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What do in southern Rhode Island with kids?

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What do in southern Rhode Island with kids?

Spending the week in Narraganset RI. Looking for things to do in the general area for a family of 6 with kids of all ages. Do we need to bring a car on our day trip to Block Island? Can a 4 year old handle the tour for 2 mansions? Which mansions are best (The Breakers and....? ) any family friendly recommendations would be appreciated.

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1. Re: What do in southern Rhode Island with kids?

Go to either Salty Brine State Beach in Galilee or Wheeler Beach. Galilee has something for everyone, but parking is limited. The beach borders the boat channel from the Harbor of Refuge to the marinas, and there is a constant flow of boat traffic. You would see the Block Island ferry going back and forth as well. There is a boardwalk there where you can fish (license required), and you can walk the dock areas watching boats unload their catches.

If you end up at Wheeler you can walk down the beach to Salty Brine. Galilee also has two famous restaurants... Champlain's and George's, where you could grab lunch. You can either eat it up on their decks or take it back to your spot on the beach. Salty's Shack on the beach itself has good chowder.

Nearby is Salt Pond (take a right at the end of Escape Road and another quick right into the boat launch parking area), where people shellfish. Grab a couple of cheap nets from Benny's in Wakefield and let the kids wade into the pond to hunt for crabs and other marine life. Locals save their beat up old sneakers for this. Shellfishing also requires a license so it's catch and release here.

What did you plan to do on Block Island? I wouldn't bother bringing a car. You can rent bikes to tour the island, but if it's a hot day it's not really fun as the island is hilly. There is a great beach there, Fred Benson Town Beach, that has chair and sundry rentals and a bathhouse. You can walk around Old Harbor and take a cab tour of the island (there are vans for larger groups and the tours take about an hour). You can have the van drop you off at the beach at the end, and then walk back into town.

I think one mansion would be enough for a 4 year old. It's completely hands off. A tour of The Breakers takes over an hour and involves climbing stairs and quite a bit of walking.

If you follow signs to the Charlestown Breachway there is a place that rents kayaks


You paddle Ninigret Pond which is VERY shallow and a great place for kids to paddle, swim and explore. Bring those nets I mentioned for a real fun day. Just use caution near the breachway itself where there are strong currents. Hats for everyone on a sunny day is a must. There is no shade.

In Jamestown you can buy an all-day pass for the Jamestown/Newport ferry


I think it's $16 for adults, less for kids, and it's a blast! It takes you to Rose Island where you can tour a lighthouse and see the old military installations... the Navy stored torpedos there during WWI and II. It takes you to Fort Adams where there is a hardhat tour of the fort for kids. It then goes through Newport Harbor, with it's megayatchs, to the wharf area where you can get off and find lunch. It's one of the best bargains to get out on the water in RI, and parking in Jamestown is free.

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2. Re: What do in southern Rhode Island with kids?

Thanks for the info. Especially the websites!

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