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Warwick, Rhode Island Travel Guide

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Warwick, the second largest town in Rhode Island, is composed of 30 separate villages each with a distinctive personality. The community is centrally located and surrounded by 39 miles of shoreline, giving it an edge on both business and tourism.

An abundance of stores in town has led to Warwick's nickname "The Retail Capital" of Rhode Island. Large malls, small shops, plazas and factory outlets collectively serve as the economic root of the community.

Finding something to sink the teeth into is easy. Restaurants are almost as prevalent as retail stores. But, one place stands out in the crowd. Voted "Best Seafood Restaurant in America" by the NBC Today show, Legal Seafoods' scrumptious clam chowder, swordfish and lobster meals reel in a crowd everyday, and is the basis for their fame and fortune.

Peering out over the beautiful Narragansett Bay, Warwick has a bit of brine in its blood. Four of its parks are salt-water beaches. Along with the usual beach activities, City Park offers hiking, biking and softball. Nature trails are also found at Goddard Memorial State Park on Ives Road. And, about seven miles from town at the Arcadia Management Area, there are nearly 40 miles of stimulating mountain bike paths.

Ice skating is available at the Thayer Arena, which recently underwent a $1.2 million facelift. The McDermott Pool and Aquatic Center is a wonderful facility for recreational and competitive aquatic sports. Swimming lessons and exercise classes are offered there as well.

About two miles from town, in North Kingston, there's a picturesque wetland known as Belleville Pond, which is an excellent spot for canoeing through the marshlands and observing nature. There is an abundance of birds, waterfowl, and painted turtles. Bass and perch also reside in the shallow waters, making this a hot spot for fishing.

Warwick is an old seaside community that has never lost its appeal. The lovely hometown of two historic lighthouses that flash their beacons through the thick New England fog, is located 5 miles south of Providence.


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