If you are trying to find South County on a map, then you might have a problem. Technically speaking, South County doesn’t really exist! Instead, “South County” is just the name that the locals have given to a specific part of Rhode Island. South County is, broadly speaking, the coastal region in Rhode Island, centered around the mostly seasonal vacation communities.
Rhode Island has three AMTRAK train stations - South Kingstown (close to the beaches of Narragansett and Charlestown), Providence (in downtown Providence), and Westerly (close to the RI/CT border). WARNING: Amtrak trains often run late, so do not rely on them for time-sensitive trips.
South County, Rhode Island is accessed most easily by Interstate 95. From South (New York/Connecticut Area): Head north on I-95N into Rhode Island. Take exit 3A for RI-138 E/S Kingstown and merge onto RI-138 E/Kingstown Rd. Head straight on RI-138 until you enter South Kingstown
From North (Providence/Boston): Head south on I-95S into Rhode Island. Take exit 9 onto RI-4 towards South County. Head straight on RI-4 and continue onto RI-1 into South Kingstown.
Galilee in the town of Narragansett is accessible from Block Island and Newport by using the Block Island Ferry. You can purchase tickets online or by calling +1 401-783-7996. Block Island Ferry offers the Hi-Speed Ferry and the Traditional Ferry. The Hi-Speed Ferry arrives in approximately 30 minutes and the Traditional Ferry arrives in approximately 60 minutes.
South County's main attraction during the warmer months is its many miles of coastline and public beaches. This can attract very large crowds, especially on weekends or holidays. Daily passes are available for residents, non-residents and seniors, and range from $5 to $14. Season passes are also available and range from $20 to $60. All beaches are free (but unguarded) before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Beach phone numbers may be seasonal.
Narragansett Town Beach 36 Ocean Rd (Narragansett) +1 401-783-7121
Misquamicut State Beach 149 Atlantic Ave (Westerly) +1 401-322-1206
Scarborough State Beach 970 Ocean Rd (Narragansett) +1 401-789-2324
East Matunuck State Beach 950 Succotash Rd (South Kingstown) +1 401-789-8585
Roger Wheeler State Beach 100 Sand Hill Cove Road(Narragansett) +1 401-789-3563
Salty Brine State Beach 254 Great Island Road (Narragansett) +1 401-789-3563
South County enjoys a brief period of fall colors. The main roads throughout the region, such as Route 1, Route 138, Route 108, Route 2 and Ministerial Road (Route 110) make for enjoyable drives during the autumn season.
Fine Arts Center Galleries at URI, Upper College Road, Kingston. Tu-F Noon-4PM, and weekends 1PM-4PM. The University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center boasts three fully staffed galleries, including one devoted specifically to photography. The galleries exhibit contemporary artists from across the nation and around the globe year-round. Free. Unfortunately, URI is closing the galleries due to budget cuts.
Hera Gallery, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, Phone: +1 401-789-1488, . W-F 1PM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. The Hera Gallery is a non-profit artists co-op open year round (except January). Free.
For the shopping enthusiast, South County provides a multitude of options. Although you won't find many chain stores, South County has many boutiques, used book stores, and souvenir shops. Wickford, Wakefield, and Westerly all have historic downtowns that contain many interesting shops.
Wakefield Mall, 160 Old Tower Hill Rd Wakefield, RI 02879. The Wakefield Mall is the smallest mall in New England and includes stores such as Wet Seal, Payless Shoes, Michaels Craft Store, Olympia Sports, and Staples. . If you are a more serious shopper, then you can wait at the RIPTA bus stop right outside the mall, take the Route 66 bus into and out of Providence.
Marshalls, 91 Point Judith Rd, Suite 10, Narragansett, RI 02882. +1 401-782-4285. Located in the Salt Pond Shopping center where Stop & Shop is, Marshalls is the popular chain store for all ages.
The Purple Cow, 205 Main St Wakefield, +1 (401) 789-2389. Open daily 10am-6pm Saturday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday/Friday. Located in the center of Wakefield on Historic Main Street, this is a fairly large boutique offering a wide variety of gifts and clothing. Merchandise ranges in prices from less than $10 to more than $100. They have name-brand jewelry as well as locally made products. Perfect when looking for just the right birthday/holiday gift or to treat yourself!
