We just came back from our family vacation to Rhode Island. This was our second time going and this time we went with a toddler and 6 week old in tow. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we had a great time. Today I’m sharing all about our family vacation in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island is a quaint little state in New England best known for it’s beaches (it’s called the Ocean State for a reason) and historic charm. It’s filled with beautiful coastal views and has lots of fun activities for families.
Where we stay
We rent a house in Bonnet Shores, which is a quiet residential neighborhood in Narragansett. Bonnet Shores has it’s own private beach for the neighborhood community and is my favorite beach in all of Rhode Island. Although there isn’t any parking which is one of the reasons why the beach is so quiet. But most homes in the neighborhood are a short walk or bike ride to the beach. I love all of the gorgeous homes in the neighborhood with the cedar shake siding and lined with bushes of hydrangeas. It’s our dream to own a home there one day.
Find me at the beach
We hit up the beach in Narragansett almost every day. The Narragansett town beach is a public beach so it is a little busier but there are more amenities for the kids. Dude had a blast playing in the sand and riding the waves.
I was a little anxious about taking an infant to the beach but Mav was a champ. He even dipped his toes in a few times (gotta start ’em early).
Travel Tip: In the summer, the Narragansett town beach has movies on the beach every Wednesday night. We headed on down with a few pizzas (and bottles of wine) in tow and watched a few of the volleyball games beforehand.
The freshest seafood
If you head down to Point Judith you can charter a fishing boat and head out for a fishing excursion.
Here’s dude with his first fish he caught.
There’s also a variety of shops to get freshly caught seafood. We always do a big seafood night to kick off our week.
Day Trip to Block Island
We took the ferry over to Block Island for the day. The island has tons of cute shops and restaurants. You can also rent mopeds or bikes and ride around the island.
Memories to Cherish Forever
Make sure to bring back some beach sand and seashells to make this super cute memory box to remember your trip. I’m sharing the DIY here.
This year, my sisters and I surprised my parents with a family photo session. Thanks to Cait Costa Photography, we were able to get some amazing photos we will truly cherish forever.
If you are planning on heading to the beach with your little ones here are some of my favorite essentials:
Beach wagon – to help carry all of your necessities.
Beach cabana – this was a lifesaver to keep the babe out of the sun and perfect for naps on the beach.
Inflatable baby pool – This was such a great idea especially when going to the beach with toddlers. It was perfect for when the kids didn’t want to go in the ocean but wanted to cool off.
I shared my favorite Amazon bathing suits in my Friday Favorites blog post here