Summertime in Rhode Island is one of the best parts of the year. With the beautiful, warm weather and gorgeous shorelines of Westerly, Rhode Island, there is something fun to do everyday until the season’s end. Looking to make some summer plans?
Here are the top 5 things to do in Westerly in the summer:
1. Watch Hill Lighthouse
The Watch Hill Lighthouse has been a welcoming beacon for ships at the Fishers Island Sound since 1745. It was originally built for use during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, but it has since undergone numerous renovations.
In 1781, the lighthouse was destroyed by a storm and was not rebuilt for 26 years. Then, in 1856, officials moved the lighthouse farther away from the bluff’s edge to protect it from erosion. This is the building that stands today.
The Watch Hill Lighthouse is a beautiful landmark in the midst of Westerly’s coastal landscape. Surrounded by a sprawling, green lawn, it is the perfect location for a relaxing stroll. Visit this lighthouse to find a quiet moment on a warm, summer day and to take in the stunning views of Westerly, Rhode Island.
To learn more about the Watch Hill Lighthouse, click here.
You can find directions to the lighthouse here.
2. Misquamicut State Beach
Misquamicut State Beach has long been a favorite destination in Rhode Island, for locals and tourists alike. This beach stretches from Weekapaug to Watch Hill and offers a half mile of ocean front recreation.
Whether you spend the day lounging on the hot sun or diving into the salty water, Misquamicut State Beach is a perfect place to visit in the summer with friends or family.
At the beach pavillon, you can find gift shops, shade gazebos, and cold, outdoor showers.
For the kids, the Atlantic Beach Park is just around the corner. There, you’ll find classic amusement rides, including an antique carousel, bumper cars, a kiddie coaster, and arcade games.
For you and your friends, there is an oceanfront bar where you can relax with a cold drink on a hot day.
3. Water Wizz
There are lots of fun things to do in Westerly in the summer, but an all-time favorite for the kids is Water Wizz.
This water park is one of the oldest family-owned business in Rhode Island. Here, you’ll find giant water slides, speed slides that stand 50 feet high, and the special “Little Dipper” ride (with a supervised pool) for the youngest kids.
Located near Misquamicut State Beach, Water Wizz is a great place to spend a few hours with the kids on a hot, summer day. Next time you’re coming home from the beach, don’t forget to make a stop at Water Wizz along the way!
Water Wizz begins its 2017 season on July 1st.
4. Winnapaug Pond
Not far from Misquamicut State Beach, you’ll find Winnapaug Pond. This 2.5 mile salt water pond is a part of the Salt Ponds Coalition, an advocacy group of southern Rhode Island that works to protect and preserve salt ponds and their wildlife.
The Winnapaug Pond connects to the Block Island Sound via the Weekapaug Beachway. Because it is a rather small lake with shallow waters, Winnapaug Pond is an ideal location for kayaking.
The Misquamicut State Beach is definitely a fun way to spend a summer day in Westerly. But if you’re looking for a quieter, calmer spot to relax and unwind for the afternoon, Winnapaug Pond is the place. Spend the day kayaking with friends or simply enjoy the serene nature of this salt water lake.
To read more about Winnapaug Pond, click here.
5. Westerly Armory
The summers in Rhode Island are always gorgeous, but when a rainy day comes along, you need an indoor activity to keep you occupied. What is there to do in Westerly in the summer? Visit the Westerly Armory!
This Historical National Guard armory was built in 1901 and is 1 of 18 historic armories in Rhode Island. In 1996, it was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and deemed “the model armory” in the State of Rhode Island.
Today, the Westerly Armory houses the People’s Museum. Here, you can see a display of both community and military artifacts. There is a Westerly Women’s Corner, a commemorative sports area, and Navy, Korea, and Coast Guard Corners.
You can also visit the Armory Library which contains over 2,000 volumes on Rhode Island, Westerly, and military subjects. All members of the public are welcome to borrow any book from the library.
Free tours of the museum are available Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
To learn about the People’s Museum, click here.
Westerly in the summer is a hot place to be (pun intended).
Now there’s one more fun thing to do in Westerly: visit Providence Coal Fired Pizza! A long-time favorite in Providence and North Kingstown, PCFP has newly opened its third location at 162 Granite Street in Westerly.