Narragansett, RI

Narragansett is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,868 at the 2010 census. However, during the summer months the town’s population more than doubles to near 34,000. The town is colloquially known as „Gansett“.

Narragansett is a picture-perfect town on the Rhode Island shore that is very popular in the summer months. Famous for „The Towers“—the architectural landmark that is all that remains of the once glorious Narragansett Pier Casino designed by McKim, Mead & White—Narragansett makes an ideal home base from which to explore not only these local attractions but the entire Ocean State.

The Narragansett Town Beach is a gem, with soft sand, views of The Towers, and vigorous waves perfect for surfing or boogie boarding. Restaurants are within walking distance, and the daily non-resident fee is a small price to pay for access to a beach that evokes all of the Rhode Island shore’s beauty and history.  Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett is one of the state’s most popular destinations, and Roger Wheeler State Beach and Salty Brine State Beachboth offer a quieter vibe and calmer surf, so they’re well-suited for families with young children.

The grounds of Narragansett’s famous lighthouse are open to the public by day. Point Judith Light (1470 Ocean Road, Narragansett) is still an active Coast Guard station, and you’ll be chased away as the sun sinks, so arrive about an hour before sunset to see the beacon as the sky begins to color. The lighting at this time of day makes the cairns below the light appear even more magical.

Just a 30-minute trip aboard the Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry from Point Judith, Block Island is an enchanting place to spend a day while you’re vacationing in Narragansett. Known for its beaches, lighthouses, hiking trails, and fishing charters, Block Island has retained its Victorian-era charm. Traditional ferry service also connects Narragansett and this throwback isle.