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Easton's Beach: Close to Downtown Newport, Rhode Island and One of New England's Best Ocean Beaches

Eastons Beach, also known as First Beach, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Easton's Beach, Newport, R.I.

by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 19, 2017.  All photos by Eric unless otherwise noted.

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The Newport mansions might be a prime Newport, R.I., attraction, but many visitors prefer the sand castle otherwise known as Easton's Beach.

Also known, appropriately as First Beach, Easton's Beach features about three quarters of a mile of beach with great sand and surf, a beautiful old-fashioned carousel, snack bar with twin lobsters and lobster rolls, a ballroom perfect for weddings, summer concerts, a skateboard park, playground, covered picnic pavillion and a beach and souvenir store.

Food and entertainment area at Easton's Beach in Newport, R.I.
Easton's Beach welcoming center with food, aquarium, carosuel, restrooms and showers.

Additionally, Easton's Beach also offers the Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium -- an interactive marine science learning center that offers educational programs and activities, more than 13 tanks and exhibits, and over 150 species of animals calling the Narragansett Bay their home.
The aquarium packs a lot of sea inhabitants in a small space, including flounder, skates, blue lobsters, sea urchins, cat shark and starfish. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and articulate.

And if that's not enough, consider that the famous Cliff Walk path with spectacular ocean views is within walking distance...

The Cliff Walk in Newport RI near the Newport mansions

Cliff Walk, Newport RI (Photo Credit: Onne van der Wal)

Outdoor enthusiasts love Easton's Beach, but in different ways...

Stand up paddleboarding at Easton's Beach in Newport.
Stand-up paddleboarder enjoys the sea with gentle waves on this particular day.

Easton's Beach: walking the dog in Newport, R.I.
Couple walking the dog.

And the sparse but noticeable plant life also adds a pleasant element to the beach...

Flowers are Easton's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Nice flowers on the outskirts of the beach.

Easton's Beach meets the best of New England beaches criteria: a great stretch of sand to walk, the smell of salt water in the air, generally good swimming conditions (use common sense if the unpredictability of the ocean arises) and scenic views no matter where you look. Add Easton's Beach to a Newport day trip or vacation including -- all within walking distance -- the mansion tours, the Tennis Hall of Fame and a growing district of wonderful shops and restaurants, and it doesn't get much better than this for your New England travels!

Easton's Beach is located at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, RI. For more information on Easton's Beach, visit the City of Newport, RI, Web Site at or contact them through a seasonal (Memorial Day through Labor Day) number, (401) 845-5810, or call the Parks and Recreation office at (401) 845-5800.
There is a parking fee, but no admission charge to the beach. So free foot access is possible!

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Fence at Easton's Beach in Newport, R.I., with strollers in the background.
Fence, sand, ocean and strollers.

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