Canoeing & Kayaking: Narrow River Kayaks 94 Middlebridge Rd +1 401-789-0334. Located right on Narrow River between Routes 1 and 1A. You can paddle to the beach, John H. Chafee Wildlife Refuge, Pettaquamscutt Lake and Gilbert Stuart Birthplace.
Fishing: Black Point Narragansett, Off of Ocean Rd, just north of Scarborough State Beach. The area consists of a wooded dirt path that extends toward the Bay from a parking. Use caution when walking out on the rocks, particularly during high tide. On-site parking is available
Camping: Burlingame State Park, Charlestown, +1 401-322-7337. The park has 3,100 acres of rocky woodland surrounding Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The entrance to the park headquarters and camping area is off U.S. Route 1.
Nature trails: Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary, Charlestown +1 401-949-5454. A 29 acre property located on the southern shore of Watchaug Pond. The land abuts Burlingame State Park and trails lead from the refuge to the state land.
Biking: South County Bike Path+1 401-783-8886 is used by walkers, runners, bikers. The bike path begins at the Kingston Amtrak train station and extends 8 miles, ending at the South County Museum near Narragansett Town Beach.
Airsoft: Extreme Complex, 1425 Kingston Rd, Wakefield +1 401-789-1987 . A local business that provides an indoor Airsoft field. Airsoft guns for rent and for sale.
Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St, Westerly, 02889 +1 401-596-2341 Granite Theatre is a restored Greek Revival Church that sits at the foot of Granite Street in downtown Westerly. Year round, the Granite Theatre will stage various forms of entertainment including Broadway plays, children's plays, lecture programs, cabaret acts, and more.
URI Theatre, Upper College Rd (Fine Arts Center), Kingston, 02881 +1 401-874-2627 Live theatre productions, Concert Choir and University Chorus performances, and occasional non-URI performances.
Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Rd, Matunuck, 02879 +1 401-782-TKTS This is an old and theatre in Rhode Island; it was originally opened in 1933. After being closed down for four years, Bill Haney purchased and reopened it in 2007 and ever since has been showcasing musical and dramatic theatricals.
Entertainment Cinemas, 30 Village Square Drive, South Kingstown, 02879 +1 401-792-8008 Located in the South County Commons development, Entertainment Cinemas is South County's only multiplex-style cinema. First-run movies show seven days a week with matinee prices all day on Tuesdays, and discounts for students on Wednesdays.
The Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, +1 401-788-3200, Fax: 401-788-3210, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home to all of the main events such as basket ball games, boat shows and concerts. The schedule for events is available here . Along with the Ryan Center there is the Boss Ice Arena.
The Boss Arena, Lincoln Almond Plaza, +1 401-874-5480. Offers ice-skating to the public at designated times found here . You can also catch recreational girls and boys ice hockey games as well as the URI hockey club’s games.
Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House- 1157 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, +1 401-783-5608 Sells seafood and other entrees for lunch and dinner. Has very limited indoor seating.
The Bluebird Cafe- 554 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, +1 401-792-8940  Breakfast until 2 PM every day but Tuesdays. Open 5 PM to 8:30 PM for dinner on Fridays.
Friendly's Ice Cream- 600 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, +1 401-783-0562  A family-oriented chain restaurant. Sells cheap food and ice cream.
Panera Bread- 160 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, +1 401-788-0102  A large chain restaurant. Offers a variety of foods, breads, and pastries.
DB’s Pizza- 546 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, +1 401-789-4222 A local pizza making business. Open daily.
Oak Hill Tavern- 565 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown, +1 401-294-3282  A casual Restaurant/Tavern open 7 days a week featuring BBQ ribs & chicken, steaks, seafood, and burgers. Very popular, so wait may be up to an hour. $2-$16.
Monaghan's Clam Shack- 190 Ocean Road, Narragansett, +1 401-782-2524.  Offers seafood and grill items, such as burgers or hot dogs. Within walking distance of Narragansett Town beach. $4-$20.
Kingston Pizza- 120 Knowelsway Ext, Narragansett, +1 401-782-4442  A local pizza restaurant chain.
