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Quiet and peaceful stroll

Walked all around this park, through Common, and nearby streets. Lots of shady roads and old... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Lois B
Tampa, Florida
Independence Idyllic

The park is situated in a beautiful location beside the Atlantic Ocean with wonderful views over... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2017
John H
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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“boardwalk”(5 reviews)
“benches”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Walked all around this park, through Common, and nearby streets. Lots of shady roads and old architecture..old cemetery and churches to explore.

1  Thank Lois B
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

The park is situated in a beautiful location beside the Atlantic Ocean with wonderful views over the bay and the yachts in it. It is great for walking, cycling and running and we ran twice once in the evening and once in the morning. We...More

Thank John H
Reviewed September 7, 2017

This past spring, 2017, we went to see the Air Force Band play there. Naturally the band was awesome as usual. It's was our first time there respectively. The area is beautiful but the parking is bad. With any event, you have to get there...More

Thank apatriot73
Reviewed August 29, 2017

If you're ever in town for the 4th of July this is the place to hang out for free concerts, nice views of the bay (including the fireworks show) and several nice food trucks. Several nights of free concerts take place here around the 4th...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed June 15, 2017

Check out Bristol Fourth of July Celebration of events online. Bring the family and enjoy an amazing night of music, food, dancing and sunset overlooking the bay.

1  Thank shemond1
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a park for everyone, not too large, and room enough for children to play and adults to enjoy with their own chairs on the grass or on the benches on the boardwalk with a great view of the harbor and beyond. Residents and...More

1  Thank Stephanb1126
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Nice little park near the water, with concerts near the 4th of July. You can walk on the (short) boardwalk, throw down a blanket for a picnic, or let the kids run around. They also have some benches facing the water. It's really just a...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Independence Park is a small park on the Bay. It offers beautiful views and often a stunning sunset. The bike/running trail begins here and it goes on for miles.

Thank newengland50
Reviewed March 14, 2017

The views of the water are great and there is a boardwalk to walk along. Park itself is just grass with historical signs and military-related memorials. There is water access for boats.

Thank Beth S
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Nice park overlooking the water. Lots of open space to enjoy. Pleasant area to relax in while touring.

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August 6, 2016|
Response from HowlnBubba | Reviewed this property |
There is on-street angle parking, and a parking area at the south end of the park (I don't think Quito's controls it). There was actually enough parking nearby on the holiday weekend, so I would think it would be fairly... More
June 29, 2016|
Response from JCioc | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Bristol has a fireworks display and the perfect spot to watch them has always been Independence Park. You just need to get there early to get a good spot and parking is hard during that time. I thought Providence also... More