Cranston is the third largest city in Rhode Island by population with 79,269 residents as of the 2000 census. Cranston spans 28 square miles north of Warwick and south of Providence.


Formerly known as Pawtuxet, the city is bordered by both the City of Warwick and the Town of West Warwick to the south, and the Town of Scituate to the west. Part of the Providence County, Cranston is home to 3 1/2 miles of shoreline of the Providence River—which opens up to Naragansett Bay. Cranston was established from a part of Providence in 1754, but it was not until 1910 that it was officially a city. The climate is temperate, reaching highs of 105°F in the summer and lows of -5°F in the winter. Cranston's City Seal, which was taken from the coat of arms of Governor Samuel Cranston, consists of three silver cranes on a red shield with a silver border. The motto DUM VIGILO CURO has been translated as "While I watch I care."

Get in

By car

Cranston is a short drive from any Rhode Island city or town. From the south, it is easiest to take I-95 N exit 11 (in Warwick, RI), to I-295 N exit 1, to RI-2 N into Cranston. From the north, it is easiest to take I-95 S exit 16, to RI-1 S (Elmwood Avenue/Post Road), into Cranston: RI-12 (Park Avenue) and RI-2 (Reservoir Avenue). For up to date traffic information, consult the RI Department of Transportation's Transportation Management Center Website.

By plane

The closest airport to Cranston is T.F. Green International Airport (IATA: PVD), 200 Post Road; Wawick, RI 02886, +1-888-268-7222, in Warwick, RI, less than 5 minutes away. T.F. Green serves the Rhode Island area and provides non-stop transportation from Toronto, the Azores (seasonal), and many major U.S. airports including Atlanta, Chicago, Tampa, and Las Vegas. Additional cities can be reached by connecting flights at many major airline hubs. Upon arrival, renting a car or taking a bus is a convenient way to enter the city.

Get around

By car

Destinations in Cranston are most easily accessible by car. Renting a car or bringing your own is advisable. Many locations of interest are situated close to each other and can be walking distance apart, but locations may be car-centrically designed or areas of high traffic volume. Travelling from western Cranston across the city into the Edgewood neighborhood can take quite awhile by Rhode Island standards. Park Avenue is a primary way to do this, and receives much traffic. Central and eastern Cranston resemble the capital city of Providence to a greater degree than western Cranston, so plan for traffic in these places accordingly.

By bus

A one day bus pass can be purchased on board any RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400, bus and may be used to travel to and around major Cranston streets and into the city itself. Unlike larger city routes, bus routes serving Cranston may not have many trips especially on weekends and nights. Bus Rates: One-Way: $2.00, Transfer: $0.50, multiple ride passes available.

Routes Serving Cranston:

By taxi

By bike

Cranston has plenty of bike paths and routes to get you to places. The Cross-City Bicycle Route begins along Naragansett Bay and takes you west towards the center of the city. Most of the route is through quiet neighborhoods so you can easily avoid traffic. The entire route is about 25 miles. This bike route also connects to the Washington Secondary Bike Path.



Lang’s Bowlarama: 225 Niantic Ave (+1 401-944-0500) Also known as Lang’s Lanes has forty available lanes, as well as a separate lounge area with comfortable seating, many flat screen TVs for watching a variety of sports, and a game room complete with air hockey and racing games. Lang’s is open until midnight seven days a week and serves your average bowling alley food like pizza and burgers as well as a kids menu. Lang’s also offers a couple of packages that include two hours of bowling, shoe rental, and a couple different food options.





Cranston hosts itself to a few small bars but besides country clubs or small bars scattered about, the main drinking locations are to be had in Providence. *Emphasis on small*

Billy's Frosted Mug, 594 Reservoir Avenue, +1 401 785-0681

PJ's Pub, 1139 Pontiac Ave, +1 401 383-5885

Fitzpatrick's, 1145 Park Ave, +1 401 943-8368

McShawn's Pub, 1336 Cranston St, +1 401 942-9747. Small Irish pub. Full bar. Take-out. Popular for their corn-beef sandwiches. Sandwiches are large.


Stay Safe

Compared to cities similar in size across America, Cranston has a relatively lower average crime rate. However when traveling by bike or foot at night proceed with caution, especially when on the eastern side, more urban side. Though a majority of the neighborhoods are protected by "Neighborhood Crime Watch" they are not necessarily any safer than those unprotected. Even in residential neighborhoods be sure to lock all car and house doors and close all first floor windows in the evening, for break-ins are not uncommon.

Go next

To leave Cranston, it is best to travel by car to another node of transportation (Bus, Air, or Train). Transportation by car in Cranston is very convenient and normally not inhibited by major traffic. Also, leaving by bus to a major bus hub such as Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence is an option.

Routes through Cranston

Boston Providence  N  S  Warwick New Haven
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Boston Providence  N  S  Warwick New Haven
Attleboro Providence  N  S  Warwick Ends at

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