Westerly, Rhode Island is one of New England's best kept secrets, and gaining notoriety as the ideal family vacation spot. It features incredible beaches, and villages that offer a diverse cultural scene, superb shopping and dining, historic architecture, and a plethora of recreational opportunities. Visit the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce at www.westerlychamber.org for everything you need to plan the perfect vacation.
Westerly offers nearly 7 miles of white sandy shore. Discover the most pristine beaches on the east coast, from the unspoiled beauty of Napatree Point, to the exciting waves found in Misquamicut. This breath-taking coastline extends through the villages of Watch Hill and Misquamicut, each with their own distinct character.
Misquamicut - Mecca of Family Fun
Miles of sand, surf and sun, perfect for family fun. Let your cares wash away with the tides as you bask in the warm sun on our beautiful beaches. Or if you prefer, boogie board, surf, rent a jet ski or go fishing from our shores. Enjoy free weekly blues concerts, Big Screen Movies on the Beach and classic car shows. With water slides, mini golf, bumper boats, and diverse dining and accommodations options, this is the ultimate family vacation destination.
Watch Hill - Quaint Seaside Village
Step back in time with a visit to this historic landmark community. Gabled cottages and grand Victorian homes are nestled in the hills overlooking Block Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay. Discover the famed flying horse carousel, explore picturesque lighthouse grounds, and scour the fine quality boutiques for unique treasures. There are outstanding eateries in the village and accommodations that include charming inns and the spectacular Ocean House resort.
Historic Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck
This unique two-state downtown is joined by the Pawcatuck River and has over 55 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown is the cultural centerpiece of the community, with a 14 acre Victorian Park, the Granite Theatre, nightly live music in coffee houses and cafes, and the nearby Chorus of Westerly. Numerous annual events including the Summer Pops concert, Virtu Art Show, Riverglow, Summer Solstice, and Pawcatuck River Duck Race take place in Wilcox Park or along the river in Donahue Park. Art galleries and studios open in unison the first Wednesday of each month for Gallery Night. An eclectic array of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, jewelry and clothing stores can be found in this thriving business district.
Attractions & Recreation
Westerly-Pawcatuck has numerous local attractions that make a visit here memorable. Take a tour of the historic Babcock-Smith House, and a local chocolate factory, Hauser Chocolates and make arrangements to visit Cottrell Brewery. Visit Langworthy Farm Winery, Jonathan Edwards Winery and Stonington Vineyards to sample fine wines. Three world class casinos are nearby, and the famed Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium are just 8 miles away. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you'll be delighted to find hiking/nature trails, numerous golf courses, kayak and bike rentals, jet ski rentals and terrific fishing spots.