Beaches, museums, and shops in North Kingstown, R.I.

North Kingstown was home to Quonset Point in World War II, then the biggest air base in the world (it’s where the ubiquitous hump-shaped Quonset hut was invented by the Seabees) and now a sprawling business park with a golf course, public beaches, ferries, museums, and shops. The town draws couples and families to its quaint villages such as Wickford, which in summer bustles with festivals, including the popular arts festival in July.

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