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The official beach season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This means the beaches have life guards and some provide other services. Guarded swimming hours vary by beach, generally from either 8 or 9 am to 5 or 6 pm. The Newport and Middletown public beaches are free to enter, and charge for parking. In general, there is no overnight parking allowed.
Easton's Beach or First Beach
http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/parks--recreation/easton's-beach.aspx
(city)
or http://EastonsBeach.com (concessions & info)
Newport Public beach on Memorial Boulevard. The beach is a mile long and runs from the beginning of the Cliff Walk to the Middletown border. The Cliff Walk end of First Beach allows surfers.

Easton's Beach has a merry-go-round, concession stand, playground built right on the sand, restrooms, showers, and storage lockers for seasonal rental. There is also an aquarium, operated during the summer season by the Boston Aquarium, and a small skate boarding park at the far end of their parking lot.

The Rotunda Ballroom
http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/parks--recreation/wedding--reception-.aspx
is available for rental April through December, and is a popular site for Wedding receptions or other celebrations. To check availability, please call the Newport Recreation Department at (401) 845-5800. For a site visit call Easton's Beach at (401) 845-5810. (There may be a few other sites with a view this good, but they don't have a merry-go-round.)

The carousel can be rented for children's parties as well. Carousel birthday parties, complete with private outside deck, tables and chairs, unlimited rides and carousel operator. $50 per hour; $65 per hour off season; 1 1/2-hour minimum. Carousel is heated. Available March 15-Nov. 30. Call Ray Fullerton of the Newport Recreation Department at 845-5810.

Through the Summer, there are free weekly concerts on Tuesday evenings, and children's entertainment on Thursday evenings, and parking is also free for these events. Family Nights have begun. Children's Nights begin July 12. These events are funded by contributions. Please consider helping.

Other events here include the annual carnival (rides, food, games) which opens the season, amateur and professional beach volleyball, life guard competitions, and the end of summer party and bonfire. Oh yes, and the New Year's Day Noontime Polar Bear Swim. Everyone should do this once.

NO DOGS EVER

Parking Mon - Fri $8, Sat, Sun $15. Discount books of any five days cost $30. Season parking, and reserved season parking are also for sale, with discounts for Newport residents. Bath houses are also for rent by day or season.

Easton's Beach has a seasonal (Memorial Day through Labor Day) number, (401) 845-5810, or call the Parks and Recreation office at (401) 845-5800.

In addition to the Beach Snack Bar, there are several places to eat within walking distance on Aquidneck Avenue. Some are less formal than others, and some offer take-out food, but all will require more than beach attire.

Sachuest Beach or Second Beach
Middletown Public beach is located two miles further up the same road, although the name changes to Purgatory Road in Middletown. The beach is about three miles long and is great for walking. The Beach has a concession stand, showers, and restrooms.

Parking is $10 weekdays, $20 week ends and holidays. Season passes are available, with discounts for Middletown residents, and a further discount for residents who are Seniors.

The beginning part of Second Beach is known as Surfer's End, or the Big Rock. This area allows surfers, kayakers and body boarders. Boards are rented here by
Elemental Surf and Skate
www.ElementalSurfandSkate.com/

They also offer lessons and summer camps, running Monday thru Friday. Phone (401) 846-2280 to make arrangements.

The very far end of Second Beach sometimes allows launching and return of windsurfers and kite boards, subject to the decision of the Beach Manager. These activities are usually allowed from 6 PM until the 8 PM closing, but the beach is sometimes overcrowded, and the entire space may be given to swimmers. Call the beach to check before you go, (401) 849-2822 and please don't argue with the life guards or their Manager. Their first priority is safety.

See Sky Kitesurfing School
KitesurfingSchool.com
401-849-0084 in Newport for equipment and lessons.

DOGS are allowed only in the early morning until 7:30 in summer, but longer hours in the winter.
Dogs MUST be picked up after, and MUST be kept leashed at all times.
These rules are enforced all year, and you can be fined.

