10 Things to Do in Westerly That You Shouldn't Miss

November 24, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Sitting on the south shore of Rhode Island, the town of Westerly is a quiet residential community in the winter, swelling in the summer to accommodate tourists eager to explore the local beaches, Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island Sound. Just over the border from Connecticut, Westerly is conveniently located to the Aquarium at Mystic, as well as the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos. Nearby, the picturesque village of Watch Hill features ocean views, ice cream shops, and craft boutiques.
Restaurants in Westerly

151 Bay St, Watch Hill, Westerly, RI 02891-5746 +1 401-348-6007
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
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2%
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2%
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Flying Horse Carousel

Restored carousel which is a National Historic Landmark.

Reviewed By mrpesce - Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Just happened to be in town and decided to look around and bumped into this. It is a living, working piece of history. If you're looking for safe and new this isn't it. There are some basic safety measures but it's as close to original as you can get. Just cool looking.

2. Misquamicut State Beach

257 Atlantic Ave, Misquamicut, Westerly, RI 02891-4300 +1 401-596-9097
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 431 reviews

Misquamicut State Beach

Rhode Island's largest and most popular beach will be handicap accessible.

Reviewed By kapaugers - Westerly, Rhode Island

Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI has got to be the best of New England. A very wide and long beach with modern facilities. Great surf for body surfing or boogie boarding. The sand is normally free of rocks, but with varying weather it does change as does the surf. Aside from the state beach, there are amusements and many food choices.

3. Wilcox Park

711/2 High St., Westerly, RI +1 401-596-8590
Excellent
78%
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18%
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4%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Wilcox Park

Reviewed By Joe_from_Boston - Andover, MA

Fabulously well maintained arboretum-style park. Most trees labeled with there name. Often the site of special events like the Mem Day Weekend Art Show, Westerly Pops and Fireworks, Shakespeare in the Park, and more. Very nice to visit and walk around even if no event!

4. Mystic Dark Room

325 Mistuxet Ave, Mystic, CT 06355-3013 +1 860-536-3671
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 62 reviews

Mystic Dark Room

Mystic Dark Room is an intimate show lounge offering unique entertainment experiences, accommodating its guests with all front row seating, allowing all who enter to feel like a VIP. Up a winding staircase, past the iron and brass gates, guests escape into a chic metro-loft atmosphere, ornamented with leather couches, private tables, larger than life concert style sets, lighting and special effects. This year’s line-up includes adult’s only fare with Grab weekend evenings in the fall. In December, Nutcracker Spectacular is the holiday hit that is returning from Foxwood’s Grand Theater to make Mystic its new home, with an extravaganza that’s family oriented and packed with edge of your seat excitement. February shifts gears back to an adult evening line-up with Flash perfect for sharing with a Valentine, and March marks the encore season of The Little Mermaid a Broadway style “dancical” that enchanted children and families last spring. Guests attending Grab or Flash are invited to BYOB, relax and unwind with wine, champagne, ale or brew - or their non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Following all shows, the soirée continues with intriguing interactions between guests and artists - we encourage you to take advantage of the dance floor and light show.

Reviewed By Liz D

I've attended serveral performances at the Mystic Dark Room and they are always an amazing experience. From an evening out with my husband to an afternoon with the family - they offer a variety of performances throughout the year. I especially love The Nutcracker where the dancers keep the beautiful tradition of the ballet but bring in unique touches to make the performance even more memorable. The intimate setting makes you feel like you're part of the show!

5. Napatree Point

Westerly, RI
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 107 reviews

Napatree Point

Watch Hill bird sanctuary.

Reviewed By chiefwahoo1989 - Manchester, New Hampshire

My wife and I and one of our friends visited Napatree as we read it was one of the best spots in RI for shelling. Judging by how many shells my wife came home with I'll go along with that statement, haha!

I was more interested in the walk along the beach itself, and it wasn't a disappointment. Once the fog lifted off the beach the views stretched for miles. We mainly stuck to the ocean/Long Island Sound side of the point. You could see from one end to the other, and the walk was pleasant, especially at sunset when the crowd dwindled considerably. That just gave us our own personal sunset, which was fantastic.

A word of caution: heed the tick sign at the entrance. My dog and I took one side trail over the dunes in between and I immediately pulled 6 ticks off of him and 2 off of me once we were back on the long beach.

6. Atlantic Beach Park

Misquamicut, Westerly, RI
Excellent
48%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Atlantic Beach Park

Misquamicut beach with a section that is open to the public.

