South County (Rhode Island)

If you are trying to find South County on a map, then you might have a problem. Technically speaking, South County doesn’t really exist! Instead, “South County” is just the name that the locals have given to a specific part of Rhode Island. South County is, broadly speaking, the coastal region in Rhode Island, centered around the mostly seasonal vacation communities.

Cities and towns

Other destinations

Get in

By train

Rhode Island has three AMTRAK train stations - South Kingstown (close to the beaches of Narragansett and Charlestown), Providence (in downtown Providence), and Westerly (close to the RI/CT border). WARNING: Amtrak trains often run late, so do not rely on them for time-sensitive trips.

The MBTA Commuter Rail serves Providence, T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, and Wickford Junction in North Kingstown.

By car

South County, Rhode Island is accessed most easily by Interstate 95. From South (New York/Connecticut Area): Head north on I-95N into Rhode Island. Take exit 3A for RI-138 E/S Kingstown and merge onto RI-138 E/Kingstown Rd. Head straight on RI-138 until you enter South Kingstown

From North (Providence/Boston): Head south on I-95S into Rhode Island. Take exit 9 onto RI-4 towards South County. Head straight on RI-4 and continue onto RI-1 into South Kingstown.

By plane

South County is accessible by plane via TF Green Airport. Once at TF Green, one can follow the directions to South County by traveling south on I=95 (as seen above).

By boat

Galilee in the town of Narragansett is accessible from Block Island and Newport by using the Block Island Ferry. You can purchase tickets online or by calling +1 401-783-7996. Block Island Ferry offers the Hi-Speed Ferry and the Traditional Ferry. The Hi-Speed Ferry arrives in approximately 30 minutes and the Traditional Ferry arrives in approximately 60 minutes.

Get around

Traveling by car is the most common way to get around in South County, but public transit lines and taxi cabs are available.

By car

By bus

By taxi



Misquamicut State Beach on an average summer day

South County's main attraction during the warmer months is its many miles of coastline and public beaches. This can attract very large crowds, especially on weekends or holidays. Daily passes are available for residents, non-residents and seniors, and range from $5 to $14. Season passes are also available and range from $20 to $60. All beaches are free (but unguarded) before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Beach phone numbers may be seasonal.


Points of Interest

Sights to see throughout the year include:

Art Galleries


Recreational Activities

Theaters and Cinemas

The Ryan Center and Boss Arena


For the shopping enthusiast, South County provides a multitude of options. Although you won't find many chain stores, South County has many boutiques, used book stores, and souvenir shops. Wickford, Wakefield, and Westerly all have historic downtowns that contain many interesting shops.

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