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Things To Do With Kids in Newport

Although it is best known for its mansions and yachting culture, Newport also has plenty of fun and exciting activities for kids. You can take the little ones to the Exploration Center and Aquarium to learn about the aquatic life that live just off the coast and then see how the rich and famous lived at the turn of the century with a tour of The Breakers. Check out the following activities for all of the best things to do with kids in Newport:

Your kids will love the wide variety of activities available to them in Newport. Two of the best options for fun and excitement are a boat ride with Seal Safari or grabbing a cone at The Newport Creamery. Take a look at the list below for more things to do with kids in Newport:

  • Seal Safari Boat Ride: expert guides offer an educational view of our winter marine visitors and the habitat they love
  • The Breakers mansion: explore the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages," a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence
  • The Newport Creamery: serving good mood food since 1928
  • Green Animals Topiary Garden: walk through this beautiful gardens with bushes shaped into animals
  • Redwood Library: the oldest continually operating library in America

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    Activities for kids aren’t always fun for just the kids. Parents and kids alike will enjoy exploring Fort Adams State Park and eating classy American cuisine at Jo’s Bistro. Take a look at more family-friendly things to do in Newport below:

    • Fort Adams State Park: offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay
    • National Museum of American Illustration: offers some of the most iconic American art on display
    • Jo’s Bistro: come for a casual yet classy dining experience, featuring original American cuisine
    • Thames Street: the nerve center of Newport's thriving downtown/waterfront area
    • Marble house: a Gilded Age mansion in Newport, Rhode Island designed as a summer cottage for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt

    With a history that dates back to colonial America, Newport has many historically significant monuments and things to see strewn throughout the city. The Cliff Walk offers fantastic views of some of the city’s most opulent houses and there are many historic lighthouse to be seen. Keep reading for more of the best things to see in Newport:

    • Cliff Walk: combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age
    • Fort Adams: was once the largest, most sophisticated, most complex Fortress in North America
    • Prescott Farm: preserves 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island
    • Ballards Park: a gorgeous 13 acre parcel of land perfect for hiking
    • Beavertail Lighthouse: features a collection of information and artifacts about the history of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America
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    One of the most amazing things about kids is their ability to make almost anything fun. They can build sand castles at Easton’s Beach or experience the ultimate indoor fun at Kidventure Play and Party Center. Find more fun things to do with kids in Newport below:

    • Kidventure Play & Party Center: an indoor play center filled with fun activities to keep kids busy
    • Easton's Beach: come relax and play at this beautiful white sand ocean beach
    • Brenton Point State Park: situated right on the Atlantic, this parks offers picnic areas, hiking, and fishing
    • Roger Williams Park Zoo: provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe
    • Exploration Center & Aquarium: this interactive marine science center is home to more than 40 aquatic species from Narragansett Bay
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    Many of the family-friendly activities available in Newport are great for large groups. For example, you and your group will have a blast pedaling along retired railroad tracks on pedal-powered rail carts. Find more of the best family-friendly group activities below:

    • Rhode Island Red Food Tours: these walking tours are about supporting the locally operated eateries and the community
    • 12 Meter Charters: dedicated to providing guests with a unique and pleasurable sailing experience
    • Lighthouse Tours With Save The Bay: narrated cruises to see close to two dozen of Rhode Island's historic lighthouse sites in Narragansett Bay
    • Miantonomi Memorial Park: run around this park large open park with a castle-like stone WWII memorial
    • Rail Explorers: take a ride on retired railroads with these pedal-powered railroad carts

    Your kids are sure to learn a lot during their time in Newport. The city has many museums and restored historic homes for visitors to tour and learn about how life was like for the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. Look below for the best educational activities for kids in Newport:

    • International Tennis Hall of Fame: preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions
    • The Elms Mansion: the luxurious summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind
    • Museum of Newport History: supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history
    • Thames Glass: here kids can learn about the art of glass blowing
    • Naval War College Museum: one of ten museums throughout the country dedicated to preserving naval history

    Classes are great ways for your kids to unlock their creativity. They can spend the day horseback riding at Newport Equestrian or learn the basics of painting and drawing at the Island Art Spot. Keep reading for more of the best creative and performing arts classes available in Newport:

    • Island Art Spot: learn the basics of painting and drawing here
    • Coleman Center: the perfect place to find a creative outlet
    • Newport Art Museum: offers summer camps educating children on many different styles of art
    • Newport Equestrian: take your kids here to give horseback riding a try
    • Music Together of Newport County: kids can pick an instrument and start learn how to play it at this place

    It can get cold in Newport during the winter months so why not take the fun indoors. Head over to Ryan Family Amusements for some bowling and arcade games or take advantage of all the excitement to be had at Adventure Land. Check out the following list for the best indoor games and things to do for kids in Newport:

    • Ryan Family Amusements: a modern bowling alley with a large arcade
    • Island Skating Academy: one of the best places for kids to learn how to ice skate
    • Newport Car Museum: a private collection of some 70 automobiles both modern and classic
    • The Landing Zone: a large indoor bounce arena for kids of all ages
    • Adventure Land: bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, and more