Scituate is a rural town in the Northeast section of Rhode Island, about 20 minutes outside of Providence. Scituate is home to a beautiful and expansive reservoir which provides freshwater to more than 60% of the state. It’s also the headquarters of the Rhode Island State Police and Department of Public Safety. As with many towns in Rhode Island, Scituate has a rich colonial history and preserved buildings and homes dating back to the 18th century, especially in villages like Clayville and North Scituate. The country-style living and historic atmosphere is a draw to the area. Scituate is a healthy medium between suburban and rural — it’s not too far out of the way (like Foster), but provides more seclusion than Western Cranston or Johnston.
According to Realtor.com, in January 2023, the median listing home price in Cranston, RI was $379K, trending up 11.5% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $266. The median home sold price was $365K.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
Scituate has plenty of small businesses around the Route 6 & town center area. You can find small boutique shops like Charming Treasures and Bittersweet & Ivy for special gifts and rare items.
For more general shopping, Scituate residents may have to travel outside of town to Johnston or Cranston. Follow Route 6 east and you’ll find several shopping centers near the I-295 junction with Stop & Shop and other retailers.
Held over Columbus Day Weekend for over 50 years, this arts festival attracts thousands of people and recognized by local magazines eight times as the best Arts & Crafts Festival in Rhode Island. There are over 200 exhibitors for the festival each year and all of the proceeds go to support local nonprofit organizations. You’ll find live music acts all day long, pop up restaurants, food trucks, antiques, and all varieties of arts and crafts.
The Scituate Reservoir supplies fresh water to more than 60% of Rhode Island residents. It’s the largest body of freshwater in the state with about 39 billion gallons of capacity. Free public field tours are offered during different seasons of the year. These walking tours visit project sites on different parts of the property and are designed to give people a better understanding of forestry and land management issues. The reservoir is also a beautifully scenic area, a perfect backdrop for bike rides, walks, and jogs.
Scituate has its local watering holes and restaurants that are worth visiting. Stop by Howards Chowder Shack during the summertime for RI-style favorites like clam chowder, fried clam bellies, and oyster po’boys. For breakfast, you’ll find Cindy’s Diner always packed and bustling. It has a nostalgic, 1950’s interior and atmosphere that adds to the great meal and service. Finally, for one of the best meals in town, definitely try the Corner Bistro for their authentic, country-style cooking.
Protected and run by the Scituate Land Trust & Conservation Commission, this small hiking trail is about 1.5 miles through relatively easy, low elevation forested lands. The trailhead begins right near Clayville Elementary School.
A short hiking trail near Battery & Meetinghouse Road in Scituate. The trail is approximately 1.2 miles in length and features several old “fire roads” and extensive stone walls. The marked trails lead in a double loop before circling back to the trailhead entrance.
There are several athletic fields and facilities in Scituate for youth programming and public use. The locations below include recreation space for soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and more.
Hope Memorial Field
Dean Andrews Memorial Field
The Scituate School District contains five schools covering the K-12 grades. The district serves approximately 1,300 students per year with 132 teachers on staff and an average classroom size of 13 students. Pre-school services are offered at Clayville Elementary School. For information on student registration and contact info, please visit their website
Due to its rural setting (about 20 minutes outside Providence), there are no major highways going through Scituate. The main through-ways include Route 6, Route 14, Route 12, and Route 116. Route 6 is the busiest, high-traffic road, and runs through the northern part of town. It runs east to west, connecting Scituate to nearby Johnston and Foster.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 15.7 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 15.2 miles
For more information on Scituate community events and government departments, please visit the official website