Edgewood is a neighborhood in eastern Cranston, Rhode Island. It borders both Warwick and Providence. Edgewood boasts a cozy suburban atmosphere, with wide tree-lined streets and large victorian houses. The area is nestled against Narragansett Bay, giving many of the houses lining the beach a spectacular view of the water. Edgewood is also home to multiple Yacht clubs, and the Port Edgewood Marina. Edgewood borders Providence's Roger Williams Park, which is home to Roger Williams Park Zoo, the main zoo of the state. To the south of Edgewood is Pawtuxet Village, a small shopping center with specialty stores and restaurants.
Driving to Edgewood is a short trip from most Rhode Island cities. Because it borders both Warwick and Providence, multiple main roads run close to its center.
- From I-95, one can take the Roger Williams Park Zoo exit. Instead of turning into the Zoo, simply follow Park Avenue. Park Avenue intersects with Warwick Avenue, and, shortly after, Broad Street. Broad street functions as one of the main roads through Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village.
- When traveling north on Warwick Avenue, turning right on Narragansett Parkway, Post Road, or Park Avenue will lead one to both Pawtuxet village and Edgewood.
- When travelling east on Post Road, simply following the road until it merges with Narragansett Parkway will lead directly to Pawtuxet village and Edgewood.
To see the large waterfront houses and access the various yacht clubs and marinas from any of the aforementioned routes, simply turn right from Broad Street/Naragansett Parkway onto any residential street. Following these streets down will lead to Narragansett Boulevard, the street which runs along the water and passes nearly all Edgewood attractions.
Most RIPTA routes heading to Providence via Broad street will bring you right through Edgewood. Routes from Providence down Warwick Ave or Broad Street also pass through the neighborhood.
There are many things to see in the relatively small area of Edgewood.
- Narragansett Bay : Edgewood is bordered on the east by Narragansett bay. From Narragansett Boulevard, one can look out over most of the bay. On the end of the boulevard close to Pawtuxet Village and the Rhode Island Yacht Club, there is a small park area on the edge of the water. Trees and Benches line the water's edge, providing an excellent rest spot.
- Edgewood Yacht Club : The old Edgewood Yacht Club building was completely destroyed in a fire in 2010. Despite the tragedy, a new dock construction is underway. The new dock overlooks the bay from an excellent vantage point.
- Rhode Island Yacht Club : The Rhode Island Yacht club houses many different Yachts and other watercraft, often adorned with lights during holidays. One can reach the area directly from Narragansett Boulevard.
- William H. Hall Free Library : As well as offering a library service to the neighborhood, the library is in impressive, historic building, and worth a look on both the inside and out.
Edgewood, due to its proximity to the bay, has primarily nautical activities.
- Yacht Club Tours and Lessons: The Edgewood Yacht club offers several days throughout the summer for tours of both the club docks and an actual trip out onto the bay. Learning the basics of sailing can be an enjoyable, relatively cheap activity. Besides the predefined tour days, both the Edgewood and Rhode Island Yacht club offer sailing lessons. For one on an extended stay, these weekly lessons can be an exciting introduction to the nautical side of Rhode island.
- Bay and Bird Watching: Along Narragansett Boulevard, one can find patches of trees and grass, with benches, overlooking the bay. There are perfect spots to spend an evening watching the sun set, or observe the many birds that feed in the water directly below. Herons, swans and the like frequent the area.
- Gaspee Days: The Gaspee Days festival, a festival commemorating the burning of the Gaspee off of Rhode Island shores, is held in early June, directly south of Edgewood. A short walk to Pawtuxet village leads one directly to the festivities.
Pawtuxet Village is a very short walk from anywhere in Edgewood. The village offers multiple small specialty shops, such as antiques and gifts. It is an excellent spot to find small Rhode Island themed curiosities. If one comes during the Gaspee Days festival in June, the street is lined with stalls and other attractions.
There are many restaurants in Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village, including the Edgewood Cafe and Vivaldi's Pizza. Dotting the road of Pawtuxet Village, one can find Thai Bistros, Mexican Restaurants, and Dear Hearts Ice Cream, for a cool summer treat.
Many of the restaurants mentioned above serve drinks. O'Rourke's Bar and Grill in Pawtuxet Village is the perfect place for a drink and a meal while enjoying the bayside community.