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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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Alachua, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I love visiting lighthouses and were lucky enough to catch Beavertail open for a visit. Beautiful views and wonderful volunteers!

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Somerville, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We arrived too late to visit the museum, but the park provides a great view of the sunset over the water. The lighthouse is charming and the park was quiet.

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Bayville, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This was a spur of the moment decision on a bright sunny October afternoon. Beavertail sits on the end of Jamestown, in a smallish park with trails along the bay and ocean. Recently restored and opened to the public, the all volunteer preservation group has really done amazing things with not just the building, but the informative and interesting (and... More

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Rhode Island
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119 reviews 119 reviews
43 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Take a lawn chair and just sit and wait for the sun to begin Setting .. Rocks below are flat so many folks walk down and sit on the rocks caution is advised tour the museum docent is very Knowelegable of the light house history

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

great view of the harbour and a nice place to stroll. Looks to be popular with locals for fishing off the rocks. Lighthouse and museum are interesting. You can park at various points round the park and walk a loop round if you feel like it

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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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279 reviews 279 reviews
123 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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