Napatree Point Conservation Area
Fort Road, Westerly
Visit Napatree Point just after Labor Day, when the beach crowds and tourists have departed but the water is still warm enough to enjoy. The long, sweeping views of Little Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are beautiful, and many birds live or migrate through the area. Dogs are prohibited from 8am-6pm from May 2 through Labor Day. In addition, swimming is allowed but lifeguards are often not on duty, so it is at your own risk. Like Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, this is truly a walk along the beach, so going barefoot will work for most of the hike.
Length: 2.8 miles; 3.8 miles if you extend around the entire peninsula
Difficulty: moderately challenging for kids
Dogs: prohibited from 8am-6pm, May 2 through Labor Day
Note: you might want to bring beach gear and water-friendly sandals