State Park, Bristol,
R.I.: The Ultimate New England State Park
Article by Eric H.
like to walk, bike, fly a kite or enjoy a cook-out then the photo you
see on this page could be one of the many splendid views experienced at
Colt State Park in beautiful Bristol, RI.
manicured landscapes and the picture-perfect panoramic
views majestically created by
Mother Nature define this one-of-a-kind
464-acre state park. There
is no better state park we've found in New England as the stunning
coastal scenery and ample recreational amenities require repeated
Colt State Park offers four miles of bike paths along the bay,
more than 400 picnic tables at six groves, 10 playing fields, abundant
groomed fruit trees and other colorful plant life, and an open-air
chapel-by-the-sea -- perfect for an ideal coastal New England wedding,
, according to the Rhode
Island Parks Web Site, A town beach and playground borders
Colt State Park.
could spend an entire day at Colt State Park, but it could also be part
of a day spent around the east coastal Rhode Island region. Bristol has
one of New England's great downtowns with many nice small stores,
restaurants and pubs, a park, stately sea captains' homes on the Main
and side streets, shady trees perfect for strolling in the hot summer
sun and a neat red, white and blue median strip on Main St. Nearby
Warren is more working class, but like Bristol offers a lot of
interesting locally-owned stores and restaurants. Barrington doesn't
have a clearly defined downtown,but old, historic buildings, nice bay
views and a clean look make this town a very desirable bedroom
community of Providence and a pleasure to drive through as a visitor.
Bristol, Warren and Barrington share the scenic 14.5 East Bay Bike Path
(which starts in Providence), with a safe asphalt driving path perfect
for experiencing views of the Narragansett Bay.
The famous City of
Newport is about 20 minutes from Colt State Park, offering its great
mix of huge mansions, a highly developed shopping district, and
beaches. Providence is about 20 miles north, a wonderful, historical
city that has undergone a significant revitalization in the past
several years. Here, you can enjoy the brownstone, laid back feel of
the Brown University region, the Italian flair of Federal Hill, a mile
of historical homes on Benefit St., and the mammoth in-town Providence
Place tri-level shopping mall, to name just a fraction of all the great
things to do in one of New England's premier cities.
choice is yours: spend a day in nature's paradise at Colt State Park or
make it part of your Rhode Island day trip or vacation. Either way, you
can't go wrong in this small state with big time scenery and
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