This is the quintessential new england beach town, with some of the state’s most popular beaches, plenty of houses for rent and a population that swells in the summer. it is home to perhaps south County’s most iconic piece of architecture, the towers, a historic former casino turned event space, and several of the Rhode island’s favorite clam shacks. Families will find plenty of attractions to explore. singles and young couples will enjoy some of the area’s best dining and bars.
Known for: beaches, seafood, clam shacks and nightlife
Good for: families, beach-goers, surfers, young singles, foodies
The Water’s fine
Narragansett is almost all coastline, and thus it boasts four popular beaches – but which one is right for you?
The Mighty Clam
Rhode island is known for its seaside clam shacks, and Narragansett is home to several local favorites.
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-8pm • Full service dining room: Yes • alcohol: BYOB • Insider tip: Leave room for dessert, their homemade pies are famous. 1240 ocean Rd. 401-783-7930.
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm • Full service dining room: No • alcohol: Full bar • Insider tip: their retail market provides some of the freshest local seafood around if you prefer to cook it yourself. 256 Great island Rd. 401-783-3152.
Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm • Full service dining room: No • alcohol: No • Insider tip: though you’re coming for the seafood, they’re not called iggy’s Doughboys for nothing. these hearty cakes of fried dough topped with powdered sugar are a must-have Rhode island snack. 1157 Point Judith Rd. 401-783-5608.
Monahan's Clam Shack
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-7pm • Full service dining room: No • alcohol: No • Insider tip: Lobster rolls are delicious, but they can be expensive too. Monohan’s boasts that theirs, at $14.99, is Rhode islands most affordable. 190 ocean Rd. 401-782-2524.
Narragansett Pier Marketplace
This seaside complex boasts, shopping, food, lodging and services from fashionable boutiques like KC Shoes, Curiosity and Mischief and Simply Natural to delicious food from Trio and Nana’s ice Cream. Boon street, which offers more restaurants, including Crazy Burger and PJs Pub, is a short walk across from Narragansett Town Beach
this mid-18th century homestead is still a working farm and hosts one of the area’s largest farmer’s markets on saturday mornings throughout the summer. 2325 Boston Neck Rd. 401-295-103.
this landmark stands guard over the town beach. it’s alive all summer with dancing, music and food events, and is home to the town visitor’s center. 35 Ocean Rd.