With an incredible coastline and rich history, Rhode Island has a number of unique and beautiful small towns located across the state. While there is something exceptional about each one, there are a few that deserve a little extra attention. Here are 10 of the most charming small towns in the Ocean State.
1. New Shoreham
As the only town on stunning Block Island, New Shoreham possesses many wonders. With a population of just over 1,000 year-round residents, beautiful beaches, restaurants and more, it is no wonder this charming island town has become such a travel destination.
From amazing hiking trails, eerie abandoned military forts, and seafood to die for, Jamestown is a small town with many charms. Surrounded by water and equipped with its very own state park with an active lighthouse, this is a small town with sites to see.
Most, if not all, Rhode Islanders have taken a drive down scenic Route 1a through Narragansett. This has become the go to town for much needed beach days and delicious clam cakes in the summertime.
4. Little Compton
An independently owned vineyard, farms, and consignment shops are all charming spots to visit in this charming coastal town. Sakonnet River is yet another lovely site to take in on the edges of the town.
5. North Kingstown
Historic Wickford Village, located in the heart of North Kingstown, is the essence of charm and beauty. An array of lovely shops, restaurants, and museums overlooking the harbor create a quintessential New England experience.
When thinking of historic Rhode Island towns, Bristol is often the first thought. This town is built on a deepwater seaport and puts on an infamous annual 4th of July celebration.
7. East Greenwich
Main Street in downtown East Greenwich offers over a dozen restaurants, delightful small clothing boutiques and popular coffee shops. All of this combined with Goddard State Park located less than 2 miles away from downtown, create many options to keep residents busy.
Middletown is comprised of thousands of acres of nature preserves and miles of sandy beaches. Though small in population, it is large in natural wonders and charming for nature lovers.
Located in the East Bay section of the state, this small town consists of farmland, a stunning bike route, and more.
This beachfront community offers delicious restaurants and various outdoor attractions. Located in the South Shore of the state, Westerly is still able to maintain its small town Rhode Island charm.
Nothing compares to the small coastal towns scattered across the country’s smallest and arguably most charming state. With so many options for local seafood, stunning quiet beaches, and lovely residents, choosing just 10 towns was no simple task!