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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.
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
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.
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.
Phone: (401) 847-1993
Fax: (401) 845-0400
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,
Check with the shop or their web site.
Middle section right by the brook is closed to swimming
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
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.
No Beach or concession stand.
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.
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.
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.
School Playgrounds shown are open to the public when not in use by the school.
No alcohol is allowed on any of the city, town, or state, beaches or parks. This rule is enforced, and you can be fined.
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
Newport (401) 845 5800
Middletown (401) 849 2822
Check before you drive!
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