Though Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State and offers dozens of amazing beaches across its coast, there are also several stunning rivers! Historically rich and charming towns are found along the banks of Rhode Island rivers that are just so worth stopping in to visit. Here are some of the best river towns in Rhode Island.
1. South Kingstown
South Kingstown is the largest town in Rhode Island and a wonderful place to visit in the summer! The Chipuxet River runs through town and is a popular kayaking destination. Other town attractions include the charming historic village of Kingston, wonderful restaurants, amazing museums, and local theaters.
Westerly is a stunning town located on the western border of Rhode Island neighboring Connecticut. The Pawcatuck River runs through the town creating beautiful views. Enjoy both lovely restaurants and shops, and natural attractions alike.
This small town is found in Washington County and offers amazing natural attractions. Enjoy hikes in Arcadia Management Area and the beautiful Wood River in Hopkinton.
Lincoln is a wonderful town found in Providence County and is home to Lincoln Woods State Park. The Moshassuck River is found here and flows into Providence.
Located along the historic Blackstone River is the charming small town of Cumberland. Attractions include a historic monastery and wonderful library.
Woonsocket is a historically rich city built along the Blackstone River. It offers a wonderful old theater, delicious restaurants, and more.
Though Narragansett might be one of the most popular beach towns in all of New England, it's also a charming river town. It's situated along the Pettaquamscutt River, which is also known as the Narrow River. Amazing restaurants, beaches, and shops are all here and perfect to explore.
Rhode Island's capitol city of Providence is an amazing place built along the Providence River. Nicknamed the "Creative Capitol" the city buzzes with wonderful art galleries, music venues, restaurants to die for, and so much more!
The charming town of Scituate is located in the northern part of the state. Most known for its fantastic annual arts festival, Scituate is a rural community with much wonder.
10. Pawtuxet Village, Cranston and Warwick
The magical small village known as Pawtuxet Village can be found at the intersection of both Warwick and Cranston. It's filled with great boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and a lovely little park.
Interested in discovering more about the amazing rivers found throughout the nation’s smallest state? Check out our article on
Rhode Island rivers.