Visitors can choose to go two ways when visiting Narragansett. They can follow the tourist route and come strictly for rest and relaxation, taking in the sights or they can also soak up on the area's history. With Native American history dating back thousands of years in this area and years of wars between Europeans, early Americans, and the Native American tribes over the precious land, one can develop a new appreciation for the trials and tribulations the area has seen. There are many great guides to the area as well that can fill you in on a bit of the history while helping to keep you on path.

For those interested in the area's deep history, check out "Rhode Island: The History of Rhode Island Colony, 1636-1776 (Wiener, Roberta, 13 Colonies)" by Roberta Wiener and James R. Arnold. There are many great books on King Philip's War which was a big turning point for Rhode Island, to learn more about it look into reading "King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict" by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias or "The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity"  by Jill Lepore.

On the tourism side you may want a guide, "The Uncommon Guide to Common Life of Narragansett Bay"  by Editor Frederick Massie for an interesting take on the area or for a general guide go with " Moon Handbooks: Rhode Island" by Andrew Collins