Introduction to Bristol, Rhode Island
Bristol, Rhode Island, in Bristol county, is 6 miles W of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center) and 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Bristol contains a population of approximately 22,469.
The area now known as the town of Bristol was the site of the first battle of King Philip's War of 1675. In fact, Mount Hope was King Philip’s base of operations. The town, which was named after Bristol, England, was permanently settled in 1680 and became a part of the Plymouth Colony. Later on, it was sold to four Boston investors, and in 1747, it was ceded to Rhode Island. The town was bombarded twice by the British Navy during the American Revolutionary War. It also served as one of five capitals of Rhode Island until 1854.
Bristol and Nearby Attractions
- Colt State Park
- Bristol Art Museum
- Mystic Aquarium
- Buttonwood Park Zoo
- Haffenreffer Indian Museum
- Blithewold Mansion & Gardens
Things To Do In Bristol
While in Bristol, people may visit the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Juniper Trail Beach, Colt State Park, and Veterans Park, all of which are nearby. A variety of exhibits are displayed at Mount Hope Farm Museum, Bristol Historical and Preservation Society Museum, Linden Place Museum, and Coggeshall Farm Museum. Bristol Golf Club and Fairlawn Golf Course offer opportunities to play golf. Buttonwood Park Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Fall River Carousel are among other notable attractions near Bristol.
Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.
Bristol Higher Education
Roger Williams University is located in Bristol. Brown University, Bryant College, and Rhode Island College are located nearby.