Discover Newport welcomes guest blogger Morgan Devlin, Marketing Communications Manager for statewide nonprofit Preserve Rhode Island and mother to a five-year-old.


Families are always looking for fun activities that will appeal both to the kids and the parents. As the parent of a five-year-old son, I can personally attest to that. Last year, I helped to launch a new program called the Rhody Ramble which provides a calendar of events at Rhode Islands historic places.


Now in its second year, the Rhody Ramble includes events at 25 historic sites all around the state. For our mascot we chose a Rhode Island Red Rooster which is the states official bird and Rhody the Rambler was born! You can follow the rooster's adventures at or on Twitter @RhodyRamble. Visit to find a calendar of special events, programs and ongoing tours all designed for children 5-12 and their families. Aquidneck Island, which includes Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Conanicut Island (a.k.a. Jamestown) boast eight sites (see below). This area and the whole state is chock full of history! From oceanfront mansions to historic farms, the Rhody Ramble helps families find places that appeals to their interests and explore Rhode Islands rich history during their visit. Events include outdoor festivals, music concerts, hands-on activities, walking tours, and museum scavenger hunts. Admission varies for each participating attraction, but many prices are under $10 and several events are free. Participants on Aquidneck, Conanicut & Rose Island include: Brick Market Museum & Shop, Newport Fort Adams, Newport Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth Newport History Walking Tours, Newport Prescott Farm, Middletown Rose Island Lighthouse, Rose Island The Breakers Mansion, Newport Watson Farm, Jamestown   Visit to find family events and tours at these places and many more just across the bay. Stay in touch with Rhody by signing up at and receive monthly emails with top events and be entered into drawings for tickets and other prizes.


The Rhody Ramble is a family adventure around Rhode Island featuring 25 member properties of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island, a program of Preserve Rhode Island.