South County: Places to Explore


  • Charlestown

    Named after King Charles II, Charlestown had previously been a part of Westerly until it was incorporated in 1738. The 37-square-mile town of about 7,800 people is centrally located between New London... Read more

  • Misquamicut

    The Native American name for this 7-mile-long strip of sandy beachfront stretching from Watch Hill to Weekapaug means "Red Fish," referencing Atlantic salmon, common to the Pawcatuck River and also the... Read more

  • Narragansett

    A popular summer resort destination during the Victorian era, Narragansett still has as its main landmark, The Towers, the last remaining section of the famous 1886 Narragansett Pier Casino designed by... Read more

  • South Kingstown

    Originally incorporated in 1674 as Kings Town, this rural community was the site of the Great Swamp Fight in 1675, the battle in which Colonial soldiers gave King Philip his greatest defeat. Almost a third... Read more

  • Watch Hill

    The quintessential New England seaside village has quite the inventory of well-kept summerhouses owned by wealthy families for generations. Parking can be difficult on Bay Street, the tiny business district... Read more

  • Westerly

    The picturesque downtown business district in this town of 18,000 people bordering Pawcatuck, Connecticut, has more than 55 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, galleries and artist... Read more

  • Wickford

    A quaint village on a small harbor, Wickford has dozens of 18th- and 19th-century homes, historical churches, antiques shops, and boutiques selling jewelry, home accents and gifts, and clothing. Wickford... Read more