Wrapped around the southernmost edge of Rhode Island lies one of New England’s most-loved vacation spots, South County. A nature-lover’s paradise, this scenic area is filled with wildlife preserves, protected parks, and 29 forests that spill down to a hundred miles of beautiful, sandy beaches.
Pack up the kids and enjoy the tangy salt air at any of 20 shimmering beaches, including sheltered bays with calm waters lapping against a tranquil shoreline, perfect for fledgling swimmers and water sports enthusiasts alike. While away the summer days building sandcastles, riding the waves on boogie boards, surf-casting and digging for clams. Select restaurants are happy to prepare your catch for you — adding to the flavor of your stay.
You can enjoy the great outdoors in a variety of ways: hike the many scenic trails, kayak a winding river or a shady cove, taste fresh-from-the boat seafood, bike to places of undisturbed beauty, spot birds and wildlife in the saltwater wetlands, and practice your swing at 16 public golf courses. South County’s dedication to nature preservation not only ensures vacationers mile after mile of pristine coastline, it also guarantees some of the best nature walks in America.
Much of South County’s popularity stems from its old-fashioned charm. Discover historic inns and bed & breakfast establishments that take you back to Colonial and Victorian-era South County. Regional history thrives at local museums including the only entirely run by indigenous people, Tomaquag Museum, the South County Museum, Babcock Smith House and the Gilbert Stuart Museum to name just a few. Summer stock theater productions delight audiences at the historical Theatre By The Sea while contemporary theater offerings abound year round at The Granite Theatre, The Colonial Theatre or The Contemporary Theater Company.
Return to simpler times of farming, riding a horse, visiting a water park, or attending one of South County’s many festivals — the 38th Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival complete with barbeque competition July 22-24, the 32nd Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival August 5-7, the 19th Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, Sept 2-4, and the Misquamicut FallFest Weekend, Sept 16-18.
For more information, visit southcountyri.com or call (800) 548-4662.