Wickford Travel Guide

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Wickford Things to Do

  • Check out Wickford's shops

    Wickford has a number of interesting little shops along its two main streets. Unlike nearby Newport, which has been invaded by national chains, Wickford's shops still have a lot of local character. We found the shopkeepers to be friendly and helpful.

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  • Stroll the historic streets of Wickford

    Wickford is one of the best-preserved colonial-era towns in New England, with blocks of historic buildings dating back to the 1700s and 1800s. We enjoyed just walking around the town, enjoying the well-preserved houses, churches and other buildings.

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  • Brick sidewalks, clapboards and flags

    It's all part of the atmosphere of Wickford. Old Americana at its finest. The nice thing is that altho the town has been discovered by a lot more tourists nowadays...it still has a very "real" feel to it. From the fishing docks and quohaugers to the funky shops on the main street...to the funny little houses tucked in here and there.... I enjoy...

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  • Gilbert Stuart's Birthplaceand Museum

    Gilbert Stuart was one of America's greatest painters. He is best known for his portraits of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Gilbert Stuart was born near Wickford, Rhode Island in 1755. His birthplace has been preserved as a small museum, which is open to visitors. In addition to the house, you can tour the adjacent...

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  • Spend A Lazy Afternoon Relaxing In...

    This is such a relaxing easy going and lovely tiny town. You can just spend the day strolling, taking pictures, getting and ice cream and later a lobster roll, and sitting on one of the many benches that I saw all over town.I was really amazed to see all the benches in Wickford. This wouldn't work in NY in the town where I live. People would take...

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  • Historic Houses of Wickford

    Continue on down Main Street and be sure to walk on the side streets to see these wonderful old historic houses which are still being lived in today.

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  • Gilbert Stuart's Birthplace c.1700

    Just south of the Wickford village, you can visit another National HIstoric site. It's the birthplace of the most well known portrait artist of the 18th century. Gilbert Stuart painted the portrait of George Washington which is found on our one dollar bill.... as well as in many other places. He actually painted the portraits of 5 presidents and...

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  • Park at town center

    As you come into the main street in Wickford, you find a sweet little park right on Main Street. It's a nice respite from all the retail and hustle and bustle on busy summer days. The old architecture in the background lends interest to the gardens, making it a pleasing rest for the eye.

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  • Walk from town to the docks

    There are many 18th and 19th century homes in Wickford. Restoration is part of life here. Several churches are worthy of exploration as well. You could spend hours if you are an architecture buff. Bring your camera...take your time...walk a lot.

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  • Don't miss the Wickford Art Festival

    The Wickford Art Festival is a very old and popular tradition in Wickford. There are 250 artists scheduled to be on the street displaying their works this year. Festival is scheduled for July 8 and 9. Parking and traffic are always a problem in the little village, so plan to park a distance away and bring your walking shoes. There are some very...

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  • The Quohaugers

    Guys who work the waters for quahaugs are a salty lot indeed. They rise before dawn and dig the quahaug beds til their arms ache and their back is sore. Unfortunately these shell fish are more scarce all the time....or the waters have polutted them so they cannot be taken. Often the bay is closed because heavy rains cause the pollution to worsen....

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  • The Old Narragansett Church

    The Old Narragansett Church is Wickford's oldest church. It was built in 1707 and was moved to its current location around 1800. It is open to tourists only in July and August. However, it is the site of religious services at certain times in other parts of the year. An example is Easter Sunday, when the church is the site of a sunrise Easter...

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  • Tour the Historic District

    You can see how close to the road everything here has been built. My husband drove our big pickup truck down the street here, and broke one of the wing mirrors on a telephone pole. There are additional pictures which I took at the time in the vicinity of Wickford, but can't really identify.Wickford Historic District, Roughly bounded by Tower Hill...

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  • Smith's Castle (Cocumscussoc, Updike...

    When we lived in RI, we visited Smith's Castle which is one of the oldest houses in RI. It is a saltbox house on Mill Cove and Cocumscussoc Brook.The website says that the house is in Wickford, but other websites say that it is in North Kingston. Rather than try to decide, I've put tips in both places.Richard Smith's original 1637 building was a...

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  • Learn to dye using flowers from the...

    Smith's Castle grows the flowers to be used in workshops where women can learn to dye fabrics or clothing the old fashioned way. The workshops also include candle making, cooking on an open fire and weaving. I'm going to sign up for a day in the 1700's. Such a beautiful atmosphere here...so serene and pure.

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Wickford Hotels

  • Haddie Pierce House

    146 Boston Neck Road, Wickford, Rhode Island, 02852, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Wickford Restaurants

  • Delicious Lobster Roll

    Hours:Monday-Thursday 8am-3pmFriday, Saturday & Sunday: 8am-7pmGourmet Diner Faire and Fresh Seafood Served in Authentic Diner SettingYou can click on http://quahog.org below and search Wickford Diner for an article. Lobster roll and french fries. The lobster was fresh and delicious and fries were nice and crispy. They may have been pealed and...

