Summer may be coming to a close but family fun in Newport is still at its peak. Just as the crisp air settles in, so does a brand new roster of family-friendly festivals, events and outdoor activities that everyone in your crew will love. From apple picking and interactive museums to plenty of pumpkin patches, hayrides and a corn maze they'll love wandering through, find our favorite family-approved picks below.
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Think: farm stands, hay rides, pop-up pumpkin patches and hayrides. Harbor side food festivals, interactive museums, harvest fairs, lighthouse tours and so much more.
Harbor CruisesBack to Top of List
When: Through mid-October
Where: Newport Harbor
Admission: Prices vary
There's something intoxicating about a fall harbor cruise—when the water remains warm but the air is newly crisp. Help raise the sails on a legendary America's Cup yacht, spot seals lounging off the coast on an education vessel, or sip a mimosa on an 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner.
HayridesBack to Top of List
Head to Pachet Brook Tree Farm, a 90-acre family-run farm in Tiverton, for a 30-minute hayride through the fields and woods decorated for the season, ending at the pumpkin patch. Hayrides are also offered at Escobar's Highland Farm in Portsmouth.
Escobar's Highland Farm Corn MazeBack to Top of List
When: September 2 - November 7, Fridays - Sundays
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $10 ages 12 and up, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 4 (cash only)
Your kids will love making their way through the 8-acre corn maze at Escobar's Highland Farm. Not to worry, they'll rescue you if you get lost.
Rail Bike Tours at Rail ExplorerBack to Top of List
Climb The Tower at Beavertail LighthouseBack to Top of List
When: Dates vary
Where: Beavertail Lighthouse
Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Beavertail Lighthouse & Museum features a collection of information, artifacts, and conversation about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. Lace up your sneakers and climb to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay.
Goat Hikes at Simmons FarmBack to Top of List
When: Dates vary
Where: Simmons Farm
Admission: $10 - $40
When nature calls (literally), head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you'll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. Stop along the way to feed your goat a treat and to take in stunning views of the preserved farmland, and conclude your journey with a cup of hot chocolate.
The Sailing MuseumBack to Top of List
When: Open Daily
Where: The Sailing Museum
Admission: Adults: $18, Senior/Military/College: $15, Youth: $12, Child (under 10): Free
Make your way to The Sailing Museum conveniently located in downtown Newport. Experience hands-on activities and exhibits like, create your own adventure QR code bracelets to tailor your museum journey, teamwork, friendly competition, knot-tying, history of the sport and so much more.
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
When: Saturday, October 8
Where: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Looking for a perfect fall day? Mark your calendars for October 8th, a day filled with Giant pumpkins, food trucks, free corn mazes, family fun and more at Frerichs Farm in Warren for their annual Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off.
Oh, and by Giant pumpkins, we're talking B-I-G pumpkins, last year the winning pumpkin weighed in at 2201 lbs. What do you think the winning pumpkin will weigh this year?
TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
When: October 11 (tentative start date) - October 31
Where: Trinity Church at Queen Anne Square
Trinity Church's Annual Pumpkin Patch offers a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, decorative cabbages, gourds and more. Once you've picked all your favorites, enjoy home-made goods, freshly popped popcorn and hot cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
From the highly anticipated Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival to the return of the Broadway Street Festival, these festive happenings offer the perfect dose of autumn on the coast.
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest FairBack to Top of List
When: Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
The annual Norman Bird Sanctuary's old-fashioned Harvest Fair will once again usher in Autumn October 1st - 2nd, 2022. The fair offers something for everyone, including sack races, hay rides, mud pit, tug-of-war and fair games with prizes.
Fall at the FarmBack to Top of List
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum
Fall at the Farm: the most wonderful time of the year.
Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Coggeshall Farm Museum with in-house historians and animals. Play historic games, race through a hay maze, leaf peep on the new nature trail, and make classic 18th-century cornhusk dolls. Also, enjoy special in-depth timed talks, or spend your time visiting the animals and enjoying the autumn air on the salt-marsh farm. For the kids, search for clues in the a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt; Clues & Candy, a trick-or-treat experience.
Schedule of EventsAll Hallows Eve 11:00 AM
The history of the classic fall celebration and the surprising origins of the jack-o-lantern!Which Witch? 12:00 PM
Women have been both accused of and celebrated of being witches for millennia. Learn the origins of some of the classic symbols of witchcraft and explore the history of New England witches.Oh, My Gourd! Pumpkins and Other Fall Foods 1:00 PM
Celebrate the bounty of the harvest by learning about the uses and history of all our favorite fall foods.Potent Potions 2:00 PM
Many 18th-century medicine cabinets were filled with a blend of traditional herbal remedies, superstitious potions, and newfangled scientific medicines. Join museum interpreters for a talk on all the useful and not-so-useful cures that 18th-century farmers relied on.
Broadway Street FairBack to Top of List
When: Saturday, October 8
Where: Broadway, Newport (from equality park to farewell street)
After a three year hiatus—the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 8th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
This year's event will span across Broadway from Equality Park through Farewell Street, filled with local artists, live music, food, and more.
Young Family Farm Fall FestBack to Top of List
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9
Where: Young Family Farm
The popular Young Family Farm Fall Fest is back and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Featuring a live band both days, food trucks with delicious food, pumpkin painting, Fall flower arrangements, hayrides, face painting and—new this year—Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin's!
Of course, you can pick-your-own apples and enjoy all of the fresh goodies, vegetables, and fruit that are sold at the Farm Stand.
Bowen's Wharf Seafood FestivalBack to Top of List
When: Saturday, October 15 - Sunday, October 16
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, stuffies, chowder, fried calamari, clams, oysters, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. As you savor some delectable dishes, relax and enjoy the beats from area musicians. Live folk, surf rock, Caribbean and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear.
Spooky Roam Around Rough PointBack to Top of List
When: Saturday, October 29
Where: Rough Point Museum
Cost: $20, Free for Newport County Residents
Roam around the house and grounds of Rough Point Museum during this special after-hours event—Saturday, October 29th, take part in a Halloween costume contest and complete a spooky tour of Rough Point’s house and grounds!
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