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Charlestown (Rhode Island)

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Charlestown is a seacoast town in South County, Rhode Island.

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

  • TF Green International Airport[12] located in Warwick (Rhode Island). About half an hour from Charlestown. Parking for TF Green starts at $11.

By Car[edit]

  • From I-95 N take exit 92 for Route 2 towards Route 49 / North Stonington. Merge onto CT-78 East. Take a left at Route 1 and follow into Charlestown.
  • From I-95 S take Exit 9 (on the left) in Rhode Island onto Route 4. Follow Route 4 into Route 1, and follow for about 17 miles.

Get around[edit]

Many attractions in Charlestown are spread out, so travel by car is usually the best option. If you are renting a house in one of the many beach suburbs, then beach access is almost always easier by foot. Bicycle travel is also the method of transport favored by many locals, and offers a great experience to view the flora and fauna. There are no real means of obtaining (renting, buying, etc) a bicycle in town, so it is recommended that any visitors bring their own for the best method of transport to a beach. Water Travel is also very popular. Renting a canoe, or other form of boat is a good way to see the true beauty of Rhode Island. These are easily rentable at many bait and tackle places listed below.

See[edit][add listing]


Charlestown’s real main attraction are its beaches, which have all varying levels of surf, but are all amazingly beautiful and are almost certainly some of Rhode Island’s best beaches. For some more information there is the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce page on Beaches[13].

  • East Beach / Ninigret State Beach, East Beach Road. A 3 mile barrier beach that buffers the Atlantic and Ninigret Pond. Includes parking facilities as well as some camping areas for those with RV’s capable of driving in the dunes. Ninigret Pond, on the inland side, is well known for its excellent windsurfing qualities in addition to being a great “non-surf” alternative to the beach for kids. $12 per car, $14 on weekends / holidays.  edit
  • Charlestown State Breachway, Route 1A, +1 401 364-1208. Opened in 1958, it buffers the Atlanitc and the other half of Ninigret Pond. A Smaller beach that is across the breachway from East Beach. “The Breachway” also has facilities for limited camping, and is one of Charlestown’s well-known areas for saltwater fishing.  edit
  • Blue Shutters Public Beach, East Beach Road (end of East Beach Road, just before Ninigret State Beach). A small public beach, Blue Shutters features moderate surf. Immediately behind the beach is the Blue Shutters concession stand which includes showering and bathroom facilities. Reduced admission price for seniors.  edit
  • Quonochontaug Beach, Highland Road. A private beach which restricts access to those owning or renting a house in the vicinity of East Beach Rd. Of note is the small locals’ secret that after about 5 PM, the parking guard goes off duty, and access is allowed for the public. If you are within biking or walking distance you can get in at any time, as passes are only required for cars.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Big Apple Circus, Off Route 1 (in Ninigret Park), +1 401 360-0890 (community box office), [1]. A great attraction for kids and families, the circus is a Charlestown classic, and truly gives that “going to the circus” feel. Typically held in early July for about a week.  edit
  • Charlestown Seafood Festival, Off Route 1 (in Ninigret Park), +1 401 364-4031, [2]. August 7th 12PM-10PM, 8th 11AM-10PM, August 9th 11AM-8PM. Renowned local seafood event that features all things seafood related. There is also music, rides, displayed crafts, and many other continuous amusement events. This event also features camping for a flat $75 dollars for 3 days. If you enjoy seafood, johnny cakes, crafts, or even just a good time with good food at all, this is a must-see event. $7 for adults, kids 12 and under free.  edit
  • Lavin's Landing, 60 Sportsman Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813, (401) 322-7277. Sunrise to sunset, year-round. This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers. Alternate Site Name: Sportsman Cove Marina Driving Landmarks: From Route 1 north take the Meadow Lane exit and go 1/4 mile down Meadow Lane. The marina is on the left at the bend in the road. From Route 1 south go past Meadow Lane and use the next turnaround to get onto Route 1 north, and then follow the directions above. Access & Waters: Water 'Features' At Site: estuary Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed. Type of Access: Boat ramp ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no Shoreline: Hard surface boat ramp Float/Dock: high dock (over 1' above water) Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset, year-round Fees: $10/day Parking: Parking lot, 40 spaces  edit
  • Ninigret Park, (Off of Route 1A, Park Lane.), [3]. This 227-acre park features a state-of-the-art playground, ball fields, a ten-speed bike course, tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, and a freshwater swimming pond with seasonal lifeguards on duty. During the summer there is a summer camp available for children and numerous programs and concerts at the park.  edit
  • Frosty Drew Observatory, (Off of Route 1A, 62 Park Lane, in Ninigret Park.), [4]. The Frosty Drew Observatory resides in Ninigret Park, but remains privately owned. The observatory opens up every Friday at 6PM. The large telescopes can be viewed on clear nights, but if there is weather astronomers will have presentations, tours, and informative seminars on the equipment they use.  edit
  • Francis Carter Memorial Preserve, (Off of Route 112. Coming from Route 1, this little hiking spot is the left turn right before the Charlestown Elementary School.), [5]. The preserve is home to many different species and encompasses roughly 841 acres of woodland. The trails are meant to be hiked and explored, these trails are also pet friendly.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Bait and Tackle[edit]

