Introduction to Narragansett, Rhode Island
Narragansett, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 17 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 66 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,361 people lived in Narragansett.
Narragansett was originally inhabited by the Narragansett Indians. It was first settled by the Europeans in the late 1600s. The town derived its named from an Algonquian term meaning "back and fort." Some also believe the term means "people of the point." In the mid 1800s, the area became a popular summer recreation spot due to its various sandy beaches. The Narragansett's first hotel was built in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1901.
Narragansett and nearby Attractions
- Narragansett Town Beach
- South County Museum
- Point Judith Lighthouse
- Canonchet Farm
- Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
- Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Things To Do In Narragansett
Narragansett is home to several beaches and is famous for its summer recreation. Some of the beaches are Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett Town Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, Sand Hill Cove State Beach, Dunes Club Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Bonnet Shores Beach. One can also visit the South County Museum. Salt Pond Shopping Center is the local shopping center.
Theodore Francis Green State Airport can be reached within several minutes.
Narragansett Higher Education
University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities provide higher educational facilities.