Family-friendly fun in Providence, Newport, and Middletown.
The Real Rhode Island
Credit: Mischa Richter

Four-hundred miles of coastline, quaint towns, and kid-friendly attractions make Rhode Island a must for families. Hop in the car and wind your way from the lively capital of Providence, with its emerging food scene, to historic Newport, to nearby Middletown, and more—stopping at beaches, zoos, and clam shacks along the way.

Flo's Clam Shack

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Visit the new elephant pavilion.

Providence Children's Museum

Send objects flying through air tubes at the Play Power exhibit.

Scarborough State Beach

The mild surf is perfect for children.

Point Judith Lighthouse

This white-and-red brownstone lighthouse on Narragansett Bay dates back to 1857 although the original station was established even earlier, in 1810.

Hyatt Regency Newport

Indoor and outdoor pools make this a good choice for families.

Evelyn's Drive-In

Enjoy a classic clam shack experience (the clam cakes or whole bellies are the way to go)

The Breakers, Newport

Admission: Adults: $16.50; Children: 6-17 $4