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Warwick, Rhode Island • Greylock Glass

ByKeith M. Jones

Jul 27, 2021

If you lived in New England in the 1970s, you probably remember the eye-catching tourist campaign of Rhode Island’s “greatest little state in the Union.” These days, the country’s smallest state prefers to capitalize on its stiff-jawed sailing roots, dubbing itself “the ocean state.” It’s a smart bet. Of the state’s roughly 1,200 square miles, 40 of them are coastal, leaving plenty of room for walking, boating, kayaking and paddleboarding, fishing, bird watching, and swimming.

While Newport, Narragansett, Jamestown and Charlestown get all the love, one coastal area remains underused: Warwick. I get it: Rhode Island’s second-largest city downtown, home to squatted industrial complexes and the constant smell of motor oil, isn’t much to see. But venture beyond its commercial areas and you’ll be treated to unique coastal views and experiences.

Oakland Beach

Clouds Hill Mansion

Photo of a large stone mansion on a sunny day with trees and a cloudless sky in the background.

Rocky Point State Park

Photo of a cloudless sky overlooking a paved walking path between a sandy beach and a grassy mixed-use area over which sits an A-shaped arch imported from the 1964/1965 World's Fair.

Lunchtime gift shop

Close-up photo of items for sale in a gift shop called Noon, including pumpkin, cinnamon leaf, nutmeg glass jar candles, porcelain salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a whalebone, stainless steel straws and a rolled up beach towel.

Conimicut Point Beach

Closeup photo of a horseshoe crab shell basking on a sandy beach

Lunchtime gift shop

Close-up photo of items for sale in a gift shop called Noon, including pumpkin, cinnamon leaf, nutmeg glass jar candles, porcelain salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a whalebone, stainless steel straws and a rolled up beach towel.

Harbor Lights Marina

Photo of an Asian style trellis or gazebo on a grassy hill overlooking a harbor and marina at sunset.