Beaches Open

Surfs up. Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off of the summer beach season and the state beaches will be opening Saturday. This means that lifeguards will be on duty, the concessions stands will be open, restrooms will be available, and you will have to pay for parking.

All state beaches, except for Scarborough South State Beach, will be open daily starting Saturday, May 25, through Labor Day. As has been the case for several years, Scarborough South will not officially open until Saturday, June 15; lifeguards, beach staff, concessions, and restrooms will be available at that time.

Scarborough North, Roger Wheeler, Salty Brine, East Matunuck, Charlestown Breachway, East Beach, and Misquamicut state beaches will be open daily from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 8:30am to 6pm on weekends and holidays, weather permitting.

So those are the surf beaches, but the DEM announcement also includes information about the state parks with their freshwater lake beaches. There are no fees to access beaches within state parks.

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging beachgoers to buy their beach parking pass in advance. You can find instructions on purchasing your season pass at that website. The pass will be linked to your license plate.

If you find yourself down at the beach and haven’t made your online purchase don’t despair:

Along with the online option, state beach season parking passes may be purchased in person at the Scarborough North State Beach overflow lot (on Burnside Avenue, Narragansett) from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday starting Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, August 9.

DEM urges customers purchasing day passes at the entrance booths or customers purchasing a season pass at the overflow lot to have their money and documents ready to show the attendant to allow for these transactions to occur quickly and efficiently.

The parking lots can fill up early, so check out the Parking Availability page before leaving the house.

Seen here is East Matunuck Beach.


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