Port of Galilee
The Port of Galilee is a beautiful and authentic New England fishing village near Narragansett in South County Rhode Island. It is known for its beautiful beaches, sightseeing cruises/tours, quality shopping, dining and unprecedented fishing/quahogging. It also is home to the Block Island Ferry. With ferries leaving daily, Galilee offers options for day trips to Block Island during a vacation. Galilee obtained it’s biblical title in 1902 from a Nova Scotia native fishermen Thomas Mann in spite of its prospering fishing economy. Ever since, Galilee has been a thriving fishing port that transports 16+ million pounds of fish/shellfish each year up and down the East Coast. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the State of Rhode Island dredged the basin and built wharves providing a harbor and refuge for now what is the Port of Galilee and Point Judith Harbor of Refuge.
Getting in by car is probably the easiest way to get to Galilee. By taking car you are brought directly into the area. Air and train do not bring you straight into the Point Judith area and a bus is needed to bring you to the destination. Traffic is rare to get into Galilee so it is usually quick and easy. Be aware that Point Judith Road usually has many cops using radars at all times of the day.
From Route 95 North - Take exit 92 in Connecticut. Bear right onto North Stonington Rd., Rte 2. Look for right hand turn for Rte. 78. At the end of Rte. 78, go left onto Rte. 1N. Travel on Rte. 1N until the Galilee, Pt. Judith exit, Rte. 108. From Route 95 South: Take exit 9 in Rhode Island, (Narragansett exit) to Rte. 4. Stay on Rte. 4 to Rte. 1. On Rte. 1 take the Narragansett, Rte. 108 exit.
Although there are not any airports in Galilee itself, TF Green (PVD) is in the state of Rhode Island and offers many low cost and regular flights. The airport is located in Warwick which is approximately 30 minutes away. The #14 bus goes directly to and from Kennedy Plaza which connects to Narragansett where Point Judith is located. Westerly Airport, 56 Airport Road, +1 401-596-2357. Small, regional airport.
AMTRAK - Kingston Station, Railroad Avenue, West Kingston, Rhode Island. +1 -800-USA-RAIL, Service Amtrak Regional Trains to -Boston -New York -Washington -Newport News –Richmond. Kingston Station is open daily 6am to 11pm. The train takes approximately 3 hours to arrive at New York's Penn Station.
Galilee is a small village located outside Narragansett and is easy to walk and bike around. By using these forms of transportation you will be able to soak in some of the lovely scenery this beautiful port has to offer including its beaches, shops and marinas. Galilee is small and many attractions are in walking or biking proximity to each other.
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
R.I.P.T.A.Services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence, with a central hub in Kennedy Plaza. The bus routes are usually slow but dependable. When it’s hot enough during the summer the state provides free transportation for certain hours of the day. Cheap rates! Phone: +1 401-781-9400
Taxis usually take about a half hour to arrive. During the school year season taxis can take up to an hour to arrive because many students use them. Rates are pricy just like any other taxi but Rhody is small so not much ground to cover! Eagle Taxi (401) 783-2970 Cozy Cabs (401) 846-2500 Wakefield Cab Co. Inc. (401) 783-0007 Moriarty's Taxi (401)841-0030
Newport Limousine Service (401) 418-4301 Paradise Limousine Service (401)847-2704.
Seasonal passes are available during the summer months for in-state and out of state patrons. The passes are valid from Memorial Day weekend (May) to Labor Day weekend (September). The passes give you access into ALL state beaches including those found below:
Full and Half day whale watching and fishing tours available to those interested. Coastal Rhode Island is encompassed in beautiful scenery as well as a view of Newport.
If you're looking for a gift shop to get a few souvenirs while in Galilee, look around and pick one! There are numerable shops lining the main road, offering tee shirts, shell nick-knacks, and any other trinkets you can think of. Here are just a few:
The Cigar Box Ltd. While there are not many smoke shops in South County, one of the newest is called The Cigar Box Ltd. Located in the Cumby's (Cumberland Farm's) plaza on Point Judith Road, The Cigar Box is the place to go for an assortment of fine imported cigars. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always willing to answer any questions you have or share their favorite cigars. Address: 855 Pt. Judith Road (401) 783-5995
Clam Shell Gift Shop Located behind George's, the Clam Shell is a great shop for all of those beachy souvenir items. Whether it's a collection of beautiful Rhode Island shells, magnets, calendars, glass art, or house decorations, the Clam Shell is a good one-stop shop for anything you might want to take home with you. (401) 782-8710
Tees by the Sea Tees by the Sea is a tee shirt and sweatshirt shop where you can either purchase pre-designed items or create your own custom design to be printed! Located right on Great Island Road, Tees is easy to get to and a fun place to stop while you're in Galilee.
Galilee and the Point Judith area offer a number of great places to stop in for a casual bite to eat before heading out to the beach.
