Destination guide

North Kingstown: a charming corner of Rhode Island

Rhode Island's coastal town of North Kingstown is best known as the birthplace of the American artist Gilbert Stuart, in near Saunderstown. His 18th-century former home now serves as a museum of his life and works. If centuries-old architecture interests you, there's plenty more near your North Kingston vacation rental to admire. There's more than just the attractions though. The nearby bay offers a ton of water sports, like kayaking or snorkeling, whereas further inland there are opportunities to hike along the trails or go cycling. You'll never be bored when you stay in this quaint corner of Rhode Island.

Things to do

Visit Gilbert Stuart's birthplace in North Kingstown

If you can drag yourself away from the beach, there are several landmarks that are worth some of your precious vacation time. In the little village of Wickford, you can see Smith's Castle, a beautiful white clapboard home built over 2 centuries ago and one of the oldest in Rhode Island. Alternatively, for more architecture, try the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum in Saunderstown, which hasn't changed all that much since it was built in the late 18th-century. Military history buffs should swing by the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, or the Goddard Memorial State Park.


Seafaring adventures await in North Kingstown

As the North Kingston vacation rentals are so close to the ocean, it's hardly surprising that most of the things to do are seafaring adventures. During the warm summer months, when the sea around the bay is calm, you can hop on kayaks to paddle along the coast or board one of the daily fishing charters, to try your luck at hooking in a big one. Alternatively, for something a little more fast-paced, rent one of the jet skis and let rip across the water. If you don't mind the chilly waters, you can even go snorkeling or scuba diving.


Summertime is North Kingstown's peak season

If you're looking for hot weather and beach time, you'll need to nab a North Kingston vacation rental in the summertime, when the temperature reaches its peak. Between June and August sees the biggest influx of travelers staying in North Kingstown vacation rentals, as families escape the stuffy cities and indulge in the water sports. It's not the only time to visit though. If you want to skip the crowds, visit between April and May or September and October, when the climate can still be delightful, the beaches aren't as crowded and the rental prices drop considerably.

Natural features

North Kingstown: great for birdwatchers

Just a short drive from your North Kingstown vacation rental you'll find the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge. While it might be small, measuring in at just 317 acres, the park is one of the most important reserves in the state for birdlife. The saltmarsh habitat and the Pettaquamscutt Cove are home to over 200 resident bird species, including the black bellied plover, which wade around in the mudflats in search of insects and shellfish. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the egrets, herons and the nesting osprey.

How to get there

Traveling to and around North Kingstown

Fly into North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), which is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) away.

Where to stay around North Kingstown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,670 vacation rentals near North Kingstown. From 1,088 Houses to 247 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Kingstown are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to North Kingstown?

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 North Kingstown:

  • Wickford: 15 vacation rentals
  • Misquamicut: 172 vacation rentals
  • Point Judith: 372 vacation rentals
  • Matunuck: 478 vacation rentals
  • Bonnet Shores: 123 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 North Kingstown?

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

  • Wickford Harbor: 1,853 vacation rentals
  • Smith's Castle: 1,847 vacation rentals
  • Seabee Museum and Memorial Park: 1,844 vacation rentals
  • Quonset Air Museum: 1,875 vacation rentals
  • Vineyard Fast Ferry: 1,868 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Kingstown 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 North Kingstown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,088 Houses in North Kingstown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in North Kingstown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 247 rentals available
  • Cottages: 199 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 199 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in North Kingstown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 137 vacation rentals with pool available in North Kingstown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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