Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

Protected from Block Island Sound by an extensive breakwater barrier, this is a popular beach for young children and families due to the gentle surf, playground, and modern beach pavilion with a kid-friendly environmental educational area. Be sure to plan and purchase your parking pass ahead of time so you can use the express lane! Check the status of the parking lot here.

Often referred to locally as Sand Hill Cove, Roger W. Wheeler State Beach was renamed in August 1970 to recognize Captain Roger W. Wheeler (1907-1969), the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System. Without a cadre of life guards at the beaches, who promoted safe swimming practices, the public use of our coastal waters would have amounted to little more than an “attractive nuisance.” Trained, alert, and capable life guards have prevented many family tragedies over the years.

view of beach with main pavilion in the distance