Jamestown RI Visitor Information

South County and Other Nearby Destinations

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Places to Go "Off-Island"


Newport is just a few minutes away, across the Newport (Pell) Bridge, and offers mansions, museums, restaurants, night spots, historic sites, the Cliff Walk, Harbor Walk, harbor tours, parks, beaches and even a scenic train ride. Check out our Visiting Newport page for details.

South County

"South County" is a popular name for much of Rhode Island's Washington County. The area includes the western shore of Narragansett Bay, from Wickford south to Point Judith, plus the Atlantic coast from Point Judith west to Watch Hill; and adjacent areas inland to Westerly, Hopkinton and Exeter.

South County contains ocean and bay-side areas, forests and rolling farmland. It is home to 19 preserves, state parks, beaches and forest areas. Most of the area can be reached from Jamestown in about 15 to 40 minutes of driving time. To start your visit to South County, all you have to do is cross the Jamestown-Verrazano bridge.

For general information on the area, visit the South County Tourism Council website (which offers summary descriptions and photos of East Greenwich and North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Richmond, Narragansett and Galilee, Charlestown, Westerly and West Greenwich), South County Visitors Guide or SouthCounty.com.

For more detailed information on specific localities, the following community websites are available - Wickford, North Kingstown (Community Profile Network), North Kingstown (South County Internet - cshell.com), Narragansett, Charlestown, Westerly (and nearby towns) or Block Island. Additional sites focus on Narragansett, Galilee and Point Judith.

South Kingstown covers 79 square miles and includes 14 distinct villages. Several useful web sites cover this area. Visit the South County Internet Visitors Guide site, the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce site, and the Town of South Kingstown municipal site.

You can sample the scenery and history of South Kingstown by following a well-documented Driving Tour that begins and ends in Peace Dale. Peace Dale is a 19th century mill village near to, and a bit south of, the University of Rhode Island campus.

Take a few minutes to enjoy an excellent photographic tour and commentary on Wickford, "the Venice of New England"

Other sites offer information on South County beaches and fishing spots.

Learn about Burlingame State Park and the beaches of Southwestern Rhode Island at these Outdoorplaces.com sites.

Providence - the State Capital and Rhode Island's Largest City

Providence, the third largest city in New England, is only a little more than a half hour away. Click on this link to learn about its history and get a preview of some of the sights you can see along the Banner Trail, in and around the State House, and in its 430 acre Roger Williams Park. More information on visiting Providence is available from the website of the Providence Wickford Convention and Visitors Bureau. RITourism.com also has a long list of Providence attractions.

Further Afield - East Bay

East Bay describes the area east of Providence and north of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth. By road, it is 30 to 50 miles away. To learn more about this area, visit the East Bay Tourism Council site for information on local attractions, recreation activities, shopping, dining, antiquing and lodging. If you prefer, you can start from the attractions page for Bristol, East Providence, Barrington or Warren.


More than forty museums are located in an around Jamestown (within a 45 minute drive). Whatever your interests, there is something for you. See displays that focus on fine art, history, architecture, decorative arts, photography, culinary arts, industrial arts, shipbuilding, sailing and popular culture.

Museums are located in Jamestown, Saunderstown, Newport, Providence, Pawtucket, Bristol, Kingston, East Greenwich, Warwick, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett and Westerly. Visit our Museum Page for capsule descriptions and links leading to more information.


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