Watch Hill Beach

Rhode Island

This small, calm beach adjacent to the Flying Horses Carousel has lovely change facilities and is suited to families with small children.

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1. Flying Horses Carousel

0.12 MILES

This antique merry-go-round has been in this location since 1883. It boasts a unique design: its horses are suspended on chains so that they really do …

2. Watch Hill

0.57 MILES

A 5-mile drive southwest of Westerly town center, you'll come to the cloistered community known as Watch Hill, where New York's rich and/or famous have…

3. Napatree Point Conservation Area

1.26 MILES

For a leisurely beach walk, the half-mile stroll to the westernmost tip of Watch Hill is unbeatable. With the Atlantic on one side and the yacht-studded…

4. East Beach

1.28 MILES

This fine beach is in front of the Ocean House hotel. It stretches for several miles from the Watch Hill lighthouse all the way to Misquamicut, with the…

5. Barn Island Wildlife Management Area


Canoeists, kayakers, hikers and birders enjoy over 300 acres of salt- and freshwater marshes at Barn Island. Inhabited by hundreds of species of bird (it…

6. Old Lighthouse Museum

2.63 MILES

Climb the winding iron staircase of this squat, granite lighthouse for 360-degree views from the lantern room. Afterward browse the small museum, which…

7. Velvet Mill

2.75 MILES

This community arts center hosts a weekend farmers market (10am to 1pm Saturday, October to May) and an artisan/vendor market (10am to 4pm Saturday and…

8. Portuguese Holy Ghost Society Building

2.81 MILES

Built in 1836, the club building of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society is a reminder of the contributions Portuguese whalers have made to Stonington since…