USCG Station Point Judith Narragansett
1460 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
In Narragansett, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 79°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 86°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 7 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 79°F and low of 66°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 7 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 24°F and high of 38°F.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index in Narragansett, RI is 145, which is 23% higher than the Rhode Island average and 45% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Narragansett, RI are equal to the average for Rhode Island and 19% higher than the rest of the country.
Getting to Know the Area
The Boston Globe crowned Narragansett as New England’s best beach town. With loads of wide beaches, nature stops, kid-friendly restaurants, and even a little fun park, this low-key alternative to Newport is a great spot for an Ocean State weekend getaway.
By far the most popular attractions in Narragansett are its four beaches. The Narragansett Town beach is a picturesque beach complete with cabanas, pavilions, showers and a beachfront clubhouse available for rent. Salty Brine State Beach, formerly known as Galilee State Beach, was dedicated to widely known radio personality, Salty Brine, in 1990. Its pier is used heavily by commercial and recreational fisherman and is an ideal spot for watching boats. Scarborough State Beach is the spot for the quintessential “day at the beach” in Rhode Island, and it has more than 3,000 feet of ocean frontage. Roger Wheeler State Beach was dedicated in 1970 to Capt. Roger Wheeler, who developed the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System. It also has hot showers, a playground, a concession building, lifeguard tower and a naturalist area on more than 27 acres.
Hike to Black Point Tide Pools. One of the joys of being in Narragansett is poking around pools at low tide. Head to Ocean Road north of Scarborough Beach, and bear left down the beach path to find a rocky point with treasures, including periwinkle snails, sea stars and sea urchins.
Spend a day at Adventureland. Bumper boats, mini golf, go karts, and more make this spot off Judith Point Road a perfect break from the beach.
Take a ferry to Block Island. Catch the ferry in Galilee to get to Block Island (the high-speed option is just a half-hour long). There are 17 miles of beaches to explore, but Crescent Beach is in walking distance of the ferry terminal. Kids love the interactive Abrams Animal Farm on Spring Street.
Do not miss an opportunity to have dinner at the Coast Guard House. A little fancier than most (though nothing in Narragansett is fussy), the Coast Guard House is a great spot for a special-treat meal while in town. Bonus, it’s a great spot to check out The Towers, one of Rhode Island’s most famous cultural landmarks and a beachside icon of Narragansett.
Consider a holiday-time visit to experience the Narragansett Festival of Lights. This early-December tradition is an all-day extravaganza of arts and crafts activities, light displays and fireworks.
Go clamming at Salt Pond. No need to head to the fish market for dinner if you know what you’re doing at Salt Pond. Bring a bucket and trowel a couple hours before low tide and muck around; kids love squelching through the mud to find quahogs. Be sure to read up on shellfish collecting rules before you go.