Back To the Beach

State beaches will officially reopen Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. This means lifeguards will be on duty, the bathrooms and concessions will be open, and you will be charged for parking. Go to Rhode Island State Beaches for details on parking rates and links to the individual eight beaches. Consider purchasing a season pass which allows entry into parking lots at all eight of Rhode Island’s state beaches.

The messaging on Scarborough is a little confusing. (North seems to be open.) You figure it out:

All state beaches, except Scarborough North, are open daily through Labor Day from 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 8:30 AM to 6 PM on weekends and holidays, weather permitting. Scarborough South opens Saturday, June 17.

The daily parking fee for residents is $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends and holidays. Season pass for residents is $30. Daily rates are more at Misquamicut.

Parking lot hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday thru Friday/ 8:30am to 6pm on weekends and holidays. Gates close at sunset. (EV charging is available at certain beaches. Check the details at the individual beach listings.)

Go here for the nifty “Parking Availability” feature which you should definitely check this weekend before heading out. The weather looks great and parking lots can fill up.

Seen here is Roger Wheeler State Beach.

Protected from Block Island Sound by an extensive breakwater barrier, this is a popular beach for young children and families due to the gentle surf, playground, and modern beach pavilion with a kid-friendly environmental educational area.

Often referred to locally as Sand Hill Cove, Roger W. Wheeler State Beach was renamed in August 1970 to recognize Captain Roger W. Wheeler (1907-1969), the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System.

Hooray for lifeguards. They remain on duty through the Labor Day weekend.

State beaches open 8:30am, Saturday, May 27.


Roger Wheeler amenities include food, bathrooms, and showering stations.

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