What do you do on a rainy day in a place like Newport, RI where the summer activities include swimming, surfing and sailing? Well if you’re among the super-cool, you’re surfing. I know, because today we drove in the rain over to Easton’s Beach (“First Beach” to the locals) in Newport, RI where a half dozen surfers paddled out.
But if you’re looking for a more low-key adventure, then you’ll enjoy the Save The Bay Exploration Center tucked inside the beach’s rotunda. This teeny, friendly aquarium features 14 tanks full of about 150 species that live in the Narragansett Bay. One ‘touch tank’ allows you to reach in and hold the starfish, hermit crabs, sea urchins, and other sea critters. The staff has abundant patience and knowledge to share with visitors. The center also has tanks with horshoe crabs, sea horses, and lobsters, as well as tables where kids can color, read or play games — all marine-themed, of course.
On rainy days, there’s no beach parking attendant which means you’ll save the $10-20 parking fee. And your $5 admission (free for kids under 3) supports Save the Bay, an organization dedicated towards protecting, restoring and exploring Narragansett Bay.
Save The Bay Exploration Center
175 Memorial Blvd.
Newport, RI 02840