Bristol, Rhode Island is one of New England's famous historic ports. The well-preserved waterfront district and surrounding areas contain wonderful old buildings, churches, mills, mansions and ship building facilities that tell the history of Bristol's development since its founding in 1680. Today, restaurants, shops and public parks provide visitors with many options to make Bristol the ideal spot to launch your next paddling experience. The maps below were developed by the Bristol Conservation Commission in partnership with the RI Blueways Alliance. They offer various kayaking routes that will allow you to experience Bristol from the proper perspective, on the water!