South Kingstown, Rhode Island, is the perfect place to be in when you visit the area. It is close to the many beaches of Rhode Island and at the same time, a few minutes’ drive away to the nearby town and or city.
Before I continue to our next adventure, if you were not able to read my previous article, here is the South Kingstown, Rhode Island: The Perfect Place To Be.
We decided to wake up early and have breakfast in the hotel before we check out and head to Easton Beach. It took us a twenty-five-minute drive from our hotel in South Kingstown to Newport.
We parked inside the parking lot of Easton’s beach, and it is not part of the State Beach, so we have to pay for parking here. Huh, it is expensive, but the good thing is we can park all day. There was some parking left, and we did use the parking meter.
Now, we don’t know precisely where the Cliff Walk is, and we tried to walk along the beach facing the beach on the left side. Yes, we picked the wrong direction! We did continue walking that way until we almost reach the end and realize there’s no way the Cliff Walk is there. It was a bummer, but the kids enjoyed running around the beach freely and enjoying the cold air at around 9:18 am.
Keira decided to change her footwear, and Kyle did the same to make them more comfortable as we won’t simply walk along the beach. We did go to our car first before heading out of the parking lot and went directly to the right side facing the beach. You can opt to continue walking along the beachside or on the sidewalk until you turn to the trail for the Cliff Walk.
It’s a lovely day to take a walk on the Cliff Walk. You can feel the cool breeze air and the different variety of flowers along the trails. If you are tagging someone with you, a senior and or younger kids, it’s easy because you can easily find a shade to rest and or sit on a bench overlooking the ocean.
Walking the Cliff Walk is the kid’s first time to walk that far, and we ended up walking up to Forty Steps. We decided to stop there as Kyle started to get cranky and beg to enjoy the beach. So from Easton’s Beach to Forty Steps, it took us one hour to walk there and another hour to walk back. Enough for us to manage our kids and not let them meltdown because of the heat.
- You have to arrive in the park early so you can park on the side street and not to park your car inside the parking lot. In that way, you can save $$ if you are planning only to stay a couple of hours on the beach.
- If you are sensitive to smell, there’s an area that it smells like a rotten body walking along that side of the beach before you turn to the Cliff Walk trail. So be prepared and or maybe spray something on your mask to help you with the smell.
- If you are not thinking of combining Cliff Walk and swimming in Easton’s Beach on the same day, you can opt to park in Forty Steps. There’s some parking over there, a telephone booth and a restroom.
Easton’s Beach Time
We quickly set up our chairs and cabana as it is getting so hot when we arrived, it was around noon. The kids promptly dip into the water. Kyle enjoyed the waves here! He enjoyed running after the waves and or swim on it when he gets caught.
They’ve been begging to get a surfboard, and finally, they get one here. It’s an excellent place for younger kids to learn how to surf. The sand is flat, and you won’t worry for the younger kids to get drowned.
Ordering your lunch in Easton’s Beach Snack Bar is easy. You have to download their apps and take your orders from there. Wait until they text you! The only downside once we went up there; my daughter and I still have to wait in line. It’s like 20 minutes or so. It doesn’t make sense for me, and I think they should text us to come up there if the food is ready to be picked up, not for us to start lining up. What do you think? But in fairness, we enjoyed the food, and we ate it on our beach chairs while watching the waves.
- The birds here are so aggressive and will steal your food right out from your hands. Lol! So be careful!
- Parking in the parking lot can be expensive, and doing street parking for a few hours will be cheaper.
- If you are planning to park in the street, make sure to come early and park nearby the parking lot.
- Facing the beach on the left side area is nice and clean. There’s no foul odor.
The rest of our time is on the beach until around 4:00 pm they announced to let everyone go out the beach as the storm is coming. It wasn’t a big storm its a simple rain. Of course, with all the beach gears, we have to pack for a family of four. We’re one of the last ones who depart the beach.
We drove in the heavy rain going back to South Kingstown and checked into a different hotel.
Checking-in Holiday Inn
This hotel is only six minutes away from our previous hotel, so it only takes us twenty-five minutes to get there. The check-in process was easy, and got a hold for our keys.
We are not happy with how they asked us to go in the back of the building and walk in this filthy smell area before reaching our room. In fairness, the room is so tidy and clean, and we like the idea that we can see the pool right from our window. It ended up a good place for the family. It’s easy to get to the swimming pool and or if the kids love to play badminton and volleyball, it’s accessible to go in and out of our hotel building.
Brick Market Place
After we rested, we researched where we can eat dinner. We found a place called a Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant.
We’re not able to get a reservation when we called as it’s already pretty late and closed to dinner time, but they told us that if we are around the area during the time we wanted to make dinner, we can try to do walk-in, but they can’t promise to give us a seat.
I’m glad Nate agreed to take risks and will find another place to eat if ever they can’t let us dine in.
We arrived around 6:30 pm and went directly to the restaurant to show up and line up. They took our name and telephone number so they can call us when there’s a table ready for 30 minutes or an hour.
It’s not a long wait for us as we enjoyed roaming around the Brick Market Place area. It is a tourists area in Newport where tourists will go for shopping and food. There’s a lot of restaurants around and shops that selling different kinds of souvenirs and even high-end stores.
