family travel guide ft. watch hill, ri

watch hill

welcome to watch hill, rhode island. a coastal, charming new england town perfect for a day trip during the off season or an extended summer getaway. with its beautiful beaches, historic attractions and family-friendly activities, watch hill offers something for everyone. conveniently located and easily accessible, you can drive from boston, massachusetts (about a 2-hour drive) or from new york city (about a 3-hour drive).

to stay

margin street inn

built in 1849 on the banks of the pawcatuck river in westerly, rhode island, the inn is a quintessential new england bed and breakfast with two beautifully renovated colonial and classic revival style guest houses. the low-key, casual elegance makes this a special place. a european fare breakfast of fresh baked goods, homemade treats and fresh fruit is provided daily along with snacks and drinks on the sun porch in the evening. the perfect relaxed setting for your family vacation.

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antique floral everyday tote bag

ocean house

this iconic new england seaside resort is perched high on the bluffs of watch hill. ocean house’s 13 acres of beautiful oceanfront landscape overlooks a 650-foot private beach with views of montauk, block island and the atlantic ocean. activities range from a tournament-level croquet lawn, putting green, shuffle board court and gardens used by their chefs for culinary education programs. they even offer a ‘pooch program’ for your four-legged friends, which includes welcome treats, dog sitters and walkers.

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rent a house

choose from a variety of cozy cottages for vacation rentals, including beachfront views — a perfect backdrop for your family’s stay.

minnow unisex cream and tan sweater & pant

unisex cream and tan knit sweater & pant

to eat

cooked goose

a staple for breakfast and lunch. you can’t go wrong with a ‘captain kirk’ sandwich. travel tip: order ahead and pick-up on the way to the beach (only 5 minutes away)!

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st. clair annex restaurant

a family owned ice cream and sandwich shop located in the heart of downtown watch hill. from a scoop (or two) of chocolate peanut butter cup in a homemade waffle cone to a classic lobster roll, this is your go-to spot for lunch!

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olympia watch hill

great for date night! choose from euro-style dining on the sidewalk overlooking the harbor or in one of the antique mahogany booths in the dining room. it’s first come, first served, so plan accordingly! the wine list and warm ambiance is unmatched.

verandah raw bar

located at the ocean house, this is a favorite for summer trips. the outdoor terrace offers stunning views with fresh local seafood. reservations are recommended!

sift bake shop

a french bakery that offers a wide variety of artisanal breads, breakfast pastries and savory treats. grab a coffee and a cookie and then head for a stroll around town. hurry…they bake everything daily and close once they run out!

to do

explore the beaches

watch hill is famous for its pristine beaches. spend your days at east beach, where you can relax on the shore, play beach games or take a dip in the ocean.

watch hill carousel

visit the historic flying horse carousel, the oldest operating carousel in the united states. your children will love riding the beautifully painted horses and trying to grab the brass ring. it's a true piece of american history! a fun summer activity, they will reopen for the season in may.

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napatree point beach 

take a family walk along napatree point beach, a natural barrier beach that's perfect for birdwatching and seal spotting. bring your binoculars and see who can spot the most wildlife!

westerley’s wilcox park

explore the nearby town of westerly and enjoy a picnic in the serene wilcox park. your family will love the playground and the chance to see turtles in the pond.

watch hill lighthouse

while you can't enter the lighthouse, you can enjoy its picturesque setting on the coast.


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watch hill nature center

discover the local wildlife at the watch hill nature center. it's a great educational stop for your children, where they can interact with turtles, snakes and other creatures. check the center's schedule for fun programs and activities.

rent a car

explore the surrounding charming towns of newport, jamestown and little compton. each offers plenty of shopping, dining and family activities.