New England’s Most Loved Vacation Spot South County
Wrapped around the southernmost edge of Rhode Island, you will find one of New England’s most-loved vacation spots, South County. Blessed by nature, this scenic area is filled with wildlife preserves, protected parks, and forests that spill down to hundreds of miles of sandy beaches. Our impressive coastline stretches from the seaside resort of Watch Hill, in the west, past Narragansett, in the east, and continues north to East Greenwich.
While South County’s setting is classic New England, thanks to a collection of special events, its autumn and winter scene becomes pure Rhode Island. Visitors are invited to participate in seal watching cruises, Thanksgiving and Holiday festivities at the Ocean House, the Wickford Festival of Lights, and the Chorus of Westerly Christmas Pops.
These are but a few scenes from this beautiful area. The main show is South County itself, where historic downtowns, colonial architecture and nature have teamed up to create an ideal get away.
There are a total of 20 protected beaches, 26 forests and wildlife preserves throughout our region, as well as 17 public golf courses. Not only does this dedication to conservation ensure vacationers miles of pristine coastine, it also preserves some of the most unspoiled nature walks in America. A sample of this natural bounty can be seen at Long Pond Ell Trail, a 4.5 mile adventure that meanders past three scenic ponds, passing through what locals call a “cathedral forest” of wild rhododendron and hemlocks.
South County also boasts an impressive amount of registered historic places, including the General Nathanael Greene Homestead and the original Kent County Courthouse, now East Greenwich’s Town Hall. Visitors can experience a taste of history first-hand with a ride through numerous historic areas such as the Anthony Village Historic District in Coventry, Queen’s Fort in Exeter, and the Kingstown Railroad Station in South Kingstown.
A large part of South County’s popularity stems from pure old fashioned charm. We are a family place where many have been visiting for generations.
From Narragansett’s beautiful sea views and wonderful Victorian homes, Wickford Village’s thriving seaside village with eclectic shops, East Greenwich’s mouth-watering waterfront dining, and stunning Watch Hill, there is endless fun waiting to be discovered in our distinctive communities.
We are a microcosm of all New England, with wilderness, beaches and dunes, historic charm and sylvan retreats. It’s a place for enjoying the tangy salt air on crisp autumn day; for cross-country skiing or hiking after a winter snow; or for just unwinding while watching the waves roll in from the porch of a seaside bed-and-breakfast.
Visit SouthCountyRI.com or call 800.548.4662.