Aunt Carrie's Aunt Carrie's offers a variety of seafood including locals' favorite clam cakes. Aunt Carrie's also features a signature clam cakes known to all patrons. You can place your order to stay or to go: There is an indoor dining area as well as screened in picnic tables. If you choose to go, walk down the path to the beach and enjoy the ocean view! Address: 1240 Ocean Road, Narragansett Phone: 783-7930
Iggy's Website Located across the street from Aunt Carrie's, Iggy's is a great alternative to its rival. Many visitors swear that this is the only place to visit for “real” Rhode Island clam chowder. Iggy's has an ordering window where you can place your order and take it with you or sit outside at one of their picnic tables. There are no inside seating accommodations, so if you are looking for a place to sit in the shade, head back over to Aunt Carrie's. Address: 1157 Point Judith Road, Narragansett Phone: 783-5608
George's of Galilee Though George's is listed in nearly every travel guide to Narragansett you will find, residents will tell you that while the food is fresh, the service is unpredictable. If you find a full parking lot, you should try another restaurant because the food is not worth the wait. Address: 1 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett Phone:783-2306
Champlin's Website Directly across the parking lot from George's, Champlin's offers food as fresh as George's without the hostile waiting environment. Oftentimes tourists will be steered directly here over George's for both price AND quality of food. Address: 256 Great Island Road, Narragansett Phone: 783-3152
Spain Always a favorite of the romantics, Spain is good for a fancy (albeit pricey) Mediterranean dinner out. Spain offers a setting away from the main scene right on the ocean with a view to kill. Address: 1144 Ocean Road, Narragansett Phone: 783-9770
The Wheel House Tavern The Wheel House is a nice setback from the usual going-out scene around Southern Rhode Island. Featuring many local bands each weekend, The Wheel House is a great way to get into Narragansett local music while grabbing dinner and drinks. Address: 294 Great Island Road Narragansett, RI 02882 Phone: 401-284-0246
Charlie O's Tavern on the Point Charlie O's is a great casual restaurant suitable for families during the day. Each day of the week is a different special, and the food is always of high quality. The wait staff is friendly and the food comes out fast, making this a very popular (read: BUSY!) place to eat in the summer months. After hours, Charlie O's is a popular bar spot year-round, serving appetizers all night.
Galilee and Point Judith offer a number of other great eateries, including The Hammerhead Grill, The Bon Vue, Mahoney's, Finbacks, and Fat Jack's Pizza. Also, if you are not in the mood for a restaurant scene, but still want to experience Rhode Island seafood, head over to the wharf and buy fresh lobster directly from the fishermen coming in! At any time of day you will find fishing and lobster boats coming in with a fresh catch.
There are many places to grab a pint of beer, a relaxing cup of tea, or a stimulating cup of coffee. Mainly there are more bars than coffee houses in this area. These bars offer “happy hour” specials in which drinks can be two for one or dramatically cheaper than they normally are. Happy hour usually runs at the end of a typical workday being 4-6, or 5-7.
Pt. Judith is not famous for its nightlife or club scene. However the few bars in town provide enough drinking holes to manage the towns population. All year round these bars get busy around happy hour on weekdays, and on the typical Friday and Saturday night. During winter these bars may be crowded on late nights by college students in the area.
Charlie O’s Tavern Charlie O’s offers tons of happy hour specials on weekdays. Happy hour Monday through Friday 4:00-6:30. It is the easiest accessible place to grab a quick pint as it is located at the intersection of Pt. Judith Road (rt. 108) and Sand Hill Cover Road. Address: 2 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882 (401) 782-2002.
Simon’s Martini Lounge Upstairs of Charlie O’s. Serves specialty Martini concoctions and top shelf liquor. Simon’s also has a large HD television especially for football Sunday’s.
George's of Galilee George’s is primarily a sit-down style restaurant for families, but has a bar upstairs for the night crowd, along with live entertainment. Address: 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Galilee, RI 02882. 401-783-2306.
The Wheel House Tavern This tavern caters more towards a crowd who likes live shows, concerts and a barroom feel. There are tons of shows each week and it is mostly for the younger crowd. Address: 294 Great Island Road, Galilee, RI 02882. Phone: 401-284-0246.
Pt. Judith is mostly commercialized when it comes to coffee houses. There are only a few close coffee houses.
Dunkin’ Donuts A popular morning spot for a chance to grab a quick bite to eat and a coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts provides other morning or afternoon drinks such as tea and juice. Address: 855 Point Judith Rd # 5, Narragansett, RI. Phone (401) 789-7834
Tim Hortons Just the same style of Dunkin’ Donuts, only with a different name. Tim Hortons offers many drinks including coffee, tea, juice and fruit smoothies. Located just a short drive north of the Pt. Judith area. Address: 70 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI. Phone (401) 284-0983
Bess Eaton A Rhode Island favorite has reopened! Bess Eaton offers a variety of drinks and pastries. A perfect stop for before you get on the ferry.
Places to sleep in Pt. Judith are few and far between. Since it is on one of the southern tips of Rhode Island, it does not have a wide variety of hotels and motels. Large hotels and motels can be found a short 10-minute drive north however. It is common to plan out a vacation in Pt. Judith and stay at one of the many rental beach houses in the area. During the winter months, these houses usually get rented to college students, however in the summer the rent is more expensive and the college students are gone. Thus making a summer getaway in Pt. Judith more enjoyable.
La Cappella Bed and Breakfast This B and B is more for a couple looking for a romantic get-away. This B and B has a great location right on the east side of route 108, however it does not have enough room for large families, nor does the atmosphere provide for it. Address: 796 Pt. Judith Road, Pt. Judith, 02882. Phone (401) 789 8871.
Scarborough Beach Motel Located no more than a five minute drive north of Pt. Judith, this motel is great for any group looking for a good rate. Address: 901 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882. Phone: (401) 783-2063.
If those two don't fit your needs or are booked, there are a few more hotels that are not a far drive north of Pt. Judith. They range from five to fifteen minutes away.
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