East Bay: Steeped in History
Until recently, East Bay was one of Rhode Island's best-kept travel secrets. The region, which is comprised of the towns of Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren, is steeped in British and Colonial heritage. Home of the oldest Fourth of July parade in the United States, East Bay is noteworthy for historic Bristol Harbor, delightful Colonial inns and bed & breakfasts, and miles of old stone fences. The 14-mile East Bay Bike Path, which runs through all four communities, offers an unparalleled view of Narragansett Bay to cyclists, walkers, joggers and rollerbladers. Blithewold Mansion & Gardens is a 33-acre waterfront estate boasting a 45-room manor house and some of the most beautiful gardens in the eastern United States. Other attractions include Linden Place (a Federal-period mansion with a very colorful history), Coggeshall Farm Museum, Herreshoff Marine Museum (where six successful America's Cup defenders were built), Crescent Park Carousel (one of the finest surviving examples of hand-carved carousels in the country), the Antique Center in Warren, the Haffenreffer Museum, waterfront Colt State Park and the new Audubon Society Environmental Education Center.
North and east of Newport, the laid-back charm of the East Bay is evidenced in a plethora of antiques markets, historic inns, secluded marinas, main streets and village squares that are as authentic as the patriotic spirit that surrounds America's oldest Fourth of July parade, held here in the Town of Bristol since 1785.