I’ve been enjoying this tour around the country and learning about other cities with the “See the USA” series and I hope you have too. Hopefully you caught the best of Manhattan last week and Los Angeles the week before. This week we’ve reached letter N and Newport, Rhode Island, a place I’ve never been. I am thrilled to have Beth from Cloud Surfing Kids sharing the top 5 family friendly things to do in Newport, Rhode Island, because it looks like a great place to visit!
Top 5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Newport, Rhode Island
1. Easton’s Beach: Aquarium, Carousel, Playground
Easton’s Beach, also known as “First Beach”, is the first beach you come across heading up Memorial Blvd. It’s popular for its long (3/4 mile) beach and boardwalk and it’s also the starting point of the Cliff Walks. But I love this beach because there are so many activities for kids! Our favorites are the carousel, the aquarium, and the playground. The Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium is small but perfect for young kids. There are daily activities and story time. Kids can explore the touch tank, observe octopus, sea horses, jellyfish, sting rays, and more!
2. Ice Cream Train
Kids + Trains + Ice Cream= Happiness. What a perfect formula for a fun day with family! I have always wanted to ride the Ice Cream Train but the kids have had to take afternoon naps. This year I think we can finally skip naps for this fun 1950s moving ice cream parlor. The 45-minute train ride costs $12.50 for adults, $9.50 for children ages 3-11 and includes and ice cream sundae. Snacks or a light lunch are available for an additional fee.
3. Aquidneck Growers Market and Newport Creamery
If you’re in Newport on a Wednesday, the Newport Aquidneck Growers Market is really nice and fun to explore with kids. It is open on Wednesdays from 2pm-6pm. I love picking up some fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks in between our restaurant meals while on vacation. After the Farmer’s Market we always head across the street to eat a late lunch at the Newport Creamery in the Bellevue Shopping Center. Vacations with kids can be stressful, especially if everyone is tired. The Newport Creamery is relaxing to me as a parent, because of their casual atmosphere and understanding of kids. There is no judgment if your child is tired and cranky; they are not impatient if your child can’t decide what to order; they do not roll their eyes if your child changes his mind three times about what kind of ice cream he wants. The kids usually order the standards: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, applesauce, and ice cream. I always order the Tuna Melt or Turkey Burger and sweet potato fries.
4. Brenton Point State Park
Brenton Point State Park is a beautiful spot halfway up Ocean Drive. A wide open field on one side is great for a picnic and kite flying and the rocky shoreline on the other side is fun for climbing and exploring the tide pools. There are picnic tables, hiking trails, and public restrooms (May 1-October 31). There is little shade, so be sure to bring hats and sunscreen. And wear sneakers or sturdy water shoes (vs. sandals or Crocs) for safer climbing on the rocks. This is one of those places that adults enjoy just as much as the children. Last year we planned to spend an hour here but ended up staying for two hours and wanted to stay even longer.
5. Cardines Field
Take the kids to a ball game at the historic Cardines Field, one of the oldest baseball fields in the U.S. We are usually there off-season, but still enjoy the views of the baseball field by dining at Mudville Pub & Grill and playing at the playground behind the ballpark. The playground is one of our favorites and we play there on most of our vacation days. It’s inspiring to look across the baseball fields while swinging as high as you can.
Have you been to Newport, Rhode Island? What’s your favorite thing to see or do there?
Beth Henry is a flight attendant mom and founder of Cloud Surfing Kids, where she offers tips for flying with and without kids plus shares her travel experiences. Beth lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and two children, ages 8 and 3. They visit Newport often, usually in conjunction with sailboat races in which her husband participates. Their next trip to Newport, RI is coming up at the end of September. You can follow their adventures at CloudSurfingKids.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.