  • Breachway Bait and Tackle, 166 Charlestown Beach Road, Phone: +1 401 364-6407. Sells fishing bait, propane, and canoes/kayaks (which it also rents). A good destination for tourists venturing out onto the ponds or ocean.
  • Quonny Bait and Tackle, 523B Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 315-2330. Tue.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Mon. 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Open thru November. A small shop that specializes in building, repairing, and selling fishing rods; also has live and frozen bait and other fishing supplies plus all licenses. No rentals but may be looking into bringing in kayaks. [email protected]
  • Sam Wyatt’s Olde Country Store, 4202 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 213-6883. Stored inside of a 19th century schoolhouse, this store ranges from renting kayaks and canoes, selling fishing bait, fishing rod sales and repair, camping equipment, and beach gear. View their website at
  • Captain Don's Bait and Tackle, 5223 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 (401) 2330. Great Place to pick up everything you need, and get a local friendly advice.


  • Charlestown Mini Super, 4071 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 364-6600. A small-town version of a grocery store. Doesn’t stock as many items as bigger supermarkets, so you may need to leave town to get all of your groceries.
  • Peaches Fruit and Produce, 47 Charlestown Beach Road, Phone: +1 401 364-5949. Kind of like a farmer’s market inside of someone’s garage, this shop has fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and cooled drinks. It’s family owned, so it has a friendly atmosphere and is a great place to find freshly grown food.

Specialty Shops[edit]

  • Bella Diva Boutique, 5221 Post Road, Phone: +1 401 213-6280. A local beauty salon to fix your hair and nails after a weekend at the beach. Highly themed, you can find it by looking for the giant pink arrows in the driveway and the other pink memorabilia scattered around.
  • Charlestown Package Store, 4625 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 364-6626. Specializes in many varieties of wine, beer, and mixings for assorted drinks at moderate prices. It’s the only liquor store in Charlestown. Wine tastings are held every Friday night.
  • Country Corner Yarns, 5000 South County Trail, Phone: +1 401 213-6686. A small, cozy building filled with walls of yarn of all different styles and colors. Sit in the armchairs to get a better look at the knitting books and needles after you pick out a skein.
  • Freewheeler, 14 Charlestown Beach Road, Phone: +1 401 364-3851. A little tourist shop, it carries items like t-shirts, beachwear, toys, and other beach specialty items. An ideal location to find souvenirs during the summer.
  • Galapago Boutique, 5193 Old Post Rd. Phone: +1 800 419-6642. Galapagos Boutique is a hip, upscale womens boutique offering the hotest fashions. Galapagos caters to clients looking for personal service to create an individual fashion statement. You will find top design labels in clothing, shoes, jewelry & accessories, as well as up and coming designers new to the fashion scene.
  • Ocean Health Mart Pharmacy, 3986 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 364-0900. A good place to stop at to get medical supplies in case of sunburn or other beach emergencies. Another shop with a friendly, small-town atmosphere.
  • Perfect 4 You Consignments. A one-room thrift shop off of the South County Trail. Specializes in used clothing, shoes, handbags, and other home decorations. It’s surrounded by a chiropractic, animal hospital, and dentist, in case something goes wrong when you’re picking out clothes.
  • Ramblin’ Rose Antiques, 5310 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 322-1111. An authentic New England antique shop bursting with Nautical, fine art, furniture, architectural, garden items, pottery and truly unique finds. Well-known by many other antiques dealers in the area. We specialize in service! Call for off season hours. Closed in the winter.
  • Simple Pleasures, 5000 South County Trail, Phone: +1 401 364-9852. Another series of shops built in converted barns, this shop has a rustic feel with upscale charm. Make sure you explore the pond and garden features outside after you shop for home decorations inside.
  • The Fantastic Umbrella Factory, 4820 Old Post Rd, +1 401 364-6616. A great little local spot that features a number of small shops in converted barns all centered on a wonderful garden. The shops feature a variety of local wares including toys to crafts. There are also a number of domesticated animals on the grounds that can be fed with feed purchased from one of the stores. This is a terrific little local spot, not very well known, but a fabulous and interesting piece of the local culture.  edit
  • Treasure Time 4810 Old Post Rd, +1(401) 364-7792
  • Top Shelf Antiques, 20 Gray Point Rd, Charlestown RI 02813, (401) 364-3844. A wide array of antiques, collectibles, curios, and items of interest is offered at this shop Email: [email protected]  edit
  • General Stanton Inn Fleamarket, (401) 364-8888. Open Saturdays and Sundays (and holiday Mondays) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Times available vary.. Now celebrating year 48, the General Stanton Inn Fleamarket is one of the largest, oldest, and most popular fleamarkets in the state. Attracts vendors and visitors from several states and internationally. Offering unique antiques and collectibles. The General Stanton Inn Fleamarket is especially treasured for its nautical items and cottage and college-room furnishings and decor. Food is available on-site and a parking fee is collected on summer Sundays only.  edit
  • RICAN Food Pantry & Thrift Shoppe,  805 Alton Carolina Rd. Phone: (401) 364 – 9412. Open for thrifting Tuesday & Saturday 10AM – 4PM and Wednesday-Friday 10AM – 5PM. Food pantry office hours Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 3:30PM. A thrift shop with affordable prices and new and unique vintage clothing, accessories, houseware, furniture, and just about anything else you could imagine. The thrift shop generates funds to underwrite the work in providing emergency assistance to struggling neighbors. For more information visit their website at RICAN

