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Westerly

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Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.On the western border of Westerly flows the Pawcatuck River, once renowned for its own species of Westerly salmon, three of which are on the town's crest. The river flows from some fifteen miles (24 km) inland, emptying into Little Narragansett Bay. It also serves as the boundary between Westerly and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Along the coast of Westerly lie salt ponds which serve as shallow reeflike pools whose outer walls form the long, white beaches for which the town became renowned. From west to east, these ponds are called Maschaug Pond, Winnapaug Pond, and Quonochontaug Pond. The town also has the fresh water lake Chapman's Pond which is undergoing revitalization. A type of granite known as Westerly granite has long been quarried here. Westerly granite is ideal for statuary and has been used in numerous government buildings of several states along the eastern seaboard. The Westerly area was known for its granite and stone-cutting industry.Westerly becomes a large tourist attraction during the summer months, during which the population nearly doubles. From east to west, well-known beaches include Weekapaug Beach, Westerly Town Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, East Beach, and Watch Hill Beach.
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Beach
Misquamicut State Beach Misquamicut
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Westerly Library & Wilcox Park
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Wildlife Area
Napatree Point
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Historic Site
Babcock-Smith House
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Side trips from Westerly

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Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium Mystic
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Duration: 2 hours
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Observatory
Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket
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Historic Site
Olde Mistick Village Mystic
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Hidden gems in Westerly

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Historic Site
Watch Hill Merry Go Round & Beach Watch Hill
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Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Watch Hill Lighthouse Watch Hill
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Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Statue of Ninigret Watch Hill
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Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Westerly

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Beach
East Beach Watch Hill
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Duration: 2 hours
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Watch Hill Beach Watch Hill
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Park
Water Wizz of Westerly
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Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Atlantic Beach Park Misquamicut
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Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Westerly

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Park
Dunes Park Misquamicut
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Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in Westerly

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Winery / Vineyard
Langworthy Farm Winery
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Duration: 2 hours