Misquamicut State Beach

The state's most popular beach with over a half mile of beach front

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Off-Season Notice

Thank you for another fantastic RI State Beach Season. In the off-season, all gates and parking lots remain open except in cases of an extreme weather event like hurricanes. Portajohns are available at most locations and will remain as weather conditions allow.

Not a fan of cold weather? Now is the perfect time to buy your 2024 state beach season parking pass.

Misquamicut State Beach

Located in the village of Misquamicut in the Town of Westerly, Misquamicut State Beach features a half-mile of beachfront and a modern beach facility that includes a playground, concessions, outdoor showers, and shade gazebos. Misquamicut State Beach has always enjoyed a summer population balanced by Westerly area locals and large influxes of non-residents. As the state's most popular beach, parking often fills to capacity during sunny summer days (Check the status of the parking lot here). Be sure to plan and purchase your parking pass ahead of time so you can use the express lane!

Amenities & Experiences

Misquamicut State Beach

During the beach season you’ll find public restrooms, outdoor showers, wheelchair accessibility, large parking lot, playground, food and gift concessions, composting toilets, lifeguard tower, and shade gazebos. Electric vehicle charging stations are available for 4 hours max while enjoying the beach. The EV station does not guarantee a space on full capacity days and a parking fee is required when the beach is charging a fee.

  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Accessible Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • Saltwater Fishing (off-hours only)
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Shaded Pavilion
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Heated Indoor Showers
  • Nearby Kayak Launch
  • Accessible Restroom Facilities

Know Before You Go

Misquamicut State Beach

In-Season Hours & Parking: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday - Friday and 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends & holidays. Gates close at sunset. Check the capacity of the parking lot.

Restrictions: No alcohol, glass, dogs/pets, smoking, RV camping, or tent camping allowed. Misquamicut State Beach is day-use only.

Concessions: Salty's Burger & Seafood is open daily during the beach season.

Lifeguard on duty 9:00 AM (8:30 AM weekends/holidays) to 6:00 PM (Seasonal)

Tide Chart: View local tides and surf conditions. Break the grip of the rip! Learn about rip currents.

History Of Misquamicut State Beach (1959)

Misquamicut State Beach

Misquamicut has a relatively short history as a state beach, about fifty years. It opened in 1959. However, the beach and recreational scene at this location dates back another fifty years to just after 1900, when private homeowners and small businessmen from Westerly put up cottages and a couple of hotels. It was known at first as Pleasant View. It was a strip of sand between Watch Hill on the west and Weekapaug on the east, with a bridge over the breachway at Weekapaug. The beach divided the ocean waters from the Winnapaug pond, a salt pond that provided a sheltered place to sail and a protected place for a childrens’ bathing area.

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State Beach Parking

Headed to a state beach? Check here for the near real-time status of parking lots at our busiest state beaches. Remember, season beach parking passes are not available for purchase at beach entrances. Help reduce traffic delays by buying your season pass online.

Misquamicut State Beach