Though the weather may be cooling down, that certainly doesn’t mean that beach season is over quite yet. Skip the crowds, pricey summer beach admission and parking fare – they’re free after Labor Day – by taking a relaxing September beach day. Many of Rhody’s prettiest beaches are still open through mid-September and into October. So grab some friends or your family, and take advantage of South County’s lovely coastline without the tourists or the cost.
Atlantic Beach Park
Open through October, this beach and park offers fun of all kinds: a carousel and rides, an arcade, plenty of snack and dining options, events and, of course, tons of stunning coastline.
361 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 322-0504, www.atlanticbeachpark.com
What better time to explore the magic of Block Island than when all those pesky tourists are gone? Catch the ferry and visit such sites as Mansion Beach, Charleston Beach, Crescent Beach and the beach below Mohegan Bluffs in peaceful quiet.
Blue Shutters Town Beach
This popular family site offers spectacular views of Block Island Sound. A little off the beaten path, Blue Shutters Town Beach offers a quieter ocean view.
East Beach Road, Charlestown. 364-1206
Narragansett Town Beach
Narragansett Town Beach is a classic New England coastal beach that offers some of the best, cleanest and most accessible beach conditions. Located in the center of town, this beach is easy to visit all season long.
39, 77 and 81 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 783-6430, www.narragansettri.gov
Roger Wheeler State Beach
Named for the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System, the Roger Wheeler State Beach is ideal for kids and families. It offers picnic areas and a playground.
100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett. 789-3563, www.riparks.com
Salty Brine State Beach
With lots of places to get tasty food nearby and fun views of the comings and goings of the harbor at Galilee, this small beach makes for a perfectly relaxing place to spend an afternoon.
254 Great Island Road, Narragansett. 789-8374