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At first glance, Newport doesn't seem to offer a lot of things to do with the kids in tow. After all, mansions and fine dining doesn't fit too well with a small child's idea of a good time. But if you look around, you'll find that Newport RI is every bit as kid-friendly as other destinations. Sparkling beaches with low surf and powdery sand is every kid's dream, and who amongst us doesn't like a good sand castle. When it comes to special actiivities, we have those too! And when you just want to sit down for a simple meal, Newport has plenty of family dining options from simple pizza and pasta to burgers and chicken for the children.

In terms of things to do with your family in Newport, kids can cruise around town in 3-wheeled scooters with mom and dad in the driver's seat, and make stops along the way to explore. Ocean Drive is a great place to stop, where kids can explore the rocky coast, looking for sea stars and other small animals living amongst the tidal pools along the coast. If you're more adventurous, how about parasailing above the harbor while you take in the cool ocean breezes and views of the Newport Bridge and beyond. If you're into cars, the Newport Auto Museum is a short drive away in Portsmouth, and it offers hundreds of vehicles under one roof for the whole family to explore. Back in town, a stop at the brand new Museum of Sailing is a must, with interactive exhibits for kids to learn all about Newport's storied sailing history. With so many things to do for families and kids, its really no surprise that Newport attracts more and more families each year.

Featured Attraction in Newport RI

The Sailing Museum

365 Thames Street
Newport, RI

  • Fun, interactive experience for visitors of all ages
  • Located in the heart of Newport, within walking distance of Bowen's Wharf
  • Buy your tickets in advance online HERE, and save 20% !!
block island ferry and beachesBlock Island Ferry
Perrotti Park Ferry Terminal
Newport, RI (866) 783-7996

With daily departures from Newport & Pt. Judith, the Block Island Ferry is your fastest link to Block Island! You, your family, and even your pups, can take in the beautiful ocean scenery from our spacious cabins and decks. Along with its beautiful beaches, enjoy Block Island’s many hiking trails, sites, restaurants, shops, and more! There’s something for the whole family!

picking fruit at sweet berry farmSweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell's Lane
Middletown, RI (401) 847-3912

This family-friendly working fruit and vegetable farm sits on 100 acres of conserved land. Located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Newport, the farm offers pick-your-own fruit and vegetables throughout the growing season. Kids love running around amongst the acres of apple trees, blueberry bushes and pumpkins dotting the farm ready for harvest. Parents love the oppportunity to let their kids explore the farm while they sample the delicious local produce and relax a little. When you're done with your own harvest, you can head inside to the café to enjoy soup, sandwiches and other homemade goodies like fresh pie, artisinal cheeses and a great selection of candy! A real treat for families to explore and a definite must-do while visiting Newport during the spring, summer and fall. Open 'til Christmas for lunch.


There's something about a pail, shovel and a whole lot of sand that keeps kids occupied and happy for hours. Bring some lunch from one of Newport's many sandwich shops and have a family picnic day at the beach. Also fun in the spring and fall for collecting extra large clam shells that can be used for arts and crafts.

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Lobstering Tours

Board a 50-foot working lobster boat in downtown Newport with the family and head out to see how the lobsters are caught in traps and hauled onboard for sorting and delivery. Learn how lobsters live and grow in our New England waters and at the end of the tour, the lobsters are set free back in Newport Harbor. Fun for kids of all ages!

Flying Kites at Brenton Point

Ocean Drive has something more to offer visitors than just spectacular views and grand mansions on the water. Because there almost always seems to be a breeze at Brenton Point State Park, it has become a favorite spot for kiteflyers to congregate and fly all types of kites. Large open areas of grass and a stiff breeze means the whole family can fly a kite here, and bring food because there are picnic tables and barbecue grates for grilling!

Save The Bay Hamilton Family Aquarium
23 America's Cup Ave
Newport (401)324-6020

Looking to get your family a little closer to the local sea life? Head over to this hand's on exhibit at the brand new aquarium on America's Cup Ave. The kids can learn all about the local marine life and even take home an Exploration Center memory from their arts and crafts area. Featuring live exhibits and a touch tank - home to many Bay creatures including sea stars, lobsters, crabs, fish and horseshoe crabs. Weekly-based themes and activities. Open 10-4 daily Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. General Admission - $15, Children under 2: Free

Fort Adams

Fort Adams is a sweeping expanse of land on the ocean surrounding an old fort built in 1824. A great place for a seaside picnic, some frisbee or any other outdoor activity on grass. SAIL NEWPORT is also located here and offers small sailboats for rent and sailing lessons on Newport harbor.

Norman Bird Sanctuary
583 Third Beach Road
Middletown RI (401)846-2577

Just behind 2nd and 3rd Beach in Middletown lies a 450-acre wildlife refuge offering over 7 miles of hiking trails. Whether you bring the kids for a serious hike in the forest and up onto Hanging Rock overlooking the beach or just want to walk around, visitors will enjoy this nature preserve. Children will especially like the animals and educational offerings that you'll find in the farm-like setting.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
Middletown, RI
Adjacent to 2nd Beach in Middletown is a finger of land that juts out into the ocean offering hiking trails, educational programs and plenty of opportunties to see wildlife on its 2.5 mile loop around. See owls, fox, rabbit and shore birds on your walk. Very easy hiking for the whole family.

Ryan Family Amusement Center
266 Thames Street
Newport RI (401)846-5774

If the kids need a video arcade fix, head to Ryan's. In addition, they have games the "older kids" might enjoy, like old-fashioned skeeball.