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  • Not Very Good

    I don't know the name of this restaurant. Will update when I find out. Pleasant to sit outside, but the lobster roll isn't great. So far Wickford Diner has had the best lobster roll.

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  • Stick With The Lobster

    Although I had read on the internet that Duffy's Tavern had the best clam cakes around, I took the server's suggestion and ordered the stuffies. I am not a stuffies maven so I really can't make a knowledgeable judgement on them. But if they were crab cakes, I would have to give them a one star. The stuffies were mostly stuffing.Now if you are...

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Wickford Transportation

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    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    There are no schedules here...especially in summer. Ride a bike, a motorcycle, or drive a car down Rte. 1A to enjoy the area completely. Wander and get lost among the little streets. Find the place that suits you best. Just remember to stop....be still....absorb...listen... smell.....and absorb that wonderful essence which is an old New England village by the water.

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Wickford Shopping

  • Sewing "Findings"

    South of Wickford in the mill town of Hamilton was the Hamilton Web Company. We used to go there to buy braids, lace and rickrack and the like. There was a little store at the factory where they sold odds and ends.My mother and I used to go there to buy braids in the early 70s It was priced by the foot

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  • A pleasant little toy store

    Wickford Toy and Stationery is pleasant little toy store on Brown Street in Downtown Wickford, which has a fun selection of toys, dolls and games. Anna had fun exploring the store and had a tough time making up her mind. She ultimately decided on a cute watering can, which she proceeded to use all weekend helping our hosts to water their garden.

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  • A great store for little girls' clothing

    Teddy Bearskins is a wonderful little girls' clothing store that saved our Easter weekend in Wickford. We had forgotten to pack Anna's Easter dress and stumbled into Teddy Bearskins hoping to redeem ourselves. Fortunately, the store had a great selection and helpful staff, and 30 minutes later Anna had a better Easter dress than the one we left at...

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Wickford Local Customs

  • Swim or boat at your back door

    Some folks are lucky enough to live on the waterfront in a historic home with dock and beach just outside their back door. Well, maybe you could bring a 6 pak over to visit for a while.

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  • Need a tow?

    If you call for help, there is a tow boat available out of Wickford. Think they take 3 AAA's ? The twins return to port at the end of the day.

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  • Preserving the landscape

    That means each and every old vine you can save..... Here we see the trumpet vine which is about 100 yrs. old, according to the guides at Smith's Castle. I'll try to return to see it in full bloom in August.

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Wickford Off The Beaten Path

  • Is it a VT phtographer?

    Great place for a photographer to experiment, practice, and capture some mighty fine shots of the waterfront as well as the quaint architecture and plenty of sports activities. I didn't ask him if he was a member of VT. Maybe I should have!

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  • Enjoy the gulls

    Hang out for a while at the town docks...with the seagulls. It's very interesting there. You can watch the folks going to the fish store, coming back from a day on their cabin cruiser, quahaugers coming in from their work on the bay, lobstermen readying their boats and traps for the following day...young guys coming in from their day of...

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  • Rest by the bay

    Here is a couple with the right idea. They visited the Smith's Castle and then decided to enjoy the grounds overlooking the water. It was a sensational sunny day. Just perfect.

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Wickford Sports & Outdoors

  • Candlepin Bowling

    If your kids need a break from sightseeing and shopping in Wickford, try a trip to go candlepin bowling. Candlepin bowling is different from regular bowling in that it uses a smaller ball and smaller, narrower pins. As a result, it is much harder to get strikes and spares. To compensate, you get to roll three balls per frame instead of two.Wickford...

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  • A great kayak centre

    This is a very well known kayak centre. They will help you get started if you've never paddled before...but beyond that, they are knowledgeable in the area and will no doubt have the answers to your nautical questions.

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  • Just plain row a boat

    This is my speed. I love to row boats. Don't do it often enough anymore.....always an excuse. My wish for you is that you WILL make the time...and enjoy!

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Wickford Favorites

  • Quonset Point NAS

    In 1970, my husband was on an aircraft carrier which moved home port from Norfolk to Quonset Point. But the carrier was going to be deployed for a lot of the next year. So while that was going on, we put our furniture in storage and my three children and I moved in with my parents in Maryland. When the carrier came back to RI briefly that winter at...

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  • Go antiqueing

    This antique shop is right on Main Street in the middle of the business district. They have all sorts of things from early "smalls" to victorian to mission to funky 70's collectibles. There are several antique shops in the area. The most fun is to walk the streets and bop in and out of the various places that peak your interest at the moment. Could...

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  • Around the corner from...

    There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not to put in a deep water port at the old military installation at Quonset Point/Davisville...which is just north of Wickford. Thousands of military people, planes and boats passed through here years ago..before it was closed in the 70's, I believe. There are hundreds of acres there. Some...

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