South County Travel Guide


Plan Your South County Vacation

Although officially called Washington County, the southwestern region of Rhode Island is home to beautiful seaside villages, unspoiled beaches, and parks and management areas that offer great hiking, kayaking, and running opportunities. More laid-back than Newport and Providence, the area has always been a summertime destination, but South County's 11 towns have grown into a region of year-round residents. With a student body of more than 13,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students, the University of Rhode Island occupies a 1,200-acre campus in Kingston as well as a 153-acre waterfront campus in Narragansett where its Graduate School of Oceanography is located.


South County Hotels

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South County Restaurants

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Things To Do

Things To Do in South County

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South County Experiences

  • Johnnycakes

    Long before European explorers arrived in the New World, Native Americans had been using ground corn for cooking. The Narragansett Indians are... Read more


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