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Bristol, Warren, Barrington, RI

Bristol, Rhode Island is a quintessential New England waterfront town steeped rich in history since its inception in 1680. The town center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, with its unwavering commitment to preservation, Bristol continues to maintain the picture-perfect charm of a historic port town. The well-preserved waterfront district contains the commercial enterprises, civic buildings, churches, mills, sailors' shacks and slave-traders' mansions that tell the history of Bristol's development.

Bristol is situated on a peninsula with Narragansett Bay on its west and Mount Hope Bay on its east. The town has an area of about 20 square miles pretty equally divided by land and water. Bristol's harbor is home to over 800 boat moorings and the major industries include boat building and related marine industries, manufacturing and tourism. Sailing and shipbuilding have played an important role in the life of Bristol since the 17th century. It is home to Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMC), well known for producing superb sailing and power vessels among which are eight America's Cup Defenders. The Herreshoff Marine Museum is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, yachting, and the America's Cup. Bristol is home to eight fine museums and Roger Williams University (RWU). RWU is located on the southernmost tip of Bristol overlooking Mount Hope Bay and offers a full program of study which includes Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering, Architecture and a School of Law.

Two notable parks and gardens include Colt State Park and Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum. Colt State Park occupies 464 acres and includes trails, picnic groves, open land to relax or fly a kite, public boat ramps, an observation tower and an open air Chapel by the Sea. The east bay bike path runs through the park, connecting Bristol and the Mount Hope Bridge, East Providence, Providence and the Washington Bridge. Blithewold mansion gardens are located on Bristol Harbor with breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a nearly 10 acre lawn and over 300 species of plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species.

Bristol holds the distinction of having the oldest Fourth of July Celebration in America. The Celebration, first held in 1785, was started by Bristolians who actually took part in the Revolutionary War. Bristol's original enthusiasm in celebrating Independence Day was nurtured by extreme hardships suffered during the Revolution. This dedication continues today as Bristol becomes arguably the most patriotic town in America during the three-week Celebration which culminates in the gala Parade on Independence Day and is eagerly watched by over 200,000 people.

Locals and visitors come to enjoy Bristol's history and parks, stroll along its waterfront, shop in its many stores, browse art galleries and enjoy many locally owned and operated restaurants. Bristol's tiny neighbor to the north is Warren. Founded in 1668, Warren is less than 9 square miles and part of the vibrant east bay bike path.

Warren boasts a vibrant arts district, a walkable downtown village and a historic working waterfront. Noted in Rhode Island Monthly magazine as an up and coming area of Rhode Island with a 'medley of shops- something for every taste, style and budget.'

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Bristol, Warren & Barrinton RI Attractions

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Colt St Park

Colt State Park occupies 464 acres and includes trails, open land to relax or fly a kite, public boat ramps, an observation tower and an open air Chapel by the Sea. The western border of the park is an open view onto Narragansett Bay. The park is open year round and offers 4 miles of bicycle trails that pass along the Bay, through acres of beautiful lawns, past carefully groomed flowering trees and picnic groves. Go
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Blithewold Mansion

Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum is located on Bristol Harbor with breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. It includes a 45 room English style manor mansion filled with the Van Wickle family heirlooms. Surrounding the mansion is a nearly 10 acre lawn with over 300 species of plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species. Blithewold was ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England. Go
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Hope Street

Bristol is a quintessential New England waterfront town steeped rich in history since its inception in 1680. Hope Street is the hub of the town center. It boasts eclectic New England specialty shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. The town center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The well preserved also Hope Street is also home to the commercial enterprises, civic buildings, churches, mils, sailors' shacks and slave trader mansions that tell the story of her development. Go
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2nd Story Theatre

2nd Story Theatre is both a performing arts theatre and an actor's workshop studio. It offers intense training and study for those wishing to enter the theatre as a vocation. 2nd story is a professional non-union company. They have high artistic standards for excellence in the production of great plays. 2nd Story is a casual theatre with an intimate setting in the heart of Rhode Island's East Bay. Go



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SouthCoast Bristol, Warren, Barrington, RI Listings

BusinessAddressCityPhone
2nd Story Theatre28 Market StWarren, RI401.247.4200
30 Cutler Street30 Cutler StWarren, RI
7 Suns Printmaking32 Cole StWarren, RI
Agave805 Hope StBristol, RI401.253.1566
Barrington BanglesBarrington, RI
Blithewold Mansion101 Ferry RdBristol, RI401.253.2707
Blount Clam Shack335 Water StWarren, RI
Blount Market406 Water StWarren, RI
Blue Kangaroo Cafe328 County RdBarrington, RI401.289.2292
Bluewater Bar & Grill32 Barton StBarrington, RI401.247.0017
Bradford Dimond Norris House474 Hope StBristol, RI401.253.6338
Bristol Harbor Inn259 Thames StBristol, RI401.254.1444
Cafe Water Street279 Water StWarren, RI
Chomp440 Child StWarren, RI401.289.2324
Coastal Living Gallery83 Brown StWarren, RI
Coffee Depot501 Main StWarren, RI
Colt State ParkRhode Island 114Bristol, RI401.253.7482
Delekta Pharmacy496 Main StWarren, RI
DISH155 Water StWarren, RI401.247.7705
Donna Neville Framing81 Water StWarren, RI
Eli's Kitchen40 Market StWarren, RI
Farmstead Mercantile384 Market StWarren, RI
Frerichs Farm65 Kinnicutt AveWarren, RI
Gob Shop465 Main StWarren, RI
Greenery63 Water StWarren, RI
Hope Street - BristolHope StBristol, RI
Imago Gallery36 Market StWarren, RI
In Your Ear Records462 Main StWarren, RI
Kate & Company301 Hope StBristol, RI401.253.3117
Leo's Ristorante365 Hope StBristol, RI401.253.9300
Living Design RI160 Water StWarren, RI
Luca193 Water StWarren, RI
Maduro Masonry Contractor, Inc8 Christopher DrBristol, RI401.253.1345
Magick Mirror Gift Shop17 State StBristol, RI401.254.2200
Meeting House47 Water StWarren, RI
Muse279 Water StWarren, RI
Point Pleasant Inn & Resort333 Poppasquash RdBristol, RI401.253.0627
Right Weather LLC8 Echo Farm DrBristol, RI401.556.4556
Rod's Grill6 Washington StWarren, RI
Simone's275 Child StWarren, RI
Simply Devine125 Water StWarren, RI
Square Peg51 Miller StWarren, RI
Stella Blues50 Miller StWarren, RI
Stella Marie Soap Co.486 Main StWarren, RI
Summerwood57 Water StWarren, RI
Thames Waterside Bar & Grill251 Thames StBristol, RI401.253.4523
The Lobster Pot119 Hope StreetBristol, RI401.253.9100
Thurston / Quantum Sails112 Tupelo RdBristol, RI401.254.0970
TJ Russell Supply86 Tupelo St (PO Box 544)Bristol, RI401.253.2882
Trafford Restaurant285 Water StWarren, RI401.289.2265
Warren Art Spot6 Child StWarren, RI
Warren Chair Works30 Cutler StWarren, RI
Warren Handkerchief Factory569 Main StWarren, RI
Whimsies4 Church StWarren, RI
Wooden Midshipman146 Water StWarren, RI
Woof Woof458 Main StWarren, RI401.289.2341

Bristol, Warren, Barrington, RI