The best way to get to Exeter is by car because the town is very spread out and no car rental locations are within Exeter.
A car is the best way to get around but it could be done with a bicycle.
Arcadia Wildlife Management Park, . Nooseneck Hill Road, Phone: +1 401-539-2356. Over 13,800 acres of fishing and hiking for family. Numerous dirt paths into Exeter woods. Historic land sites of Indians.
Oak Harbor Village Car Show. Over 100 classic cars line up on the lawn of Oak Harbor Village in support of a local cause. Cars range from the 30s to current day and everyone is welcome. It is free to attend but there is a place to donate and an 50/50 raffle. Classic rock is provided by a volunteer DJ. Every Monday at 5pm when the weather is warm.
Queens River Reserve, . School Land Rd. Open Dusk to Dawn. The Reserve is located near The Job Corp and Ladd School. The Reserve has recently gone under some construction to make it more accessible for people to get to. There is a little dirt parking lot that allows for a few cars to park in, as well as room on the side of the road for safe parking. Dog walking is permitted as long as they are on a leash. There are two major fields that can be used for activities, just make sure to watch out for any holes or animal droppings. Wild life does roam the preserve, so be careful and watch out for any signs that a bigger animal may be nearby. Bow Hunting is permitted when in season, so at these times make sure to wear reflective gear that covers over 200 inches of the body.
RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Located on RT 2 in Exeter with over 265 acres dedicated to those who served makes a great day activity. Multiple sculptures are spread throughout each dedicated to a specific branch of the military. Many use at as place of exercise walking or running around. Just be wary of novice drivers as the quiet maze of roads offers an ideal area for new drivers seeking practice and is used often as such. Make sure to check out the back of the cemetery because some of the graves are from 1800s.
The Grave of Mercy Brown, 467 Ten Rod Road. The graveyard of Chestnut Hill Baptists Church is home to the grave of Mercy Brown who died in 1892 and was an alleged vampire and the center of one of the most well well documented cases of the performance of rituals to banish an undead manifestation. The grave stands today as an attraction to many interested in vampire tales.
The Ladd School, 162 Main Street. At the turn of the twentieth century, institutions for the mentally and physically disabled began to dot the United States, separating them from the psychiatric population residing in the asylums. After the successes of the schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, it was soon proposed that an institution should be built for the state of Rhode Island in the rural town of Exeter. The Rhode Island School for the Feeble Minded was founded in 1907 as a farm colony for the residents to work and learn, with Dr. Joseph Ladd as the superintendent. The patient population grew quickly, and in 1909 a dormitory was erected as the other was full; the new building would be for girls only. In 1917 the name of the facility changed to The Exeter School as the term "feeble-minded" (amongst many other medical terms) were becoming objectionable at the time. As the facility grew in size and population, funding became more scarce, and the school began to deteriorate into an overcrowded place to put the state's unwanted as many other state funded institutions did at the time. In the 1960s the facility had over 1,000 patients, and was re-named the Ladd Center in memory of its first superintendent. Although abandoned today, visitors are able to view the buildings from afar and wander the grounds. A great destination for paranormal sitings.
Shadow Pines Farm Alpacas, 181 Purgatory Road, ☎ 4012957895. Founded in 2003, Shadow Pines Farm Alpacas is a 10 acre farm run by local Exeter residents. Some of their foods are available year-round. Alpacas are available to purchase year round.
Exeter Country Club 320 Ten Rod Road, Phone: (401) 295-8212. Exeter is an 18-hole public golf course with challenging tree-lined holes. Offering affordable rates for golfers wanting to experience a fun day at the links, Exeter will provide a fun time for all. Greens Fees: Mon – Thursday: $36.00/ with cart: $53, Fri-Sunday and Holidays: $41.00/ with cart: $58. 9-holes Mon-Thursday: $22, Weekends before 7:30: $26.
Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road, ☎ (401)-294-4109, . Open Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. It is located next to the Exeter Chapel and half a mile away from the Town Hall. There is a small playground located next to the library for children to play on in the summer. This playground is open dawn to dusk on weather permitting days. The library hosts daily children’s readings, as well as other holiday events like Easter egg hunts and manger showings. The library takes donations of any kind, from small children’s books to encyclopedias. If they do not have the book, they are part of the Ocean State Catalog and can request the book from other libraries around the state.
Pineridge Sports Park, ☎ (401) 641-5758. , located on the hill opposite Oak Harbor Village offers batting cages $1 (Fast-Slow, Soft-Hard Ball) Driving Range $8, and an 18-hole mini golf coarse $7.
Rebecca's Salon & Day Spa, 705 South County Trail, ☎ (401)-268-3006. A local, privately owned day spa and salon center specializing in hair, nails and makeup. Rebecca’s is the perfect place for a female getaway offering massages, facials, manicures and pedicures as well as spray tanning and waxing services. Offering discounts to URI students with their student Id’s, Rebecca’s is a great place for men and women alike to get a haircut or to pamper yourself for a ladies day out.
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area Sports and Golf Course, 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd, ☎ (401) 295-5366, . Spend a day skiing or snow boarding. Rentals and lessons available with day passes and lift. During the summer the ski slope is turned in a small golf coarse for a quick game of golf. There is also a water park sporting three pools and two water slides.
