Rhode Island Beach Parks
In the mood for some fun under the sun? Then Rhode Island’s gorgeous beaches are just the thing for you. Tagged ‘The Bermuda of The North” Block Island’s popular Crescent Beach is a feast for the senses with its gorgeous 2 and a half mile beachfront that stretches across Block Island’s East Coast from Old Harbor to Clay, connecting with Scotch and Mansion beaches. Getting around Block Island is a mini-adventure in itself as well. The Island’s primary forms of transportation are mopeds and bicycles and to accommodate this, Crescent Beach has designated parking areas. But even with a large number of people coming and going, parking at Crescent Beach is never a problem. Most beach-goers would often just walk to the beach or take their bikes to explore the beach further.
Admission to Crescent Beach is absolutely free! There are no food stalls within the vicinity of the beach but in nearby Old Harbor, there are restaurants aplenty so beach-goers don’t have to worry about finding food and refreshments when needed. If being in Crescent Beach didn’t satisfy you, then head on over to Newport’s Easton’s Beach. Easton Beach stays true to being one of the finest recreational beaches in Newport. Patrons can enjoy themselves with the abundance of water activities available in Easton’s. Boogie boards are allowed in all parts of the beach while windsurfers and surfboards are allowed in select areas. For 75 cent, your kids get a turn in the bumper boats or a ride in the carousel located right on the boardwalks. Nearby, Cliff Walk provides a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the gorgeous Newport Mansions. Designated a National Recreation Trail in 1975, Cliff Walk is truly not to be missed! In the months of July and August, Easton’s hosts “Family Night” held every Tuesday and again host “Children’s Night” on Thursdays.
Children’s Night is sure to be a hit if you’re traveling with kids. During the said night, entertainment performances include magicians, jugglers, and storytellers. Events adults and kids alike would surely enjoy! A little known fact is that Easton’s Beach offers “early bird” discounts to people who arrive before 10 am. So be there early to avail of this! If you’re the kind of person who loves the beach but hates the crowd then East Beach in Charlestown might be the thing for you. Considered to be one of Rhode Island’s best-kept secrets, this 3-mile long beach with sugar-like white sand, crystal clear blue waters and gentle waves are often called “The Caribbean sans Palm trees”. East Beach is right beside Ninigret Pond, famous for being one of New England’s best areas for wind-surfing. When the ocean breeze is calm and steady, Ninigret Pond’s resident wildlife and birds share the space with the windsurfers. Be prepared when going to East Beach, though. East Beach’s facilities and parking are limited. There are no bathhouses nor food stands on this beach.
Ever heard of the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? That saying applies to the next Beach on our list. Sachuest Beach in Middletown is a well-loved beach by both locals and new visitors. Sachuest Beach, nicknamed “The Second Beach”, 1 and a half miles of sweeping beachfront that provides majestic views of the Atlantic ocean and perfect swimming conditions. Very much like Newport’s Easton’s, Sachuset Beach offers many recreational activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Sandcastle building, body surfing, volleyball and beachcombing are just some of the activities available at Sachuset. An interesting place to visit is the Norman Bird Sanctuary, located just a minute walk from Sachuset Beach. This 450-acre refuge has 7 miles of walking trails and an abundance of wildlife habitats. The best place to learn and have fun all at the same time! Sachuest Beach has a bathhouse with restrooms, other facilities include food stands and picnic tables. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer seasons.