Point Judith is a village within the Rhode Island town of Narragansett and is also one of the biggest hubs of maritime activity in New England. It is located on the western side of Narragansett Bay and opens up into Rhode Island Sound and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean. Point Judith gets its name from Judith Thatcher, a young woman who was a passenger on a ship who acted quickly and managed to prevent a shipwreck, saving the lives of everyone on board in the late 1600s.
While Point Judith saw a few more historic moments, mostly wartime action during the American Revolution and one incident involving a torpedoed Allied ship during World War II, it is now mainly known as one of the busiest ports for both business and pleasure in all of New England.
Much of the seafood that is caught and consumed in New England is captured off the coast of Point Judith. Just a few of the delicious seafood items that are fetched from this humble little port include lobster, Atlantic Salmon, Striped Bass, Flounder, Haddock, Fluke, Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Scallops, and Cod.
If you’re interested in deep sea fishing in New England, Point Judith is an ideal destination. There are several boats and charter services running most every day during the warmer months of the year to allow passengers to channel their inner angler. Some of the most frequently captured fish during these excursions are Striped Bass, Bluefish, Albies, Flounder, Scup, Tautog, Fluke, Atlantic Salmon, and Albacore Tuna.
These deep sea fishing trips are generally available from late spring through mid-fall and are always a great way to get out on the water with family and friends and leave all your troubles behind, if only for a few hours. Reeling in a delicious dinner catch is the icing on the cake. If you’re interested in finding out where to go deep sea fishing in Point Judith, the following are websites offering trips and information: Frances Fleet, Seven B’s Deep Sea Fishing Cruises, Snappa Charters, and Hot-Reels.
Whale watches and seal watches are another fun way to spend a day afloat off the coast of Point Judith. As is the case with deep sea fishing, your choices are many in regard to what boat/company you wish to set sail with. These watches offer a relaxing day at sea for people of all ages. On particularly hot days, an added bonus is the refreshing and cooling effect that splashes from waves will bring to passengers who position themselves in the right spots on the deck.
Some of the whales that you’ll be most likely to encounter on these watches are Humpback Whales, Right Whales, and Finback Whales. The seals that you’re likely to see consist of Harbor Seals, Gray Seals, Ringed Seals, and Harp Seals. If you’re particularly lucky, you may happen to cross paths with a lively pod of Porpoises as well. Some of the companies offering whale watches and seal watches in Point Judith include Frances Fleet, Snappa Charters, and many more which can be found on the Visit Rhode Island website.
Once you’ve returned to land, you may want to visit some of the other attractions that the Point Judith area has to offer. In addition to great shops and restaurants (if you didn’t do so well fishing), one of the biggest terrestrial attractions in Point Judith is The Towers. Contrary to what its name would lead you to believe, The Towers only consist of one building. It is the sole remaining portion of the former Narragansett Pier Casino and offers a window into the New England “club” scene of the 1800s.
The Towers holds events year round and these range in category from food events to religious events to musical performances and just about everything in between. If you’re not going there for one of their scheduled events, you can reserve space for an event of your own, be it a wedding, corporate event, private party, or otherwise. Guided tours are also offered for free when scheduled in advance. These tours allow visitors to explore the stunning historic architecture of the Towers and to check one more quintessential New England landmark off of their bucket lists.
Now that we’ve told you a little about Point Judith, we hope you’ll head over there in the near future to experience some of the attractions we’ve mentioned as well as the many that we haven’t. Enjoy the perfect New England stay-cation this summer in Point Judith!