Bristol Harbor offers some of the most beautiful sights and attractions in all of northern Rhode Island. Our town docks are only a short walk away from countless historic shops and restaurants right in the heart of Bristol. With plenty to see, you're guaranteed to enjoy your stay here in Bristol Harbor. Along with being only a short bike ride from the Herreshoff Marine Museum, guests from all over come to enjoy the oldest Fourth of July parade in the country! Whether you're staying on a mooring or at the town dock, Bristol has plenty for you and your family to enjoy and excellent time in town!
Got there at 4pm in a wind storm and couldn’t contact the Marina for mooring assignment, no one was responding to channel 16 on the vhf radio, we tried numerous times with no success, even calling the office phone it went to voicemail mail. The launch boat from a different Marina put us on their mooring for the night. The next morning we went ashore to the office and was given the mooring assignment we then moved to the correct mooring. Apparently they don’t monitor the VHF radio. The town of Bristol was amazing though, I will visit again.
No dock hand help. First night very rough with a 20 kt south wind on their exposed dock. Boats hobby horsing 3 to 4 feet at the bow. The town off Bristol is very nice. The Herreshoff museum was great. Highly recommend.
Excellent customer service. Showers were clean and water was hot. Dinghy dock had plenty of space. Great dog friendly community with lots of dining choices. Enjoyed our stay
Bristol doesn’t disappoint as an interesting, friendly town worthy of a multi-day stay. But for the exposure of the harbor to the prevailing SW wind, it gets a full five stars… but be prepared to bounce and have a wet dinghy ride more often than not.
Loved the town! Pretty long walk to food store, but awesome spot!
Having been displaced in Newport, we decided to head up the bay to Bristol. A very nice little town full of historical homes. Very quiet. Town dock provided adequate dockage for our big boat. Dock is exposed to the SW so if the winds are coming from SW it can be a bit bumpy. Super cool to see a self service pump out. You gotta pay big money to get a pump out in Newport.
We stayed on a mooring ball and had a very peaceful evening.
Nice view ,, great location. The bathrooms are open only from 8A to 8P . Bathrooms are very Clean which is a great positive. The dinghy dock is dangerous. It is unstable and tips easily. Needs repair before someone is injured.
We received confirmation on our assigned mooring the morning of arrival, very nice. Upon arrival a sailboat was on our assigned mooring, hailed the HM, he immediately sent out a boat (in the pouring rain). Our assigned mooring #10, was occupied and another mooring was extremely close to #10, the HM boat dispatched out attempted to relocate the “dragged” mooring. We grabbed #3 while waiting, and the HM radioed back to us, confirming that it was OK to stay on #3. Spent the nights of 7/3 and 7/4, All went well!!!!!!
Beautiful town, responsive and courteous town harbor master.
Nice dock master but restaurant was all the way across bay. We just boated home.
The Harbormaster's transient moorings are wonderful - especially when it is blowing from the southwest! Once in town, the Maritime Center is a joy! Showers; laundry; ice; local information; knowledgable and friendly staff.
We were on the dock ($208/day) in a SW wind. It was terrible, probably the worst we have experienced.
Is the launch going to return?
Better than expected. Easy Dingy Dock to navigate, clean restrooms, very helpful and friendly staff. Looking forward to another visit this summer
Bristol harbor calmed down at night even with winds from the south. Had a good night sleep on the mooring. The moorings are blue/white kegs at the south end of the mooring field. We had to double back as we had passed them. Lots of great places to eat when going ashore.
Mooring (bouy #1) has no pennant and only one link of fixed chan to tie to. I was singlehanding a 44' powerboat in 20 kn wind and rain, making for a very difficult, frustrating, and potentially dangerous arrival. There is no excuse for inadequate equipment like that. Most boaters will not be able to use this mooring. A call to the harbormaster (on the Sunday of popular Memorial Day weekend) was unanswered. Maybe 3 stars was too many. Bristol was very pleasant and enjoyable howevef.
Outstanding service and impressive response. We had a lobster pot next to the mooring and informed the Harbourmaster. He responded immediately despite it being late in the afternoon of a holiday weekend. He then sent the harbour patrol out at 6pm to move the pot. Wow.
We loved our stay in Brisol. It is such a nice town. The Maritime center is also very nice. Coin op showers and laundry facilities, all very clean. Will return again in the future.
We love this little gem on the Bay. Can't say enough how easy it is here and convienent.
Well the people who helped us dock were very nice. Beautiful dock but holy cow the wind came (sea breeze) in and I thought my boat was going to be destroyed by the waves. People were nice but location of the dock is dangerous. Would love to come again as the restaurants along the new waterfront were great but won’t unless a more sheltered dock is made available.
Always friendly and accommodating!
Great location and friendly service
We were escorted to our mooring by local celebrity and author, Rex Inverness!!
Awesome people to deal with I parked in wrong spot by mistake and they were very professional very nice not rude and I moved right away would recommend to all my boating friends
The Dockmaster was very helpful and the location was great, but the material condition of the dock itself was not good. The Dockmaster said that they had been beaten badly by a recent storm. Hope they have money in the budget to make necessary repairs.
Great stay for one night
Love To spend August in Bristol.
Excellent no problems great spot.
Staff was attentive and helpful - bathrooms and showers were very clean- dingy dock very accessible and they had ice including blocks. Definitely would stay here again when in the area
Friendly staff and clean facilities.
