Local Attractions

On March 12, 2010 · Comments Off on Local Attractions

There are many places within a short distance that will make your stay in Watch Hill that much more enjoyable.

The Watch Hill Carousel

Oldest “flying horse” carousel in America
The Watch Hill Flying Horse Carousel is located less than two minutes away from Watch Hill Court. Situated next to Saint Claire’s Annex, a well known ice cream shop, the Carousel is the oldest “flying horse” carousel in America. It is still in operation today. According to legend, the Carousel was left behind after a traveling carnival deserted Watch Hill. During the 1938 Hurricane sand packed in around the horses, and kept it intact. This is why the carousel still exists today, while virtually the rest of Watch Hill was demolished. This is a fantastic experience for children, who attempt to catch the “Brass Ring.”

Watch Hill Lighthouse

Lighthouse a 10 minute walk away
During the French and Indian Wars Watch Hill served as a “watch tower” for French Privateers. On January 22, 1806 a lighthouse was finally put on the dangerous reef. To this day that


The Mystic Aquarium

This is a great activity for a rainy or sunny day. Close by, along with the Mystic Seaport, and numerous other museums/sites, the Mystic Aquarium is fun for the whole family. Dr. Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration is a new exhibit set up by the man who discovered the Titanic. You can also see the Marine Animal Rescue Team and hundreds of sea animals. This is definitely an experience you will not want to miss.


Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport — The Museum of America and the Sea — is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action.


Foxwoods Resort Casino


Block Island

A short flight from the Westerly airport or funĀ  ferry ride from Point Judith to visit Block Island for a day.



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