Narragansett RI Real Estate
Narragansett (commonly known as “Gansett”) is the face of South County, Rhode Island. Its unassuming, seaside vibe with long stretches of ocean views and charming downtown areas make it an homeowner’s dream. From Point Judith and Galilee to Saunderstown, this narrow stretch of Rhode Island offers quite a variety of waterfront properties and village townhouses. Plus, Narragansett has one of the lowest tax rates in Rhode Island.
- Established: 1901
- Zip Code: 02874 (Saunderstown), 02882 (Narragansett)
- County: Washington
- Size: 37.8 sq miles
- Latitude: 41.4501’N Longitude: 71.4495’W
- Population: 15,868
- Median resident age: 36
- Median household income: $67,571
- Median home value: $521,231
- Homes currently available from: $135k — $5.9 million
- Tax rate: $10.08
What's it like to live in Narragansett?
Salt Pond Shopping Center — you can spend all day here and find everything you need: grocery, retail clothing, banks, fitness stores, vision care, etc. Salt Pond is by far the biggest shopping plaza in Narragansett and the “go-to” place for all of your essentials (tends to be very busy!) Dedicated shoppers drive here to visit some the largest Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in the state.
Narragansett Pier (crossing of Beach St and Ocean Road) — this beachside center of town is the best spot for walkability shopping. Check out the local shops and restaurants, walk along Narragansett Town Beach, or visit the Towers and Memorial Square.
Dining & Nightlife
The restaurant scene in Narragansett is one of its biggest attractions. There are well-known seafood restaurants along Narragansett Pier, Galilee, and Point Judith. Plus a variety of “classic” Rhode Island spots, unassuming cocktail bars, and taverns by the sea.
George’s of Galilee — waterfront seafood landmark
Iggy’s Doughboys — classic RI clam shack with fried dough treats
Aunt Carrie’s — family-friendly, circa-1920 clam shack
Spain of Narragansett — paella, tapas and terraces by the sea
Charlie O’s Tavern — classic American restaurant & sports bar
Champlin’s Seafood — fresh catches at a relaxed waterfront stop
Portside Restaurant — locally sourced seafood ranging from chowder to lobster in casual digs
Coast Guard House — fresh seafood in a historic seaside space
Turtle Soup — elegant spot for Italian and American fare
Trio — seafood, pizzas, and more with seaside views
T’s Restaurant — classic American breakfast and lunch fare
Chair 5 — classy hotel bistro with a beach vibe
Crazy Burger — quirky, eclectic spot with specialty burgers and smoothies
Brickley’s Ice Cream — Mom & pop staple for artisanal ice cream
Recreation & Activities
The state and public beaches in Narragansett are some of the best you’ll find in Rhode Island (and perhaps the entire North East).
Narragansett Town Beach — located right in the center of town near shops and restaurants. Ample parking spaces along 1A and Ocean Road. Residents of Gansett can park and enjoy the beach free of charge, but non-residents must pay a “walk on free” to visit.
Scarborough State Beach — Narragansett’s most popular beach with over 10,000 daily visitors during the peak summer season. It has approx. 2,325 ft. of beach frontage along the Block Island Sound. There is a north and south side of the Scarborough, each with a pavillion, showers, observation towers, and a boardwalk for public use.
Roger Wheeler & Salty Brine State Beaches — these beaches extend along the same beachfront in Galilee. Both are popular for families with young children, due to the extensive breakwater barrier protecting them and gentle surf. Both beaches are located in the Point Judith section of Narragansett, which is the southernmost part of town.
Narrow River — separates Narragansett from South Kingstown and open for public swimming, kayaking, and fishing.
Local Parks and Protected Areas:
Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground — home to the local farmers market and spacious campsites. Outdoor facilities with bathrooms and only a short ride or walk to the nearest beach.
Pettaquamscutt Cove National Wildlife Refuge — a popular area for scenic paddle boarding, swimming, and wildlife watching.
John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge — beautiful spot for kayaking, bike riding, bird watching or a place to bring your dog.
Hazard Rock — popular scenic area to take pictures with a great view of the ocean.
Sprague Memorial Field — a small park near the center of town. Great place for outings, picnics, walk your dogs or take the kids for playtime.
Black Point — very cool hiking spot along the ocean. Climb over the granite rock formations and see great views of the Atlantic before arriving at the north end of Scarborough beach.
Other points of interest:
Saunderstown Yacht Club — great volunteer-run yacht club with children’s activities, private beach, docks, and launch pad.
Point Judith Lighthouse — a very popular tourist attraction in Rhode Island. Scenic views of the Block Island Sound and places to walk around and view the historic lighthouse.
The Towers — iconic historic building on Narragansett’s downtown pier. Hosts many private weddings and other events throughout the year open to the public.
Village of Galilee — one of the best places in Rhode Island to buy and eat fresh seafood. Walkable and lined with restaurants, beaches, shops, and public recreation areas.
Block Island Ferry — easiest way to reach Block Island for a weekend getaway. Ferry runs seven days a week out of this port.
Schools & Education
The Narragansett Public School District consists of three schools: elementary, middle and high school. Between the three of them, the district serves all K-12 grades. For detailed information about each school, please visit the official website at http://www.nssk12.orgThe University of Rhode Island’s “Bay Campus” is located in Narragansett as well. This campus houses URI’s prestigious Graduate School of Oceanography.
Transportation & Getting Around
Route 1 (Post Road) — runs along the entire narrow strip of Narragansett, so it’s relatively easy to access and travel along the South Shore as needed. However, the town limits of Narragansett contains only a few middle highways which connect this narrow strip of land from North to South.
Route 1A — runs through the entire town of Narragansett from north to south (becomes Ocean Road heading south past Narragansett Pier). Continues north to the 138 and further into North Kingstown / Wickford.
Route 108 — stems off the Post Road junction and heads south through the small farmlands of Narragansett. Ends in Galilee just before Point Judith.
Distance to Providence: 30.4 miles
Distance to Newport: 14 miles
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 23 miles
The Block Island Ferry — there are two options (traditional and high-speed) for travelers to Block Island from Galilee. The traditional ferry runs seven days a week at scheduled departure times.
- Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 23 miles
- Distance to Wickford Junction: 10.8 miles
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