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is an admittedly limited selection for food within Charlestown due to its size, but there is a wide selection along Route 1 in either direction: Narragansett or Westerly.


  • Hitching Post Restaurant and Seafood, 5402 Post Rd., (on Route 1 in Charlestown between Ninigret Park and Burlingame Campground), Phone: +1401-364-7495. Hitching Post Restaurant is a family oriented and family run restaurant located in the prime beach area of Rhode Island. Enjoy grilled favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and steak sandwiches, and seafood classics including clamcakes and delicious clear "Rhode Island" clam chowder. Beautiful picnic area outside and cozy dining area inside with air conditioning. Take-out is available. Open seasonally from the first weekend in May through Labor Day.
  • The Cove, 3963 Old Post Road, Phone: +1401 364-9222. A classy seafood restaurant, it has been a favorite of visitors for years because of the great food and drinks.
  • The Hungry Haven, 5000 South County Trail, Phone: +1401 364-3609. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and for dinner on Fridays, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. A budget-friendly choice for breakfast or lunch, it’s a crowded local favorite.
  • The Nordic Lodge, 178 East Pasquiset Trail, [6]. Thursdays and Fridays 5-9PM, Saturdays 4-9PM, and Sundays 2-7PM. A well known “all-you-can-eat” buffet, The Nordic Lodge features some of the best buffet dining in all of New England. With food for all types of eaters, the Lodge truly impresses with the lobster included in the buffet and its massive selection. Adults $85, Children 2-5 $15, Children 6-9 $30, Children 10-12 $45.  edit
  • Old Mill Diner, 4349 South Country Trl, Phone: +1(401) 364-3033. Formerly known as the Gentleman Farmer, this a very popular spot for locals. It is a quaint little restaurant with good food, kind staff, and affordable prices.
  • The Breachway Grill, 1 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown, RI, 02813, (401) 213-6615, [7]. Great Food, Cocktails, Wine and Craft Beer served in a casual setting Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday only from 11:30 am to 4:00pm Dinner is served 7 nights a week beginning at 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm Call or email us today to make a reservation. Email: [email protected]  edit
  • Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road. Phone: (401) 792-1000. Open daily 11AM-1AM. A busy bar and restaurant in the woods of Charlestown off of South County Trail. A great place to grab a drink or a bite to eat for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit their website at The Charlestown Rathskeller
  • Small Axe Cafe, 4820 Old Post Rd. Phone: (401) 364-1060. Open 10AM – 4PM every day except Tuesday. A small restaurant hidden inside The Umbrella Factory that not many people know about. A common place for locals nearby to grab a bite.
  • The Corner Deli, 2 Charlestown Beach Rd. Phone: (401) 364-3560. Open daily 8AM – 5PM. A popular deli with high quality meats/desserts and a large selection of made to order sandwiches. Perfect for lunch if you’re on your way to the beach!
  • Breachway Gourmet, 1 Charlestown Beach Rd. Phone: (401) 364-9000. Open Mon-Saturday 11AM – 4PM. A small specialty foods deli with plenty of prepared items and comfort foods.

