Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Bristol with our array of parks and beaches

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages! Embark on a picturesque journey along the stunning 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path, starting right here in Bristol, where bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers alike can soak in the coastal splendor. Explore our town's 13 local parks, each offering its own unique charm and recreational opportunities, or venture to the iconic Colt State Park. With its western border offering sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, Colt State Park is a must-visit destination for those seeking a serene escape into nature's embrace. Whether you're seeking waterfront tranquility or active adventures, Bristol's parks and beaches provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable experiences amidst our vibrant community.

Colt State Park

The Park's 464-acre haven boasts panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, offering hiking trails, paved bike paths, and expansive open fields bordered by historic stone walls. Just moments away from Bristol's historic downtown, home to the nation's oldest 4th of July parade, Colt State Park invites visitors and locals alike to soak in its natural splendor.

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: 401-253-7482
Website: Rhode Island State Parks

Bristol Town Beach & Sports Complex

The Town Beach and Sports Complex is a 47.15-acre park located near the entrance to Colt State Park. It features a pebbly beach with seasonal lifeguards, a large grassy expanse with a playground, many picnic tables, beach volleyball court, pavilion and ample parking. The Sports Complex includes five baseball/softball fields, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a roller hockey arena, two Bocce Courts, one Horseshoe Court, three Soccer fields, two large multipurpose fields, a 5 mile cross country fitness trail with exercise equipment, and a skate park. A concession stand is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It is the office for the Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as home for "Camp Poppasquaw". It borders the beautiful Colt State Park and the East Bay Bike Path.

Address: Asylum Road Bristol, RI 02809

Veterans' Memorial Park

Home to the King Philip Little League and Roger Pigeon Memorial field, this newly renovated 8.1-acre park has a major league and minor league baseball field, a basketball court, playground, picnic tables and a parking lot. Two buildings contain bathrooms, storage and concession rooms. It is located at the North end of Wood Street, bordered by Silver Creek, which provides scenic views of swans and ducks.

Address: Veterans Park Bristol, RI 02809

Independence Park

The scenic 4-acre park is located at the head of the East Bay Bike path on beautiful Bristol Harbor and features a surfaced boat ramp, a board walk, concrete walkways, fountain, public restrooms, and beautiful sunsets. It is designed for passive recreation and is home of the Labor Day "Last Night" Concert with the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Address: 419-459 Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center is a destination of discovery for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Winding trails, guided programs, aquarium and natural history exhibits are available year-round. Visit the Nature Shop for field guides, birdfeeders, and wonderfully unique gifts from nature.

Phone: 401-949-5454
Address: 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI 02809

Mosaico Park

Mosaico Park is located on the corner of Wood Street and Franklin Street. It has been designed as a symbol of the friendship and connection that Bristol has with its sister city Logoa, San Miguel, Azores. It embraces the mosaic of our multi cultural community. It has park benches and is a great place to sit and share stories.

Address: Corner of Wood Street & Franklin Street

Bristol War Veterans Honor Roll Garden

The Bristol War Veterans Honor Roll Garden is located next to the Bristol Town Hall and the Bristol Visitors Center in the Historic Burnside Building on Hope Street. This garden is designed to pay tribute and to honor all of Bristol's War Veterans. It is a place to celebrate the lives of the men and women who have given so much to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Please come for a visit and remember; freedom is never free.

Address: Burnside Memorial Building, 400 Hope Street Bristol, RI 02809

Thomas Park at Silver Creek

Thomas Park at Silver Creek is a 5.1-acre park located on Hope Street at the entrance to downtown Bristol. Thomas Park has recently been renovated into a passive naturalistic park with native plantings and walking paths. The Bristol Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Bristol Garden Club, to install "Mrs. Perry's Garden" a beautiful garden in honor of the Garden Club's founder. The park has natural grass winding paths throughout the property with benches near scenic overlooks. The public will enjoy, but not interfere, with the natural environment, by bird and animal watching, painting or photographing as well as passive relaxation. This scenic area with an old English garden, restored stone wall and arbor, nature trails, wild flower garden and nature preserve for indigenous plants and wild life, as well as a salt marsh bird sanctuary.

Address: 799 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Firefighters' Memorial Park

This park was formally part of Rockwell Park. In 1995 Fire Chief David Sylvaria requested this park to honor all deceased members of the Bristol Fire Department. As you enter the park you are greeted with a stone which bears the Seal of the Town of Bristol. Then a list of all of Bristol's Fire Companies: The Board of Engineers, Engine 4, Emergency Rescue Squad, Fire Police, Fireman's Memorial and Welfare Committee, the Former King Philip Steam Eng. Co.#1, and Ladies Auxiliary. Each year on the second Sunday of June, the Bristol Fire Department memorializes its members who have passed away with a parade and a ceremony. When visiting the park, enjoy it and please respect and honor the firefighters of the Town of Bristol.

Address: Bristol Firemen's Memorial Park Bristol, RI 02809

Walley Beach

Walley Beach is a 1.3 acre picturesque park overlooking the beautiful Bristol Harbor. Located next to the Herreshoff dock on Hope Street. It has a small swimming area, a picnic table and beaches. A great place to sit and relax watching the boats or sun bathing.

Address: Walley Park Bristol, RI 02809

Union Street Beach

Union Street Beach is a small picturesque park overlooking the beautiful Bristol Harbor. Located on Hope Street, at the beginning of Union Street. It has a small swimming area, a picnic table and benches. A great place to sit and relax watching the boats or sunbathing.

Address: Corner of Union Street & Hope Street

Bristol Town Common & Playground

The Town Common is a large park located in downtown Bristol between the intersections of Wood Street, State Street, High Street and Church Street. It offers a full playground, basketball court, and tennis court with a newly added pickle ball court.

Address: 159-161 State St Bristol, RI 02809

Rockwell Elementary School Playground

Nestled behind Rockwell Elementary School, discover our newly renovated playground, an ideal destination for young adventurers to unleash their energy and imagination.

Address: 1225 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Sowams Playground Park

Located off of Annawamscutt Drive, this charming grassy playground invites families to revel in the great outdoors. With ample space for little ones to frolic and play, it features a complete playground set and a basketball court for active fun. Come and enjoy a delightful day of outdoor adventure at this idyllic playground retreat!

Address: Sowams Park, Bristol, RI 02809

Rockwell Park

Right in the heart of Bristol's waterfront, bordering the boatslip and Prudence Island Ferry doc, Rockwell Park offers a full playground with two swing sets. It's a perfect destination to add to a stroll through downtown, and a great spot to bring friends to see the waterviews.

Address: John Street Bristol, RI 02809

Cedarcrest Park

Cedarcrest park is a 2-acre neighborhood park located on Fatima Drive. It features a beautiful playground, basketball court and a baseball field. This wooded park is great for picnics.

Address: Fatima Drive Bristol, RI 02809