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Waterfire Providence Rhode Island

Updated on January 16, 2017
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Exploring new places can be great fun especially when it's something a little different. When I find something interesting, I love to share

Waterfire Providence, Rhode Island
Waterfire Providence, Rhode Island | Source

A Great Time At Waterfire, Rhode Island

About ten years ago, I heard a co-worker talking about Waterfire in Providence, Rhode Island.

He tried to describe Waterfire to me and I was mystified as to what it was. So he referred me to the Waterfire website. I still could not fully grasp what Waterfire was.

It's not that I'm slow; it's that Waterfire is indescribable. Indescribably beautiful and wondrous.

I don't know if I can do it justice here, but I hope I can entice you to go.


There are approximately 10 Waterfires a year.

They start in May and run through August.

Check their schedule to see when the events are held

Downtown Providence, Rhode Island Is Absolutely Beautiful - Check out the gondolas and the braziers that are as yet unlit

Gondola-at-Waterfire
Gondola-at-Waterfire | Source

We were amazed at how beautiful downtown Providence is. It reminded us of pictures of European cities with their rivers and foot bridges.

There are beautiful cobblestone and bricked walks alongside the rivers. Seven foot bridges cross in several places, making it easy to cross over to whatever venue you want to visit. Along the path there are several restaurants overlooking the river with outside dining options.

You may take a gondola ride on the river before the Waterfire main event begins.

The entertainment prior to the main event varies for each Waterfire event.

As It Gets Darker the Anticipation Grows for Waterfire - Check the schedule to see when the event will start -- it depends on when the sun sets

Path-at-Waterfire
Path-at-Waterfire | Source

There are some street vendors along the way if you want to pick up glow sticks or try some fried bread.

The walk along the river in Waterplace Park offers many vantage points for the main event.

The Moshassuck River (river where moose water) and the Woonasquatucket River (where salt water ends) merge in the Waterplace Basin and become the Providence River.

The Waterplace Basin is where the main event starts.

Waterfire Begins - The Waterplace Basin as the fire lighting begins - My picture is blurry, but think of it as impressionist art

Waterfire Begins
Waterfire Begins | Source

Waterfire was created by Barnaby Evans in 1994. It is considered an art installation,.

At the appointed hour, you will hear music -- somewhat mystical and new age -- fill the air. (There are speakers all along the river).

A flotilla of barges emerges in the Waterplace basin moving in time with the music. Each of the barges has firetenders on board. The barges circle the basin each getting a torch lit from a group of torch bearers on shore.

As each barge receives its lit torch it circles to an assigned brazier and lights it. Eventually the whole basin is lit and the barges move both up and down the river lighting a total of 80 braziers along the way.

The music continues late into the night as viewers stroll along the beautiful fire lit waters.

The nearest airport is T.F. Green Airport .

T.F. Green consistently ranks high in customer satisfaction surveys of airports

It's smaller than some, which makes it easy to navigate.

Have I convinced you to visit Waterfire?

Waterplace Basin
Waterplace Basin | Source

I waited 10 years to visit and I am so sorry I waited so long. I would have loved to take in more Waterfires.

From now on, I will try to go more often

Would you like to go to Waterfire?

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What do you think? - Does this sound like something you would visit?

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      Wow, this looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Rhode island is beautiful and I would love to see the waterfire.

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      crazy4u2 4 years ago

      I am curious and thrilled about visiting. Some nice information about water-fire.

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      Of course. I will definitely go.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Perhaps if the opportunity presents itself.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I like your lens, it is very interesting. Job well done! Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

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      DigbyAdams 4 years ago

      My husband and I stumbled across Waterfire the first week it was up. We hadn't heard about it, which was great, because we just walked through it without any preconceptions. Since then we've been there several times. It is a very eerie experience.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @anonymous: The impressionistic view was a happy accident. I couldn't tell what was on my digital camera screen in the dark. When I got home that was one of the few pictures that came out somewhat--and I kind of liked it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Waterfire sounds like an experience you just have to experience to fully appreciate because its so sensory. I love your impressionistic view that gives a magical and etherial feel. Ten years of anticipation and I would guess you will return...magic draws us back!

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      aidenw 4 years ago from USA

      I'm interested in visiting New England in general. This gives me another reason to go. Sounds like a wonderful experience.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Neat! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Sounds interesting and yes, you have piqued my interest. :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nicely done ~~~Blessed~~~~

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Weird coincidence, was just browsing through some old Yankee mags looking for something else and saw about this fire water festival, then popped on squidoo and spotted your lens! Nice lens and it looks truly wonderful, wish I could see it!

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      The Water Fire display is stunning, especially as the gondolas move down the river at dusk to light each of the many torches. As darkness descends, The Fire seems to dance on the surface of the Water. Plan to arrive early (after enjoying a nice meal at one of the many restaurants in the area).

      Providence is a revitalized city, and the downtown area is very nice.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah.. Definitely.. Given that it looks so beautiful.. :)

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      Modzed 4 years ago

      Different from any other place to be visited..

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      Water and fire - two wonderful things in one place... :)

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      This was so fun...great lens.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Never heard of this event. I would enjoy this.

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      ChrisLdn 4 years ago

      I've been to WaterFire a few times - I love it! The fire is beautiful but I love the city lights all around just as much (I don't live in the city, so going there is really fun for me!).

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      It does sound like something I would like to visit.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Looks like quite an experience!