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Misquamicut State Beach, Misquamicut

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.3/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • Best beach around.All of us will be back here when ever we have the chance.Lots of things to do,plenty of places to eat all within walking distance. 
  • We spent the day at the beach with my kids and my parents, and it's a nice long beach, with fun waves and (relatively) warm water. The entranceway is nicely set up with bathroom and ramps and even a p...  read more »
  • This is a perfect sandy beach that goes on for miles & so smooth no water shoes are needed. Unfortunately it's absolutely mobbed, traffic can be rough, access is restricted in many areas and parking c...  read more »
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