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Itinerary is in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Narragansett is primarily a beach community that does not fall short when it comes to summertime activities. Through this itinerary, you will find what to experience during the non-summer months - as the area does not stop during this time. This itinerary is written for a two-day and one-night stay in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
This itinerary prepares you for a trip during the winter months. While Narragansett in the summertime is great for shorts, tank tops or t-shirts, and bathing suits, you are going to want to pack warmer clothing for the winter weather. Pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets are all necessities. In addition to this, the wind can be bitter as the area is so close to the water, so gloves, hats, and scarves are recommended for those chilly days. Rain coats may also be a key item, in case you run into any stormy weather.
From New York/Connecticut: I-95 to Exit 92 in Connecticut. At the light, turn right onto RT 2. Follow RT for 1.5 miles until sign for 78 West on right. Take 78 West approximately 4 miles until signs for US RT 1 North. At the intersection, take a left onto Route 1.
For Narragansett: Exit to Narragansett and follow signs to RT 108.
For Wakefield: Exit to Wakefield. At stop sign, take a left into Wakefield. For historic Wakefield and Main Street, continue straight through intersection and follow signs for Wakefield Center.
For Bonnet Shores: At intersection of RT 1 and 138, take a right onto Middle Bridge Road. Follow to light and take a right onto Bonnet Shores Road.
From Boston and all points North: I-95 to Exit 9 in Rhode Island onto RT 4. Follow RT 4 to RT 1 South.
For Narragansett Beach area: Exit to Narragansett. At the light, turn left under the overpass. Follow the rotary to the left and follow signs for Narragansett.
For Wakefield: Exit to Wakefield. At stop sign, take right into Wakefield. For historic Wakefield and Main Street, continue straight through intersection and follow signs for Wakefield Center.
For Bonnet Shores: At intersection of RT 1 and 138, take a left onto Middle Bridge Road. Follow to light and take a right onto Bonnet Shores Road.
This itinerary has many focal points that are not within walking distance. If not traveling by car, make use of the RIPTA busses that have stops in all major areas. Busses are generally $1.50 per fare, with $0.50 transfers and children under five years old are free. Though the RIPTA busses are an abundant source of transportation, Rhode Island public transportation is not too reliable and use of personal cars or taxis are recommended, though taxis may be more expensive.
RIPTA Schedule: Narragansett Taxi Companies:
Start by heading to Phil's Restaurant for breakfast (323 Main Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879, 401-783-4073). If you are lucky, there is parking directly on Main Street, otherwise, take the first right after Phil's restaurant for a parking. Phil's has a long-standing reputation in Narragansett for a cheap and delicious breakfast. Phil's is often busy, but the service is great and the wait is short. As a traveler, avoid Phil's of Bonnet, as it is frequented mostly by hung-over college students recapping their weekend activities. After breakfast, explore the novelty and souvenir shops on Main Street or grab a coffee at Orbie's (396 Main Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879, 401-792-4340). (Orbie's is a not very well known in the Narragansett area, but has a handful of regulars. It is a nice place to sit with your coffee if you are looking to relax for a little before moving on.) Next, head back up Main Street following signs for RT 1. At intersection, take a left following signs for Peacedale. Continue to ___ Bowling (ADDRESS) for some afternoon bowling. __ can be busy at nights, but is generally pretty open during the afternoon hours. After bowling, follow ROAD back into Wakefield. At the major intersection, take a right and head towards Pick Pockets (ADDRESS) for lunch. The sandwiches are expensive, but they are made in large portions and full of flavor. After lunch, follow signs from Wakefield’s major intersection towards Narragansett. Across from the beach will be Narragansett Pier. Catch a movie at the local Island Cinemas (ADDRESS) When the movie is over, head to Crazy Burger (ADDRESS) for dinner. Crazy Burger is a local gem with a great indoor atmosphere, and outdoor during the summer, and an extensive burger menu (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options). Crazy Burger is also known for its home-made ketchup (mixed with applesauce) and smoothies with a wide range of possible flavors. After dinner, head to The Coast Guard House (ADDRESS) if you are traveling 21+. The Coast Guard House overlooks Narragansett Beach and is a great place for travelers to get a feel for the area while getting drinks.
Start the morning off like the locals. Follow the directions to Bonnet Shores and grab a coffee and breakfast sandwich at Coffee Connection. A family owned and operated business, Coffee Connection is loved by the locals as the cheapest, most delicious coffee in ‘Gansett, with equally cheap and delicious breakfast sandwiches. For non-coffee drinkers, Coffee Connection also has teas, hot chocolate, and various other drinks, as well as many food options. After your morning coffee, head to Narragansett Beach following Bonnet Shores Road/RT 108 straight to the beach. Hang out by the Narragansett Beach wall and watch the waves. If the weather is nice enough, grab ice cream at Nana’s (ADDRESS) while you watch. Nana’s is slightly pricey and is known for its out-the-door lines in the summer months, but the ice cream is held in high regard. While in the area, peruse the local shops in the Narragansett Pier. The shops are great for souvenirs and trinkets to remind you of the Narragansett lifestyle. For lunch, head across the street from the Pier to The Picnic Basket (ADDRESS). The Picnic Basket is a popular local spot with a large sandwich menu, not to be compared to Subway or Quiznos. It is small and not typically a sit-down restaurant, though there are tables and chairs inside. Note that The Picnic Basket is only open Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 5 p.m. during winter hours – if your travels fall on a Sunday or Monday, see list of alternatives for lunch options.
Mew’s Tavern (ADDRESS): Mew’s has a large lunch and dinner menu with possible burger, pizza, burrito, and vegetarian options. During the day, there is generally no wait, but at night, the wait can be very long – as