Explore South-Central Rhode Island
With historic Wickford to our north, Narragansettto our south, the Bay on the east, and both Newport and Providence within a 30-minute drive, there is an excellent variety of attractions and things to do near Blue Oaks Bed and Breakfast.
From the fine shops and restaurants in Wickford to the magnificent Gilded Age mansions in Newport, the area more than upholds its own as a great place to visit. Annual art festivals, harbor-side music festivals, major sporting events, and big-name regattas attract thousands of visitors. Great restaurants and fabulous specialty stores line Main Street in Wickford and Newport’s waterfront, Broadway, and Bellevue Avenue locations.
Getting out on the water is easy and fun both in Wickford and in Newport. From kayaking explorations to romantic sunset cruises, the Wickford and Newport Harbors offer unforgettable experiences.
Interesting Sites to See
Historic Wickford Villageon Main Street.
A five-minute walk from Blue Oaks Bed and Breakfast, this historic seaside fishing village and Colonial seaport was established in 1641. Among the attractions are scenic water views, 17th and 18th-century homes and buildings, and fine shops and restaurants.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Old Narragansett Church, 55 Main St., 401-294-4357.
Built in 1701, this is one of four original Colonial parishes in the state, and the building is one of the oldest Episcopal Churches in America. Inside you’ll find the Queen Anne communion silver, box pews, wine glass pulpit, and slave gallery. This church also houses the oldest church organ (1680) in North America. Gilbert Stewart, the famous Colonial portraitist, was baptized here.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Rd., 401-295-1030.
Dating back to 1750, the 300-acre working farm overlooks Narragansett Bay and operates today as one of the oldest working farms in New England. It is one of the original plantation farms of the Colonial era and was a site of Revolutionary activity. The surrounding fields, barns, high stone walls, family cemetery, and a beautiful view of the bay and Conanicut Island make for pristine photo opportunities. The farm has been in cultivation since the time of the Narragansett Indians and is presently a community-supported farm. Organic seedlings and produce are available for purchase, and children and adults alike will enjoy the farm animals and hiking trails. The farmhouse is a museum containing artifacts and historic information about the area and the Casey family. Admission is $4.Open on Saturdays from June 1 to October 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge, Davisville Rd., 401-949-5454.
This 96-acres of woods and wetlands are maintained by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is located on the Hunt River with access for canoeing, hiking opportunities, and incredible scenery.
Lafayette Fish Hatchery, 424 Hatchery Road, 401-294-4662.
Hosting rainbow, brown, brook, and golden trout, Lafayette Hatchery is open to viewing by the general public for the majority of the year. Offering informational pamphlets and boasting both indoor tanks and outdoor fish raceways, the hatchery provides an interesting and informative look at the state’s fish stocking process.
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gilbert Stuart Rd.,401-294-3001.
Gilbert Stuart, born here in 1755, was one of America’s foremost Colonial portrait artists and is best known for his portrait of President George Washington which has been on the U.S. dollar bill for over a century. It is the site of an operating 18th-century snuff mill, the first in America, powered by a waterwheel. The homestead also features a partially restored grist mill built in 1662. Tours are available of Stuart’s 1751 home, which houses Colonial furniture, tools, and reproductions of Stewart’s portraits. The fish ladder is packed with migrating herring in the spring, and there are rowboats available for rent to paddle up Narrow River. The property is also home to a wildlife refuge with over 90 species of birds, an authentic 18th-century garden, and nature trails. Adults – $6; 6-12 – $3, members – free.Open May to October, Th–M, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with tours given on the hour.
The Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, RI.
The Quonset Air Museum, 488 Eccleston Ave., 401-294-9540. Located in an original Naval Air Station Quonset Point hangar built in 1945, the museum focuses on military aviation history. Both indoors and outdoors, the museum has an extensive collection of aircraft, aircraft parts, other historical memorabilia, and a novelty gift shop. The hours are dependent on the season. Adults $7; (6-12 $3, military – free, AAA members – $1 off with card).
Seabee Museum, 21 Lafrate Way.
Built and run by Seabees, the Seabee Museum is an interesting way to learn about Rhode Island military history and the role North Kingstown played in that history. The Seabees are a force of skilled workers for the Navy created to help in the World War II Pacific Island Hopping Campaign. Visitors can tour a set of historical displays and military equipment located in one of the Quonset Huts on the property and see the Seabee Monument. Although the museum is small and, tours are self-guided only, visiting it is a nice way to support Rhode Island’s troops, both past, and present and admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted and go toward funding the museum. Funding is also provided by any purchases at the small gift shop located on site, where visitors can find books, mugs, and other standard museum gift shop merchandise.Open May 1-Oct 31:9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Nov 1-April 30: Weds, Sat, & Sun only, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
North Kingstown Town Beach, Beach Street. A five-minute walk from Blue Oaks Bed and Breakfast, our beach is a picturesque sandy beach with great views of nearby Jamestown, Conanicut Island.
John H. Chafee/Rome Point, Boston Neck Rd. Open from sunrise to sunset and free year round, Rome Point features the John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, walking trails, and a small beach with a beautiful view of the Jamestown Bridge.
It is a favorite spot for bird watchers and hikers with free parking available onsite. Many visitors enjoy looking for shells and beach glass there, however, the beach is not very safe for swimming as the water can become rough and the bottom is very rocky. There is also no lifeguard on duty. In the winter, it is possible to see seals from the beach.
Kings Crossing Golf Course, located at 655 Old Baptist Road, is a sporty 9-hole course that appeals to players of all abilities.
North Kingstown Golf Course, located at 615 Callahan Road, is one of the finest public golf courses in Rhode Island.
Rolling Greens is a public golf course located at 1625 Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown.
Historic Wickford and Newport are home to some of the finest restaurants in New England. Below is a small of a sample of excellent choices; however it is by no mean an exhaustive list.
We highly recommend reservations for most weekends throughout the summer.
Tate’s Italian Kitchen
Located in the heart of Wickford Village, Tates offers fresh Italian food made with the freshest local ingredients and a lot of love.
64 Brown Street, Wickford, RI
Tavern By The Sea
Cozy boathouse-style pub with a deck serving pub-style seafood like fish &chips, plus some American classics.
16 West Main Street, Wickford, RI
1051 Ten Road Road, North Kingstown, RI
7366 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI
40 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
The Black Pearl
The French and American entrees include duck breast with green peppercorn sauce and swordfish with Dutch pepper butter.
Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, RI
A world-class steakhouse serving prime beef with an extensive raw bar and New England’s freshest seafood.
Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI
Brick Alley Pub
Well known for sizzling steaks, southwestern cuisine, and local seafood.
140 Thames Street, Newport, Ri
Great bar scene and casual restaurant featuring fresh seafood and innovative New England cuisine.
528 Thames Street, Newport, Ri
Castle Hill Inn
Enjoy lunch or dinner overlooking the entrance to Narraganset Bay.
590 Ocean Avenue, Newport, RI
Clarke Cooke House
Eclectic continental food. Lunch and dinner marina-style in the legendary Candy Store.
Banisters Wharf, Newport, RI
Flo’s Clam Shack
Hottest raw bar in town with over 90 hot sauces.
4 Wave Avenue
Cozy and unpretentious atmosphere and modest pricing make this restaurant a must try for Italian food lovers.
186 Thames Street, Newport, RI
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar
Newport’s premiere waterfront restaurant in the heart of the downtown historic district.
Sayer’s Wharf, Newport, RI