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South Kingstown

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South Kingstown is the largest town in the South County region of Rhode Island.

It contains the villages of Matunuck, Kingston and Wakefield, each covered in their respective articles, as well as the villages of West Kingston and Peacedale. South Kingstown showcases some of Rhode Island's oldest buildings. South Kingstown is home to the University of Rhode Island. Throughout the summertime, tourists come in to spend time relaxing on the many beaches located in or near South Kingstown.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • 95 South — Take Exit 9 towards North Kingstown. For Kingston and West Kingston, take Exit 5B off Route 4 and a left at the light. For Wakefield, stay on Route 4 until it merges onto Route 1 S and stay on until you reach the Wakefield exit. For Matunuck, stay on Route 4 until it merges into Route 1 S. After roughly 13 miles, make a U-turn onto Route 1 N and take a right at Matunuck Beach Rd, and a left at Atlantic Ave.
  • 95 North — Take Exit 3A towards Route 138 and URI's Kingston Campus. For Kingston and West Kingston, stay on Route 138 and you will be brought directly there. For Wakefield, stay on Route 138, after roughly six miles take a right at Route 108. After two miles, with the South Kingstown Public Library on your left, take a left on High Street.

By train[edit]

Kingston Train Station
  • Amtrak, 1 Railroad Ave, West Kingston, ☎ +1 800 872 7245. Although newly renovated, this historic train station has been there since 1875. It's one of Rhode Island's three stations. Van/car service is available to Newport. ☎ +1 401 295-1100 for information and (required) reservations.
  • Commuter Rail, Wickford Junction Shopping Center, 1051 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, ☎ +1 401 294-0020. A recent addition to the transportation of Rhode Island is the Wickford Junction Commuter rail. Although it is not directly located in South Kingstown it is the best and most local way to get to and from Boston. Wickford Junction has a "people focus" with a 250-seat community pavilion and is close to the major tourist areas of Wickford Village, Newport and southern Rhode Island beaches.

By plane[edit]

  • T. F. Green Airport, 2000 Post Road, Warwick (Take US 1 S... Exit 5B, left at light, will take you into Kingston area with the URI Kingston campus. If you want to go into Wakefield, US 1 S will take you right there.). Located 6 miles south of Providence.  edit
  • Massport

Airport information is available by calling 1-800-23-LOGAN [11]

Get around[edit]

  • RIPTA, [1]. Bus System that travels through the state of Rhode Island. For schedules and prices visit the website.  edit
  • Wakefield Cab Co Inc., 73 Emmett Lane, Wakefield, 401-783-0007. Family-owned taxi business.  edit
  • Wright's Taxi, 31 Canal St, Westerly ☎ +1 401 596-8294 Although operated out of Westerly and Narragansett, Wright’s Taxi serves South Kingstown RI for any transportation needs.
  • Bike Rhode Island Although it may not be your standard means of travel, for those looking for a great way to stay active and see the stay, take a look at the bike paths!

Rhode Island has become a leader in providing bike paths, bike lanes and bike routes to its residents and visitors. Today there are more than 60 miles of paved bike paths in Rhode Island and more than 25 miles of paths under design. Additionally, RIDOT has identified more than 120 miles of roadway as bike routes that are most suitable for cycling.

See[edit][add listing]

URI's Botanical Gardens
  • Entertainment Cinemas South County Commons, 30 Village Square Drive, ☎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.
  • Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Rd., West Kingston ((On Route 138)), 401-782-1018, [2]. Previously the Old Washington Courthouse, this theatre and art gallery is now used for education in the following arts; music, theatre, dance, photography, and art. There are also adult programs for authors and lectures on various topics. Events occur year round.  edit
  • South Kingstown Town Beach at Matunuck
- Located in South Kingstown on Matunuck Beach Road, Rhode Island 02883, Phone: 401-789-9301. This calm, family-friendly beach offers 1,300 feet of beautiful beach, including a boardwalk, playground, and communal volleyball court and picnic area. Just a short walk to local ice cream, pizza and deli restaurants. Requires a seasonal pass for residents or nonresidents if you need to park; free for walk-on only. For more information, please visit:
  • Hannah Robinson Tower

is a 40 feet tall wooden tower at the interchange between U.S. Route 1 (Tower Hill Road) and Route 138 (Bridgetown Road). The tower was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was rebuilt in 1988 using the same pillars. [12]

Do[edit][add listing]

There are a variety of beaches within 20 minutes of anywhere in South Kingstown.

