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 is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Scituate History

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.

Scituate Transportation

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.

Scituate Almanac

County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes02857
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.83
Approximate Longitude-71.63

Scituate Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.2 inches
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

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