Warwick, Rhode Island

Established in 1642, Warwick is home of the American Revolution’s true opening act of rebellion — the burning of the Gaspee!

An alluring coastal city situated in central Rhode Island just a stone’s throw from Providence, Narragansett, and Newport.

The charm starts at historic brick mills and ends at barefoot beach strolls. With movie theaters, museums, art & cultural centers or the local allure of one of the pedestrian-friendly communities like Pawtuxet Village, you will find it doesn’t take a lot to have a spectacular time out. Enjoy vibrant restaurant and bar scenes, fine dining, or classic seafood stops like Iggy’s Chowder House. The local events calendar is jam-packed with live music and symphony performances, theatre, and famous Cruises and Food Truck Nights.

Within 30 miles of the city is The Roger Williams Park & Zoo. Take in a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Ferry your way to Block Island off the Atlantic coast for beach strolls and a visit to the South East Lighthouse. Visit the Quonset Point Naval Air Station in North Kingstown or the beaches and piers of Narragansett Bay. In the spirit of Colonial and Victorian times, wander historic Newport.

If you’re a road tripper Warwick offers convenience, comfort, and charm. Take a trip up to Boston for the Pops, plays, Fenway Park, and the big city culinary experience not so far off the beaten path.  Travel to farms, beaches, sporting events, and sample the regions finest local dishes, all within reach.

Things to Do in the Area

Rail Explorers

The Rail Explorers: Rhode Island Division is presented by the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. Enjoy an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay.

  • ‘The Northern Ramble’ – a six mile exploration of the historic railroad between Portsmouth and the Sakonnet River. One way tour with shuttle bus. Tour duration: 90 minutes.
  • ‘The Southern Circuit’ – a six mile round trip tour (3 miles out, 3 miles back). Bring a drink or a snack to enjoy during a 30 minute break at Bayside Station, our exclusive waterfront picnic area, before riding back to the station. Tour duration: 90 minutes.
  • Tandem Explorer: from $95 (two riders @ $47.50 per person)
  • Quad Explorer: from $175 (up to four riders @ $43.75 per person)

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The Submarine Force Library and Museum 

The museum strives to become the Nation’s top destination showcasing outstanding collections and innovative, tangible exhibits that celebrate the Honor, Courage and Commitment of submariners defending their country and citizens.

Submarines have fascinated people from Alexander the Great to the Beatles, from Jules Verne to John Holland. You’ll find out why when you visit the nation’s finest displays and collections of America’s submarine heritage.

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Cliff Walk

Newport’s enchanting 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is the perfect place for your moment of peace. Panoramic ocean views, crashing waves and the perfect amount of sea breeze on one side and stunning, century-old, Gilded Age mansions on the other; heaven is a place on earth.

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Naval War College Museum

Located in historic Founders Hall, the historic Naval War College Museum serves to educate the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) community, as the corporate memory of the U.S. Navy in the region, and as a clearinghouse for naval history information in New England. The Museum Director, a subjects-area specialist, and staff answer inquiries, provide guidance and orientation talks to visitors on regional naval history and current exhibits, and assist scholarly researchers in the use of the Museum holdings.

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RISD Museum

Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present.

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Biomes Marine Biology Center

The Biomes Center is New England’s only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium in the region. We’ve been providing interactive marine biology programs for schools and families since 1989.

We specialize in teaching children and adults about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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La Gondola

A classic Venetian experience in the heart of the Renaissance City.

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National Museum of American Illustration

The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) was founded in 1998 to house a collection of primarily “Golden Age” American Illustration art, yet the museum also exhibits American illustration from all periods, styles and talents. The Museum venue is Vernon Court (1898), an interpretation of an 18th century French château from the “Gilded Age of Architecture,” designed by Carrère & Hastings, architects for many notable landmark buildings such as the NY Public Library, the US Senate and House Office Buildings, Lord Duveen’s New York Galleries, the Neue Gallery, The Flagler Museum, and The Frick Collection.

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Bowen’s Wharf

Bowen’s Wharf is a premier waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment destination that draws crowds from near and far.  Situated amid Rhode Island’s Newport Marina, Bowen’s Wharf is home to tourist attractions like fishing adventures, a handful of museums, motorized scooter adventures, ferry rides, rail exploring, and much more.  Additionally, Bowen’s Wharf also boasts nearly a dozen delicious eateries and a few bars.  Beyond all that, there are loads of specialty boutiques with tons of shopping for every interest.

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Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery

Wright’s is a Rhode Island institution. Established in 1914, from its inception the farm has produced and scratch-made everything they sell.  At Wright’s, you can taste the difference in their products.

As a visitor to the farm you can see how well cared for the cows are and can even observe their daily milking late every afternoon.  After checking out the livestock and meeting the farmers, visitors love to shop the bevy of amazing shops that Wright’s runs.

There’s a dairy shop from whence you can purchase fresh (harvested within a day of purchase) dairy products like milk, cream, butter, and ice cream.  After procuring your amazingly delicious, fresh dairy products, be sure to check out the bakery and cake shops.  Each confection is scratch-made using dairy products from the farm.

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Herreshoff Marine Museum

Founded in 1971, the Herreshoff Marine Museum is a place that commemorates and exhibits the accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company.

In addition to the large collection of museum exhibits, the campus also boasts the old family home, a handful of old company buildings, and more.

During your visit, you will experience the smallest and largest of boats ranging in manufacturing dates from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.

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Newport Car Museum

The Newport Car Museum sits amid 7 acres and in an old missile factory.

The museum, one of the best places to visit in Rhode Island, is home to a 75-car collection including 1950s muscle cars, several Shelby cars, corvettes old and new, and “then and now” (early vs. today) models.

A tour through the museum immerses its visitors in the history, evolution, design, engineering, and beauty of some of the world’s most beautiful automobiles.

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Old Slater Mill

Slater Mill (1793) was the first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill in the United States and the first property to be added to the National Register of Historic Places (November 1966). For more than two centuries, people have transformed Slater Mill. These workers have changed the meaning of the mill, from a place for making thread to a place for learning about the consequences of industry.

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