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From our expansive wilderness and an observatory that’s out of this world to our quaint shops and world-class food and music festivals, Charlestown has something to offer everyone.


ninigret national wildlife refuge

Charlestown, RI

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. It consists of 858 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded swamps and freshwater ponds.


kettle pond visitors center

50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813

Located at the northern section of Ninigret National Wildlife refuge, the center serves as “headquarters” for those enjoying the activities the refuge has to offer.



4417B Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 

The Charlestown Historical Society Archive/Museum and 1838 Schoolhouse are located in the historic village of Cross Mills. Step back in time and enjoy a visit to the 1838 Schoolhouse.  As the only surviving schoolhouse still in its original state in Charlestown, you can experience what it felt like to be a young student before the onset of the automobile, cell phone and hustle and bustle of modern living.


 Charlestown Naval Airfield Memorial

Charlestown, RI 

The former site of a Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, the memorial honors 61 pilots who died here.  It’s located within the boundaries of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and was a satellite airfield to the nearby Quonset Naval Air Station.


61-62 Park Lane, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI.

Every Friday night, Frosty Drew opens its Observatory, Sky Theatre and telescopes to the public for free stargazing. It also open for meteor showers, eclipses, and many other celestial events taking place throughout the year.


kimball refuge

180 Sanctuary Road, Charlestown, RI 

Part of Burlingame State Park, the 29-acre Kimball Wildlife Refuge has trails on the property and trails that connect to the rest of the state land. The property is located on the south shore of Watchaug Pond and has a beach on the pond. 


Charlestown, RI

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory is a series of five individual stores, plant nursery, henna artist, beautiful flower gardens, bamboo forest, and animals. A Rhode Island landmark and National Treasure in Charlestown, Rhode Island since 1968.


francis c carter memorial preserve charlestown ri

Narragansett Trail, Charlestown, RI 

One of South County’s best-loved hiking areas, the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve has trails that wind over hundreds of acres of landscape formed by glaciers and shaped by generations fo farmers.


Cross Mills Public Library

Cross Mills Public Library, Charlestown, RI

On Route 1A. Open to the public with year round programs and special events.


Local Events & Festivals

Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island’s best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, lobster rolls, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar, as well as an array of all types of foods for every taste. Fireworks Saturday night and a Classic Car Show Sunday. A wide variety of arts and crafts on display, amusement rides, car show, midway entertainment, live music daily, raffles with Weber Grill & Kayaks, overnight getaways, 50/50, lobster raffle and more. Continuous entertainment and events.


charlestown rhythm and roots festival

Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI

New England’s Premier Festival of Roots Music & Dance, including Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, Blues, Soul, Tex-Mex, R&B, Alt Country, Rock n Roll, Alt Folk, and World Beat music. You can also enjoy fresh ethnic and regional foods, micro-brewed beer and regional wines and so much more.


Charlestown, RI

“A Day to Remember Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice.” The Charlestown Memorial Day Parade is held each year to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Various Locations, Charlestown, RI

The Holiday Ramble includes Santa and carolers and lots of great vendors plus merchants along the route offering discounts. 


Upcoming Events

A Chorus Line Musical at Theatre By The Sea

May 29 - June 22

Business After Hours at The Loft

June 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Summer with the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce at our Business After Hours at The Loft at...

Gardens By The Sea Tour

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Summer is coming and the gardens are beautiful! On Saturday, June 22, 2024, the Cross’ Mills Publi...

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