Easton Bayview website
175 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, RI 02840
Easton's Beach Description
The epicenter of the Newport Beach scene, this mile-long stretch of sand at the northern end of the Cliff Walk has got it all: a carousel, water slide, skateboard park, playground—and most importantly, a bathroom and a snack bar. As ocean beaches go, the current is on the tame side (things don't really kick up unless there's a storm offshore, say locals), making it a great introduction to the Atlantic.
Babies: The benefit of Easton's is it has all the services you could want. If you want a more protected ocean surf to dip little toes in, check out Gooseberry Beach (GooseberryBeach.com). It's private, has no services, and will cost you more, but you'll net the benefits of surf protected by rocks that break the waves.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Look for the small, on-site touch tank. The interactive area has critters like crabs and starfish that kids can get up close and personal to, as well as a little section for crafts.
School-Age Kids: Tuesdays and Thursdays, the beach blows up an inflatable water slide that will entertain kids for hours.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Music-loving teens will enjoy the live music almost every afternoon during the summer at the nearby Atlantic Beach Club (admission fees vary).
- Get your gear. You can rent almost anything here: beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas—a great idea if you're already toting the baby and the gear.
- Pay to park. The beach is free, but you'll pay to park—$10 to $15 per car (those who arrive before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. on weekends pay only $10). Parking lots can fill up on Saturdays and holidays, so arrive before noon if you don't want to wait for a space.
- Freebies. Special events in July and August include Tuesday evening family concerts and Thursday evening children's shows.
- No-no's. The beach does not allow flotation devices or pets.
Just the Facts
Hours: Activities available daily during the summer 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Parking lot open until 9 p.m.
Recommended Time: Half day