Reviewed By Travelloverdelmundo - Hartford, Connecticut

been coming since the 70's.

many great memories...ferris wheel, bungee jumping, bumper cars, countless hours playing Adams family pinball and air hockey.

the games now are mostly video and the rides for young kids although the carousel is fun for all ages.

still a fun family oriented place.

if the park could talk i bet it would tell you of a million kids throughout the years laughing,,hanging with their friends and having fun.

7. Saltwater Farm Vineyard

349 Elm St, Stonington, CT 06378-2928 +1 860-415-9072
Excellent
50%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 111 reviews

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Reviewed By Bonnie H - Charles Town, West Virginia

Just attended a wedding here this past weekend. The location is beautiful and the venue stunning. The food was terrific and the staff right on everything. My husband tried one of their wines and stated it was excellent!

8. Sail Trim Again

Watch Hill Cove, Watch Hill, Westerly, RI 02891
Excellent
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5 based on 51 reviews

Sail Trim Again

Sail & Motor yacht sightseeing, romantic sunset cruises, tours of Mystic Seaport Museum, affiliated with Ocean HouseFrom the Shores: Historic Narrated Harbor Tours - Enjoy a cruise aboard Encore or Trim Again and listen as Captain Jack shares the history of Watch Hill, Westerly, Block Island, Stonington, Fishers Island, Noank, Mystic, and New London.Private Mystic Seaport Tour - Charter a cruise to Mystic Seaport and explore the Museum with Captain Jack. Tour highlights include exploring the "Treasures from the Collections" exhibit, seeing the Danish workboat Gerda III and learning how the boat helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark, and climbing aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan. Sunday Mornings with Captain Jack -Sail or motor yacht to historic Stonington Harbor and take a narrated walking tour. Coffee and baked goods are provided.Rum Runners' Excursion - To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, take a journey back in time from Watch Hill, Westerly, Stonington, Mystic, Fishers Island and Greenport, NY, aboard Encore, a classic example of a 1920s rum-running seaworthy vessel. Special half and full-day charters are available, including the thrill of opening up the power of Encore's 700hp of speed, visiting a former speakeasy for lunch and drinks, and a private trap/door/bar tour.Oyster Farming Tour - Visit an oyster hatchery and go behind the scenes at Mystic Seaport and look at historic oyster tools and boats. Learn how oysters improve water quality and the variety of methods used to grow and harvest oysters. The program includes a tour of Mystic Seaport, a stop for lobsters at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, and a sunset cruise home. Half and full-day charters available.American Museum of Natural History Great Gull Island Tour - A special opportunity for guests to volunteer tagging Terns.Block Island, Montauk, Newport and Sag Harbor full-day and overnight excursions.

Reviewed By Timothy M

I believe I make a good critic since I own and operate 2 shore excursions tours in the Caribbean. One is a coastal cruise and the other is a shore-based tour. After 10 years running I know the business well. The excursion I took on...MoreThank you Capt. Tim. Your comments mean a lot. It was great sharing our beautiful and Historic area with you. Regards, Jack

9. Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars

5 Coggswell St, Suite 1, Pawcatuck, CT 06379-1672 +1 860-495-2187
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars

We Complement What Your Palate Loves. Who knew Olive Oils and Vinegars could be so much fun. Learn and Experience what the nose and flavor notes are with fresh seasonally crushed extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar. Taste the difference before you buy.

Reviewed By Dan C - Waterbury, Connecticut

What an excellent place to stop by and shop in Pawcatuck. I was brought here for the first time by friends this past weekend and I am sure I will be returning. Very friendly atmosphere, and also tremendous products to sample before you buy if...MoreDan, Thank you for validating our mission with your review. Enjoy creating with each one you sampled and brought home. Thank you for inviting us to your table. Suzanne and Stephen Capizzano

10. Old Lighthouse Museum

7 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378-1422 +1 860-535-1440
Excellent
33%
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4 based on 95 reviews

Old Lighthouse Museum

A museum dedicated to whaling, sealing and farming as it was hundreds of years ago in Stonington.

Reviewed By Mary H - New Canaan, Connecticut

Interesting small, local history museum run by the Stonington Historical Society. Local industries and seafaring histories displayed. On a clear day, a panoramic view from the tower of the ocean and three states. Nearby parking lot for the small beach can get crowded on a summer day. A couple of picnic tables by parking lot.

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