Family Fun Plans
Active families will find plenty to do while vacationing in Rhode Island. These Family Fun Plans are just a starting point. Allow them to inspire your vacation dreaming; then make a plan that suits your family's style — or simply head to the beach, with no plan at all.
A Short and Sweet Summer Holiday
Transform a summer weekend into a memorable and educational escape with this two-night plan for fun in the sun.
Day One: Head straight to the state's summertime playground, Newport, and tour one or two of the city's historic mansions on your first morning. In the afternoon, view several other stately homes from the outside as you meander along the Cliff Walk. In the evening, picnic at Fort Adams State Park (Harrison Avenue, Newport, 401-847-2400,
Day Two: Set the alarm for an early call and allow at least forty-five minutes for the drive to Galilee to catch the high-speed ferry operated by Interstate Navigation Company (401-783-4613,
Day Three: Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame (194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 401-849-3990,
JUST FOR PARENTS
One of New England's best places for busy parents to rekindle romance is The Chanler at Cliff Walk (117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, 401-847-1300 or 866-793-5664,
A Five-Day Family Summer Sampler
Summer is truly family vacation season in Rhode Island. If you can get away for five days, you'll be able to see many of the state's highlights and enjoy some downtime by the sea.
Day One: Begin with a relaxing day at Misquamicut State Beach (257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, 401-596-9097,
Day Two: Head for Galilee in the morning and take the half-hour trip to Block Island aboard the high-speed ferry operated by Interstate Navigation Company (401-783-4613,
One of the best ways to see the island's spectacular scenery is to rent bicycles — the whole island is ideal for cycling. Return to the mainland at the end of the day.
Day Three: Spend the morning in Newport viewing the magnificent mansions from the Cliff Walk. Choose one or two that intrigue you for an afternoon tour. Children might particularly like the Astors' Beechwood (580 Bellevue Avenue, 401-846-3772,
Day Four: Drive from Newport to Providence, stopping along the way to see the historic yachts at the Herreshoff Marine Museum (One Burnside Street, Bristol, 401-253-5000,
Day Five: Spend the last day of your family road trip at Providence's Roger Williams Park Zoo (1000 Elmwood Avenue, 401-785-3510,