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Bristol is a quintessential New England town, rich in history and conveniently located on a peninsula on the east side of the Narragansett Bay. Bristol’s miles of coastline and abundance of parks make it a popular destination for a variety of recreational activities, including world-class sailing and renowned sporting clubs. Its quaint downtown is full of local coffee shops, bookstores, and boutiques, coupled with a bustling waterfront with parks, restaurants, and marinas. Historic buildings abound, many of which offer exhibitions and tours. In 2022, Bristol was voted the #1 safest community in Rhode Island. The Bristol Warren Regional School District currently ranks among the top 15 in the state.

Highlights

Bristol is a charming seaside community in the heart of New England with a vibrant downtown, world-class recreation, and many historical sites.

  • Bristol is the proud home of America’s Oldest 4th of July Celebration
  • The East Bay Bike Path begins in Bristol and runs over 14 miles to Providence, with much of the path winding along the water.
  • Colt State Park offers over 400 acres of sprawling lawn, picnic areas, walking paths, and rocky coastline with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. There are food truck festivals throughout the summer.
  • Independence Park on the Bristol Harbor waterfront is a small park, perfect for taking in the sunsets while you enjoy an ice cream from Jules. Independence Park is conveniently located one block from Hope Street, near many great waterfront restaurants on Thames Street such as Portside Tavern, Thames Waterside Bar & Grill, and more.
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum has been voted one of the best public gardens in New England. The property features a 45-room mansion, framed with lovely gardens and an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, and a greenhouse. 
  • There are several breweries including Twelve Guns and Pivotal Brewing, often featuring food trucks, comedy shows, and live music.