Rhode Island Family Vacation Ideas

Here are some Rhode Island family vacation ideas families with children recommend and a few pointers to get you on your way. 

Small little “Rhody” is surrounded by hundreds of miles of coastline upon which sit the Magnificent old Mansions of time past. Time has moved on a little on Rhode Island but has left a legacy of about 20% of the nation's important historic buildings. 

Your typical family vacation to Rhode Island will typically then include a little beach action (and inaction), visiting some of the historic old Mansions, and some time on the water -perhaps viewing some whales. But these are not the limits of a family trip to Rhode Island.

I remember Rhode Island as the place where Australia took the Americas Cup away from America. This is not really relevant but as an Australian I thought I should throw this in out of context anyway. 

Learn more about Rhode Island Family Vacation Rentals, Attractions, and Family Friendly Accommodation on TripAdvisor

Newport Rhode Island Family Vacations

Newport in Colonial times housed tax evaders and was home to trading Molasses for rum, slaves. A second era of prosperity occurred with the arrival of the Mansions of the super rich seeking a haven in the style perhaps think of Martha's Vineyard today. 

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  Millions of people from around the world flock to see icons of the “Gilded Age” and before which are the mansions. Magnificent gardens and artworks adorn the mansions of the once national leaders.

I remember Newport, Rhode Island as the place where Australia took the Americas Cup away from America. This is not really relevant but as an Australian I thought I should throw this in out of context anyway. 

Newport Mansions

Millions of people from around the world flock to see icons of the Gilded Age and before which are the mansions. Magnificent gardens and artworks adorn the mansions of the once national leaders.

Visit all the old mansions of Newport


Thames Glass

Thames Glass have Glassblowing for young children through to teenagers and adults. 

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This maker of hand blown glass. gives lessons where you can  work with  molten glass.

Thames Glass


The Breakers Newport

The Breakers is the most excessive of all the Mansions in Newport for a miserly seven  million.  The Vanderbilt family was social as well as rich thanks to steamships and the York Central Railroad.  

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The building is in the families name to this day and is continually restored by the preservation society. You can learn a lot about the history of the family and the area by visiting.


The Cliff Walk in Newport

Not much to this one. Simply walk and enjoy the sights of Newport which makes for a wonderful day.

The Cliff Walk in Newport

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 Why not also bring a kite and enjoy some of the parks along the way.


Meanwhile in Providence

Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence

Roger Williams is a founder of providence and is known for his work in promoting religious tolerance.  The Park Zoo has more than 100 species or animals and has been in operation since 1872.

 There is also an adjoining 430-acre Victorian park with waterways, outdoor gardens, and a Carousel Village.

Roger Williams Park Zoo


Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off the second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • CheapAir.com -  Cheap Airfares 
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet-Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.