Wakefield (Rhode Island)

Wakefield is a village of the town of South Kingstown, located in the state of Rhode Island. Settlers came to Wakefield early in the 18th century due to its proximity to the Saugatucket River. In the middle of the 19th century, Kenyon’s Department Store was founded, and Wakefield soon became the business center of South Kingstown. As time progressed, the mills throughout the village became bigger and allowed for population growth. By 1895, there were 1,543 people living in the village. The first hospital was created in 1919 inside a house, and by 1925, the South County Hospital building was erected. It is still in the same location today. The village of Wakefield is rich in history, and it’s proximity to beaches and other attractions bring in thousands of tourists each summer.

Get in

By plane

By car

I-95 S to Exit 9 in RI. Stay left to take RI-4 S (Exit 9) toward North Kingstown. Merge onto Tower Hill Road/ Rt. 1 by taking a slight right. After 7 miles, take the Wakefield ramp off the right.

I-95 N to Exit 92. Take a right onto Liberty St/ Rt. 2. Merge onto CT-78 E toward Westerly. After 5 miles, take a left at the light to go onto Rt. 1 N. Take the Wakefield exit off the right.

Get around

Due to the small size of Wakefield, you can get anywhere by talking a walk through town. If you have a car, it only takes 5 minutes to get from one side to the other. If you prefer public transportation, there are busses that run from Wakefield to other locations all over the state. There is also a single cab company in town.d.

See

Wakefield is centrally located to all of Rhode Island's beaches, ranging from Misquamicut beach on the western edge of the state to Second Beach in Newport. South Kingstown, the township of which Wakefield is a village, is home to three of the most beautiful beaches in the state, East Matunuck state beach, South Kingstown town beach in Matunuck, and the Moonstone Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in the state. There are numerous tourist destinations within an hour's drive, including the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island's Renaissance city Providence, the aquarium and seaport at Mystic (Connecticut), the world's largest casino Ledyard (Connecticut), and the ferry connecting to the breathtaking beauty of Block Island Block Island.

Do

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Eat

In addition to its many unique dining options, Wakefield also offers fast food options including McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $10
Mid-range $10 - $20
Splurge Over $20

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Bars

Coffee

Wine & Spirits

Sleep

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Cope

Go next

As mentioned before, most of the people that come to Wakefield end up vacationing on one of the many beaches close to the town. If that doesn't appeal to you, here are a couple of things that you might want to do.

Routes through Wakefield

Providence North Kingstown  N  S  South Kingstown New Haven


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