Brickley's Ice Cream & Cakes- 921 Boston Neck Rd, +1 401-789-1784  Home made ice cream coming in many varieties. High prices but big serving sizes.
Dunkin' Donuts- 1189 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett, +1 401-789-0546 Very large chain. Sells donuts and related pastries.
Allie's Donuts- 3661 Quaker Ln. (Rt.2), North Kingstown, +1 401-295-8036. Sells freshly made donuts and donut cakes in great variety.
Brewed Awakenings- 60 South County Commons Way, Wakefield, +1 401-783-8086 A local coffee shop which sells coffee as well as pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Free Wifi.
Casey's Grill and Bar- 191 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, +1-401-789-9714  Prices range from $7-$20 with dinner specials every night. Monday and Tuesday's are two dinners for $19.99 (a glass of their house wine included). Their menu ranges from sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood, pasta, and even some Mexican dishes. Menu items served until 12AM!
Cool Beans Cafe- 18 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, +1-401-789-9500 Open daily 7am-6pm. Offers breakfast, lunch, coffee, drinks, and deserts. Just a 5 minute walk from Narragansett Town Beach. Friendly atmosphere and comfortable seating areas.
Bagelz- 99 Fortin Road, Kingston, 1-401-782-2295 & 90 Pershing Avenue, Wakefield, 1-401-783-9700 Open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-5pm. Offers coffee, tea, specialty drinks, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, lunch, and drinks. The Fortin Road location is located in the Emporium on the URI campus and is the perfect place to grab coffee and breakfast before class or a snack during a study break. Limited seating downstairs but there is also an upper level. Plus, on Mondays there is free coffee if you bring in your own to-go mug and during finals week they offer free refills!
Charlie O's- 2 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, +1-401-782-2002  Charlie O's is a sports bar with a laid back environment. Their menu provides a range of seafood, grilled items, chicken and pasta. Prices range from $10-$25.
Lunch Lady- 22A Pier Market Place, Narragansett, +1-401-284-1504 Open daily 11am-4pm. Offers lunch sandwiches, salads, smoothies, snacks, drinks. Unique menu, very friendly staff and accommodating to specific requests. Within walking distance of Narragansett Town Beach. Sandwiches and salads range in price from $8-$12.
T’s Restaurant- 91 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, +1-401-284-3981, Open daily 7am-3pm. Offers coffee, drinks, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch. Always a friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. Tons of indoor seating and outdoor seating when the weather is nice. Prices range from $5-$15.
PJ's Pub- 135 Boon Street, Narragansett, +1 401-789-3200  Offers Mediterranean Cuisine served in a Pub atmosphere. Take out orders available.
The Mew's Tavern- 456 Main St, Wakefield, +1 401-783-9370  Sells standard tavern food. Very popular, so wait can be up to two hours, though is usually closer to one.
Crazy Burger- 144 Boone St, Narragansett, +1 401-783-1810  Offers a variety of burgers and other entrees. Also features a Café and Juice Bar.
The Pump House- 1464 Kingstown Road, North Kingstown, +1 401-789-4944  Quiet atmosphere and enjoyable food. Service is usually very quick.
Rhody Joe’s- 515 Kingstown Road, Wakefield +1 401-783-0008  College student-oriented restaurant. Menu items include typical bar-and-grill items such as burgers, wings, or pasta.
New Dragon- 80 Pt Judith Rd, Narragansett +1 401-783-1110 Favorite local Chinese restaurant.
George's of Galilee- 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-783-2306  Wide selection of fresh local seafood, a new sushi menu, lobster specials, as well as slow roasted prime rib. Sometimes offers live entertainment (check website). $10-$20.
Cucina Twist- 2095 Kingstown Rd, North Kingstown, +1 401-789-5300  Casual fine dining restaurant. Reservations suggested. $12-$20.
Champlin's Seafood- Great Island Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-783-3152.  Seafood restaurant with a family atmosphere. Very popular restaurant, with a line that can last up to an hour. Warning: most tables are open to the outside, so they get cold in winter.
Bamboo Garden- 944 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-788-8085 Relatively cheap Chinese food.
