On the beach, you can rent beach chairs, cabanas, surfboards, boogie boards, and umbrellas. There’s also a children’s playground for when the kids need a break from the water, and a beach store with souvenirs, beachwear, and accessories. And if hunger pangs set in, head to the Snack Bar for the famous twin lobster rolls. For a break from the sun, the Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium holds some 14 exhibits and more than 140 species of Narragansett Bay sea life. While the beach is an attraction in its own right, it also serves as the starting point of the scenic Newport Cliff Walk, which visitors can explore independently or with the help of an app-led tour.
Things to know before you go
- Don’t forget to pack towels, swimsuits, and plenty of sunscreen; there’s not much shade on the beach.
- Seasonal facilities at the beach include restrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, shade pavilion, and grill areas.
- Beach wheelchairs are available to make the beach accessible.
- Dogs are not allowed on the beach.
How to get there
Easton’s Beach lies along Route 138A, part of Memorial Boulevard. It is adjacent to the western end of the Newport Cliff Walk. Two public parking lots are available.
When to get there
Beach season in Newport generally runs from Memorial Day Weekend (the weekend before the last Monday in May) through Labor Day Weekend (the weekend before the first Monday in September). While the water is “closed” during the colder months, the boardwalk and its attractions remain open to visitors throughout the year.
Newport’s Best Beaches
Rhode Island’s Classic Coast has more than 400 miles (650 kilometers) of shoreline, including several beaches in the Newport area. Gooseberry Beach along 10-Mile Ocean Drive has calm waters with lifeguards during the summer, making it an excellent choice for families. Similarly, Fort Adams Beach has a dedicated, roped-off swimming area ideal for kids, as well as free parking. King Park Beach overlooks Newport Harbor and has a shade pavilion for picnicking.