Newport, Rhode Island for Babies
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- At a Glance
On a sunny summer day, Newport literally sparkles with the gleam of the ocean. White sand, stunning coast, glistening water—it's not hard to see what the rich Guilded Age folk saw in the landscape. That privileged set—names like Astor, Duke, and Vanderbilt—arrived in the nineteenth century to build their sprawling "cottages" and take best advantage of the coastline's glorious vistas. Newport became their summertime playground, and many of those sprawling mansions still stand along Bellevue Avenue. A trip to Newport isn't complete without a visit to the mansions and a stroll along Bellevue's abutting cliff walk. Even the smallest child can appreciate the rolling grounds and imagine what it was like to actually live in one of these grand dames. Still, one need not be upper crust to enjoy Newport's plentiful riches. The coastline is open to all, whether from the open hull of a skiff, the seat of a kayak, or (if you're really lucky) the deck of an enormous yacht, or on bike or foot on the long stretch of Ocean Drive that mirrors the water's edge.
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The sky above this park teems with kites. Kite-flying enthusiasts are drawn by the location and the exceptional kite-flying winds; kids are drawn by the colors and fanciful designs of the whirling and twirling kites....
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....
In an industrial area on the outskirts of the city, this museum pops up like a delightful surprise. The building alone is an exercise in creativity; every inch of this transformed factory is a marvel, fantastically designed and bursting with things to do....
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Mansions, Beaches, and Sailing in the Littlest StateA Family Vacation in Newport, RI with Babies
1.Cliff WalkCliff Walk
Atlantic Coastline from Easton's Beach to Bailey's Beach (Private)
Newport, RI 02840
2.Fort AdamsFort Adams
1 Lincoln Drive
Newport, RI 02840
3.Providence Children's MuseumProvidence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI 02903