Rhode Island's Best Mother's Day Ideas

If you're looking for ideas to celebrate that special woman in your life this Mother's Day, we've got you covered. From brunches to lunches, teas to tours, hiking, biking, and spas - there is something here every mom will love!  


Does your mom love to create or look at art? Why not spend the afternoon with her at the RISD Museum? Purchase your tickets in advance and spend a few hours wandering among the more than 100,000 objects in their collection. For some fun, hands-on art with the kids, head to Pea Poddery in Cumberland. You can purchase pottery to paint on-site and they'll fire it for you and let you know when it's ready for pick-up. What about treating mom to a glass blowing class at Gather Glass Studio?  The Newport Mansions feature amazing collections of Gilded Age decor, furnishings, and objets d'art, and with a Newport Mansions Passport, you and mom can visit three in one day! Check out the slider below for more art museums and classes.


If your mom is a history buff, then you are in luck! Rhode Island has a treasure trove of history museums, sites, buildings, and tours to choose from. The Newport Mansions are always a hit - especially if mom is a fan of HBO's The Gilded Age (filmed at several of the Newport Mansions!). There are also some fantastic tours and places to check out related to Black History in Rhode Island, including Stages of Freedom, The Center for Reconciliation, and Providence Walks: Early Black History Tour. There is also the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Slater Mill, the Gilbert Stuart Museum, and the Tomaquag Museum - which is Rhode Island's only museum dedicated to the story of the area's original inhabitants. Tennis lovers will definitely adore the International Tennis Hall of Fame! For more history ideas, check out the slider below!



Maybe your mom's ideal Mother's Day is a day to herself and a little TLC. Rhode Island has some amazing spas and wellness centers that are just what the doctor ordered! Give mom the gift of serenity and relaxation at one of these heavenly spots.


Does your mom have a green thumb, or just love watching gardening shows? If so, she might love exploring the extensive and beautiful gardens of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, & Arboretum. Perhaps she'd like to tiptoe through the tulips at the Wicked Tulips Flower Farm or stroll the formal gardens of the Newport Mansions. If there are little ones along, a trip to Green Animals is always fun for everyone. Or, you could purchase tickets to upcoming events like Newport's Secret Garden Tours, The Newport Flower Show: Eden... A Personal Paradise, or the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension Spring Plant Sale. Check our events calendar in the "Home & Garden" category for more events!


Does your mom live for the outdoors? Does she hike or bike or otherwise love to be one with nature? Here are some great spots to go for a scenic walk or ride. Or perhaps mom's a golfer? Check out our golf page for the perfect course. And don't forget the water! Take mom on a cruise or combine the water, hiking, and biking, and take a ferry to Block Island


Who doesn't love a little shopping, right? Why not take mom on a tour of Rhode Island's independent shops, galleries, and antique stores? You can pick up a little something for mom (and maybe for you too!) while you're at it!


Maybe your mom is a great cook, or maybe she enjoys a fine meal. Maybe she enjoys wine or beer tastings and touring vineyards and breweries. If any of this sounds like your mom, here are some great suggestions for Mother's Day that she's bound to love! You can also check out foodie events here.


If the special lady in your life's little ones are of the furry, four-legged variety, we've got some fun ideas for you too! Take the pups for a walk in the park, on the beach, or even a stay at  Paws on Pelham! Also, many of Rhode Island's breweries welcome dogs but call to be sure.