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Misquamicut State Beach, Misquamicut

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Misquamicut State Beach is a Rhode Island state park in the town of Westerly. It is a part of Misquamicut Beach which is a three-mile length of beach that extends westward from Weekapaug to Watch Hill and separates Winnapaug Pond from the Atlantic Ocean.HistoryThe state beach was created in 1959 after a devastating hurricane in 1954 destroyed much of the Misquamicut community. In 1992, the state beach area was nearly forced to close when the forty-year-old septic system broke. The Division of Parks and Recreation was not allowed to build a new septic field so a switch was made to a waterless form of waste management. In 1999, the state built a $1.5 million bathing pavilion (the James J. Federico Jr. State Beach Pavilion) with heated shower stalls and Clivus Multrum composting toilets. The building project was completed in 2000 with a $700,000 expansion and paving of the parking lot. The lot now holds up to 2700 cars.Activities and amenitiesThe state beach offers over a half-mile of oceanfront recreation. The beach pavilion includes a gift shop, shade gazebos, lifeguard towers and outdoor cold showers. Two annual music festivals, Springfest and Fallfest, are held each May and September under the auspices of the Misquamicut Business Association.
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TripAdvisor
  • Great sand, well maintained and groomed, and good surf. Carry-in, carry-out, no smoking (yeah!), no alcohol, no dogs, no ball playing. Adjacent beach restaurants, shops and amusements with a honkytonk...  more »
  • We went in off season and it was clean and easy to park. There were a lot of people with dogs off leash though and I felt that was not a good thing. I saw one women get scratched up by a running dog a...  more »
  • Came back to Misquamicut to enjoy a walk on the beach. The weather is fantastic. Can't wait for summer to arrive.  more »
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  • Awesome as always we always seem to be by young adults playing football or Frisbee but told them and they stopped
  • Have been going to misquamicat for many years. Started to take my children there when my oldest was 7 and continued until a few years ago, he is now 30!! They facilities are great as is the beach and the terrific waves, there's also a small water park across the street and a little boutique plus the facilities with showers, changing rooms, concession stand. We all loved going there, I look forward to some day taking my grandchildren there!
  • Was my first time visiting this beach it was a very nice exsperince my daughter loved it we had a blast the beach was clean ! Lots to do !
  • Beautiful beach but incredibly crowded in the summer which is not my cup of tea. I love coming here in the off season to absorb the beauty of this beach without the crowds.
  • three words.best.beach.ever. and i am only 9!