Historic Walking Tours of Narragansett Pier

Maps Cottages Treasures

The Tours

Tour # 1, Central Street Historic District & Boon Street

Sonnenschein. Narragansett Pier, R.I., Illustrated, 1891

Central Street is the heart of the Pier. It's where you will find the greatest number of well-preserved
cottages dating from the Golden Age. Park anywhere the signs allow along either side of Central
Street and circle the block, with side-trips along Rockland and Caswell Streets. You also might
want to sample one of the dining spots along Boon Street in and to the south of the Historic District.

The building with the laundromat, opposite the playground, was originally the eastern terminal of
the old Narragansett Pier Rail Road.

The Casino, Narragansett Pier, R.I. Illustrated, 1891

Tour # 2,The Towers, Town Beach and Seawall

The Towers building is all that remains of the Casino. It is one of Rhode Island's more recognizable
landmarks, a setting for all kinds of events from dance classes to confereces. There are several
attractions in the immediate vicinity of The Towers that are worthy of a visitor's time, including
Casino Park with its fountain, Coast Guard House, which encompasses the old U.S. Lifesaving
Station, and Canonchet Memorial. The gazebo on the lawn next to The Towers is the setting for
many concerts, weddings and other events.


Tour # 3,Earlscourt & the Woods
A few "cottages" and the base of the Water Tower remain from the ambitious developments of the
late 19th century. Head south on Gibson Avenue and turn on Kinney Street for a lovely walk in
protected wetlands. Or stay on Gibson for a look at Druids Dream and an interesting historic
cemetery. Several residents of Narragansett have launched an effort to raise money to restore
the tower.

Hazard Castle, from the air. Edward Cormier postcard collection

Tour # 4, Ocean Road Historic District & Beyond

This 38-acre property, long maintained as a retreat by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence,
includes a 105-foot stone tower, a large stone residence and several other buildings. Further south
are several other historic attractions, access to spectacular geological formations along the coast,
and Scarborough Beach. The access areas offer parking spaces; no parking is allowed along
Ocean Road.

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