East Matunuck State Beach
This 144-acre area got a big boost in its profile last year, when it unveiled a new pavilion, with food stands, bathrooms, changing stalls, and more ($4.5 million of your tax dollars at work). And it's green: a wind turbine and solar heaters provide the power. Avoid the throngs that flock to Scarborough and Narragansett and head to this little gem. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.