We enjoyed strolling and looking at the old historical buildings around the area and checking some shops that are still open.
- There’s a lot of parking places, but it was expensive. We are lucky to find a street parking nearby the restaurant and paid half the price of what the private parking lots are asking.
Dinner at Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant
When it is near the time they promised us, we started walking back to the restaurant and see if they can let us in so we can find somewhere to eat if ever. The timing is so right! They cleaned one table and told us they would let us sit on the table after wiping it. It was a relief! But what makes it sweet is when we get our food, everything tastes delicious! Nate ordered a beefsteak, and it is one of the best steaks he ordered. I ordered a clam chowder soup and a lobster sandwich here again, and it was delicious. The kids enjoyed their food too.
It was a perfect day and a perfect night for all of us! As we drove back to our hotel, we enjoyed stargazing the sunset as we went along the bridge overlooking the ocean. I got a picture of a lighthouse unexpectedly that I dream of capturing. How perfect is that?! When I look at my photographs, I was surprised to see the lighthouse as I am only directing it to the sunset with a little of a bridge view.
It was a perfect day for all of us! The kids are happy, and Kyle keeps saying it was the “best day of his life” and keeps saying “thank you” over and over again…
It’s a lovely day, and it is perfect weather to have to go to the beach, but unfortunately, we didn’t prepare enough to go very early on the beach.
We went to a nearby breakfast diner to eat before heading to Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island. The price was reasonable, and they tried to extend their service by cooking the eggs more to my liking, but we all ended up disappointed with our food. It is not for us.
Misquamicut State Beach
This beach is a forty-eight-minute drive from South Kingstown as it is in between Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s a touristy area and many shops around the beach area.
It took us long to get in as the traffic is so long. We get in, but we are not happy to see the beach being too crowded! There’s nowhere to social distance, and people in that area don’t care about it. I think the management of this beach doesn’t care too as they kept letting people enter the premises. Honestly, I’m not particularly eager to get in but, Kyle already runs and begs to be in the water for a bit as it was too hot that day, and we’ve been in the car for one hour or so.
I tried to find a way to the beach and found an empty area near the front. We then let the kids enjoy the water for 15-30 minutes and get out of the site. It’s hard to stay in there, and I’m sure in a couple of minutes that spot where we are in will be full of people as they still let people get in. Going out of the beach, it was hard as the people is way more pack than we came in. Sigh! I know, I know we could have stayed.
Roaming Around The Beaches
After visiting Misquamicut Beach for a short period, we did check out the other State beaches, but they are all full. It’s nice as the management of these other beaches tends to follow the State rules. There’s this beach called East Matunuck that I walked up and peeked over the street, and I love it there. The waves aren’t that strong compared to Misquamicut Beach, and there’s so much space to social distance.
I saw people driving up to the road and park and walked into the side with their beach chairs. Yes, we tried to do the same, but there’s no parking space left. So we decided to drive from one beach to another until we can find one. I’m glad the kids were calm and patient as we’ve been going from one place to the other.
We then decided to stop by in an ice cream place to have time to get out in the car and at least have something to do. You can never go wrong in treating your kids with ice cream, especially my kids. Lol!
Scarborough State Beach
We almost give up and think of going back to our hotel and swim in the pool instead. We tried to drove by and see Scarborough State Beach and to our surprised, they are letting people get in. We’re a little worried but the moment we entered the vast parking lot, we noticed that too much empty parking space and a lot of people already left.
All of us quickly jumped out of the car as it was already 1:00 pm or so. We were tired from roaming around and nowhere to go! Lol. We’re glad to see that there’s a lot of space to social distance here.
Nate swam with the kids here, and he and Kyle enjoyed the big waves. Keira did swim for a bit but got knocked down badly that made her don’t like to do it. I didn’t deep in the water as the waves are so powerful for my liking, and the water is cold for me too.
Swimming At The Pool And Dinner
We ended up staying here for two hours before we head to the hotel. When we arrived at our hotel, we all swim in the pool and eat dinner at an Italian restaurant within the hotel. The food was excellent, but we are not happy that we tried to stay put in our hotel and the waiters there don’t wear their mask! We ended up having our mask on as much as possible before we have our dinner. Keira and I feel so uncomfortable having someone served our food and drinks without a mask. Sigh.
This day will be our last day in Rhode Island, and we are taking our time here. We woke up early to be the first to enjoy the pool before checking out, and all of us enjoyed swimming.
We went back to Newport to try to get some souvenirs and eat lunch. It was crowded, not like in the South Kingstown area, but we manage to do social distance and eat in a Thai Cuisine at Thames Street with no competition. Other American restaurants in the area so pack of people as we noticed, and the one we went to feel comfortable and quiet. It’s a smaller restaurant, very clean and organized. The restaurant is one of the best Thai food we have during our travels. Everyone loves their food except Keira, who is so picky with her Vietnamese Pho. Kyle finished his Pho, and we have to take out Keira. On the other hand, I ordered the Vermicelli Trio, and Nate ordered the Singapore Noodles.
It took us two hours to eat our lunch before heading to our next destination in Maine Harbor. To be continued.
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Rhode Island is such a perfect place for people who enjoy the beach life and seafood. If you have a kid who likes to learn surfing, this is the best place to go. You have to pick which beach you love better.
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