Rhode Island March 16, 2021
Weekend Itinerary For Exploring Narragansett In Rhode Island
Rhode Island may be tiny, but it’s full of wonderful places to explore. And Narragansett (known colloquially as “Gansett”) is one of our very favorite day trips in the state. This seaside town is full of history and New England charm, and makes for a very enjoyable little getaway. Here’s a weekend itinerary perfect for exploring Narragansett in Rhode Island — let’s go!
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Narragansett is a quaint little beachside town in Rhode Island.
Known mostly for its summer vacation offerings, the town is filled with amazing beaches, historic lighthouses, and other attractions that can be enjoyed year-round.
In Narragansett, The Break Hotel will make you feel like you're in a coastal B&B, but with all the amenities of a modern boutique hotel.
All rooms at
The Break Hotel
have heated bathroom floors *and* a fireplace, making for an ultra cozy experience.
The Break is a dreamy place to stay, with stunning, oceanfront views you'll be excited to wake up to!
(You'll even get complementary backpack beach chairs and bikes included with your room, so you can enjoy the beach at your leisure.)
For your first dinner in Narragansett, you must visit Coast Guard House.
has been around since the 1940s and built a reputation for serving fresh, locally harvested seafood.
You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here.
(Although their pasta dishes are particularly divine.)
While at dinner, you'll also enjoy some of the best views of Narragansett Bay.
Fun fact: the Coast Guard House actually used to be a station for the actual Coast Guard, which was known as the United States Life Saving Service in the late 1800s.
Narragansett is a beach town, and we recommend going all in, and spending an entire day at the beach.
There are three state park beaches in Narragansett: Scarborough State Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, and Salty Brine State Beach.
Narragansett Town Beach is our favorite, however.
has a gorgeous surf and very dramatic view of Narragansett's iconic Towers.
After a day on the beach, grab an early dinner at Monahan's Clam Shack By the Sea -- located right on Narragansett Beach!
is beach food at its best: crave-worthy seafood and classic American fare. (Please note: Monahan's hours vary by season.)
The next morning, fuel up for a day of exploring Narragansett at the very appropriately named Fuel Coffee Bar.
This coffee shop is a favorite among locals and students at the nearby University of Rhode Island.
coffee is fantastic, and their cinnamon rolls are legendary.
Then, it's time for some sightseeing.
Built in 1857, the brown and white lighthouse at Point Judith overlooks a rough part of the coast where shipwrecks were once a common occurrence.
It's a very mysterious and intriguing place.
Black Point Trail is both scenic and historic.
It's an accessible, 2.1-mile trail, with lots of opportunities for rock scaling, bluff climbing, and epic exploration.
By "epic exploration," of course, we're talking about the eponymous Black Point Ruins, also known as the Scarborough Ruins.
These crumbled walls overlooking the ocean were once a part of a grand, 21-room mansion. The estate was built in 1895 for the Davis family who made their fortune selling a painkiller made with opium. Today, the ruins are all that remain.
And of course, a visit to the Towers is a must when visiting Narragansett.
Once upon a time,
were the gate to Narragansett Pier Casino. They harken back to bygone days when Gansett was *the* place to go for a party (think Great Gatsby-level revelry).
Today, the Towers are a popular event venue and tourist attraction.
The stone towers, however, have remained strong and are a symbol of Narragansett’s past, present, and future.
For your last night, dine at a Narragansett institution: Aunt Carrie's Restaurant.
Family owned and operated for over 100 years,
is a beloved local eatery.
While pretty much everything on the menu is spectacular, the clam cake is a must-try.
Aunt Carrie's clam cakes have won multiple awards, and are thought by many to be the best
If you can, take the Newport Bridge on your way out of town. Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, USA.
is a true Narragansett treasure, and will make your drive home just as memorable as your stay.
Narragansett is just one of our picks for the
10 most beautiful towns in Rhode Island — Little Rhody is full of gorgeous little gems to explore! Where’s your favorite place to spend a weekend in RI? Share it with us in the comments below! Address: Narragansett, RI, USA