Finding Apartments for Rent in Pawtucket, RI
Pawtucket's blend of condos, apartments, multifamily homes, and single family homes mean that the city has something for everyone. Many people use Pawtucket as a base community and commute to jobs in neighboring Providence. Although it is the fourth largest city in Rhode Island, Pawtucket offers more of a small town feel, and many homes and apartments there have yards. The Blackstone River runs through the heart of Pawtucket, and offers scenic walking and mixed-use recreational trails. Pawtucket's motto is "Rhode Island's Creative Community," and games manufacturer Hasbro has headquarters in Pawtucket.
Top Neighborhoods in Pawtucket, RI
Downtown Pawtucket offers primarily apartments and condos for rent, including redeveloped mills. Additional Pawtucket neighborhoods include Pleasant View, Pinecrest, Darlington, Quality Hill (renowned for its unique architecture), Weeden/Barton, East Riverview, West Riverview, Oak Hill, Woodlawn, Outer Woodlawn, and Fairlawn. Pleasant View is popular with families, and has many longtime Pawtucket residents. Quality Hill and Oak Hill offer a range of attractive single family and multi-family houses, where you can find apartments or full-house rentals. Darlington also offers many amenities and is a walkable neighborhood.
Shopping in Pawtucket, RI
Between the Hope Artiste Village and the 23 buildings of the Arts & Entertainment District, Pawtucket offers plenty of local artisan shopping. Antique lovers will want to stop at Pawtucket's Rhode Island Antiques Mall, which offers both antiques and artisan handcrafts. The Providence Place Mall lies a few miles down 95 South and offers 170 mall stores. In Pawtucket, many smaller shopping plazas do exist, and the local neighborhoods have mom and pop stores to meet your needs.
Dining in Pawtucket, RI
With its collection of many different ethnic groups, Pawtucket offers a wide range of both upscale and casual places to eat. Local favorites include La Arepa, a South American restaurant offering namesake arepas; Garden Grill, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant; Rasoi, an Indian restaurant; Pho Horn Vietnamese; Amanda's Kitchen, which services diner and breakfast fare; Li Lai Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant; Murphy's Law and Boundary Brewhouse, which offer casual pub fare; and Bella Pasta, which serves Italian. Providence is so close and has many more fine dining and ethnic food options. There's no shortage of Dunkin Donuts in Pawtucket, when you need coffee or a sweet treat. Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Cafe offers vegan pastries and juices.
Weather in Pawtucket, RI
Pawtucket, Rhode Island has four distinct seasons, each with its pros and cons. While springtime in all of New England can be soggy and damp, it is also the time of year when temperatures warm, days become longer, the trees open up, the flowers emerge, and the temperatures turn more pleasant. In the summer, the days are longest, and they can be hot and humid. Central air conditioning is not found in historic homes in Pawtucket, and would only be an option in new construction. Luckily, Pawtucket is not a far drive from Rhode Island's top beach spots. Fall in Pawtucket spells relief from the summer humidity, as the weather cools, the leaves will change colors and put on a wonderful autumn display. Winter in Pawtucket bring below-freezing temperatures and snowfall.
Cultural Attractions in Pawtucket, RI
Motto aside, Pawtucket is making a name for itself in the art and cultural communities, in part due to dedicated effort to do so. Pawtucket hosts an Arts Festival each September, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. Riversing, a day-long musical event, also occurs each year. The Arts & Entertainment District of Pawtucket offers artists studios and galleries in 23 old mill buildings and holds open studios events year round. With Providence so close, Pawtucket residents have access to many more local options for music, theater, arts, and other cultural events.
Sports in Pawtucket, RI
Pawtucket is home to a AAA baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox (or Paw Sox as they're known). There, you can catch up-and-coming major leaguers playing for the fraction of the cost of Red Sox tickets. In neighboring Providence, Providence Bruins games and Div-1 Providence College basketball games take place in the Dunkin Donuts Center, and Brown University hosts many more college athletic events. While Pawtucket does not host any major league teams, Boston is only one hour away. There, you can see the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, or the Boston Celtics. The New England Patriots play in Foxboro, which is just 20 miles from Pawtucket.
Transportation Options in Pawtucket, RI
RIPTA, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, operates a bus and trolley system that services Pawtucket and nearby communities including Providence, Kingstown (and the University of Rhode Island), and Lincoln/North Smithfield. The downtown Pawtucket RIPTA hub connections riders with buses to neighboring communities. Riders looking to take public transportation to other parts of Rhode Island can connect via Providence's Kennedy Plaza hub. RIPTA riders can pay per ride, or purchase a 24-hour pass, a 7-day pass, a monthly pass, or a 10-pack of individual rides.
While Pawtucket does have a train station, neither the MBTA Commuter Rail or the Amtrak make stops there. Service was discontinued at the Pawtucket/Central Falls station in 1959; for it to be restored, the station would need to undergo substantial renovation or (perhaps ore likely) a new station would be built in the Barton Street area. Adding viable railway transit in Pawtucket would greatly expand the public transportation system and open up the area to new development.View Apartments in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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