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WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI

by in Jul 2011
WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI
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Here’s a sampling of South County beaches and activities, west to east. For fees, seasonal schedules, and other details, visit park and venue Web sites, listed below.

For upcoming events and lodging: southcountyri.com

WATCH HILL BEACHES(a village of Westerly)

NAPATREE POINT CONSERVATION AREA. Hidden like a secret, with two miles of beach, plus meandering trails and birding. thewatchhillconservancy.org/

EAST BEACH. Brilliant and expansive, with views of Watch Hill Lighthouse. watchhilleba.org

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FLYING HORSE CAROUSEL. At Watch Hill Beach, a vintage herd of tiny horses dangling on chains; costs a pittance to fly. 401-348-6007; visitwatchhill.com

THE BOOK & TACKLE SHOP. The smell of 50,000 old volumes mingles with the sea. 401-315-2424; bookandtackle.com

COMINA. Beautiful beach-themed furnishings and accessories. 401-315-0335; comina.com

OCEAN HOUSE. Sets a high bar for elegance, with expansive views of East Beach. 401-584-7000; oceanhouseri.com

OLYMPIA TEA ROOM. Pull up a seat outside, order up a plate of mussels, and gaze out at the harbor. 401-348-8211; olympiatearoom.com

ST. CLAIR ANNEX. Favorite spot for homemade ice cream and lobster rolls. 401-348-8407

WESTERLY BEACHES

MISQUAMICUT BEACH. Seven miles of family fun, with water slides, carousel, free Tuesday movies, concerts, and bonfires. riparks.com/misquamicut.htm, misquamicut.org, atlanticbeachpark.com

WEEKAPAUG BEACH. Where the sea meets the sky, a private bit of paradise, more accessible if you’re renting a cottage in the off season. weekapaugfoundation.com

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Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Updated Monday, June 20th, 2011

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