  • Rock Spot Climbing

A great addition to the list of things to do in South Kingstown! [13]

  • Contemporary Theatre Company

A born and raised South Kingstown business, the Contemporary Theatre Company features local talent and has frequent theatrical performances that add a new twist to classic tales. [14]


  • Old Mountain Bowling Lanes, 756 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, 401-783-5511. Friday/Saturday nights: Rock n' Bowl. Sunday nights: $10 for bowling and hotdog/hamburger and fries.  edit
  • South County Commons, 50 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 401-284-2951. The South County Commons offers a variety of tourist and local establishments. This is the home to Calvitto’s Bakery, Applebees, Shogun II, Trattoria Romano, Brewed Awakenings, and Lickety Splits Ice Cream and Sweets Shop for food, but that is not all this center has to offer. The Commons is home to a variety of shops and businesses as well as the local Cinema. The Hampton Inn is also located in The Commons for visitors' stay. Apartments and condominiums are also available for those looking to make South Kingstown their home. The Commons also offer a gazebo and plenty of space for those looking to enjoy the landscape and during the summer, different bands and events are generally planned for entertainment.
  • Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Peacedale, 401-789-9301. Hosts concerts, activities, clubs and has a popular park out front. Over the summer, there are outdoor concerts on the park.  edit
  • The Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, +1 401-788-3200, [15]. Attend various events which ranges from men and women high school and collegiate games, concerts, Harlem Globetrotters boat show, circus and show for the kids and family. Check out the event calendar on the website for upcoming events.
  • South Kingstown Public Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Peacedale, 401-789-1555, [3]. Hours vary. Wide selection of books, also has some movies and music.  edit
  • William C. O'Neill Bike Path, 401-789-4422 Currently extends 5.6 miles starting the West Kingston train station and ending at Route 108. It goes through the Great Swamp, Peace Dale and Historic Wakefield. Construction is currently underway to extend the path to Narragansett.


Parks There a number of parks located in or near South Kingstown available to use for sports recreation, family events, playgrounds, swimming and other such activities. These places are generally surrounded by, if no located in, woodsy areas so it is important to have bug spray and be aware of plants and wildlife around the locations.

  • West Kingston Park, 3840 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston, RI 02892. This park has tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball sand pit, softball fields and playground. Pets are also allowed as long as they are trained, get along with people and other animals, and are cleaned up after.


Sheep at South Kingstown Farmer's Market
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Old Mountain Field, 756 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown - (401) 783-5511 - People from all over Rhode Island and out of state come to enjoy one of the largest Fourth of July displays in Rhode Island.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Most of the shops you'll find in South Kingstown are located in Wakefield on Main Street or in the Wakefield Mall.

  • Wakefield Mall, 160 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield R.I. 02879, [4]. Has Olympia Sports, Hallmark Store, GNC, WetSeal, FYE, American eagle  edit
  • Hera Gallery

Hera is a proactive community of artists who are passionate about bringing fine art to South County and the larger community. Hera Gallery promotes a professional artistic presence for emerging and established artists who are dedicated to their creative practice. [16]

  • Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Farm Fresh RI operates programs at 9 summer farmers markets and a winter market in neighborhoods across our state, and we facilitate SNAP / EBT acceptance at 8 more. [17]

Chocolate Shops:

