Skip to content

Guidebook for Charlestown

Melissa

Guidebook for Charlestown

Parks & Nature
Great family beach with Breachway to Ocean. Views of Block Island on a clear day, surfing occassionally.
Charlestown Town Beach
557 Charlestown Beach Road
Great family beach with Breachway to Ocean. Views of Block Island on a clear day, surfing occassionally.
A great place to hike, relax, take the kids to play and visit. Find all sorts of wildlife on your hike.
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
A great place to hike, relax, take the kids to play and visit. Find all sorts of wildlife on your hike.
Visit Ninigret with the kids. Take your bicycles, roller skates or blades, or anything on wheels (no motors). Also, take your hiking shoes, or bathing suits. There's everything here! A sweet little beach for youngsters, playgrounds and treasures. This used to be an old airbase, so the runways are still there. Ninigret Park also hosts several concerts during the season, and even has a circus come by. Check with Ninigret for dates and listings.
9
locals recommend
Ninigret Park
9
locals recommend
Visit Ninigret with the kids. Take your bicycles, roller skates or blades, or anything on wheels (no motors). Also, take your hiking shoes, or bathing suits. There's everything here! A sweet little beach for youngsters, playgrounds and treasures. This used to be an old airbase, so the runways are still there. Ninigret Park also hosts several concerts during the season, and even has a circus come by. Check with Ninigret for dates and listings.
short hike to gorgeous views, the right distance for younger children or older adults
Trustom Pond
short hike to gorgeous views, the right distance for younger children or older adults
Shopping
It is hard to explain what this place is, you just MUST go. Arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, great stuff for kids, animals to watch, gardens, etc. Super unusual souvenirs. Small Axe Productions also located at this venue, a favorite place for visitors and locals.
26
locals recommend
Fantastic Umbrella Factory
4820 Old Post Road
26
locals recommend
It is hard to explain what this place is, you just MUST go. Arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, great stuff for kids, animals to watch, gardens, etc. Super unusual souvenirs. Small Axe Productions also located at this venue, a favorite place for visitors and locals.
Essentials
Fresh meats and seafood, GREAT breakfast delights, muffins and croissants. This Mini market specializes in local favorites and is a must for your morning paper (local and major newspapers), coffee and danish. Ask for local meats and fishes that are usually quite fresh at the butchers counter.
11
locals recommend
Charlestown Mini Super
4071 Old Post Road
11
locals recommend
Fresh meats and seafood, GREAT breakfast delights, muffins and croissants. This Mini market specializes in local favorites and is a must for your morning paper (local and major newspapers), coffee and danish. Ask for local meats and fishes that are usually quite fresh at the butchers counter.
Food Scene
If you want REALLY fresh, just came off the boat, seafood, then Narragansett is the place to be. There are several shops there. Seals have been spotted lounging around the piers. The fishing boats arrive most mornings with their catches. By the way, this is where you would catch the ferry to Block Island for a day trip.
16
locals recommend
Narragansett Pier
16
locals recommend
If you want REALLY fresh, just came off the boat, seafood, then Narragansett is the place to be. There are several shops there. Seals have been spotted lounging around the piers. The fishing boats arrive most mornings with their catches. By the way, this is where you would catch the ferry to Block Island for a day trip.
7
locals recommend
Bluebird Cafe
554 Kingstown Road
7
locals recommend
6
locals recommend
Phil's Restaurant
323 Main Street
6
locals recommend
66
locals recommend
Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Road
66
locals recommend
Everything Else
Catch the morning ferry in Narragansett and set off for a full day at Block Island. Rent scooters or bicycles to explore the island, visit its amazing beaches, and the best ice cream around! Great shopping, great food and one of the most quaint islands in the US. You can stay overnight with reservations, or just make it a day trip, either way, it is UNFORGETTABLE.
39
locals recommend
New Shoreham
39
locals recommend
Catch the morning ferry in Narragansett and set off for a full day at Block Island. Rent scooters or bicycles to explore the island, visit its amazing beaches, and the best ice cream around! Great shopping, great food and one of the most quaint islands in the US. You can stay overnight with reservations, or just make it a day trip, either way, it is UNFORGETTABLE.
