if I'm running late?
Usually we wait a few minutes after 10 at the Visitor Information Center before we head to our first stop, the Rhode Island State House. We stay there for about fifteen minutes before heading over to Roger Williams National Park. If you're more than 20 minutes late, just come back another time- no hard feelings!
Do you offer private tours?
We do offer private tours per our guides' availability. Be warned: they aren't free! Reach out to Bradly at (973) 997-0726 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.