Oak Harbor Village, 567 South County Trail. RT 2 offers a variety of stores and little gift shops. A variety of places to eat and you can also take a quick lesson in martial arts. The village is continuing to expand so expect more stores every year.
Ocean State Harley Davidson Shop, 435 Nooseneck Hill Rd, ☎ Rd (401) 392-1162, . Offers a complete shop for motorcycle parts and accesories. During the summer they host a variety of shows for those who enjoy Harley Davidsons.
Schartner's farm, 1 Arnold Place, ☎ (401)-294-2044. Founded in 1902 on 150 acres, Schartner’s farm offers a year round gift shop, produce department with freshly farm grown produce and a deli and cheese department, freshly baked goods, an independent line of jams and a nursery and green house. Schartner’s Farm has everything for the home yard and garden and year round seasonal activities including berry picking, corn mazes and hay rides.
Wolfrock Wine and Spirits, 806 South County Trail, ☎ 401-294-4251, . Monday through Thursday 9AM Thursday through Saturday 9AM-10PM and Sunday 12PM-6PM. A small liquor store with reasonable selection. Liquor prices standard for Rhode Island.
Celestial Café, 567 South County Trail, Exeter, Phone: 401-295-5559. 11AM-10PM. Reasonable to expensive menu prices. Casual to fine dining atmosphere. Reservations available.
Middle of Nowhere Diner, 222 Nooseneck Hill Road, Phone: 401-397-8855. Breakfast and lunch diner. Great food, small-town, country atmosphere. Inexpensive.
Exeter Town Pizza Inc., South County Trail, Phone: 401-294-2393. 11AM-11PM. Small-town pizzeria with variety of pizza specials. Take-out and sit-in available. Inexpensive.
Yellow River, 567 South County Trail, ☎ (401) 295-8886. is a sit down take out Chinese food restaurant. Reasonable prices and very fast service.
Effie Filippou's Twisted Pizza, 567 South County Trail, Suite 107, ☎ (401) 294-9767. 9767 Greek style pizzas, calzones, wings, and more. Delivery, take-out and sit-in available. Relatively inexpensive.
Little Country Pizza, 349 Nooseneck Hill Road, ☎ (401)-397-2500. A small, family owned and run pizza shop well recognized for their fast, friendly service and great food. Casual seating indoors with an outdoor picnic area, LCP is a great place for the family or a group of friends to relax. Prices are cheap and a takeout menu is available.
Homestead Restaurant, 750 South County Trail, ☎ (401)-294-7810. A casual, laid back restaurant good for individuals, couples or groups. Contains a fully stocked bar and a wide menu selection including quality seafood and fresh salads and vegetables with generous portions, all items are available for takeout. Waiting staff is very professional, service is prompt and prices are moderate.
Sophie's Coffee and Cafe, 699 South County Trail, ☎ (401)-667-0603. Monday through Saturday 6-6 Sunday 7-5. A family owned and run Coffee shop and bakery brewing fresh coffee flavors made from the finest ingredients without any artificial syrups. Sophie’s serves a variety of food items including baked goods and breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon buns, bagels and other pastry made fresh in the kitchen every morning. For lunch, handmade pizza and deli lunch meat sandwiches are available and the many pies, éclairs and other deserts offered at Sophie’s are difficult to turn down.
Cornerstone Pub, 273 Nooseneck Hill Road, ☎ (401)-294-4981. Open Monday-Sunday 11:30 am - 1:00 am. Recently opened, his local pub has the traditional bar feel with an updated decor. There is table seating available for couples and groups of 4 and 6, as well as a rectangle bar that is the main attraction of the establishment. The pub has a fully stocked bar, televisions to watch the game, and a pool table for those who would rather be a little active. There are themed nights like Mexican Monday, Pre-Blizzard party, and other events that are posted on their Facebook page, . Their menu is also listed online .
Wolf Rock's Country Kitchen, South County Trail, ☎ (401)-294-4981. Open Monday through Friday 6:00 am - 3:00 pm. Saturdays 6:00 am - 2:00 pm. Sundays 6:00 am - 1:00 pm. This establishment is a small diner that is connected to Wolf Rock Liquor Store. The store is run by a couple and their family and has a home like atmosphere to it. Specializing in breakfast and lunch, they have a weekend breakfast buffet and a menu to order from if you want something specific. The menu  is reasonably priced and the plates are generously proportioned.
Wawaloam Campground, 510 Gardiner Rd, West Kingston, ☎ (401) 294-3039, . Although not located in Exeter it is right outside. They offer camper essentials and tent spots available for nightly rent. During the summer they offer weekly activities geared towards the younger crowd. In addition to the campground, a mini golf course, public swimming pool and a playground area for younger children are located on the premise as well as a bathroom and shower house.
Peeper Pond Campground, Liberty Church Rd., ☎ (401)-294-5540. Open Seasonally May 1st – September 30th. Located on the back roads of Exeter, this campground is for RV’s and tent campers alike. The facility is approximately seventy acres complete with a full modern bathhouse with free hot showers, electronic (30 amp service) and water hook-ups, dump station and on-site dumping service, pull throughs, and tent decks. The recreational facilities included are volleyball, badminton, and horseshoes. The nearby Queens River Reserve and surrounding ponds offer an experience like no other. Wild life is prominent in this area, as well as hunters. It is advised to have reflective gear when hiking in the woods in order to warn hunters of your presence.