Introduction to Scituate, Rhode Island
Scituate, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 10 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center) and 48 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town, which is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 10,324 residents.
The area now known as the Town of Scituate was originally settled in 1710. Immigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts were the early settlers. The town was named from a native Indian term meaning "cold river" or "cold brook". It was incorporated in 1731, and Stephen Hopkins, who later became Governor of Rhode Island, was the first Town Moderator.
Scituate and Nearby Attractions
- Smith-Appleby House Museum
- State of Rhode Island Fort Adams State Park
- Hopeville Pond State Park
- Fall River Carousel
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Things To Do In Scituate
There are many museums near Scituate including Herreshoff Marine Museum, Smith Castle, New England Center for Contemporary Art, and Providence Children's Museum. The town also offers scenic walking trails through wooded areas. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Widow's Walk Golf Course. Hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and boating may be enjoyed at Douglas State Forest, Haines Memorial State Park, Quaddick State Park, and Lincoln Woods State Park. The town also organizes many special events every year such as the Scituate Art Festival.
Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.
Scituate Higher Education
Bryant College, New England Institute of Technology, and Community College of Rhode Island are some of the nearby colleges.