Very nice stay here. South wind made the hot day cooler and the night spectacular for sleeping. Went ashore for dinner and enjoyed our stay immensely.
Great service from Bristol Marina staff. Set us up on a great mooring across from town
Nice mooring location..
Having never been to Bristol harbor before, we called the harbor master when we were close. Unfortunately, we were given incorrect directions to our transient mooring. several radio and cell calls later, 30 minutes worth, we finally found the right ball. We did not take advantage of their facilities but, beyond the initial mixup, everyone was helpful.
Always a great destination.
Great location. Floating transient dock in rough shape! Bring extra fenders to avoid damage from prevailing SW winds against dock.
If you’re visiting downtown Bristol by boat, these moorings are hard to beat; otherwise, Bristol Harbor has regular wake from the ferry and passing boats, plus serious wind chop. No launch service so plan for splashing on your ride to the dinghy dock
Easy approach and docking, no problems
Not much transient docking and someone was in out spot but the harbormaster and harbor patrol got the boat moved quickly and gave the vacant boat a ticket. They were supposed to add a lot more transient docking this year but with everything going on it didn’t happen. Bristol is a great area and will be more transient boater friendly hopefully soon.
Although the location was great for restaurants and bars in Bristol, we were very disappointed with our stay at the marina. Originally we booked 2 boats with the marina and received confirmation of our request within 1-2 hours. On the date of arrival, we got a call from the Marina letting us know that only 1 boat would be able to fit there at the dock, the other would have to go on a mooring, as someone had come into the marina in a larger boat and was allowed dock space. We changed our plans and brought only 1 boat. Upon arrival at the Marina, we had to ask for assistance from the Assistant Harbormaster as there were limited power pedestals working and our power pedestal was being utilized by the other boat. The assistant harbormaster came down and worked things out so that we had power. He mentioned that the other power pedestal had been broken and was not sure if it had been fixed yet. Upon coming back to our boat several hours later, our power cord was unplugged and a note was left from the other boat to not unplug their cord. As the Assistant Harbormaster had connected our cord upon arrival, we reconnected it. At this point, a “crew member” from the other boat came rushing out of his boat yelling at us. We tried to explain that we did not originally unplug him and that staff had done so; he was not interested in dealing reasonably so we attempted to call the Marina office. As it was late, there was no one in the office. The “crew member” was being arrogant so we called 911. After the police arrived and assessed the situation, they called the Harbormaster. He arrived roughly an hour later. At this time it is now after midnight. After about another hour of his trying to resolve the power connection issues, he plugged us back in, apologized for our inconvenience, and said to call him on Monday morning as he would comp us that evening for the difficulties and give us a free night next season. After calling his office a few times, I was able to speak with him. He offered both of the boats a free night next season, but said that he was unable to comp us as previously offered for that stay. We have visited many different marinas over our years of boating experience and we have never experienced such a poorly managed facility.
Bristol is a great destination, the Herreshoff museum a must see, and many restaurants to chose from. The maritime center is good for showers. Just be careful at the dinghy dock at low tide.
Beautiful harbor and town. Must see Herreshoff and America’s Cup Museums.
Town moorings are directly off downtown, which is fine if you don't mind listening to live bands and dj's at night, or being close to the ferry. Launch service must be obtained through a separate company, namely Bristol Marine. Simple amenities are available inside the maritime center building, such as coin-operated showers and laundry.
After a little co fusion about where the mooring was located in the harbor we got secured and went ashore. Showers, laundry, pump out all good. Mooring are off town ferry dock which is conspicuous. Dinghy in to dedicated dinghy dock near small park.
easy to find mooring....harbormaster was raised on vhf and cell and it was quick and simple. Mooring was fairly close to the south dinghy docks.
Very nice location and quaint area to explore. The Herreshoff museum is well done, if you like sail boats. Great restaurants. Nice relaxed vibe compared to Newport
Great stay! Hospitality and facilities are great at the Bristol Maritime Center. As with other reviews, it was a bit choppy with a good southerly breeze. Not uncomfortable at all. There is no commercial launch service. There are two dinghy docks with plenty of room to access different parts of town. Great for walking dinning and shops. Bristol by water is a great alternative in Narragansett Bay. Due to the lack of yachting promotion it's a gem for boaters.
Location is a bit exposed and winds will whip up wave action. There was no launch service and we didn't pay attention to that - use our dinghy. Otherwise, Bristol is an awesome location and great bars and restaurants.
People were great. Facilities were well kept. The dock is wide open to the harbor, so not a lot of protection.
Jennifer and the harbor patrol crews were great!
Very nice mariner facilities. Plenty of dining options within walking distance of the dinghy docks.
Mix up with the reservation but it got straightened out.
Very good marina and staff. Improvement needed on internet service at transient dock.
Town is great, marina staff was friendly and informative, docks are dated,
A very pleasant surprise. First time in Bristol. There is a lot to do. If Newport is busy, Bristol is a great alternative. Lots of live music and great restaurants. Very boater friendly, but no fuel.
The "slip"we were promised turned out to be an outside floating dock completely exposed to the fetch from Narangansett Bay coming into Bristol Harbor, so it was completely unacceptable because of the wave action. We opted for a mooring which was so far out that is was very uncomfortable. I would NEVER recommend Bristol Harbor to anyone. The "harbormaster" was off on vacation or "gone home early" in the middle of the weekday in August! WHAT A RIPOFF.