Middletown has made a real effort to accommodate all sorts of beach uses. It is not easy to please everyone, but they've tried. The rules are to prevent conflicts and promote safety. Questions (or compliments!) to Timothy L. Shaw - Recreation Director, Middletown Town Hall, 350 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842. tshaw@middletownri.com Phone: (401) 847-1993 Fax: (401) 845-0400

Third Beach
Third Beach is just beyond Second Beach, but on the other side of the land, so it is sheltered from the ocean, and has little or no waves. This sheltered beach is good for young children. The beach is guarded.

Parking is $10 weekdays, $20 week ends and holidays. Season passes are available, FREE to Middletown residents. Parking includes use of the boat ramp.
The second parking lot, further away from the boat ramp, is reserved to Middletown residents.

There are four designated picnic areas, each with a table and a barbecue grill. Come early to get one, or have a Plan B.

Note, there are no restrooms, showers, running water, lockers, or concession stand. But see Peabody's Beach just below ...

There is a public boat ramp. Your parking fee includes use of the ramp, and there is room for trailers. (Note, no overnight parking of vehicles or boat trailers.)

Kayaks, trailer boats, wind surfers, and Jet Skis all are allowed to launch and return in the Boat Ramp area, which becomes quite busy at times. (No kite boards from Memorial Day to Labor Day) Please be courteous, stay out of the protected swimming area (and swimmers should stay in it), and observe the speed limits and other posted regulations.

Wind surfer rentals, lessons, and Summer Camps are offered here, by
Island Windsurfing
islandsports.com
(401)846-4421
Check with the shop or their web site.

Middle section right by the brook is closed to swimming

Peabody's Beach
The far end of Third Beach, separately managed, by the Peabody family since 1901.
This family-friendly beach, with little or no waves, offers seasonal locker rental with showers, public day parking when space permits (which it usually does), restrooms, and a snack bar, with "the best hamburgers on the Island" Third Beach is just a short walk end-to-end. Information (401)846-2287

Sandy Point Beach
Portsmouth town Beach on the Sakonnet, or East Passage, at the foot of Sandy Point avenue. Changing rooms, bathrooms, picnic area, but no concession stand. Guarded from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Parking is $5 weekdays, $10 week ends and holidays. Season passes are available, FREE to Portsmouth residents.

"Reject" Beach
Adjacent to Bailey's Beach, at the end of Bellevue and the beginning of the Ocean Drive. Property of the City of Newport, not an official beach, but long used as one. No parking, no bathrooms, no concession stand, no drinking water, no life guards, and no crowds. Go by bicycle, lock it to the fence, enjoy!.

Bailey's Beach
Located on Ocean Drive, Bailey's is a private members-only beach, the Spouting Rock Beach Association.

Gooseberry Beach
www.gooseberrybeach.com
Located on Ocean Drive, between Hazards Beach and Bailey's Beach. Gooseberry has a concession stand and a small parking lot. Gooseberry is a privately managed beach, but open to the pulic with a parking fee. Chair rentals, changing rooms, and shower facilities available.
(401) 847-3958 info@gooseberrybeach.com 130 Ocean Avenue.

Hazard Beach
Located on Ocean Drive, Hazard is a private members-only beach.

Fort Adams State Park
http://www.riparks.com/fortadams.htm
The Beach has a protected swimming area with life guards, a concession stand and restrooms. The grounds host the annual Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival, and many other functions.

There has been a Fort here protecting Newport Harbor since Colonial times, but the present Fort Adams is newer. It is now maintained, and is being restored by, Fort Adams Trust
http://fortadams.org/
, Eisenhower House, Fort Adams, Newport, RI 02840. Phone: 401-841-0707

King's Park Beach
Newport public Beach located off of Wellington Avenue. CLOSED TO SWIMMING

It offers a small lawn, picnic tables and barbecue grills. There is a free boat ramp. (Observe street parking regulations.)

A good spot to watch the Fourth of July fireworks display.

Parks, Playgrounds, Everything Else

Kings Park State Fishing Site
No beach, concession stand or restrooms. Small free parking area, with limited space for trailers, free boat ramp.

