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.
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: Labor Day through early November, 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, ends Columbus Day
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 - $50
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.
When: Weekends in September - Late October
Where: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
A yearly-favorite, Pumpkin Palooza ay Frerichs Farm happens every weekend from September to late October. Ride the Magic Pumpkin Coach, make your own scarecrow, stroll the mum fields, and so much more.
Please note: Frerichs Farm will not be hosting their annual Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off this season.
TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
When: October 13th (Tentative) - October 31st
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
- Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
- September 30 - October 1
Broadway Street FairBack to Top of List
- Broadway, Newport (from Equality Park to Farewell Street)
- October 14th
In its sixth season the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 14th from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
This year's event will span across Broadway from Equality Park through Farewell Street, filled with local artists, live music, food, and more.
Bowen's Wharf Seafood FestivalBack to Top of List
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.
Heart + Sole Walk For AnimalsBack to Top of List
Meet us at Fort Adams on Sunday, October 22nd, for the 34th annual Heart & Soul Walk, Potter League's biggest fundraiser for animals.
Enjoy a fun-filled dog walk, music, food trucks, special activities for dogs and kids, all while celebrating and raising money for our favorite friends, the animals.
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