Rhode Island is officially nicknamed the Ocean State, so it’s not surprising that this little area boasts an impressive collection of lighthouses. There are over twenty of these beacons, some active and others not, dotted along Rhode Island’s coast. In appearance they range from the classic image of a New England lighthouse to more whimsical, like small houses perched on the rocks.
Some can be reached by land (like the Point Judith Light pictured here), and others can be spotted while driving over the state’s many distinctive bridges. But others are best seen by boat. Rhode Island Bay Cruises and Save the Bay offer tours leaving from North Kingstown and Providence respectively.
The Narragansett Town Beach Seawall is an excellent free way to spend time near the waterfront. The Seawall is located in the center of town and is only a short walk from many hotels and restaurants in downtown Narragansett. From the walkway along the Narragansett Town Beach Seawall you are able to see the shore, beaches, and carefully balanced statues made of piles of rocks. The street parking near the Seawall fills quickly, so if possible I recommend that you avoid driving and walk or bike. Swimming is not recommended in this area as the shoreline is littered with numerous rocks and the water can become quite rough.