Brenton Point State Park
On the grounds of the former Budlong estate. (Except for the visitor center, with restrooms and information, no buildings remain that are safe to enter. Don't try, you can be badly hurt.) Huge sweeping lawn with room for many simultaneous picnic groups, some spots with barbecue grills, lots of free public parking, which does fill up on nice days. Kite flying, ball games, frisbee tossing are all allowed. Please be courteous to your neighbors.

No Beach or concession stand.

Battery Park
Near the Goat Island Causeway, small grassy park with some benches with a view of the Harbor, a nice place to watch the sunset.

Ballard Park
www.ballardpark.org/
Newport's newest park, a former quarry with walking paths and unexpected views. The Friends of Ballard Park offer concerts, outdoor movies, and other events, most free. Check the schedule on their website.

Touro Park
Site of the Old Stone Mill, or the Viking Tower, depending on who you believe. Either way, it is considered the oldest structure in Newport, possily dating to a Viking colony around 1000 AD, or a Modern Colonial era windmill. Following recent digs and high-tech ground scans and carbon dating, everyone still believes their favorite story.

Hosts the annual Easter Egg Hunt, a Summer Art Show, and other events, and a fine spot to just sit and watch people go by.

Miantonomi Memorial Park Hillside Avenue, Newport
30 Acres of Park Area, some open, some wooded, with Ball Field, Picnic tables, Playground, Historic Tower.
In 1921 the Stokes family sold the site to the City to become a memorial to Newporters who died in The Great War. The deed to the City stipulated that the premises should be for the free use of the public forever. In 2006 the Aquidneck Island Land Trust partnered with the City to buy additional land to secure the natural borders of the Park. In 1969 the tower was designated as a National Historic Place.
The Miantonomi Tower itself is normally closed, but open to the public on Veterans Day

Rovensky Park
Maintained by the Newport Preservation Society, off Bellevue Avenue.

Morton Park, Newport
Playground, picnic space, and a great sledding hill.

Aquidneck Park, Newport
Site of the Newport Public Library, King Senior Center, playground.

Aquidneck Elementary School, 70 Reservoir Avenue, Middletown
playground, Little League field.

Linden Elementary School, 141 West Main Rd, Middletown
playground, play field.

J F Kennedy Elementary School, 740 West Main Rd, Middletown
playground.

Forest Avenue Elementary School, 315 Forest Avenue, Middletown
playground.

Oliphant School, 26 Oliphant Lane, Middletown
playground, play field.



Melville Elementary School Playground 1351 West Main Rd., Portsmouth RI
Playground equipment, basketball court, open space.

Common Fence Point Playground Anthony Rd., Portsmouth RI
Ballfields and open space.

Elmhurst Elementary School Playground Glen Rd., Portsmouth RI
Playground equipment.

Gardner Seveney Sports Complex East Main Rd., Portsmouth RI
Soccer fields, three ballfields and open space.

Hathaway Elementary School Tallman Ave., Portsmouth RI
Playground equipment, basketball court and open space

Island Park Playground off Highland Avenue
Ballfield, basketball court, playground equipment.

Portsmouth Community Playground Bristol Ferry Rd., Portsmouth RI
Playground (now re-opened with new equipment), ballfield

Portsmouth High School Education Lane, Portsmouth RI
Football, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, running track.

Portsmouth Middle School Jepson Lane, Portsmouth RI
Basketball court, open space.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=53543
The refuge consists of approximately 250 acres of various habitats from salt and freshwater marshes, to grasslands, sandy beaches, dunes, and rocks, set on a peninsula between Second and Third Beach. The former farmland was later used as a radio communication site by the Navy, until new technology made it no longer needed. It is now managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior, and has miles of walking trails, observation platforms, and a visitor center with ample parking. Free. 401-364-9124

Sachuest Point serves as an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds, providing them with feeding and resting areas. This is reflected in the high species diversity and numbers present, especially during fall migration. More than 200 species of birds, including including harlequin ducks, scoters and eiders, have been observed, representing 15 orders and 32 families. The major groups seen in descending order are: waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and passerines. Ten species of small mammals are found on the Refuge.

