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Day trips with kids through Coastal Rhode Island can be an exciting adventure. To make the planning a bit easier, here’s our list of the five best things to do with children on Rhode Island’s magnificent coast:
1. The beach. Newport is the best place for family beaches, and many of them are even pet-friendly, too. The family beaches on Newport are located near restrooms and most have onsite lifeguards on duty and places to picnic.
2. Rhode Island Bay Cruises. Take your kids on a Rhode Island Bay cruise and check out the Rhode Island lighthouses and the islands that line the coast. You’ll also pass by the famous mansions in Newport, as well as popular attractions including Fort Adams and the Newport bridges.
3. Rose Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in the 19th century on the site of an 18th-century fort and is open from July to Labor Day for tours. For a truly memorable night with the kids, make reservations to spend the night at the lighthouse.
4. Flying Horse Merry-Go-Round. The oldest merry-go-round in America is located in Westerly, Rhode Island, just minutes from the coastal town of Watch Hill. The horses are suspended from a ceiling frame and swing out as if they’re “flying” when in motion. Admission is 50 cents and the merry-go-round is for kids only.
5. Adventureland. Located in Narragansett, Adventureland has batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats, and an 18-hole nautical themed mini-golf course. Adventureland is open year-round (daily during the summer) and there is a fee for some rides and games.