Things to do in Newport

Beaches & Bike Paths Map: Summer 2023


  1. Atlantic Beach, 55 Purgatory Rd, Middletown. Restroom, no pets.
  2. Atlantic Beach Park, 321 Atlantic Ave, Westerly. Family beach, amusements, kiddy rides, snack bars, antique 1915 carousel, batting cages, bumper boats, go-carts, mini golf, game room, waterslides, gift shop, beachware and an ocean-view cocktail lounge.
  3. Barrington Town Beach, 87 Bay Rd, Barrington. A bit on the rocky side, this stretch is not usually crowded and definitely favors locals over tourists. Great for inspecting tidal pools. No amenities.
  4. Blue Shutters Town Beach, 469 East Beach Rd, Charlestown. Concession stand, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, beach-accessible wheelchairs and discount admission for senior citizens.
  5. Bristol Town Beach, 50 Asylum Rd, Bristol. Playground, pavilion, volleyball, picnic areas, sporting fields, skate park, inline hockey, tennis, 6-mile fitness trail and a basketball court.
  6. Captain Roger Wheeler State Beach, 100 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett. Popular for young children, protected by breakwater. No pets.
  7. Charleston Beach (Coast Guard Rd,) Champlin Rd, New Shoreham. (Block Island). Popular among fishermen, especially the jetty along the north end. For everyone else, it makes for a nice challenging walk.
  8. Charlestown Breachway, State Beach Rd, Charlestown. Restroom without showers, boat ramp and a parking area for trailers. Lifeguard generally on duty.
  9. Charlestown Town Beach, 557 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown. Newish bathrooms. No smoking.
  10. Conimicut Point Beach, Point Ave Warwick. Saltwater beach, walking path and playground.
  11. East Beach, East Beach Rd, Charlestown. Three miles of saltwater beach, mostly undeveloped. Open from sunrise to sunset. Handicap sand chairs available. No pets.
  12. East Matunuck State Beach, 50 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown. Over 100 acres of beach, 25 picnic tables. No pets.
  13. Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. Cliff Walk adjacent, skate park, carousel and Save the Bay’s Exploration Center. Playground, pavilion, snack bar, restrooms, showers and free use of sand wheelchairs. No pets.
  14. Fort Wetherill State Park Beach, 3 Fort Wetherill Rd, Jamestown. Not far from quaint eateries and Fort Adams. Not much sand, but it gets deep fast, making it a favorite, if murky, spot to learn or practice scuba.
  15. Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham. Lifeguards 10am to 5pm.
  16. Goddard Memorial State Park, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick. Saltwater beach and bathhouse, hundreds of picnic tables, almost a dozen game fields and a performing arts center.
  17. Grinnell’s Beach, Main Rd, Tiverton. Small family-oriented beach on the Sakonnet River. Lifeguards 9am – 4pm when available.
  18. Island Park Beach, Park Ave, Portsmouth. Free admission, zero facilities.
  19. Mackerel Cove Beach Beavertail Rd, Jamestown. Public bathing beach with lifeguards.
  20. Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave, Westerly. Half a mile of clean, clear water beaches and a low surf zone. Plenty of parking, a pavilion, shady structures, coin-operated showers, changing rooms, restrooms, concessions and first aid.
  21. Narragansett Town Beach, Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett. Half a mile of public beach, two pavilions, lifeguards, concession stand, restrooms, first aid and handicap accessibility.
  22. Newport Cliff Walk, 117 Memorial Blvd (and other points of entry), Newport. Not exactly a beach, this is still a great seaside experience.
  23. North Kingstown Town Beach, Beach St, North Kingstown. Narrow, gravel, shaded lawn beach with a retaining wall and picnic tables behind it. No animals allowed.
  24. Oakland Beach, Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick. Bay inlet beach, saltwater with local restaurants and boat landing.
  25. Salty Brine Beach, 254 Great Island Rd, Narragansett. No undertow, gradual drop at the shoreline and concessions. Good for kids and near a fishing port.
  26. Sandy Point Beach, 2200 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. Restrooms, no lifeguards.
  27. Scarborough Beach, 870 Ocean Rd, Narragansett. Stone pavilion, and 60 acres of the finest sand in RI. Lifeguards, restrooms, showers and concessions.
  28. Second Beach, 474 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown. Immediate access to saltwater beach. Toilets and hot showers, no pets allowed.
  29. South Kingstown Town Beach, Matunuck Beach Rd, South Kingstown. Boardwalk, playground, volleyball court and picnic area.
  30. South Shore Beach, 125 South Shore Rd, Little Compton. Port-a-jons available, no running water. No campfires allowed. Limited to 125 cars, first 100 cars open to non-residents and residents. No lifeguards on duty.
  31. Tiverton Town Beach, Fogland Rd, Tiverton. Swimming, picnic facilities, fishing and playground. Restrooms, showers and changing rooms.
  32. Union Street Beach, Union St, Bristol. Swimming, picnic tables and benches.
  33. Warren Town Beach, Water St, Warren. Park open to the public with a fee, parking is free for Warren residents. Lifeguards on duty.
  34. Ocean Beach, 98 Neptune Ave, New London. Half a mile of boardwalk, Olympic-sized swimming pool, locker area.
  35. Horseneck Beach, 5 John Reed Rd, Westport. 600 Acres of barrier beach and salt marsh. Two miles of breezy beach, great for windsurfing.

bike paths

  1. South County Bike Path: 8 miles; Kingston Station to Peace Dale.
  2. East Bay Bike Path: 15 miles; East PVD, Barrington, Warren Bristol.
  3. Washington Secondary Bike Path: 10 miles; Cranston, Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry.
  4. The Quonset Bike Path: 2.5 miles; North Kingstown.
  5. Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path: 3 miles; downtown PVD to Johnston.
  6. Ten Mile River Greenway: 2.5 miles; East PVD to Pawtucket.
  7. Blackstone River Greenway: 11.5 miles; Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket.

bike repair stops

  1. Riverside Park, Woony River Greenway, off Aleppo St, PVD.
  2. Burnside Park, off of Washington St, PVD.
  3. Roger Williams Park, Dairymaple Boathouse, off of Cladrash’s Ave. PVD.
  4. Brown University, Brown University Bookstore, Olive St, PVD.

water trails

  1. Blackstone River: Starting from River Island Park in Woonsocket and ending at Manville Dam in Cumberland. 4.5 miles one way, 1 to 2 hours to complete.
  2. Lower Pawtuxet River: Starts at Pontiac Canoe Launch Warwick, ends at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston. 6.5 miles, 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.
  3. Olney Pond: Boat Launch in Lincoln Woods. Paddle around the pond. Approximately 2 hours to tour.
  4. Point Judith Pond: Start/End at Marina Park, 134 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown. Paddle along the shore of the pond, cruise by Jonathan’s Island and turn around. 5.5 miles for the loop, 2 hours to kayak through it.
  5. Ten Mile River: Start at Freedom Green in East Providence, stop at the rocky falls of Hunt’s Mills, and circle back to Freedom Green. 3-mile loop, approximately 2 hours to complete.
  6. Upper Pettaquamscutt River: Start/End at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace Museum. Paddle down to Bridgetown Bridge and back. 4.5 miles round trip, 2 hours to complete.
  7. Woonasquatucket River in Providence: Starts at South Water Street landing, to Eagle Square and back. 4 miles roundtrip, 1 to 2 hours to complete.