Trio- 5 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-792-4333  Serves standard grill foods, such as steaks and pork chops. Free WiFi available. Warning: Parking may be difficult during the day if the beach is open.
Twin Willows- 865 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett, +1 401-789-8153  Family oriented tavern restaurant. Popular local restaurant, though wait is never longer than half an hour.
Gregg's- 4120 Quaker Lane, North Kingstown, +1 401-294-5701  Provides a family-friendly dining environment, with a large variety in foods. Very popular desserts. $8-$20.
Chen's- 60 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, +1 401-793-8516 A local Chinese food restaurant.
Applebee's- 15 Commons Corner Way, Wakefield, +1 401-782-4578  Part of a large chain. Provides American food in a child-friendly environment.
Kabuki- 91 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 1 401-788-0777 Kabuki presents modern Japanese Cuisine, sushi, and cocktails. Entrees range from $15-$25 Open: M-F 11AM-1AM, Sa 12PM-1AM, Su 1PM-1AM
Turtle Soup, 113 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-792-8683 Italian restaurant in Narragansett. Not child-friendly.
Aunt Carrie’s Seafood Restaurant, 1240 Ocean Rd, Narragansett RI, +1 401-783-7930  Popular seafood restaurant in Narragansett. $11-$30.
Shogun Steak and Seafood House, 59 South County Commons Plaza, South Kingstown, +1 401-284-1311  Open Sunday 4pm-9pm, Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm. Provides private seating as well as a hibachi bar so you can watch your food made right in front of you. Menu includes Hibachi entrees, traditional Japanese entrees, appetizers, and a huge selection of sushi and sashimi. The Hibachi chefs are always entertaining and put on a great show. This environment makes for an enjoyable evening. Prices range from $15-$40.
Coast Guard House, 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, +1 401-783-0700  Serves steak and seafood. Provides great view of the ocean. Not child friendly. $15-$40.
Spain Restaurant- 1144 Ocean Road, Narragansett, +1-401-783-9770  Spain serves many different dishes including: Seafood, chicken, steaks, and pasta. Prices range from $15-$40. Closed on Mondays
Rhody Joe’s Saloon- 515 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield +1 401-783-0008, Rhody Joe’s offers a laid back environment where customer service is a priority. They offer $2 draft specials and $4 house margaritas. A late night menu is served until 12AM.
Mews Tavern- 456 Main St, Wakefield +1 401-783-9370, Mews offers 69 draft beers including many microbrews, one made especially by Magic Hat Brewery for the Mews. There is three different bar atmospheres, including a Martini Lounge. Its environment is well fit for family and friends.
Charlie O's Tavern on the Point- 2 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett +1 401-782-2202 and +1 401-782-2004 A popular tavern-like restaurant that serves drinks.
Twin Willows- 865 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett, +1 401-789-8153 , A popular Narragansett restaurant that offers a variety of drinks and tavern food.
Durkin Cottages Realty, 815 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, +1-401-789-6659, Open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Durkin is a realty office available for students to find academic year housing and for tourists to rent beach houses during the summer months. Beach houses are upwards of $1000 per week and usually need to be booked in advance. Houses are available in the Scarborough area, Narragansett Town Beach area, and Bonnet Shores area.
Ann O’Brien Realty, 196 Ocean Road, Narragansett, +1-401-782-3900, Open Monday-Saturday 9am-530pm, Sunday 11am-530pm. Ann O’Brien is a realty office available for students to find academic year housing and for tourists to rent beach houses during the summer months. Beach houses are upwards of $1000 per week and usually need to be booked in advance. Houses are available in the Scarborough area, Narragansett Town Beach area, and Bonnet Shores area.
Hampton Inn, 20 Hotel Drive, South Kingstown, ☎ 401-788-3500, . Offers complimentary breakfast, swimming facilities, free internet and fitness center.edit
The King's Rose, 1747 Mooresfield Rd, South Kingstown, ☎ 401-783-5222, . Bed and Breakfast located right outside of URI's Kingston campus. The 75-year-old Colonial style home features antique rooms and two acres of gardens. It is exhibited as one of the National Register of Historic Places. edit
The Richards Bed and Breakfast, 144 Gibson Avenue, +1 789-7746, . Historic stone home located on a quiet street 1.5 miles from Narragansett Town Beach. Full gourmet breakfast, Wi-fi, koi pond and gardens, air conditioning.
