A town full of historic charm, North Kingstown’s Wickford Village is a step back in time.
A quintessential New England village by the sea
North Kingstown is a town of more than 27,000 just over 23 miles from Providence. A town full of historic charm, North Kingstown’s Wickford Village is a step back in time, with quaint 18th-century shops and restaurants there to peruse. In fact, Wickford Village won a 2022 contest for the "Best Historic Small Town" in North America! Locals love walking past the stunning Greek Revival, Federal, and Victorian-style homes in the area as they make their way to a boutique or to grab dinner by the water.
North Kingstown and Wickford Village are primarily residential areas with a rural, coastal feel. They share an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutique shops, and centuries-old buildings, and offer families some of the top schools in Rhode Island.
North Kingstown and Wickford Village have many dining options to choose from. Voted #1 in Rhode Island and in the top 50 sandwich shops in America, Shayna’s Place is a highlight of North Kingstown and Wickford Village. Try a cup of their quinoa chili on a cold day or a smoothie if you’re planning on shopping in the village. For a hearty meal closer to the water, Wickford on the Water is a great seaside restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a hearty cocktail menu.
Alma Juice Bar + Market works with local farmers to bring organic produce, meats, and pantry items to North Kingstown and Wickford Village. Stop by for a cold-pressed green juice or a curried chicken salad sandwich. Locals love the quick and easy service at Alma. In a Cape Cod cottage by the water, Gardner’s Wharf Seafood invites guests to sample the best of New England fare - whether they’re stopping in for fish and chips at Chevy’s Shack or picking up lobster for dinner at the market.
For live performances, the Courthouse Center for the Arts is less than 20 minutes away in West Kingstown, and the Contemporary Theater Company in South Kingstown is no further. Both offer live theater, concerts, and summer camp opportunities, with the former in a stunning 1890s mansion and the latter in a repurposed space with an intimate atmosphere.
Main Street in Wickford Village has the cutest shops in town. It is where boutiques, like Beauty and the Bath and the Gourmet Factory Outlet, welcome guests looking for gifts and unique, novelty items. For big-name stores, the Wickford Junction Shopping Plaza on Ten Rod Road next to the commuter rail has big box stores. Locals also frequent The Shoppes at Quonset Point and Kingstown Plaza for their necessities.
North Kingstown and Wickford Village have a strong festival scene for locals to partake in. The Wickford Art Festival occurs every July and brings artists from across the United States as well as local talent from Rhode Island and New England. In October, Wicked Week has a series of spooky events to take part in, from pumpkin carving to a town-wide parade. The Wickford Village Festival of Lights kicks off in December with a collection of holiday events, from the town tree lighting ceremony to horse-drawn hayrides and Santa’s arrival by boat.
For locals who love to get outside, John H. Chafee Rome Point Preserve has a stunning series of hiking trails, parks, and campgrounds. No campfires are allowed, but leashed dogs can accompany visitors. Ryan Park on Oak Hill Road is another great option, with a trail for every skill level.
North Kingstown has access to multiple beaches, including North Kingstown Town Beach, Blue Beach, and Plum Point Beach. For those who want a break from outdoor excursions, the Seabee Museum & Memorial Park is a great indoor spot to explore the local history of the Navy Construction Battalion.
The North Kingstown School Department serves the residents of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
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