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The Best Things to Do in Bristol in the Fall

Bristol, Rhode Island is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in Rhode Island. It is known for how patriotic of a town it is and for its huge 4th of July celebrations down a red, white, and blue paved road that stays patriotic and festive year-round! Not only is Bristol super quaint and fun during the summer months, but it is also just as (if not more) charming during the crisp, fall season.

There is so much to do in Bristol in the fall, whether you are looking to sightsee, enjoy nature, grab a bite to eat with friends and family, or go out for some drinks! If you are looking for a fun day trip to do with your loved ones, or on your own, this fall season, check out some great activities that we have pulled together that you can enjoy in Bristol. 

For something indoors…

The Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. 

Bristol historical and preservation society museum
Bristol Historical and Preservation Society Museum (Bristol County Jail)

The Bristol Historical and Preservation Society is located in an 1828 jail built of granite blocks that were used as ballast in early Bristol sailing ships. Throughout the week, the Society is visited by residents, students, and tourists who are interest in genealogical, deed and other research. This fall, the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society has a lot of fun events going on. On October 19th, join Dr. Kathy Abass and learn about the ships involved in the naval story of the Battle of Rhode Island near Aquidneck Island in 1778. And, starting on October 22nd, ghost hunting begins! If you have ever wondered if the Old County Jail is haunted, you can join East Bay Rhode Island Paranormal Investigations for a behind-the-scene opportunity to meet the Society’s ghosts! 

Bristol Art Museum. 

Bristol art museum
Bristol Art Museum

If you are interested in art, the Bristol Art Museum is perfect for you! The Bristol Art Museum is the biggest, little art museum in the East Bay, serving the Bristol community and beyond. Not only can you visit and enjoy art throughout the museum, but you can also join in on some special Fall classes, including Acrylics with Kathy Thomas, Painterly Monotype with Kirsten Sorensen, Art for Your Mind with Early New England Seascapes, Soul Painting with Breath with Jeanne Bundy, and so many more! There is an opportunity for everyone at Bristol Art Museum when it comes to learning more about the history of art as well as learning to create it yourself! 

For something outdoors…

Colt State Park.

Colt State Park

This park is an absolute must! Colt State Park is very often referred to as the ‘gem’ of the state parks system, offering an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay, hiking trails, paved bike paths, and open fields with historic stone walls. Colt State Park has 464 acres of lawns and lies minutes away from the historic center of Bristol. If you are planning a gathering, you can easily reserve space at Colt State Park for you and your loved ones. The park also features open fields for kite flying and outdoor games! Plus, Colt State Park offers some of the most gorgeous views of the sunset that you will ever see! This is a great place to sit back and relax while enjoying the refreshing fall air. 

Mount Hope Farm

The Inn at Mount Hope Farm

Mount Hope Farm is 127-acres and sits right on the shore of Mount Hope Bay. The farm has gardens, trails, and walking paths that are open daily with no admission charge. At the farm, you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the Mount Hope Bridge, say hello to some farm animals, and support the year-round Farmers Market every Saturday that brings the best of local produce, bakery items, meat, and fish to your table. This fall, Mount Hope Farm is putting on several different events, including Pumpkin Painting on October 15th, as well as a ribbon-cutting for the new StoryWalk® at Mount Hope Farm, made possible by a partnership between Rogers Free Library and Mount Hope Farm, as well as donations from community members.

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