The Lighthouse Inn of Galilee, 307 Great Island Road, +1 789-9341, . Two story, newly renovated hotel with 100 Poolside and Harborside rooms. Walking distance of shops, beaches, and restaurants.
The Village Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1 Beach Street, +1 783-6767, . Located along Narragansett Pier, offers 62 luxiourious rooms featuring a gourmet restaurant, spa, and pool.
Ocean Rose Inn, 113 Ocean Road, +1 783-4704,  A romantic upscale Victorian Inn overlooking Narragansett Bay that has its own restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean serving Italian and seafood cuisine. The rooms are styled Victorian as well as contemporary.
Sheppard's Place, 172 Boon Street,+1 742-5903, . Bed and breakfast that feels like you are just at home. Walking distance of shops, parks, beach, and restaurants. Enjoy relaxing on the patio looking at the private garden and ocean views.
Shells By the Sea, 8 River View Road, +1 782-6985, . Newly built B&B that is minutes from the Narragansett Town Beach and the famous Narragansett Towers. Offers a romantic getaway package for couples.
Scarborough Beach Motel, 901 Ocean Rd., +1 401 783-2063 . The motel is in a quiet residential neighborhood directly across the street from Scarborough State Beach. They offer clean, comfortable rooms with 1, 2, or 3 double beds and efficiencies. All rooms have private baths with stall showers and Cable TV, Telephone, individual Heat / AC unit and most room with Microwave/Refrigerator.
Crosswinds Bed & Breakfast, 800 Boston Neck Rd., +1 401-294-3031, . Crosswinds Bed and Breakfast is a lovely federally styled farmhouse built in 1850. This pastoral centerpiece is nestled off of Scenic 1A just south of Wickford Village. It is located nine miles from Newport and the University of Rhode Island.
Haddie Pierce House, 146 Boston Neck Rd., +1 401-294-7674, . The Haddie Pierce House is a beautiful restored Victorian home in the center of Wickford Village and is close to beaches. Bed and breakfast.
Hamilton Village Inn, 642 Boston Neck Rd., +1 401-295-0700.  Enjoy a quaint and scenic stay at the Hamilton Village Inn. Guest Rooms and suites are available and include cable television, wi-fi, telephones, and private bathrooms. Recently remodeled rooms and close to the Wickford area.
Wickford Junction Inn, 1266 Old Baptist Rd., +1 401-295-2242, Email: email@example.com, . An 1880's country Victorian with conservatory houses this charming bed & breakfast. 3 bedrooms, each with private bath, plus add on bedroom with 2 twin beds forms suite. Beautifully situated in a park-like setting gorgeously landscaped with water features like koi ponds, water falls and decorative water fountain. The inn is nestled on a hilly, wooded property at the gateway to historic Wickford Village, Rhode Island. Close to Providence, Newport and TF Green Airport. Bed and breakfast.
Wickford Motor Inn, 7650 Post Rd., +1 401-294-4852. A clean quiet hotel that seems stuck in the 1970's. Amenities included are a fitness center, in room air-conditioning, cable television, and microwaves. $45 a night.
Kingstown Motel, 6530 Post Rd., +1 401-884-1160. A small hotel located right in the heart of North Kingstown features 20 well appointed rooms. Each unit offers amenities such as 25 inch TV, work Desk, fax, microwave, cable With HBO, refrigerator, 24 Hour Switchboard, Copy Machine, lounge Nearby, fax Machine, ice Machine, restaurant nearby, electronic Locks, sprinkler System, wake up call system, non-Smoking Rooms,smoke Detector, free Outdoor Parking, non-Smoking Rooms, RV or Truck Parking available, and free Toll-Free and Long Distance. Rates go from 59.95 to 99.95 a night depending on the time of year and size of the room. No pets allowed.
The Atlantic House, 85 Ocean Rd., +1 401-783-6400, . Right across from the Narragansett seawall. Very short walk to Narragansett Town Beach and Pier Market Place shops.
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