SO Summer: Narragansett

July 2022

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SHOP

If you’re in the mood to shop, check out Pier Marketplace. The seaside complex is home to boutiques, Nana’s Ice Cream, Pour House Coffee, and Shades & Pier Optical. In Mariner Square, Cigar Box (140 Point Judith Rd.) covers all your stogie smoking needs. Stop at Crosswynd Traders (1175 Boston Neck Rd.) for local gear, and Gansett Goods (142 Boon St.) and Studios at 123 Boon St. for local art and treasures. Get pampered with a visit to Maura’s Hair Salon (750 Boston Neck Rd.) for a fresh cut, or a facial at Inspire Med Spa (14 Woodruff Ave., Suite 10).

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. Gansett Wraps (70 Point Judith Rd.) specializes in fast-casual fare – and has locations in Westerly (160 Granite St.) and Middletown (510 East Main Road), too. For on-the-go sipping, Smoothy Booty Cafe (134 Boon St.) whips up fruit, green, and java smoothies in their upbeat juice bar and Fuel Coffee Bar (904 Boston Neck Rd.) is ready with a caffeinated cup as an afternoon pick-me-up. In Mariner Square (140 Point Judith Rd.), located just steps from each other is Mariner Grille, offering the freshest steak and seafood, and Arturo Joe’s, dishing out classic Italian. Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar (144 Boon St.) is a favorite for breakfasts and burgers with plenty of vegan options.

Aunt Carrie’s (1240 Ocean Rd.) and Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House (1151 Point Judith Rd.) are two venerable can’t-miss seafood restaurants across the street from one another, over which generations of Rhode Islanders have debated their personal preference. Or, grab take out from Monahan’s Clam Shack (190 Ocean Rd.) and sit on the sea wall and enjoy the ocean view.

For fine dining, 1230 Ocean Bistro (1230 Ocean Rd.) has waterfront dining 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. The Coast Guard House (40 Ocean Rd.), directly next to the Narragansett Towers, has views for days. Their roof deck offers casual fare, while downstairs (including a patio and some cocktail-ready Adirondack chairs) serves 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. For more old-fashioned fun, visit Sunset Farm (505 Point Judith Rd.), the last working family farm in the area known for its pies and all-natural veggies and beef. 

Play

The area around Narragansett Town Beach (39 Boston Neck Rd.) is bustling with families enjoying lunch on oceanside patios, surfers fresh off the waves, and couples strolling and shopping. Come prepared with cash – it’s one of Rhode Island’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 has surf and stand-up paddleboard rentals and lessons. Join the fun, friendly cycling community for a spin at So Co Cycle Studio (140 Point Judith Rd., Unit A-14), and you must take the kiddos to Adventureland (112 Point Judith Rd.) for a day of bumper boats, mini golf, go-karts, and more. 

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