This Carousel And Swimming Hole In Rhode Island Must Be On Your Summer Bucket List

Indulge in the perfect old-fashioned beach day with a stop at the merry-go-round followed by wading in this gorgeous swimming hole in Rhode Island. While we have no shortage of Rhode Island swimming holes we can go to stay cool, Watch Hill Beach just might be the state’s most unique. If it’s not already on your bucket list, you might want to add it – and put it right at the top. Will you join us for a day at the beach?

What are your favorite swimming holes in Rhode Island? Tell us about it in the comments! Watch Hill Beach is just one of the many Rhode Island swimming holes that are picture-perfect for a summer adventure.

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May 02, 2023

Where are the best places to go swimming in RI?


Rhode Island may be small and not known as a summertime destination, but that doesn't mean we don't like a good swimming hole when the weather heats up. Here are a few of the best places to go swimming in RI:

  • Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, RI: If you are looking for a swimming hole near you in northeastern Rhode Island, head to Lincoln Woods State Park. The sandy beach on Olney Pond is one of the most popular swimming holes in the state. The water close to the shore is nice and shallow for little swimmers and the picnic area is great for a summer afternoon snack.
  • Little Nini Pond, Charlestown, RI: This swimming hole in RI is delightful. It is a spring-fed pond with a nice sandy beach. Head to Ninigret Park to find this hidden gem.
  • Watchaug Pond, Burlingame, RI: Burlingame State Park is a beautiful area with tall shade trees, hiking trails, and, of course, the focus of our attention on a hot day — the swimming beach. Watchaug Pond is cool, clear, and waiting for you to jump right in.
  • Worden Pond, South Kingstown, RI: The natural 1,043-acre lake in Southeast Rhode Island is part of the Worden Pond Family Campground. It's a lovely lake for fishing, kayaking, and cooling off during the summer. The area is known for its incredible sunrises and sunsets, so get here early and stay late to get the best of both worlds.