Warwick (Rhode Island)

Warwick is a city in Rhode Island just south of Providence. It is the second largest city in the state, with 85,808 people. Warwick is home to Rhode Island's main airport, T. F. Green Airport, which serves the Providence and Boston areas. It was founded in 1642 by Samuel Gorton, and played an important role in the Revolutionary War. It is popular among tourists for its colonial history and its location near beaches and saltwater bays.


Warwick was founded in 1642 by Samuel Gorton and is known as the second largest city in the state of Rhode Island. This city is known for its convenient location near the salt-water beaches and the abundance of colonial history it has to offer. Most of Warwick lives in houses, apartments, or condominiums that have the luxury of having an ocean view since most of the city is surrounded by Narragansett Bay. With Warwick being the home of the state’s largest commuter airport, T.F Green it is an easy place to fly in and out of.

Get in

By air

By car

Interstate 95 passes through Warwick. Interstate 295 also passes through Warwick, with exits at convenient locations for getting to the malls and other popular centers. Or if looking for a more scenic view of the area, US Routes 1 and 2 follow the length of the coast just off the highways in communities just like Warwick. Routes 113 and 117 also pass through Warwick and are fairly heavily-traveled. Route 2 passes through Warwick and is known for its extensive retail shopping locations.

By train

With the construction of the Warwick Intermodal Facility in December 2010, the commuter rail service at T.F. Green Airport gained access to the MBTA, which provides a one-stop ride to downtown Providence and Boston.

Get around


Warwick is a very seasonal location, considering a good portion of its outdoor locations appear along the Narragansett Bay. For this reason, finding things to do can sometimes be difficult, particularly during the winter. Still Warwick is one of the state’s biggest cities and there is plenty to discover - from galleries, to villages to colonial monuments, Warwick provides a myriad of exciting places.There are many historical landmarks within Warwick because of its colonial history.

Museums and Galleries

The museums and galleries of Warwick provide a balanced presentation of modern and historical subject matter.

▪ Complements Art Gallery, 50 Lambert Lind Highway, +1 401 739-9300. Complements Art Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in New England. The gallery features artists from all over the world in all types of media and styles. The styles range from old world traditional to contemporary. It which also offers professional art consultation and framing services, and will present the art in your home.

▪ Historical Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road, +1 401 737-0010. Tu-Sa 12PM-4PM. Free. As Warwick's largest non-profit arts organization and the area's cultural center since 1976, the Warwick Museum of Art provides a performance and exhibition space for the most talented artists, writers and performers in Rhode Island. It is the host of a wide array of cultural and artistic activities including comedy, theater, music, poetry and literature as well as monthly visual arts exhibitions. The Warwick Museum of Art was named both "Most Underappreciated Museum in Rhode Island" and "Best Place to Hear a Reading" by the 2004 Providence Phoenix Reader's Poll. The museum is the home of Bring Your Own Improv, an interactive family friendly improv group. They perform every Sunday evening at 6PM In addition, the museum offers art classes to all skill levels and ages.

'▪ Warwick Historical Society, 25 Roger Williams Ave, +1 401 467-7647. [www.yelp.com/biz/warwick-historical-society-warwick-2]. The Warwick Historical Society is a museum inside of an old house. The house was built in 1786 and still has all of it’s original detail. The House has been restored, but the original structure is still intact. It is a nice place to be if you want to take a journey back in time and learn some of Warwick great history. ▪ Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road, +1 401 884-9490. Clouds Hill has been referred to as one of Rhode Island's "hidden treasures." It is available for tours seven days a week, day or evening, but requires prior notice. It is a private home that has been kept in the family for generations, and is now a museum and open to the public. It is a great place to visit for a look into the history of Warwick. Clouds Hill is dedicated to educating Rhode Islanders while providing them with an enjoyable experience.


There are many interesting colonial villages located throughout the city of Warwick.



Warwick provides a number of fun activities for both residents and visitors to participate in throughout the year. There are many events and places to be noted.

Events and Places



Warwick has gone from being a small suburb of Providence to becoming a busy city in itself. Many major retail chains have moved into locations in Warwick as it is in the center of the state, but more accessible than Providence.

Bald Hill Rd, RI Rt. 2, has become a retail hotspot. The Warwick stretch of Rt. 2, is littered with chain restaurants and retail stores. Along the stretch are Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modell’s, Barnes and Noble, Target, and more. They are part of number of large outdoor shopping centers, within a few miles of one another. All are located a short drive from the Warwick Mall, but traffic is often heavy.


There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and the beauty of it all is they never really get expensive.


Budget is usually a quick stop, something you're craving but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Prices range from $2-$8.


Mid-Range consists of mostly the chain restaurants or restaurants very similar to chains. These are places you want to sit and eat as a family or just take your significant other to but are still a pretty quick fix. Prices range from $7-$16.


Splurge consists of a few popular Warwick restaurants that are not outrageously priced. You can only get these in Warwick! They are still a nice place for a family to go and have a good time. They are very popular and great for special occasions such as birthday celebrations or anniversaries. Prices range from $10-$23.


Rhode Island has a large and diverse number of bars many of which are located in Warwick. From family bars and grills to taverns to watch your favorite Sunday football games, With the variety of bars you're sure to find one that suits your style. Whether you want a fuzzy navel or Budweiser you can find it all in Warwick.


Stay Safe

Warwick was once listed as the 19th safest city in the country. Warwick is still a very safe community and little violence or crime is committed. Feeling safe in this city is something that you don’t have to worry about.

Go next

If you're looking for additional activities just outside of Warwick some additional places of interest include AMF Lanes (1450 Elmwood Ave, Cranston, RI 02910) and Roger Williams Park (also accessible from Elmwood Ave.) The Providence Place Mall is located just 20 minutes away and is a great destination for shopping as the mall is larger than the one in Warwick.

Adjacent Providence or nearby Newport make good next destinations.

Routes through Warwick

Providence Cranston  N  S  West Warwick New Haven
Attleboro Cranston  N  S  END
Providence Cranston  N  S  East Greenwich New Haven
Providence Cranston  N  S  END
Canton Providence  N  S  North Kingstown END

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