SO Summer 2020

Narragansett

Come for the beach, stay for the fun

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SHOP

If you’re in the mood to shop, check out Pier Marketplace. The seaside complex is home to boutiques, Spa Thayer, and Nana’s Ice Cream, and down the street find Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop. Mariner Square’s Cigar Box (140 Point Judith Rd.) offers curbside pickup for all your stogie needs.

 

DINE

You definitely won’t go hungry –  this seaside town has tons of delicious dining options. Twin Willows (865 Boston Neck Rd.) has a huge menu boasting seafood and comfort food favorites, as well as an outdoor bar. Pancho O’Malley’s (140 Point Judith Rd.) serves Mexican fare in a lively pub setting. Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar (144 Boon St.) offers handcrafted burgers, milkshakes, and fresh juices. Looking for something to grab on your way to the beach? Check out Gansett Wraps (70 Point Judith Rd.) for sandwiches and salads or one of 16 iced coffee options from Fuel Coffee (904 Boston Neck Rd.). Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery (91 Point Judith Rd.) has by-the-slice pizza and calzones, as well as homemade baked goods. Smoothy Booty Cafe (134 Boon St.) whips up fruit, green, and java smoothies in their upbeat juice bar. Of course there’s Aunt Carrie’s (1240 Ocean Rd.) – celebrating their centennial – and Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House (1151 Point Judith Rd.): two venerable seafood restaurants across the street from one another and which have sparked many a debate over personal preference by generations of Rhode Islanders.

For fine dining, 1230 Ocean Bistro (1230 Ocean Rd.) has water views and a huge deck, while Chair 5 at The Break Hotel (1208 Ocean Rd.) has poolside gourmet dining and a more casual menu on its roof deck. Coast Guard House (40 Ocean Rd.), directly next to the Towers, has views for days. A beachwear-friendly roof deck offers casual fare, while downstairs (including a patio and some cocktail-ready Adirondack chairs) offers upscale options.

 

EXPLORE

Housed at Canonchet Farm, the South County Museum (115 Strathmore St.) is a summer-only attraction that features a living history farm (including a flock of heritage Rhode Island Red chickens, the state bird), maritime gallery, print shop, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and more. Their collection comprises more than 20,000 objects, from pre-European settlement to the 1950s. Stay tuned for updates on opening.

 

PLAY

The area around Narragansett Town Beach is bustling with families enjoying lunch on oceanside patios, surfers fresh off the waves, and couples strolling and shopping. If you’re headed there, make sure you have a mask and cash – it’s one of RI’s only beaches that charges admission per head, instead of just charging for parking. It’s worth the few dollars, though: Surfing lessons are available all day long, and the facilities and sand are among the cleanest and best you’ll find. Within view, the Narragansett Towers (35 Ocean Rd.) might be South County’s most Instagrammed landmark; inside find tourist info.

Natural Fitness Yoga (76 Narragansett Ave.) leads early morning beach classes on Town Beach. Narrow River Kayaks (94 Middlebridge Rd.) offers rentals of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, as well as guided kayak tours. Warm Winds (26 Kingstown Rd.) is a surf shop that also offers surf and stand-up paddleboard rentals and lessons.