Narragansett, RI: A Seaside Destination You Won’t Want to Leave

Narragansett, RI: A Seaside Destination You Won’t Want to Leave
Surfers in Narragonsett

Visitors have been flocking to Narragansett, Rhode Island, since America’s Gilded Age. The community’s iconic stone Towers from that time, which remind one of a castle’s towers, span Ocean Road and represent the town’s welcoming appeal. The Town’s Welcome Center can be found in one of the turrets.

Ocean Road is a constant companion. The west passage of Narragansett bay, which flows into the Atlantic, is visible as you drive along it. You will find many restaurants along the route, most of them family-owned, which offer delicious food and the local flavor. Narragansett is a resort town that has a homey charm.

Galilee’s picturesque fishing village is home to George’s and Champlin’s, which serve clam cakes, chowder, and the famous Point Judith calamari. All this within the sound of Point Judith Light’s foghorn. Monahan’s Clam Shack is further north. Here, the line for fried lobsters (get the whole belly) and lobster rolls often trails down towards the nearby fishing pier. The restaurant is open to the public and offers a million-dollar views of the bay with Newport Bridge in the distance. Twin Willows is a friendly burger-and bar that can be found in the north end Narragansett. You can eat in, but you can also order the generous Bill Burgers or Mert Burgers outside for a stunning view of the ocean.

narragansett seawall
narragansett Lighthouse
narragansett surfers

These are just a few of the places where budget-friendly meets family friendly, in seaside settings such as the ones that the Gilded Age group paid a fortune for. Everyone can enjoy it in Narragansett.

Spain Restaurant, also family-owned, offers upscale dining on Ocean Road. Chair 5 is a restaurant located within The Break, Narragansett’s only boutique hotel. For a breathtaking bird’s eye view, head upstairs to The Rooftop. You can also enjoy Italian food, another Rhode Island favorite, just a few blocks away from the beach at Arturo Joe’s or, in Narragansett’s historic Boon Street district, PJ’s pub.

The Coast Guard House Restaurant is located right next to the Towers, perched at the edge on the rocky shore. You can enjoy lunch and a glass wine from their knowledgeable sommelier. Stay for a late-night specialty cocktail and a moonlight meal. You will be able to hear the beat of the town and the surfers calling almost every day.

This is the heart of Narragansett, or the Pier as it’s known locally. Narragansett’s iconic seawall for everyone is on one side. This promenade, which is open all year, attracts both morning joggers as well as evening saunters. The Town Beach is a sandy town square that hosts summer movie night for kids and fireworks, punctuated by the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s annual surfing concert in July. It is just beyond it that you will find the Narrow River. This river, despite its name can be used by kayak, paddleboard, and boat enthusiasts.

Cross the street to find specialty shops like Nana’s Ice Cream or Gelato Cafe. It’s one of many Narragansett spots that proudly serves homemade ice cream, just like Brickley’s in Brickley’s North End.

Just a few steps away, you’ll find a village green with a gazebo that hosts local bands in the summer and sing-alongs. Grab a lawn chair, and you’re good to go. Don’t be surprised to find yourself joining other children of all ages on grassy dance floors, the beat of the waves just steps away.

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