South County is the reason Rhode Island is known as the “Ocean State.” Encompassing the southernmost part of the state, South County is full of lush forests and wildlife preserves that spill into 100 miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

South County is a peaceful retreat where visitors can connect with nature throughout the year. While summer is the season for beaching, boating and fun in the sun, the rest of the year offers plenty of reasons to visit too.

Nature lovers can hike or bike through miles of scenic trails where, depending on the season, they can view migrating birds or seals. Art galleries showcase the works of local artisans and offer unique gifts whether for the holidays or any special occasion. In Autumn take a scenic drive and see the blazing shades of New England’s Fall foliage at its best. In the Winter, ski or snowboard Yawgoo Valley — a perfect place for young skiers and beginners. Skiing not your thing? You won’t say no to snowtubing! Water lovers can kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board through peaceful inlet waterways most of the year. Foodies can savor coastal farm-to-table cuisine, tour craft breweries or an award-winning whiskey distillery. Clamming or fishing to catch your own dinner offers food lovers a truly hands-on farm to table experience. History buffs have 16 museums and historical places to explore, including the state’s only museum dedicated to, and run by the indigenous people. Fifteen emerald green golf courses with stunning views await golf enthusiasts while thrill seekers can get a bird’s eye view of the area from a helicopter.

South County is also a popular wedding destination. There are venues for every budget and for every season — from casual beach ceremonies and rustic farm affairs to luxurious ocean side resort receptions and everything in-between.

South County transports you back to a time when family vacations were spent splashing in the surf, eating homemade ice cream and clamming for your supper. Come experience a leisurely, quintessential coastal New England getaway that’s just far enough away.