Top 5 Family-Friendly Beaches in Rhode Island 

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Families enjoying Rhode Island beaches
Photo of Roger Wheeler State Beach courtesy of Rhode Island DEM

Rhode Island is a summer beach destination for families – near and far. With over 400 miles of coastline, narrowing down which beach is best for you and your family can be challenging. We highlighted the top 5 family-friendly beaches in Rhode Island based on surf, amenities, and atmosphere for a fun-filled day of sun, sand, and sea. 

All state beaches are open during the summer season from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekdays) and 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekends and holidays). Be sure to purchase your parking pass ahead of time so you can use the express lane when you arrive! 

1. Roger Wheeler State Beach: Narragansett 

100 Sand Hill Cove Road

Regarding favorite family-friendly beaches, look no further than Roger Wheeler State Beach! Roger Wheeler State Beach, also known as Sand Hill Cove Beach, is nestled in Narragansett and features small waves, soft sands, and a gradual water decline for young beachgoers. As a bonus, there is a kid-friendly environmental education area – where your family can learn more about Rhode Island wildlife. This beach offers public restrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, ample parking, and concessions at Salty’s Burger & Seafood. *

Families at the beach in Rhode Island
Photo of Misquamicut State Beach courtesy of Rhode Island DEM

2. Misquamicut State Beach: Westerly 

257 Atlantic Avenue

Misquamicut is Rhode Island’s most popular state beach – with over half a mile of beachfront in the heart of Westerly.  This beach has a picnic area, a playground, and nearby restaurants and gift shops. Take a break from the beach at the arcade and carousel at the Atlantic Beach Park, rent a paddleboard from Purple Ape, or play a round of mini golf at Bayview Fun Park – all within walking distance from your beach chair! The parking lot fills up fast, so plan on arriving early or check the status of the beach parking lot before you travel.

Families at the beach in Rhode Island
Photo of Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island

3. Sachuest Beach (Second Beach): Middletown

315 Sachuest Point Road

Visit one of Aquidneck Island’s most popular beaches! Sachuest Beach, often called Second Beach, offers a one-mile stretch of small waves and clear waters. You will also find bathrooms, showers, concessions, picnic tables, and grills! This beach is a great place to collect rocks and seashells with little ones. Up for an adventure? Surfboard rentals and lessons are available during the season at Surf’s End, located on the west end of the beach. Don’t forget to grab a refreshing Del’s Lemonade to make it a truly Rhode Island beach day!  Parking rates apply during the beach months, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Parking fees range from $20 on weekdays to $30 on weekends, and holidays or season passes are available for purchase. 

Families at the beach in Rhode Island
Photo of Salty Brine State Beach courtesy of Rhode Island DEM

4. Salty Brine State Beach:: Galilee 

254 Great Road

Salty Brine State Beach, formerly known as Galilee State Beach, is an excellent destination for families looking to spend a day by the sea. With its sandy shoreline, calm waters, and amenities, it has everything you need for a family-friendly beach day! The shaded beach pavilion offers public restrooms, coin-operated hot showers, and food concessions. It is only steps away from the port of Galilee and nearby restaurants. Grab local chowder and clamcakes at George’s of Galilee or Champlin’s Seafood, sit on the boardwalk and wave to the fishing boats and passengers on the Block Island Ferry. Be sure to arrive early, as the parking lot fills up fast! 

Families at the beach in Rhode Island
Photo of East Matunuck State Beach courtesy of Rhode Island DEM

5. East Matunuck State Beach:: South Kingstown 

950 Succotash Road

Located in South Kingstown, this beach is known for its big waves – making it a crowd favorite for swimmers and boogie board extraordinaire! The modern pavilion offers public restrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and food and gift concessions. Lifeguards are on duty all season! Stay up to date on the tide and surf conditions here. Make a pit stop on your way home at The Fantastic Umbrella Factory! This hidden gem is home to tropical greenhouses, gardens, gift shops, and farm animals. You can purchase feed at Small Axe to feed the goats, chickens, emus, and other free-range birds on the property. 

No matter which family-friendly beaches in Rhode Island you head to this summer, we hope you find the perfect spot for your family to enjoy summer in Rhode Island. Need help figuring out what to pack in your beach bag? We’ve compiled a list of beach essentials for a fun-filled beach day!

If you want more family-friendly beaches in New England, check out these top 12 beaches in the Greater Boston Area!

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Stephanie Greenhalgh
Stephanie was born and raised in Northern Rhode Island. She did not venture too far to earn her BS in Early Childhood Education at Rhode Island College, and later went on to receive her M.Ed from Champlain College. After working full time in the classroom for over a decade, Stephanie made the leap to full time stay at home mom in 2023 after the birth of her son. Stephanie lives in her hometown with her husband and their daughter (2022), son (2023), and hound dog named Cooper. She is passionate about raising kind and confident littles and is never too afraid to get her hands and toes in the dirt. With two under two, life can be a bit chaotic but Stephanie is always up for any adventure with her littles in tow.

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