Misquamicut State Beach
Rhode Island, also known as the “Ocean
State”, is one of the most popular tourist
destinations in all of the United States.
During the summer, the beautiful oceanfront
beaches of the island attract people from
all over the world. One such attraction is
the Misquamicut State Beach in Washington
County and Westerly.
Its seven mile length of pristine beaches stretches from Weekapaug to Watch
Weekapaug is a small district, which was
called Noyes Beach after Reverend James
Noyce during the 1700s to the late 1890s.
Watch Hill is also a small district in
It is best known for the
Watch Hill Lighthouse and for the Flying
Horse Carousel. In 1894, Misquamicut was
bought from Chief Sosoa
of the Monauks.
|Misquamicut was called Pleasant View until
1928. In 1959, Misquamicut Beach was
designated as a state beach, and in 1992 it
was almost shut down because of defects in
its plumbing and sewage systems. The beach
had to have a new septic field, but there
were laws prohibiting such additions to
parks and beaches.
Fortunately, this problem was
solved by adopting waterless and ecologically-friendly waste
In 1999, the State of Rhode Island installed a 1.5 million
dollar bathing pavilion in the beach. It is called the James
J. Federico State Beach Pavilion. After a year, the pavilion
was completed. It has cold and heated showers,
environment-friendly composting toilets and charming
gazebos. Its parking lot can hold up over two thousand cars.
The construction of the James J. Frederico State Beach
Pavilion led to a significant increase in the number of
tourists visiting Misquamicut.
The Misquamicut State Beach is filled with activities for
locals and tourists of all age groups. There are mini-golf
fields, shops, parks, carousels, rides for children, movie
screenings, go-carts, batting cages and water slides.
Swimming and surfing shops abound in Misquamicut beach, and
most of them serve food for the hungry swimmers and
Aside from a fun-filled summer experience on the beach,
Misquamicut also provides an array of fine restaurants, cozy
lounges and bistros. They include the Venuce Restaurant, WB
Cody’s Steakhouse, Dunn’s Corners Pizza and Dunn’s Corners
There are a lot of annual events in Misquamicut. One of
which is The Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night. The celebration is a
bonfire gathering featuring a re-enactment of the
inquisition and execution of Guy Fawkes (also known as Guido
Fawkes). Fawkes was a revolutionary of the Roman Catholic
Church who was one of those behind the Gunpowder Plot
against Protestants. Other annual events include the
Misquamicut Music Festival Concert and Fireworkds, the “Kids
Can Make a Difference” benefit concert, the Misquamicut
Beach Salt Pond Challenge, the “Lights and Legends” slide
shows and the MBA Beach Cleanup.