Ahhhhhhh, the beach. Toes in the sand, the sound of the waves in your ears, and the beautiful view of the….QUIT KICKING SAND ON YOUR SISTER!!!!!
If this sounds familiar, read on. These are my top kid friendly beaches:
- The “Duh, everyone knows that” beach:
Roger Wheeler State Beach, aka Sand Hill Cove: 100 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett
Thanks to the break wall, the waves are just right for smaller kids to body surf. The facilities are clean and family friendly, the playground is small, but fun, and the picnic tables help keep the sand out of your sandwich. Concession prices are a bit high, but it’s just a short drive to Iggy’s for clam-cakes and chowdah on the way home! Bonus: Plenty of seaweed if you’re into making your own sushi.
- The Hidden Gem:
Blue Beach: 61 Whitecap Dr. North Kingstown
FREE. Yeah, you heard me….it’s FREE! Can’t get more family friendly than that. Oh, and the water is calm, the sand super soft, and it’s rarely crowded because a lot of people don’t know it exists. So….shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone about it. Bonus: You can see the Jamestown Bridge and Poplar Point Lighthouse from the beach. Mention this to your kids if you haven’t gotten your fill of eye rolls for the week.
- Best “Town” Beach:
Warren Town Beach: 533-59 Water Street, Warren
Just 10 bucks to park for non-residents. It’s small, so it’s easy to keep your eyes on them. (’cause we’re JUST KIDDING when we say “get lost”, right?) WTB has sand and a nice, green grassy area with trees for shade when you need it. BONUS: There’s a fishing pier, so let the kids bring the poles! Trying to avoid getting hooked in the eye is a great core workout!
- Best ” I Always Forget That Place Is On The Water” Beach:
Fogland Beach: Fogland Rd, Tiverton
They have a roped off area for kids, so again, it’s easy to keep and eye on them. There are tons of shells, so get ready to hear “Ooooh! Look at this one!” over and over… and over. While the food trucks do stop by, it’s best to bring your own food because it’s not a guarantee. You can even bring a grill! BONUS: PUPPIES!!! Yes, this is a pet-friendly choice!
- Best “Man, This Place Has It All” Beach:
Peabody’s Beach: Third Beach Road, Middletown
Billed as RI’s most family-friendly spot on the sand, this place really does have it all. Become a member (currently full, but check next year) and have access to “members only” facilities, or just go for the day. (weekdays cost just 15 bucks!) Incredibly clean beach, a moderately priced snack shack, umbrella rentals, you can even kayak! BONUS: Lots of sailboats on the water to remind you to play the Powerball on the way home! (Please, please, please, please let me win!)
- Best Out of State Beach:
Crescent Beach: South Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL
The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make this beach one of my favorites… Oh, and my mom lives there. BONUS: The sand is made from pulverized shells, so doesn’t stick to you AT ALL! No finding sand in your kids’… hair … three weeks and tons of baths later!
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Have a family-friendly beach that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know and we’ll create a new list!