Rainy Day Newport, RI

Rainy Day Activities

Fret not—there are a host of rainy day activities to enjoy as you wait for the rain clouds to pass.

Try your hand at the ancient art of glassblowing at Thames Glass. Make an ornament, paperweight or vase out of hot, molten glass with lots of help from a skilled glassblower. The "Make Your Own" Glassblowing Experience is available most afternoons, including weekends. Because of the hot glassblowing pipes in the studio, children are welcome but must be able to sit still and pay attention, follow directions and not touch anything unless instructed (usually around 7 years old and up).

Nothing like a little Pac Man, Pole Position and skee-ball to life the spirits on a rainy day! Ryan’s Family Amusements on Newport’s Thames Street offers more than 50 of the hottest and coolest arcade and skill games.

Whether you’re a sports fan, an automobile enthusiast or simply have a true appreciation for the arts, our local museums have something for everyone – even the kids! Take your pick:


Enjoy a wine tasting/vineyard tour or brewery tour! We’re home to the Coastal Wine Trail, a selection of charming breweries and the only operating rum distillery in the state – they are sure to keep you and your taste buds occupied while the rain pours down outside.


Catch a movie at Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center, the only historic movie house in downtown Newport. See why Newport is still the sailing capital of the world as you observe tomorrow’s shipwrights in training at the International Yacht Restoration School in the heart of downtown. Located inside the Easton’s Beach Rotunda, Save the Bay Exploration Center is home to aquariums, environmental education programs, and three touch tanks so kids can get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs and fish gathered locally from Narragansett Bay.

The Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore.  The Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Laugh the rain away with a live improv performance by the The Bit Players, RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe voted “Best Comedy Night” by The Providence Phoenix and “Comedy Troupe of the Year” by Motif Magazine multiple times.