Norman Bird Sanctuary
www.normanbirdsanctuary.org
, Middletown
Nature preserve of 450 acres that serves as a habitat for over 250 species of wild birds and offers 7 miles of hiking trails, one leading to Hanging Rock, with a spectacular ocean view. The sanctuary's 450 acres are maintained to support an abundance of species including pheasant, nesting song birds, rabbit and fox. Four rock ridges, made of "pudding stone" left behind by the last glacier, break the sanctuary's woodlands into isolated valleys. Beyond the ridges, the land slopes down to brackish marsh. The refuge also offers programs in nature study. 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2577, Entry Fee for non-members.

Paradise Park, Middletown
The grounds hold an 1810 windmill, moved to this site and restored by the Middletown Historical Society, an 1875 one-room schoolhouse which now serves as the Society Museum, walking paths, a stream (with a rope swing) and a gazebo. The windmill is a popular subject for artists, and appears on the Town Seal. (Middletown has recently purchased additional neighboring land, to provide a buffer that will preserve the peaceful setting of the park.)

Glen Farm
http://www.portsmouthri.com/glen_park.htm
, Portsmouth
Foot of Glen Farm Road off East Main Road. Baseball and soccer fields, playground equipment, picnic tables, open space. Hosts the annual 4-H Fair, Rotary Club Car Show, and other events.

The Glen Park is the perfect place for family picnics and reunions, company and organization outings, fairs, exhibits, sports groups, and horse, dog, and car shows.
Use of the Park by groups of twenty or more must be comprised of at least fifty percent Portsmouth residents, unless this requirement is waived by the Glen Park Committee, and must be approved by the Glen Park Committee.

Camping

Middletown RV Campground
Between Second and Third Beach, just steps to either one. Phone (401) 846-6273 for information.

Meadowlark RV Park
132 Prospect Ave., Middletown, RI 02842-5604 401-846-9455

Melville Ponds Campground
181 Bradford Ave. Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-682-2424 Off Rt. 114 in Portsmouth. 128 sites, fishing, playground, safari field, beach privileges.

Paradise Motel
459 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown, RI 022842 401-847-1500

Twin Lanterns - cabins and tent sites
1172 West Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-682-1304

Useful Links

Portsmouth Park and Recreation Page
http://www.portsmouthri.com/parkrecr.htm


Newport Park and Recreation Page
http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/parks--recreation.aspx
Overseeing 35 public parks, Easton's Beach, a 1/2 mile ocean beach, Martin Recreation Center, Cardines Baseball Field, Freebody Park sports complex, an outdoor skatepark, Ballard Park Nature Preserve and the newest addition, an Off-Leash Dog Park.
Seasonal activities, leagues, and special events for adults, youth, and families are a big part of the department, and information is available on the website and on flyers available at the office at 280 Spring Street. Or call us at 401-845-5800.
See our Playing Fields, Tennis Courts & Gymnasiums
http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/parks--recreation/recreation-facilities.aspx
directory.

Ocean State Campground Owners Association
www.ricampgrounds.com


Note
School Playgrounds shown are open to the public when not in use by the school.

Note
No alcohol is allowed on any of the city, town, or state, beaches or parks. This rule is enforced, and you can be fined.

Surf Report 849-WAVE

What's that Smell?
Sorry to have to mention this. You would think a tourist area could get this right! But now, instead of repairs, we get studies. They're fixing it! There is hope but we're not done yet. Thank a lawyer. Write a letter.
OK, here's a funny story, sort of ...
After all the bad publicity with water quality, it is sparkly clean everywhere right now, and the TV news came down to show people swimming in the nice clean water. It was considered news-worthy. Hey, thank you, we appreciate that.
RI Health Department Water Quality Reports
www.RIBeaches.org/closures.cfm

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Middletown (401) 849 2822
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