Desserts/Baked Goods[edit]

  • Holy Cow, 5000 South County Trail. Phone: (401) 213 – 6235. Open 12PM – 9PM during the spring and summer. Closed for the winter. A cozy shop serving up a plethora of flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt & other cold treats. Visit their website at Holy Cow
  • The Bakery, 4 Charlestown Beach Road, Phone:+1401 364-0070. A quaint shop that serves a wide array of delectable treats and other traditional coffeehouse fare. Another option for the caffeine-deprived—they also serve coffee and other drinks. For more information, visit their website at The Bakery
  • Village Baker, 4 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813, (401) 364-0070. Open Friday-Sunday 6AM - 12PM. A wonderful selection of coffee specialty drinks, as well as a delectable array of treats and coffeehouse fare, is served at this eatery.  edit


  • Charlestown Famous Pizza, 3986 Old Post Road, Phone:+1401 364-0020. A definite hangout for local residents, they have some of the best pizza around. A worthwhile stop to quench any hunger pains.
  • Famous Pizza, Phone: +1401-364-0020.
  • Kingston Pizza, 4159 Old Post Road, Phone: +1401 364-7300. A pizza chain found all around Rhode Island, you can eat in or order out their relatively cheap items. Besides pizza, they have a wide selection of appetizers, calzones, and salads. A favorite on nearby college campuses.
  • K&S Pizza, 469 Carolina Back Rd. Phone +1(401) 364 – 0040, +1(401) 364 – 0041. Open daily from 10AM – 9PM, open until 10PM on Saturdays and Sundays. A pizza place that has been a staple in Charlestown since 1986. Serving up delicious pizzas, sandwiches, and other handhelds with high quality ingredients is what they’re known for. Plus, with a locally sourced kitchen, you can be sure the ingredients are going to be fresh. For more information, visit their website at K&S Pizza

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Dave’s Coffee, 5193 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 322-0006. A local coffee and specialty drink shop, they are active with benefit events and bring a cozy charm to the street. Use one of their computers or bring your own while you enjoy the state’s best cappuccinos and baked goods. View their web site at
  • The Nightwatch Tavern, 4115 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 364-0777. The town’s nightclub, this is a popular place to eat, drink, and dance. You’ll find lots of people from Charlestown in their t-shirts and ripped-off jeans here watching the bands play.
  • The Wilcox Tavern, 5153 Old Post Road, Phone: +1 401 322-1829. A restaurant and lounge, they specialize in red and white wines. Plenty of parking for crowded nights. View their site at

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Burlingame State Park, Sactuary Road, +1 401 322-3083, [8]. Burlingame is a great place to stay if your looking for a great camping experience. On a 2,100 acre plot of land, the site features 755 camping sites of ranging accomidations, as well as an excellent camping store and even an arcade. Burlingame is situated on Watchaug pond, and also has many swimming and boating facilities, with lifeguards on duty from 9 AM to 5 PM in season. $20 a night.  edit
  • Ninigret State Beach, East Beach Road, +1 401 322-0450, [9]. A truly wonderful place to pitch camp, Ninigret offers a limited number of campgrounds in the dunes behind the beach. Note that you have to have an RV capable of four wheel drive to actually get out to the camping areas. Non-resident fee is $20 a night. $20 a night.  edit
  • Charlestown State Breachway, Route 1A, +1 401 322-1208, [10]. A kind of “counterpart” to Ninigret’s camping areas, the Breachway offers some excellent saltwater fishing. It is required to have an RV to camp. The Breachway also offers a boat launch, and some of the best bird watching in the area. Non-resident fee is $20 a night. $20 a night.  edit

Inns & Motels[edit]

