Warwick, city, Kent county, east-central Rhode Island, U.S., lying on the western shore of Narragansett Bay. It is basically a southern residential suburb of Providence comprising a group of about 20 scattered villages united administratively.

The first European settlement on the site was made at Shawomet (1642) by Samuel Gorton. Later the colony was named for Robert Rich, 2nd earl of Warwick, who supported Gorton’s quest to gain protection of a royal charter against the Massachusetts Bay colony. Town (township) government was organized in 1647. After the widespread destruction caused by King Philip’s (Indian) War (1675–76), the township was rebuilt, and gristmills and fulling mills were established along the Pawtuxet River.

Brief History

Warwick has some light industry, including the manufacture of jewelry, metals, machinery, and electronics, and tourism is important. The New England Institute of Technology was founded in 1940 in Warwick; the Knight campus of the Community College of Rhode Island (opened 1972) also is located there. An annual event is the Gaspee Days celebration, recalling the offshore burning of the British revenue schooner Gaspee in 1772 by Rhode Island patriots. The Warwick Musical Theater (1955–99) featured performances in an outdoor arena during the summer. The largest commercial airport in Rhode Island, the T.F. Green Airport, is located in Warwick.


Warwick offers a variety of hotels to choose from, amenities galore and a convenient location in the center of RI, making it the perfect choice for your leisure or business travel needs. 


Enjoy dining by the fireside in a historical setting, traditional New England seafood with a waterfront backdrop or good old-fashioned family dining; the choice is yours. If you love live entertainment, plan a night at The Gamm Theatre. The theater offers comfortable seating (not a bad seat in the house), on-site parking and easy access from Route 95. An article in The Boston Globe spotlighting The Gamm noted, “Versatility, vision, and willingness to challenge audiences, The Gamm has emerged as one of the most dynamic theater companies in New England.”

When it comes to shopping, Route 2 in Warwick is the premier shopping destination in Rhode Island, and home to more than 5 miles of retail, restaurants and two indoor malls. Additionally, within the shopping district you will find family fun activities including a trampoline park, ice skating, horseback riding, movie theaters and more.

Great Outdoors

Now, if the great outdoors beckons you, head over to Harbor Lights, the Valley Country Club or Goddard Park for a round of golf. Explore our 39 miles of coastline, which includes breathtaking views from Rocky Point, Conimicut Point right through to Goddard Memorial Park, where you can see the coast via horseback.

Education System

The City has excellent public and private schools as well as a noted public library system.  Warwick  has Mickey Stevens sports complex it is a complete sports facility with ice rinks , indoor Olympic size pool,  lighted fields for soccer, baseball, tennis and skate boarding. 

So much to do

There is also a 200 acre City Park which includes a separate dog park.  Warwick is also home to Goddard State Park which has many walking trails, beach front, horseback riding, and picnic grounds and golf.  Our many villages in Warwick have smaller parks and recreation areas.   We have 39 miles of coastline so both sail boating and motor boating are popular activities

Rhode Island was founded with religious freedom in mind.  Warwick  is fortunate to have many different denominations of Churches  to chose from.

Warwick  has many fairs, festivals,  concerts, and  fireworks that take place throughout the summer. The most noted  is Gaspee days which commemorates the burning of the  British Ship HMS Gaspee , this is considered “the first blow  for freedom” and the start of the American Revolution. The celebration includes a colorful, colonial  parade, fireworks, arts & crafts, food venders, colonial encampment, costume ball,  and road race. The celebration is held in the waterfront village of Pawtuxet, a Nationally registered district . The festival starts in the beginning of May runs into the second week of June.

A great Start

Warwick as well as the rest of Rhode Island steeped in Colonial History, we are proud of the Rhode Islanders who participated  in the making of our nation. Nathanael Greene who was second in command to General Washington was from a section that was then known as part of  Warwick and is now Coventry.

Warwick ‘s climate is tempered by the sea breezes both in winter and in summer.

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