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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Scenic Lookout
“Home to the infamous Taylor Swift! Catch a glimpse while browsing the shops or taking a walk to the lighthouse. Also be sure to check out The Ocean House and if you have littles ones, The Flying Horse Carousel is the oldest operating carousel in the US in which the horses are suspended from chains. This is conveniently located next to St. Clare's Annex which has the best homemade ice cream in the area. Olympia Tea Room has great dinner with great views as well!”
  • 24 locals recommend
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Natural Feature
“Looking for some heavier surf? Take the drive to Rhode Island coast, where the Atlantic Ocean meets Long Island Sound, for bigger waves and cooler waters. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
“By the water, very unique and scenic! Reservations required for Saturday’s. Live entertainment on certain days.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“Brunch. Always call ahead and make a reservation or you will be waiting in a line out the door! Fresh popovers on Sunday morning are usually sold out by 10am. The kitchen is magic. The specials are always good - especially seafood. They also are phenomenal for lunch or dinner. Great wine selection. Top notch favorite place. Street parking can be tricky so give yourself some time to find a spot or there is a public lot down the side street - look for signs.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“Coffee lounge by day and martini-and-wine bar by night with music downtown. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Do the tasting and buy a growler of your favorite to take home as the best souvenir ever. They can be busy and there are not many places to sit there to enjoy a drink, so once you know what you like from the tasting, take it to go and enjoy at home or order it when you're out to dinner at various local spots.”
  • 6 locals recommend
“A tiny restaurant with big, bold, flavorful Mexican cuisine the way it's meant to be served. And eaten. Parking may be a problem but the walk up and down Water Street is a great introduction to the "Borough".”
  • 9 locals recommend
“OH the opulence! Iconic 1800's hotel overlooking the East Beach, and Watch Hill, RI. Great food and drinks. Piano Bar. Next door to Taylor Swifts; summer residence. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
“You can go when the museum is open or just park down at the point and walk the grounds to take in the panoramic views with great photo opportunities. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Fun evening spot located downtown with craft beer, local food, and AMAZING gourmet pretzels!”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Amazing breakfast, lunch, or sandwiches and salads to go! 5 mins from Watch Hill.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Napatree is located in Watch Hill where you can park and walk out to the point. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“If you like wine, be sure to visit this vineyard for a tasting. Check out their website for hours & rates. For more vineyard info, go to”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Dubois Beach is a tiny beach located at the tip of Stonington and offers nearly a 360 degree view of the water. There are no services at this beach but it is a lovely place to watch the sunset, read a good book and relax. Simply gorgeous!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Nature lover's paradise. "The 1,013-acre Barn Island Wildlife Management Area is the State's single largest coastal property managed for wildlife conservation. The property provides a diversity of ecosystem and habitats including hilly uplands, agricultural/open fields, mixed hardwood forests and salt, brackish and freshwater tidal wetlands. The site is a popular hiking, wildlife observation and hunting area. *Deer hunting is allowed in-season at this site. Hikers are reminded to exercise caution when using the site during hunting season. Please check the CT DEEP Wildlife Division website for details."”
  • 7 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“See many local artists at work in this building. Check the website for special events.”
  • 11 locals recommend