Sure, Newport's opulent mansions, luxury boutiques, elegant restaurants, sprawling vineyards, rooftop bars, and historic attractions are nice, but when it comes to kids, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve for delivering maximum fun.
From casual eateries with some of the best grub around, to scavenger hunt bingo and chances to try sailing, welcome to the time of their lives.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
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1 Try Sailing
Where better to earn your sea legs and try sailing than in The Sailing Capital of the World? This one-hour experience with Sail Newport allows your kids to partake in the thrill of sailing with the safety of an expert sailor. Don't forget to pack hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and a jacket or fleece to layer.
- Up to two adults and three children
- All ages invited
- Life jackets of all sizes available
- Runs May through October
- By appointment only
2 Pick-Your-Own Orchards
Your kid is going to love rolling up their sleeves to pick their own apples, strawberries, blueberries and more at the area's lengthy collection of pick-your-own farms and orchards.
Pro Tip: When they've picked to their heart's content, head over to one of the Newport Mansions or Green Animals Topiary Garden for the "Stroll the Gardens and Grounds" where you can bring your own picnic to enjoy overlooking the sights.
3 Spot a Seal
Climb aboard Save the Bay's education vessel to catch a glimpse of migratory harbor seals lounging on Citing Rock near Rose Island. You'll learn all about the life of a seal, from their migration patterns and food habits to the laws and regulations involved in conserving this species, all while taking in 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and historic Newport Harbor. (Operate seasonally)
4 Transport Back to the 18th Century
Explore 18th-century farm life in Rhode Island at Coggeshall Farm in Bristol, where history comes to life. Set on 48 acres of coastal farmland, you'll roll up your sleeves and experience the daily life of a tenant farmer while guided by live interpreters in costume. Think: blacksmithing, tinsmithing, maple sugaring, animal husbandry, making textiles and pottery, raising crops and homemaking. You'll even help cook a meal over the hearth to enjoy by candlelight.
- Open weekends through April 16, 2021
- Open Thursdays - Sundays April 17 - October 11, 2021
5 Pet a Sea Urchin
Get up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures at Save the Bay's interactive marine science center and aquarium. Home to more than 40 species from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island, the center houses three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits to acquaint you with little skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs and lobsters, seahorses, turtles, and more.
Current capacity is 20 guests. If the center is at capacity at the time of your arrival, you will be welcomed in as soon as the numbers allow.
Head to The Breakers, the largest of the Newport mansions for a family tour that brings the house, its furnishings and its sculptures to life.
Wander more than 80 pieces of topiary at Green Animals Topiary Garden, the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the U.S. Explore animal shaped designs, geometric figures and ornamental pieces…
See Newport and Bristol County from an entirely new perspective when you climb aboard a helicopter tour.
Experience tandem and quad pedal-powered rail bikes that travel along railroad tracks along scenic Narragansett Bay. (Open Seasonally)
Grab a BINGO board at NBS to see how many squares you can mark off. Activities include: Find the fairy forest, find a spring flower, or hike ridge trail.
Live out your fantasy of becoming a lighthouse keeper when you stay overnight at historic Rose Island Lighthouse.
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