South Coast Center


12 Broad Street
Westerly, R.I. 02891


Donations Appreciated


The South Coast Center is currently closed for repairs.


(401) 315-2709


Street parking is available in Westerly

The South Coast Center (closed for repairs)

South County Coastkeeper shows young visitors a spider crab.
South County Coastkeeper David Prescott shows young visitors a spider crab.

The South Coast of Rhode Island is home to some of the most diverse and ecologically important habitats and marine creatures. Our South Coast Center in Westerly invites visitors to learn about these amazing animals and the rivers, bays, and salt ponds that they call home.

The South Coast Center features an interactive touch tank, several aquaria highlighting native marine and freshwater species, a kid’s story time area, a craft table, a watershed map of the south coast, and much more to educate both children and adults.

Admission to the South Coast Center is free, though donations are appreciated and support the work of the South County Coastkeeper and Save The Bay’s efforts along Rhode Island’s southern coast to protect our invaluable local waters and ecologically significant habitats for future stewards.

Our History in Westerly

Save The Bay officially established their presence in downtown Westerly in 2007 with support from the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Since that time, support from the Foundation and other local members, donors, and partners has helped Save The Bay to continue its work advocating for water quality improvements in local waters, restoring native habitats, and educating our youth about marine and coastal science.


Groups and Afterschool Programs

For pricing and details on a custom experience for your school group, scout troop or afterschool program, call 401-272-2540 x133.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.