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Barrington
Travel Guide

Enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating and biking or spend the day on the beach at this scenic waterfront town.

The water is never far from view in the small, suburban town of Barrington, with Narragansett Bay to the west, Palmer River to the east and the Barrington River running down its center, effectively splitting it in two. Enjoy the abundant water by trying sailing, fishing and waterskiing.

Trace Barrington’s origins back to the 17th-century arrival of Plymouth settlers, who founded a settlement in the region. Though once part of Warren to the east, Barrington was separated and incorporated in 1717.

Bring a swimsuit and paddle around Barrington Town Beach, a spacious sandy stretch on the Narragansett Bay shoreline. The beach is equipped with restrooms, showers and picnic tables, as well as lifeguards on duty during the summer. Note that parking is available only for residents of Barrington.

For more outdoor fun, rent a bike and cycle along the East Bay Bike Path, which extends for more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) along the coastline from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol. The route passes through Barrington’s Haines Memorial State Park, a 100-acre (40-hectare) park featuring grassy patches, a farmers market, a kayak launch spot, a picnic area and jogging and walking paths.

Enjoy some of the other popular green hangouts in town including Tall Cedars, a wooded wetland conservation area, and Veterans Memorial Park, which features trails and ponds.

For travelers with a car, several other area attractions are easy daytrips from Barrington. Drive for just over 20 minutes to take a guided tour of the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum. Here you’ll find out more about the infamous 1892 axe murders. Closer still are the Colt State Park with picturesque waterfront paths and ocean views, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art.

Find Barrington in east Rhode Island, near the boundary with Massachusetts. The best way to get around is by car or bike. Buses run within the town.

Top hotels in Barrington

Hotel Viking
Hotel Viking
4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
The price is £112 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Historic Hill, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thames Street, International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum and Bannister's Wharf. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,314 reviews)

"beautiful hotel, great location! Would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Hotel Viking
Hilton Providence
Hilton Providence
3.5 out of 5
21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI
The price is £89 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunkin Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. Johnson and Wales University and Providence ...

4/5Very Good! (984 reviews)

"Good hotel, and great customer service experience, but about rooms conditions they can improve."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2021

Hilton Providence
Atlantic Beach Hotel Newport
Atlantic Beach Hotel Newport
3.5 out of 5
28 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI
The price is £78 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Middletown hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Easton's Beach and Cliff Walk. International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum and Touro ...

4/5Very Good! (1,013 reviews)

"Everything about the property was wonderful. Steps from the beach and many great restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Atlantic Beach Hotel Newport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Barrington

Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
3 out of 5
500 Kilvert Street, Warwick, RI
The price is £80 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Miracle Mile of Shopping and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean State Theatre and Warwick Mall. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (482 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay and would recomend to other people"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
The East Island Reserve Hotel
The East Island Reserve Hotel
3.5 out of 5
985 East Main Road, Middletown, RI
The price is £68 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Easton's Beach, Naval War College Museum and Touro Synagogue. Second Beach and International ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (141 reviews)
An overall wonderful stay!

"This hotel was the perfect place to stay when you have to get away during a pandemic. Since they offer individual cottages, there is no risk due to shared hallways or HVAC systems. There is a sign-up sheet for the pool so the capacity can be limited. The bed was very comfortable and it was nice to ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

The East Island Reserve Hotel
Hotel Dolce Villa
Hotel Dolce Villa
3.5 out of 5
63 De Pasquale Plaza, Providence, RI
The price is £65 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in the heart of Providence, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of DePasquale Plaza, Dunkin Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. ...

3.5/5Good! (799 reviews)

"It was spacious and for the most part the rooms were equal in size. Each room had a TV, and 2 drawers, but the remote for 2 of the 3 rooms were dead. Make sure to read rules and regulations because there were a lot of things you could easily miss."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Hotel Dolce Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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