From historic architecture and ancient trees to urban wildlife and manicured gardens, there is much to see in Roger Williams Park.

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Rose Gardens

Since the 1880s, many varieties of roses have been grown and bred in the Victorian rose gardens located across from the Casino.

Japanese Garden

A popular destination for photos and strolling, the Japanese Garden was created in 1936 with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration.

Monuments and Sculptures

Over 15 monuments and sculptures live in the Park. Download the Self-guided Tour of Notable Art to learn about the unique history and meaning for each.


There are over 5,000 trees in Roger Williams Park – the oldest dating back to 1860! Download the Self-guided Tour of Notable Trees to learn more about the various trees you can find in the Park.

Betsey Williams Cottage

Built in 1773, the gambrel-roofed cottage was constructed on part of the land originally shared with Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, by the Narragansett sachems.

Urban Wildlife

Roger Williams Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife that lives or migrates through the Park throughout the year.

Williams Family Cemetery

Located next to the Casino, the historic cemetery contains a granite monument dedicated to Roger Williams along with gravestones for dozens of his descendants.

Mounted Command

The Park is home to the City of Providence’s highly esteemed Mounted Command. The four-legged officers can be seen grazing in the fields across from the Botanical Center.

Temple to Music

Constructed of Vermont marble in 1924, the classical design was chosen to illustrate the parallel origins of music and architecture, in accordance with the wishes of its donor William Curtis Benedict, a prominent local olive oil merchant.


Built in 1896, the Colonial Revival structure replaced the What Cheer Café owned by the Union Railroad Company. Today, the Casino is a popular venue to rent for private events such as weddings, fundraisers, and dances.

Dalrymple Boathouse

Constructed in 1896, the Queen Anne style boathouse was a launching pad for boats and warming station for ice skaters. Today it hosts the Parks Department and Conservancy offices.


In 1901, Providence allocated funding for musical performances and the construction of a bandstand. The Bandstand was replaced and moved to its current location in 1915.

Seal House

Originally a shelter for the Zoo’s sea lions, the Seal House was constructed in 1938, along with a monkey house and an elephant house, as part of a Works Progress Administration project. Today it serves as a popular fishing spot in the Park.

Lovers' Retreat

The covered bridge located next to the Casino is a popular destination for couples. Not only is it a great photo backdrop, Lovers’ Retreat is also retrofitted to protect Roosevelt Lake from stormwater.