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Narragansett, RI

Narragansett is located in the Southern part of Rhode Island along the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of the Narragansett Bay. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1800's. During the summer months, Narragansett's population doubles to nearly 35,000 residents. The history of Narragansett can be traced back to 1636.

Narragansett is home to St. Peter's-by-the-Sea which has religious, historical and architectural significance. For over 140 years St. Peters has welcomed believers and seekers to come and experience God. Her bell tower and stained glass windows have earned this Episcopal Church a place in the National Register of Historical Places.

There are plenty of places to stay in Narragansett from small, affordable, clean motels to the Village Inn at the Pier Hotel and Conference Center the largest hotel in the area. Quaint Bed & Breakfasts are plentiful and some are opened year round. For longer stays there are seasonal vacation home rentals. Narragansett boasts over 85 restaurants featuring American, French and contemporary cuisine and of course, seafood. There are plenty of bakeries, cafes and ice cream parlors. Narragansett is also home to the famous Del's lemonade and Iggy's doughboys & chowder house.

Tourism has been a part of Narragansett since the 1800s. Two of the most notable landmarks are the Point Judith Lighthouse and The Towers. The original Point Judith Lighthouse was a 35 foot tower built in 1810 and destroyed by a hurricane in 1815. It was replaced by another stone tower in 1816 with revolving lights and 10 lamps. The present tower was built in 1856 and became automated in 1954. Visitors enjoy the grounds and the view but the lighthouse is closed to the public. The Towers was the entrance to the Narragansett Pier Casino built in the 1880s. The Pier Casino was a popular destination to the socially elite for many years until it burned to the ground in 1900. The Towers is the only remaining part of the building. It was damaged by the hurricane of 1938 and again by fire in 1965. The state of Rhode Island acquired the building and gave it to the town of Narragansett. It has been restored and now hosts events and a dinner theatre.

For a taste of culture and history, residents and tourists can visit the South County Museum. There are artifacts from early American settlers, information on Rhode Island's history and settings on display depicting a general store, school room and blacksmith shop. The museum is open May through October and hosts historical events.

Narragansett is a great place to rent kayaks or charter boats for fishing excursions. The Southern Rhode Island Green Trail is a bike trail that goes through south county's parks, beaches and wildlife refuges. Narragansett beaches are a favorite summer destination for residents and tourists alike. Roger Wheeler State Beach is named for the developer of the state's life-saving system. The beach features new bathhouses and a playground. Galilee, Scarborough beach north and south and Salty Brine beach are all good family beaches and most handicap and elderly accessible. Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground hosts a seasonal weekly farmer's market.

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Narragansett Attractions

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Point Judith Lighthouse

The present Point Judith Lighthouse was built in 1856 and automated in 1954. Visitors can enjoy the grounds' view but the lighthouse is closed to the public. Go
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Block Island Ferry

A year round ferry service based in Point Judith offering ferry service, the Block Island Ferry departs from this location in Naragansett, Newport, and Fall River, MA. Go
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Narragansett Town Beach

A classic salt water coastal beach that offers clean, accessible beach conditions, the Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of town. Go
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Port of Galilee

An authentic working fishing village in Narragansett, the Port of Galilee is home to charter fishing vessels, and offers year-round ferries to Block Island. Go

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SouthCoast Narragansett, RI Listings

Anchor Motel825 Ocean RdNarragansett, RI401.792.8550
Atlantic House The85 Ocean RdNarragansett, RI866.902.8458
Aunt Carrie's1240 Ocean RdNarragansett, RI401.783.7930
Block Island Ferry304 Great Island RdNarragansett, RI866.783.7996
Break The1208 Ocean RdNarragansett, RI401.363.9800
Curiosity & Mischief Gifts and Bookstore4 Pier Market PlNarragansett, RI401.782.1992
Del's Lemonade77 Boston Neck RdNarragansett, RI
George's of Galilee250 Sand Hill Cove RdNarragansett, RI401.783.2306
Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House1157 Point Judith RdNarragansett, RI401.783.5608
Matunuck Oyster Bar629 Succotash RaodNarragansett, RI401.783.4202
Narragansett Pier Marketplace97 Pier Market PlaceNarragansett, RI
Narragansett Town Beach39 Boston Neck RdNarragansett, RI401.783.6430
New Village Inn Hotel & Conference Center1 Beach StNarragansett, RI401.783.6767
OneWay Gallery140 Boon StreetNarragansett, RI
Point Judith Lighthouse1470 Ocean RdNarragansett, RI401.789.0444
Port of GalileeNarragansett, RI
South Shore Housing169 Summer StreetKingston, MA781.422.4214
Village Inn1 Beach StNarragansett, RI401.783.6767

Narragansett, RI