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rhode trip: Roger Wheeler State Beach

Roge-Wheeler-BeachRenamed in 1970 for Captain Roger W. Wheeler (1907-1969), who developed the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System, this beach has it all – from a beautiful sandy beach with lifeguards to a playground, snack bar, showers and storytimes. All these amenities can be great or not depending on the kids, the parents or the mood of the moment.

When my kids were toddlers and never sat still, I loved the diversion of the playground and kids crafts. The showers made cleanup easy before you get back in the car. Now that my kids are older and into building sandcastles and playing in the waves, I subscribe to the less is more beach. Remember to bring a bag – you have to take all your trash with you.

amenities
Lifeguard on duty (weather permitting): 9 am – 6 pm | Restrooms | Restrooms for the Disabled | Phone | Parking | Beach | Pavilion with Coin-Operated Hot Showers | Playground | Picnic Tables | Concession | Swimming

location
100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, R.I.
directions from Providence Interstate Rte. 95 South, to Rte. 4 South, to Rte.1 South, to Rte. 108 South. Follow signs to Roger W. Wheeler State Beach.
seasonal phone (401) 789-3563

hours
May 1 through Memorial Day – open weekends only
Memorial Day through Labor Day – open 7 days (weather permitting): 9 am – 6 pm

daily parking fee (May 1 – September 30)
Find current fee information for residents and non-residents at the RI Parks website.

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Written by Anisa Raoof