Introduction to Westerly, Rhode Island
Westerly, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 30 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 78 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.Part of the surrounding New London - Norwich metro area, the town is not an isolated town. Westerly is home to some 22,966 residents.
Westerly was founded by John Babcock in 1669. The town is named Westerly because it is located in the western part of the state. However, many believe it was named after the village of Westerleigh, England. Currently, textiles and tourism are the primary industries of Westerly but, historically, the town was famous for its granite.
Westerly and nearby Attractions
- Misquamicut Beach
- Watch Hill Lighthouse
- Wilcox Park
- Babcock-Smith House
- Mystic Aquarium
- U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Things To Do In Westerly
During you stay in Westerly, you can visit Misquamicut State Beach, Wilcox Park, Westerly Town Beach, Watch Hill Beach, Weekapaug Beach, and East Beach. The Westerly Downtown Historic District, Babcock-Smith House Museum, and Main Street Historic District are worth visiting. You can also spend your leisure time at The Water WIZZ Park. One can enjoy shopping at the Granite Hills Shopping Center, Franklin Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, and Granite Street Shopping Center.
Flights can be availed from Groton-New London Airport.
Westerly Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are offered at the University of Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut State University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities.