Warren, R.I., is an underrated historic small New England coastal town with narrow streets and a wide variety of things to do. For brevity’s sake, let’s start with three must-visit family-friendly destinations in this charming, unpretentious community…
Blount Clam Shack
This classic seasonal waterfront clam shack offers an idyllic place to enjoy local seafood dishes like whole belly clams, huge half-pound lobster rolls, clam cakes, and New England clam chowder while taking in the pleasing water views. Cold beer is available for the adults, also. Customers order at the window, find a seat under the big tent, and wait for the buzzer to signal that lunch or dinner is ready. The seafood is reasonably price, generous in size and absolutely delicious — what you’d expect from a local seafood shack. Summer in New England feels so good here! Blount Clam Shack is located at 335 Water St., in Warren. Tel. 401-245-3210. Editor’s note: If you can’t make it to Blount Clam Shack during the warm weather season, no worries; Blount Market and Kitchen, at 406 Water St. in Warren, is open year-round and features a nice little dining room to enjoy all that yummy, local seafood — or to order at the market and bring some home.
The Soda Fountain at Delekta’s Corner Store
Delekta’s has been in business since 1858 with its main attraction being the authentic soda fountain famous for its delicious cabinets — otherwise known as frappes or milkshakes in other parts of the country. With just three changes of ownership, the coffee syrup recipe remains a close-held family secret, to this very day. The original pharmacy sadly went away a few years ago, but the grand interior remains intact with original woodwork, tin ceilings, tiny vintage booths, and tile flooring. Delekta also sells collectibles, old-fashioned candy and basic drug store items. Delekta’s Corner Store is located at 496 Main St. in Warren. Tel. 401-245-5921
Warren Town Beach at Sunset
With a modest sandy beach, grassy shaded park, a playground area and generally placid waters, Warren Town Beach will never be mistaken for one of the famous, most beautiful beaches in New England, but that’s the appeal. Meant as a local oasis for residents, the Warren Town Beach pleases with its low-key presence, nice water views and quiet nature. In other words, this is not a tourist trap with high entrance fees and wall-to-wall people. It’s free to visit, and, later in the day, the sunsets can be stunning! It is a ideal place to stroll or sit by the waterfront, kids to swing on the swingset and boat enthusiasts to navigate the waters. Warren Town Beach and Park is located at 533-559 Water St. in Warren.
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