  • Sweenor’s Chocolates- 21 Charles St.
Wakefield, RI 02879 | 
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30pm,
Sunday: Noon – 5 pm | Phone: 401-783-4433 | Locally owned, 3rd and 4th generation confectioners that have been providing RI with great chocolates, candies, and special occasion goodies for over 50 years. Friendly staff that can make up beautiful baskets, boxes, or bags of your favorite candies for all occasions. For more information, please visit:
  • Jennifer’s Chocolates- 160 Old Tower Hill Road | Wakefield, RI 02879 | (401) 783-8423 | Delicious artisan chocolates and sweets with a large selection of chocolates, sweet candies, and kid-friendly goodies. Jennifer’s Chocolates has been selling chocolate for over 15 years in RI, made with important and domestic chocolate ingredients. For more information, please visit:

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many places to grab a quick bite to eat, as well as a few nicer restaurants. Higher-end restaurants are found along the waterfront in neighboring towns such as Narragansett or Newport, but here are some places offering good food and services.

  • Panera Bread, 160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield R.I. 02879, 401-788-0102. Simple and cheap. Great place to go if you are trying to grab a quick meal. Good study/work atmosphere  edit


  • Bagelz, 90 Pershing Avenue, 401-783-5700. Locally owned coffee and bagel shop, free wi-fi, great studying atmosphere  edit
  • Kingston Pizza, 63 Briar Lane, Phone: +1 401-783-9130. Open 7 days a week from 10AM-2AM. Has a variety of items which includes custom made calzones and pizzas, salads and other items.
  • Ram’s Den, 50 Lower College Road, Phone: +1 401-874-5830. Serves breakfast all day, with lunch available after 11am. $2-7.
  • River’s Edge, 387 Main St # B, (401) 789-5960. This popular breakfast cafe has a classic menu that includes favorites such as a $2.99 Early Bird Special.
  • PD’s Pizza, 1202 Kingstown Road, (401) 789-0000. Formerly known as PJ's Pizza, this pizzeria has been operating for nearly twenty years.
  • D.B.'s Pizza

401.515.4915 546 Kingstown Road Wakefield, RI 02879 [18]

  • Bluebird Cafe

Since 1987. Open weekdays 7a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner Fri. 5 - p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 554 Kingstown Road Wakefield , Wakefield RI. 02879 1.401.792.8940


  • Breakfast Nook II

575 Kingstown Rd Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone number (401) 783-1555 [20]


  • Chophouse Grille, 191 Old Tower Hill Road, 401 - 284 - 0797. HOURS: SUNDAY - THURSDAY 4PM TO 9PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4PM TO 10PM. Complimentary Valet Parking


  • Cucina Twist, Rt. 108, [22]. A Casual Fine Dining Restaurant well known for their array of Martinis and Margaritas. Their Signature drinks are Pinelli’s Lemonade, Pinelli’s Passion, and Pinelli’s Fruit Cocktail. Offers a diverse menu with upscale dishes in addition to a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, etc. Best time to go is everday between 4PM-6PM for ½ off appetizers. Tuesday deals: A bottle of wine at ½ price with any entree. $12-20.
  • The Pump House, 1464 Kingstown Road, (401) 789-4944. Located in the village of Peace Dale, this restaurant has been serving South Kingstown pleasant food and atmosphere for the past few decades.
  • Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant, 706 Succotash Road, (401) 789-4556.
  • Phil's Main Street Grille'

A staple in local South Kingstown dining, Phil's is a must for either breakfast or diner for the whole family. 6:30 AM and closes at 11:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 3:00 PM Sundays. Breakfast is served til 2:00 PM. Lunch is available from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Dinners run from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM. 401-783-4073 323 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

  • El Fuego Mexican Grill

El Fuego is located in the old Kenyon building on Main Street (right between Brickley's Ice Cream and The Mews Tavern). Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and wi-fi is always free! BYOB. [23]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Hanson’s Pub, 210 Salt Pond Road, (401) 782-0210. Overlooking Salt Pond this bar serves patrons year 'round with reasonable prices.
  • Fat Belly's, 333 Main Street, Wakefield R.I., 401-284-4540, [5]. Sunday-Saturday 11:30AM-1AM. Great beers on tap. Has only been in Wakefield for a couple years. Also in East Greenwich, Providence, and Warwick  edit

