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Beavertail Light and Park

Beavertail Rd., Jamestown, RI
401 423 3270
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Jamestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Lighthouses
Activities: Sunbathing, Picnicking
Description: The site of America's third lighthouse and the first in Rhode Island dates back to 1749.
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Philadelphia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Nice views from the elevated rocky coast in this park. Historic lighthouse, small aquarium and a big stuffed striped bass inside. Great spot to take pictures!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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101 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you are in Newport, this is off the beaten track, in Jamestown, but well worth a visit. It is far out on the southernmost point of Jamestown Island. You can climb the lighthouse steps and see the panoramic views, including across the harbor to Newport and Castle Hill. By far the best, however, is the small, interactive museum, staffed... More

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Tolland, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you are seeking beautiful scenery with plenty of free parking and space, Beavertail is the place. From the waves breaking onto the rocks (no swimming that I'm aware of here), to the lighthouse, small aquarium, picnic area, and yes they do have portable restrooms (I was pleasantly surprised, clean and clean smelling). Lots of families flying kites which is... More

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58 attraction reviews
451 helpful votes 451 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There's not much here except benches and a lovely view, but what else do you want in summer? Some to read and enjoy the sea air. Bring an umbrella if you need shade.

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

An excellent family destination for exploration of the marine environment/ New England coast. For children 10-18 a crawling over the rocks and tide pools can be an excellent opportunity for adventure and learning. Imagine you are intrepid explorers or pirates finding a route over the cliffs and rocks. Crawl though the short cave in the cliff we named "The Devil's... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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217 reviews 217 reviews
65 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Head here late in the day or early evening, and you'll have a lot of the park to yourself. Climb down to the ocean, explore tide pools, and roam the rocks. During the day the lighthouse is open for tours, but we were too late for that. Nice place to visit.

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Huron, Ohio
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Jamestown area is so peaceful and reminds you of days gone by. Beaver tail State park was a beautiful view of the area. Loved watching people fishing and walking along the rock formations. The surf was beating against the rocks. You look out to islands and peninsulas all around. You can drive right up to the lighthouse. The tour of... More

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Farmington, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous. Craggy ocean-carved rocks, American history, surreal marine-life, and local knowledgeable friendly docents who grew up at this very spot. Free. We went Sunday afternoon and lighthouse was open...so we climbed to the top which I recommend!

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Waves crashing on the peninsula are something to be seen. Low tide you can scramble around the crumbling cliffs by the waters edge. Small aquarium open sometimes at lighthouse. Good couple hours spent outside with great views on all sides.

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Beautiful lighthouse and grounds with lovely sunset views. Nice rocky coast for hikes and great history of this and other light houses in the area

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