Rhode Island Beaches: Family Faves
Looking for the best beaches in Rhode Island for family fun? We've got you covered. The beaches below are known as great spots to bring the wee ones. Many of these beaches have playgrounds, picnic areas, concessions and life guards on duty. You supply the sunscreen and we'll take care of the rest. Get ready for epic beach days that your kids will remember for a lifetime!
What makes a beach great for a family? First off, plenty of sand for play, and calm water or gentle waves for young swimmers. Easy access for lugging all your kid/baby gear, restrooms and showers are always nice as well. Whatever makes a beach perfect for your family, you’ll find a beach everyone will love in Rhode Island. Check out the list below to see which beaches have the amenities that are important to you!
If you want to make sure you can keep your little ones fueled up for a long day in the sun and surf, you'll want a beach with a concession stand. Bristol Town Beach, located within a 47-acre park near the entrance to Colt State Park, has concessions along with a playground, picnic tables and athletic facilities. Easton's Beach features a snack bar, elevator, beach wheelchairs, playground and more, along with a beach store for all the odds and ends you forgot at home. Spring Lake Beach & Arcade features concessions along with a volleyball court, arcade, paddleboats and canoes. Filter for concessions below for a complete list.
Picnic areas are a great beach amenity, whether your family is hitting up the snack bar or packing a cooler for lunch. Here are a few beaches with picnic areas. Use the filters below for the complete list. Along with a picnic area, Conimicut Point Beach features beautiful views of Narragansett Bay and the Conimicut Point Lighthouse as well as a canoe and kayak launch. Sachuest Beach (locally known as Second Beach) has picnic tables as wells as grills, concessions, showers, bathrooms and surf rentals and lessons. East Matunuck State Beach has a picnic area, pavilion and plenty of parking, but it's also known for strong surf - so keep a close eye on children and those with limited swimming ability.
Looking for a beach that has more to offer your children than just waves and sand? Here's a few Rhode Island beaches with playgrounds your littles will love. In the Warwick area, head to Oakland Beach for swimming, picnicking and playground fun on the Greenwich Bay inlet saltwater beach. Bristol Town Beach is adjacent to Colt State Park on Narragansett Bay with picnic tables, bike and walking trails, as well as a playground. Roger W. Wheeler State Beach has a playground along with a bathouse and picnic tables. And Easton's Beach (First Beach), Fogland Beach (Tiverton Town Beach), Warren Town Beach and Warwick City Park & Buttonwoods Beach all have playgrounds as well.