Walking Tour in Bristol
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Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center
1401 Hope St (Route 114), Bristol
State-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium. Founded in 1897 to halt the slaughter of birds used in the day’s fashions. Today it promotes environmental education, conservation and advocacy, connecting visitors with nature through recreational and educational activities. Situated on a 28-acre wildlife refuge, the Center features wildlife exhibits, touch tanks and hands-on displays. Visitors can hike trails along the freshwater swamps and salt marshes, enjoy views of Narragansett Bay, observe birds and wildlife and simply enjoy the area’s natural beauty. There is a nature gift shop on site. Open 7/7, 9am-5pm. Admission fee.
Tel: (401) 245 7500
Colt State Park
Picturesque state park located off Rte. 114 in Bristol, with an entrance on Hope St, and western border opening onto spectacular Narragansett Bay. Four miles of bike trails pass through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, flower bushes and manicured lawns. Follow the clearly marked signs to the town beach, skate park and playground. Great for jogging. No admission fee.
Tel: (401) 253-7482
Mount Hope Farm
250 Metacom Ave (off Route 136), Bristol
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mount Hope Farm was established in the 1680’s. It includes a medley of historic buildings, such as the 200-acre Governor Bradford House. Grounds open to public, with walking trails winding through fields, woodlands, ponds and streams. Several points provide a panoramic view of Mount Hope and Narragansett Bay. Round trip loop: 2.5 to 3 miles.
Tel: (401) 254 1745