  • Bobby G's, 703 Kingston Road, Wakefield R.I. 02879, 401-789-1130. Great place to go for drinks with friends. Very popular to college students on Tuesday nights. Try the $5 Tidal wave  edit
  • The Mews Tavern, 456 Main Street, Wakefield R.I. 02879, 401-783-9370, [6]. 69 Draught beers available for you to drink. If you are a fan of beer this is the place for you to go. Great food and awesome spot to watch any of the big games  edit
  • Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield R.I. 02879, 401-782-3740, [7]. Monday-Friday 11:30AM-1AM Saturday and Sunday 9AM-1AM. Literally right on the water and has great views of the ocean. Tuesday nights are very popular because of Ticket Tuesday. $5 dollars for entry and you receive 2 tickets, this can get you any two drinks that you want at the bar. Awesome place for music artists as well  edit
  • Coast Guard House

40 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI 02882 Phone: 401-789-0700 [24]


  • Brewed Awakenings, 60 S Commons Way, South County (Located in the South County Commons), 401-783-0496. Offering a large variety of coffee drinks, breakfast or lunch items and desserts, this coffee shop also provides WiFi with tables, couches and chairs available for studying or meetings. Nice atmosphere for spending time in with fireplaces and dim lighting.  edit
  • Taylor's Landing Country Store, 3362 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston, 401-284-0501. Coffee, drinks and sandwiches. They also occasionally have open mic with music, poetry and comedy on Friday nights.  edit
  • Java Madness- 134 Salt Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 | Phone: (401) 788-0088| Great local coffee with a beautiful location of Salt Pond, a small bay area that offers exceptional views during all seasons. Java offers a variety of flavored coffees, teas, hot chocolate, and iced beverages. Java Madness also sells various bakery items, including bagels, muffins, pastries, and other sweets. Also provides a wide selection of sandwiches and salads that are made fresh every day. During the summer, they provide live-music by a local talent that provides a relaxing atmosphere. For more information, please visit:

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hampton Inn, 20 Hotel Drive, South Kingstown, 401-788-3500, [8]. Offers complementary breakfast, swimming facilities, free internet and fitness center.  edit
  • Holiday Inn, 3009 Tower Hill Road, +1 401 789-1051, [9].  edit
  • The King's Rose, 1747 Mooresfield Rd, South Kingstown, 401-783-5222, [10]. 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

Get out[edit]

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  • The historic town of Newport offers all sorts of places to see and things to do. Classy restaurants, shops and boutiques downtown, parks, and beaches are only naming a few. Be sure to take a tour of the Newport mansions or take a stroll along the Cliff Walk. Take Route 1 N and merge onto RI 138 E. Take RI 238 S and that will lead you into Newport.
  • The city of Providence is another place you may be interested in visiting. There are a number of restaurants along Federal Hill or Thayer's Street with a variety of menus and fancy dining. Bars and night clubs are popular and there are plenty to be found throughout the city. The Providence Place mall has a wide range of stores varying from designer to discount. Take Route 4 N onto 95 N you'll be lead into Providence.
  • If you're looking for a broader range of restaurants and bars, Narragansett is right next door. Looking for a nice restaurant? Check out Coast Guard House, Amalfi's, Arturo Joe's, Spain or Turtle Soup. Looking for a popular bar? Charlie O's, Coast Guard House, Bon Vue, Pelly's and Pancho O'Malley's are a few good spots to try.
  • Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 39 Norwich-Westerly Road Ledyard Center, CT 06339 (860) 312-3000. The largest casino in the United States is home to thousands of games and four hotels on site.
  • Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard Uncasville, CT 06382 (888) 226-7711. This aesthetically pleasing Casino is home to plenty of games, a hotel, and the very popular Mohegan Sun Arena which plays host to concerts and sporting events.

Routes through South Kingstown
New HavenWesterly  SW noframe NE  ProvidenceBoston
New HavenCharlestown  S noframe N  WakefieldProvidence
GriswoldRichmond  W noframe E  North KingstownNewport

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