Things to do

Jamestown, Rhode Island is located twenty-five miles south of Providence and a mile west of Newport, on Conanicut Island, in Narragansett Bay. It is both a summer destination and a year-round community with a population is about 6,000.

Located on Conanicut Island, Jamestown is nine miles long by one mile wide. Its highest elevation is 135 feet. Sheep grazing and farming began in the sixteen-thirties. For well over two hundred years the island remained mostly agricultural. Even today, there is a quiet rural character to much of the island and Jamestown’s commercial center has the feel of a traditional village. A few farms remain, older neighborhoods are intact and historic properties, including lighthouses, windmills and the remains of old military fortifications, offer connection to the past.

Interesting Conanicut Island sites include historic Beavertail lighthouse and park; 280 acre Watson Farm, with its cattle, sheep, horses, gardens and miles of picturesque trails; historic Forts Wetherill and Getty (now recreational areas); a more than two hundred year old windmill; sandy Mackeral Cove Beach; the Conanicut Island Bird Sanctuary; a fire fighting museum that includes a 1894 horse-drawn steam engine; theJamestown Museum collection of ferry system memorabilia; and the Sydney Wright Museum of locally-collected Indian and Colonial artifacts.

To learn about things to do while in the area, visit Discover Newport or Jamestown, RI.

Travel Info


While Jamestown is a small community – they do have a few Bed and Breakfast Inns on the island.  Please click this link for the Jamestown Chamber and a list of accommodations or search this customized on-line lodging list.

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The parking will be at Fort Getty.  Please note that there may be some delay in getting in and out of Fort Getty due to pedestrian traffic as well as getting on the island.  The race will start on time so please plan on arriving early enough to park and get to the race start.  We recommend arriving one hour before race start.

Car Rental

Enterprise is the official rental car company of Rhode Races & Events, book your rental through Enterprise and save 5% off their posted price and 10% at National.  Use discount code – XZ49463 or reserve through this link.

Here are a few of the benefits that Enterprise Rent-A-Car can provide:

  • Discounted rate structures and incentives for group bookings

  • Free pickup and return service to almost every hotel in the Greater Providence Area

  • On site airport locations, able to honor your group’s discounted rates

  • Over 60 different makes and models to accommodate most needs

  • Over 30 locations in the Rhode Island, Southeastern MA area

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