Destination guide

Charlestown—one of the best-kept secrets in New England

Charlestown has been preserved for nature enthusiasts the world over. With plenty of wildlife and picturesque fresh and saltwater waterways, Charlestown prides itself on its conservation efforts. Bring the whole family for a relaxing getaway, and visit an authentic Native American burial ground, hike immaculate trails in the diverse ecosystems, and see the universe from an entirely new perspective. Pick one of many docking points to take your boat, canoe, or kayak out on the water. Book a Charlestown vacation rental during the migration season to get a rare glimpse of endangered birds.

Things to do

Charlestown lets you touch the sky

Discover the universe and share in your child’s awe at the Frosty Dew Observatory and Sky Theater. Open in all seasons, the observatory features a state-of-the-art telescope that brings distant stars up close and personal. View the rings of Saturn on clear nights or head into the sky theater for video projected images of what’s currently being observed or has recently been captured by the telescope. Participate in educational lectures with astronomers who will take your questions. Hours are semi-seasonal based on weather and the end of daylight. Be sure to call ahead.


Catch the migration at Charlestown’s Block Island

Home to over 15 rare or endangered species, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge has earned international fame for being a key rest stop for migratory birds off the Atlantic Coast. Birders flock to the welcoming peace and tranquility of the island in the fall to marvel at the migration of over 250 species. Your Charlestown vacation rental near a boat dock allows you to get out at dawn for a dazzling sunrise and some peaceful fishing. Multiple fresh and saltwater lakes and waterways provide family-friendly adventures via your canoe or kayak.


Sunny days give you unlimited choices in Charlestown

With more sunny days than not, Charlestown maintains an ideal climate for any of the activities you wish to try during your stay. However, with so much natural space to appreciate, it’s best to visit during the summer when plant and animal life will be lively and accessible. The cold winter months won’t stop you, however, when you have a heated pool at your Charlestown vacation rental. You don’t need to be next to the waterways for the kids to get their fill of fun.

Natural features

Charlestown is a nature-lover’s paradise

The Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge preserves 858 acres of natural habitat. Created specifically for the 250 rare birds that live and stop by, this is a quiet off-season alternative to Block Island. A wide variety of marine and plant life also call this refuge home. Explore the 4 miles of hiking trails alone or schedule a guided tour through the unspoiled natural landscape. You can find recreational play suitable for the whole family at Burlingame State Park, a favorite campground with a lake to explore.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Charlestown

The nearest airport is in Westerly, RI (WST-Westerly State), located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Block Island, RI (BID-Block Island State), which is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Charlestown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,187 vacation rentals near Charlestown. From 948 Houses to 148 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Charlestown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Charlestown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Charlestown:

  • Point Judith: 510 vacation rentals
  • Bonnet Shores: 127 vacation rentals
  • Eastward Look: 222 vacation rentals
  • Wakefield: 26 vacation rentals
  • Culloden Shores: 67 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Charlestown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Charlestown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • East Beach: 1,548 vacation rentals
  • Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge: 1,558 vacation rentals
  • Frosty Drew Observatory: 1,580 vacation rentals
  • Kettle Pond Visitors Center: 1,554 vacation rentals
  • Narragansett Beach: 861 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Charlestown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Charlestown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 948 Houses in Charlestown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Charlestown include:

  • Cottages: 148 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 148 rentals available
  • Cabins: 148 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Charlestown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 38 vacation rentals with pool available in Charlestown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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