Bristol

Welcome to Bristol Harbor

BristolJust a short drive south of Providence and only one hour south of Boston, you'll find the coastal community of Bristol, RI; an exquisite blend of history, culture and outdoor beauty.

There are many reasons to visit Bristol, from museums and restaurants, to architectural charm and recreational activities (like ours!).  Come see why Bristol, RI was name a Distinctive Destination in 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Explore this gem of a town by land and sea with kayak and bicycle rentals!  You'll be glad you did!

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Bristol

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Wind: 12 mph

  • 20 Apr 2014

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  • 21 Apr 2014

    Partly Cloudy 70°F 47°F

Bristol was founded in 1680 and is steeped in maritime history. Sailing and shipbuilding have always been prevalent; you can even visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum while you're here (you can bike there!). Head over to Colt State Park, a 400-acre recreational park, for one of the best views of Narragansett Bay. Discover unique boutiques, amazing seafood restaurants, stately homes and stunning landscapes. Bristol has it all for a full day or weekend of exploration.

We're in Bristol on the weekends and have kayaks and bicycles to rent. And if you have our Silver or Gold Pass membership, you can just show your card and grab a boat or bike. It's that easy!

Bring all your friends, or the whole family, and enjoy a day of fun on land as well as on the water!

Bristol offers:

  • Kayak Rentals
  • Bicycle Rentals

Directions

BoatinginBristol.com | 

If you are coming from Boston:

Take I-93S to exit 4 on the left to merge onto MA-24S toward Brockton.  Continue onto MA-79S.  Take the exit on the left onto I-195W.  Take exit 4A to merge onto I-102W/Wilbur Ave.  Follow Wilbur Ave toward Ocean Grove into Rhode Island.  Continue onto RI-103W/Child St.  Turn left onto RI-114S/Main St.  Turn right onto State St.  Take the 1st right onto Thames St.  Our location will be on your left!

If you are coming from the South:

Take RI-138E.  Take the ramp for Admiral Kalbfus Rd.  At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto J T O Connell Rd.  Continue onto Coddington Hwy.  Turn left onto RI-114N/W Main Rd.  Turn left onto RI-114N/Bristol Ferry Rd.  Turn left onto RI-114/Mt Hope Bridge.  Continue to follow RI-114 and then take a left onto Hope St.  Turn left onto State St.  Take the 1st right onto Thames St.  Our location will be on your left!

Location image provided with thanks by Suzi Catherine