Newport, Rhode Island For Kids

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Tips on how to keep the kids entertained on land and sea in Newport, Rhode Island, as compiled by Bob Curley of Rhode Island Travel for Hotel Viking.

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Things To Do In Newport for Kids

Explore Easton’s Beach

There’s bucketfuls of fun for kids beyond the sand at Newport’s “First Beach,” including the Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium, a surfside skate park, and a carousel that’s been spinning fun for more than half a century.

Learn to Lobster

Newport has an armada’s worth of boat tours to choose from, but Fish’n Tales Adventures is one of the most kid-friendly and includes hands-on instruction about fishing and lobstering.

See the Seals

The Save the Bay Seal Watch offers an up-close introduction to some of Narragansett Bay’s year-round marine inhabitants.

Jamestown Playground

If you want to let the kids run loose for an hour or two, head over the bridge to the nearby Jamestown Community Playground (next to the town library).

Serve Up Some Tennis History

Multimedia exhibits at the museum at the beautiful International Tennis Hall of Fame create a hands-on experience.

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Breeze Onto Brenton Point

Steady onshore winds make Brenton Point State Park the perfect spot for flying kites and cooling off on a hot summer day.

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Catch a Newport Gulls Game at Cardines Field

See up-and-coming collegiate baseball stars compete at a Newport Gulls game at historic Cardines Field, opened in 1936.

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Explore the Newport Cliff Walk

Peaking waves and peeks at Newport’s famous mansions vie for attention on the Cliff Walk, a 3/4-miles stroll through nature and history high above Easton Bay.

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Ryan Family Amusements

Video games, skill games and even a few kiddie rides pack the two floors of this popular arcade on Thames Street.

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Take the Kids to Kilwin’s

You don’t have to choose between ice cream and fudge at this Lower Thames Street dessert parlor: it has both, plus espresso for mom and dad.

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Feed the Brood at the Brick Alley Pub

Endlessly eye-catching decor and a friendly atmosphere make the Brick Alley perfect for family lunch or dinner; head upstairs to Plumby’s for build-your-own burgers.

Spa Day for Kids at the Hotel Viking

Children who’ve been extra special good on vacation can get pampered at the hotel’s Spa Fjor, which has a special Prince & Princesses menu with massages, facials, manicures and pedicures for kids ages 12 and up.

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