For more than 100 years, southern Rhode Island's wide, sandy beaches and relaxed lifestyle have attracted summer vacationers from around the globe. Swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing, whale-watching and beach combing represent a handful of the many seaside activities enjoyed on South County beaches all summer long. Yet South County's vacation appeal extends far beyond the shore. Charming villages, rolling countryside, historic sites and hundreds of acres of woodlands offer unlimited opportunities for hiking, canoeing, cycling, shopping and touring.
History and culture are evident throughout South County as well. An abundance of historic inns and bed & breakfast establishments affords visitors the opportunity to personally experience Colonial and Victorian era South County. Regional history thrives at local museums like South County Museum, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Smith Castle, while summerstock theatre productions delight audiences at charming Theatre-by-the-Sea. All of these elements combine to produce a 100% natural vacation experience.
A visit to the coastal region called South County is a nostalgic trip back to the days before family pilgrimages to mega theme parks became a way of life. Vacationers delight in the simplicity they find here - miles of shoreline dotted with winsome beachfront cottages and inns, friendly roadside vendors selling the freshest seafood, locally grown produce, and piping-hot fruit pies. Beach-goers while away the summer days by building sandcastles, riding the waves on boogie boards, surf-casting and digging for clams.