  • The General Stanton Inn, 4115 Old Post Road, +1 401 364-8888 (), [11]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 7PM. The General Stanton Inn has a great history, and is a terrific place to stay if you’re looking for a quaint experience. Late check-in available upon request, and accommodations are very flexible. The Inn also earned some fame recently after being featured on “Ghost Hunters”, where reported haunting in the nearby cemetery and the inn both were investigated.  edit
  • The Place Called Hathaway's, 4470 Old Post Rd., Phone: +1 401-364-6665
  • Ocean Aire Motel, Phone: +1 401-364-6235
  • Phil & Ann's Sunset Motel, Phone: +1 401-364-3321
  • Surf Side Motor Inn, 334 Narrow Ln., Phone: +1 401-364-6726
  • Willows, Phone: +1 401-364-7727.
  • The Wind Swept Inn, 10 Prosser Trl., '+1(401) 364-3421
  • Charelestown Breachway, 1 Burlingame State Park Rd., +1(401) 364-7000

Bed & Breakfast[edit]

  • One Willow By-The-Sea, 1 Willow Rd., Phone: +1 401-364-0802
  • King Tom Farm, 4740 Old Post Rd., Phone:+1 (401) 364-9535
  • Brenda's Bed and Breakfast, 654 Alton Carolina Rd., +1(401) 364-3608

Stay Safe[edit]

Emergency Contact Numbers[edit]

  • Emergency Operations Center Phone: +1 401 364-1212
  • Fire Phone: +1 401 364-7711
  • Police 4901 Old Post Road Charlestown, RI 02813 Phone: +1 401 364-1214

If you are not sure of these numbers, calling 911 will always work in this town and in its surrounding neighborhoods.

Safety Tips[edit]

  • Pack water—there are plenty of shops in town, but if you’re going to be vacationing on the beach or in the parks for a day or two, you need to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.
  • Follow the buddy system—as a tourist beach community, you should be pretty safe walking around by yourself at night, but it’s best to keep a phone with you and go with friends just in case.
  • Be careful of ticks-check yourself and family regularly. If you are unfamiliar with ticks, this website can give you some more information.

Get out[edit]

Day Trips[edit]

  • Block Island is a small island about a dozen miles off the mainland. Take a ferry there for the day to see the National Wildlife Refuge, take a tour, swim in the ocean, or just wander through the shops. To get more information, visit
  • The University of Rhode Island is only twenty minutes away (follow Route 1 east then connect to 108 north). Sporting events, home shows, and concerts occur often at the Ryan Center and elsewhere on campus, so be sure to check out the school’s website to find out how to get tickets.
  • Mystic is a 30 minute ride, Route 1 South to 95 South. aquarium, historic sightings, and shopping. For more information check out


  • Newport is a famous city on another island nearby. To get there, you’ll need to follow Route 138 over the bridge; there is a toll both ways, so bring some change. The main road is tourist-centered, so find a place to park and just walk your way up the strip. There are plenty of budget-friendly motels around, but also some hotels and timeshares; get a room and wake up next to the beach.
  • Providence, the state capital, is a fun place to visit for shopping and entertainment. You can drive or take the RIPTA bus.
  • Stonington Vineyards One of the first Connecticut wineries, located mid-way between New York and Boston. Take in the beauty, stroll in the vineyards, enjoy our wines and share the memories! Winter Hours: January 2 through April 30, Monday–Friday, 12pm to 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm. A visit can be fun and educational for the whole family. Picnics in the vineyards are always welcome, you bring the food and we’ll supply the chilled wine! Vineyard Tours Daily: at 2pm (year-round)
 December 24th open until 3pm 
Closed December 25th, 26th and January 1 Address: 523 Taugwonk Road, PO Box 463 
Stonington, Connecticut 06378 Phone: (860) 535-1222 ~11.90 miles from Charlestown city center
  • Old Mystic Village Olde Mistick Village offers a shopping experience that is totally unique. Wander along brick pathways to our more than forty stores which sell exceptional items from the world over and choose your dining pleasure from a variety of restaurants... all in the tranquil, beautiful, friendly environment of Olde Mistick Village! Come, spend a relaxing day in our Village. Stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720. In our Village, walkways and restrooms are handicapped accessible. There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era.

We hope that all who stroll the walks of the Village will become as personally attached to its atmosphere as we have trying to create it. Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm 
Sunday January to March: 11 am - 5pm
 April - December: 11 am - 6pm – Open Year Round! Address: Exit 90 off I-95, Coogan Blvd, Mystic CT. Phone: (860) 536-4941 ~12.14 miles from Charlestown city center

Routes through Charlestown
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