East Bay attractions

Top Choice State Park in Bristol

Colt State Park

Bristol’s Colt State Park is Rhode Island’s most scenic park, with its entire western border fronting Narragansett Bay. The parks is fringed by 4 miles of cycling trails and has over 400 shaded picnic tables (you re…
Island in Bristol

Prudence Island

This idyllic island sits in the middle of Narragansett Bay, an easy 25-minute ferry ride (adult/child $5.40/1.90) from Bristol. Originally used for farming and later as a summer vacation spot for families from Provi…
Historic Site in Little Compton

Wilbor House Museum

Seventeenth-century Wilbor House belonged to early settler Samuel Wilbor, who crossed the Sakonnet River from Portsmouth in 1690 and built this big square home, which served his family for eight generations. The hom…
Museum in Bristol

Herreshoff Marine Museum

The world-class Herreshoff Marine Museum showcases some of the country's finest yachts, including eight built for the America’s Cup. Featuring the America's Cup Hall of Fame and a fascinating display of boatbuilding…
Historic Building in Bristol

Blithewold Mansion

Local resident Augustus Van Wickle bought a 72ft Herreshoff yacht for his wife Bessie in 1895, but having nowhere suitable to moor it, he then had to build Blithewold Mansion. The arts-and-crafts mansion sits in a p…
Historic Building in Bristol

Linden Place

Built by General George DeWolf, this beautiful Federal-style historic home houses a small local history museum and is a popular spot for weddings. It gained public attention after featuring in the 1974 classic film …
Vineyard in Little Compton

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard

This popular vineyard has free guided tours, a seasonal cafe and daily tastings for $14: great value for sampling seven local wines.
Beach in Little Compton

Goosewing Beach

Lovely, ocean-facing Goosewing Beach is the only good public beach, as the prime beach land is privately owned. Parking costs $12 (weekdays) or $14 (weekends) at South Shore Beach, from where you can walk across a s…