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Explore Narragansett Bay

Like a precious gem in a fine jeweled setting, Narragansett Bay is the sparkling geographic center of Rhode Island. Sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming and seal watching are a few of the great recreational opportunities enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Historic villages nestled along the scenic coast offer waterfront dining, shopping, adventure sport outfitters and more.

Don't have your own boat? We have scores of ways to explore the Bay for fun and learning. Relax on a narrated boat cruise along the islands of the Bay. Sail into the sunset on a historic schooner. Relive America 's Cup heritage by crewing on a twelve meter yacht. Cast your line while enjoying a fishing boat excursion. Paddle your kayak along the Bay's pristine coastline for an unforgettable experience. Whatever you choose, we've got all the details for you to enjoy our Jewels of the Bay.

Water Sports and Off-Shore Adventure

Narragansett Bay's protected harbors and inlets provide a perfect refuge to enjoy water-related recreation. Bayside outfitters rent recreational equipment including: snorkel gear, boats, jetskis, canoes, and kayaks. Details about equipment rentals, charter boat services, beach locations, boating facilities, fishing, and more are just a click away:

Saltwater Beaches
Small boat, kayak and canoe rentals, and tours
Scuba Diving
Charter Booking Services
Pleasure Fishing Cruising Boats
Fishing Locations
Boat Launch Sites
Anchorages, Guest Moorings, Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Excursions and Bayside Sites

Scheduled departures leave daily throughout Rhode Island on a variety of bay sightseeing excursions, including schooner cruises, narrated boat tours, sailboat lessons and catamaran voyages. Enjoy an unobstructed view of historic points of interest located along the bay. Click on the links below to plan your bay adventure.

Learn about the Bay and Sea
Excursion and Sightseeing Boats
Whale and Seal Watching
Sailing Instructions


Bay Facilities and Licensing

Narragansett Bay is a user-friendly destination. Below you'll find specifics about fees, licensing, restrictions, and boating:

Harbor Masters
Pumpout Facilities
Official Fishing Weigh Stations
License Issuing Facilities
Telephone & Web Resources
RI Coast Guard Stations
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