Family-Friendly Walks Throughout Rhode Island


Now that spring has officially arrived and warmer weather is (hopefully) on its way, it’s the perfect time to get outside for a family walk. Pack a backpack with some lunch, snacks, and water, and check out these five great family-friendly walks in Rhode Island.

1. Cumberland Monastery

via Colleen Congdon

Although popular among families for its library and playground, the Cumberland Monastery is also home to several walking trails. A local favorite of mine, the property has plenty of parking and twelve maze-like paths that are easy and fun to navigate. Afterward, the kids can check out a book from the library or take a trip down the slide at the playground, and everyone will be happy!

2. Audubon Society Nature Center and Aquarium

via Colleen Congdon

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is a unique destination. In addition to an on-site museum and aquarium, there is also a beautiful walking path. The path starts at the Palmieri Pollinator Garden and leads to an easy 1/4-mile boardwalk stroll, with glimpses of unique wildlife, such as rare birds and baby raccoons, along the way. At the end of the boardwalk, there are benches perfect for taking a quick break while enjoying a gorgeous view of Narragansett Bay.

3. Cliff Walk

via Colleen Congdon

Undoubtedly, one of the top attractions in Newport is the Cliff Walk, and Spring is an ideal time to visit before the summer crowds arrive. The northern half of the walk starts at the Memorial Boulevard entrance, which is the most family-friendly with its paved paths and flat terrain. Kids and adults alike will enjoy surfer watching, the cool ocean breeze, and the sounds of crashing waves. There is ample parking and conveniently located seasonal restrooms at Easton’s Beach, with additional seasonal restrooms on the trail by the Forty Steps.

4. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

via Colleen Congdon

Another family-friendly walking destination overlooking the ocean is the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. It offers 3 miles of easy-to-navigate trails, several elevated viewing platforms for rare birds and animals, and a visitor center with a few small exhibits and restrooms.

5. Norman Bird Sanctuary

Norman Bird Sanctuary is also located in Middletown. This wildlife refuge boasts 7 miles of hiking trails, including a universally accessible trail. There is also a curiosity lab for both children and adults. Trail access for adults is $7, children(ages 3-18) is $3, and children under 3 are free. But from now until April 30th, Discover Newport will cover this cost.

Have a favorite family-friendly walking destination not listed? Add it to the comment section below. Happy Spring!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here