Salty Brine State Beach

Enjoy close up views of fishing boats and ferries going by at the tiny, yet popular Salty Brine State Beach.

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Early Beach Season Notice

Scarborough North and Roger Wheeler state beaches in Narragansett are open Saturdays and Sundays only, weather permitting, from Saturday, May 11 until Memorial Day to accommodate early beachgoers. State beaches (except Scarborough South) will officially be open daily from Saturday, May 27 – the traditional start of the summer outdoor recreation season – until Labor Day.  

Now is the perfect time to buy your 2024 state beach season parking pass.

Salty Brine State Beach

Salty Brine State Beach is a tiny beach, barely 100 yards long, with gentle surf set close to the busy Galilee docks and several seafood restaurants. Sitting inside the three-mile-long sea wall and protected from the surf, it is ideal for young children. Watch up close as the fishing boats, pleasure boats, and ferries going by. Formerly known as Galilee State Beach, Salty Brine State beach was dedicated in 1990 to Rhode Island's most widely recognized radio personality, Salty Brine. Plan to arrive early or late afternoon on summer weekends when parking fills up quickly. Be sure to plan and purchase your parking pass ahead of time!

Amenities & Experiences

Salty Brine State Beach

During the beach season you’ll find an energy efficient beach pavilion with lifeguard tower, coin operated hot showers powered by solar hot water panels, public restrooms, wheelchair accessibility, food concessions, and a boardwalk along the jetty with overlook platforms, picnic tables, and shade gazebo. The parking lot at Salty Brine beach is for the use of State Beach patrons only. Only passenger vehicles are allowed into lot and must fit within the designated parking spaces and cannot protrude or obstruct any traffic within the parking lot. 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
  • Accessible Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • Saltwater Fishing (off-hours only)
  • Coastal Fishing Display
  • Paved Parking Area
  • Shaded Pavilion
  • Accessible Restroom Facilities
  • Food Concessions
  • Port of Galilee Interpretive Signage

Know Before You Go

Salty Brine 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.

Restrictions: No alcohol, glass, dogs/pets, smoking, RV camping, or tent camping allowed. Passenger vehicles only. Salty Brine 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 Salty Brine State Beach (1954)

Salty Brine State Beach

Galilee State Beach (now Salty Brine State Beach), was turned over to the state Division of Parks and Recreation by the Division of Harbors and Rivers in 1954. In 1990 it was renamed as Salty Brine State Beach after Walter Leslie Brian (1918-2004), a prominent radio personality who was long associated with Rhode Island’s nautical and seaside traditions. He was a morning radio host from 1943 to 1993 and the host of a children’s television show, known as ‘Salty’s Shack.’

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Salty Brine State Beach