EVERYTHING is in Newport, but the HUGE attraction is obviously the mansions, or should I say the yachts? I'm just not sure because there is SO much to do. Shopping, touring mansions, swimming, boating, eating, or even just walking up and down the famous Ocean Walk with the ocean on one side and the Mansions on the other. You'll never see anything like it anywhere else. And if you like boats, well.... you had better leave at least one full day for the famous Newport harbor..
115
locals recommend
Newport
115
locals recommend
EVERYTHING is in Newport, but the HUGE attraction is obviously the mansions, or should I say the yachts? I'm just not sure because there is SO much to do. Shopping, touring mansions, swimming, boating, eating, or even just walking up and down the famous Ocean Walk with the ocean on one side and the Mansions on the other. You'll never see anything like it anywhere else. And if you like boats, well.... you had better leave at least one full day for the famous Newport harbor..
Just ANOTHER place to explore, Jamestown offers unique shops, wonderful night scene and fabulous restaurants where you can get the freshest and the best clam chowder, crab, lobster, or clams. Don't miss Jamestown.
10
locals recommend
Jamestown
10
locals recommend
Just ANOTHER place to explore, Jamestown offers unique shops, wonderful night scene and fabulous restaurants where you can get the freshest and the best clam chowder, crab, lobster, or clams. Don't miss Jamestown.
Sightseeing
Historic Mystic is a must-visit site. One of the few areas that really feels like early America. Historic homes, boatyards, museums, everything for the family. The kids would LOVE it as well as the parents.
Mystic
2 Roosevelt Avenue
Historic Mystic is a must-visit site. One of the few areas that really feels like early America. Historic homes, boatyards, museums, everything for the family. The kids would LOVE it as well as the parents.
Have you ever thought of visiting the Submarine Museum in Groton? About 40 minutes away and a great place to take the kids. The historic ship NAUTILUS and Submarine force museum is unique and interesting. Visit their site at http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/historic-ship-nautilus-submarine-force-museum-0.
Groton
Have you ever thought of visiting the Submarine Museum in Groton? About 40 minutes away and a great place to take the kids. The historic ship NAUTILUS and Submarine force museum is unique and interesting. Visit their site at http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/historic-ship-nautilus-submarine-force-museum-0.
At the end our E. Arnolda Drive, just a short walk from the house, cross the street to get to the church. If you look left, you will see the library, and next to the library is the Historical Society. This little building used to be the local school. To the right of the church is one of the older cemeteries in the US. If you like to do stone rubbings, you will be able to find many stones from the 1700s. If you walk to the left, down the hill towards the Town Dock Road and that first intersection, you will find really cute shops on both sides of the road. Visit the library as well. Local artwork with be hanging and the library welcomes visitors to look through their collection of books, etc
Charlestown Historical Society
4417B Old Post Rd
At the end our E. Arnolda Drive, just a short walk from the house, cross the street to get to the church. If you look left, you will see the library, and next to the library is the Historical Society. This little building used to be the local school. To the right of the church is one of the older cemeteries in the US. If you like to do stone rubbings, you will be able to find many stones from the 1700s. If you walk to the left, down the hill towards the Town Dock Road and that first intersection, you will find really cute shops on both sides of the road. Visit the library as well. Local artwork with be hanging and the library welcomes visitors to look through their collection of books, etc
Entertainment & Activities
Watch Hill Historic District has the oldest in-service Merry-Go-Round in the country, and is certified as such! Just read the plaque when you get there. An absolute MUST for the children, try to catch the golden ring for a free ride. The cove is filled with boats, and the sidewalks lined with really adorable shops packed with all sorts of goodies from beautiful clothing and furniture to absolutely the best candy shop in the area. You can easily spend the day shopping then go down to the public beach and relax for an hour our two.
27
locals recommend
Watch Hill
27
locals recommend
Watch Hill Historic District has the oldest in-service Merry-Go-Round in the country, and is certified as such! Just read the plaque when you get there. An absolute MUST for the children, try to catch the golden ring for a free ride. The cove is filled with boats, and the sidewalks lined with really adorable shops packed with all sorts of goodies from beautiful clothing and furniture to absolutely the best candy shop in the area. You can easily spend the day shopping then go down to the public beach and relax for an hour our two.
43
locals recommend
Ocean Mist
895 Matunuck Beach Road
43
locals recommend