Rhode Island in Fall: Fun Things to do with Kids in RI

Rhode Island in Fall is a spectacular time to visit. The leaves changing color highlight the best of what New England’s fall foliage has to offer in the USA.  The crisp air feels refreshing, and best of all  there are plenty of activities to do with kids that adults will love too. Ideas for a Rhode Island family vacation in fall range from fall hikes, to picking pumpkins and apples, or getting lost in a corn maze. You’ll even find spooky haunted corn mazes in RI for the brave. 

Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Rhode Island in Fall.

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Discover Beautiful Rhode Island sign in front of trees with colorful fall leaves.
Explore Rhode Island in Fall
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Pick Your Favorite Pumpkin

What better way to celebrate the fall season than to carve out a jack o’lantern, or bake a fresh pie from your carefully chosen pumpkin. Rhode Island has many pumpkin patches to explore, and you’ll want to spend some time choosing your favourite one (or more….).  

Popular pumpkin patches include:

Dame Farms & Orchards, Johnston, RI  – This picturesque farm is run by 3 generations of the Dame family, and offers gorgeous views, alongside pumpkin patches, apple orchards and hay rides.. 

Escobar’s HIghland Farm, Portsmouth, RI – Come for the many types of pumpkins, and leave with a smile. Escobar’s is very popular, especially on weekends, so plan accordingly. You can also 

Confreda Farms, Hope RI (15 minutes from Providence) – Breathtaking panoramic views for the adults, and a hayride to the pumpkin patch for the kidlets. Confreda Farms also has many other activities for their fall festival (more info in our Fall Festival section below)

Get Lost in Corn Mazes in Rhode Island

Get lost (and found) in a Rhode Island Corn Maze. Is there a more iconic fall activity than a corn maze? Many farms on Rhode Island offer a varirty of fun fall activities for families. We’ve pulled together our top 3 choices below.

Or if you have olders kids and are looking for a spooky haunted corn maze try Spooky Acres in Hope, RI.

Escobar Farm, Portsmouth, RI

Escobar Farm in Portsmouth, RI has one of the best corn mazes around, and each year is a different design. This eight acre maze is fun for the whole family, so why not make it a race? 

Not to worry, they will come help you find your way out if you get stuck.

The farm also has a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a concession and theme days. Come dressed up as your favorite Harry Potter character on Harry Potter Day, or for their Halloween Party to get a discount on admission.

Admission is Cash Only onsite, or online tickets:

  •  $10 for ages 12+
  • $8 for ages 5-11
  • 4 and under are FREE
  • $5 Military
  • Open Friday to Sunday
Young girl in pig tails walking in a corn maze, with the sun setting.
Wander through a corn maze in Rhode Island
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Cucumber Hill Farm, Foster, RI

Cucumber Hill Farm, in Foster, RI is a family run farm whose autumn activities are a delight for all ages. Experience a corn maze at night, with their flashlight maze and hayrides Saturday evenings. 

Or try your hand at axe throwing, take a pony ride, twist and turn through the maze in daylight hours, or pick a pumpkin. Admission  includes a free hayride: 

  • $12 for ages 12+
  • $5 for ages 6-11
  • Free for ages 5 and under
  • Accept credit cards
  • Open weekends

Salisbury Farm, Johnston, RI

Salisbury Farm, in Johnston, RI was the first to offer a corn maze in New England. This iconic farm is a not to be missed addition to your Fall Bucket List. Thousands of visitors traipse through the 5 acres of corn maze each year, and most of them make it back. 

For the brave, go on their Moonlight Maze nights, 

Walking around the maze will get your hunger going. Be sure to stop for some favorite fall treats like caramel and chocolate apples, popcorn, and more.

Admission depends on when you go:

  • Weekdays: Adults age 12 & older- $11, Children age 11 & under- $9
  • Weekends and Holidays: Adults age 12 & older – $12.50, Children age 11 & under – $10
  • Moonlight Maze: Adults age 12 & older – $16, Children age 11 & under – $13
  • Special Evening Moonlight Maze nights
  • Open  weekdays, weekends and holidays

Snap Fall Photos in Rhode Island

Grab some epic photos in a Fall Photoshoot with family or friends. The spectacular fall colors will light up your playful, and fun photos. The Lincoln State Park, Roger Williams Park, and the Coggeshall Farm Museum, in Bristol are fun places to take those iconic fall photos.

Or visit one of the farms that offers apple picking, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Plenty of opportunities for cool Atumn pics.

If traveling to Rhode Island in July, Dame Farm & Orchard has spectacular sunflower fields to take photos in.

Pick Apples in a RI Apple Orchard

Speaking of pie, there are many Rhode Island farms with orchards that offer apple picking of delicious varieties. Apple varieties include Gala, MacIntosh, Cortland, Honey Crisp, Ambrosia and many more. 

What’s your favorite apple?  

Some of the most popular orchards for apple picking include the Barden Family Orchard, Sweet Berry Farm, and Jaswell Farms. 

Check out our post for our guide to the best places to go apple picking in Rhode Island.

Fall activites in Rhode Island, apple picking. young boys hands putting another apple in the arms of an adult.
Enjoy some apple picking with family in Rhode Island, USA

Take Part in A Fall Festival

Between the gorgeous setting, New England fall foliage, and plentiful farms, Rhode Island has many fall festivals for families to enjoy throughout the season. I’ve only listed 3, but there are many more you could enjoy.

Confreda Farms, Fall Festival

A trip to Confreda’s Fall Festival will create many happy family memories for years to come. Jump on the hayride to their pumpkin patch and 5 acre corn maze. Visit the barnyard to say hi to the piglets, chickens, goats and turkeys.  Then grab a ticket for an ‘All Aboard’ experience on the famous train and amusement rides.

PRO TIP: To avoid the crowds go early in the morning (not on weekends), and avoid the first 2 weeks in October.

 Autumnfest, Woonsocket, RI

Looking for a parade? Autumnfest in Woonsocket, RI is the place you want to be. Held since 1977, this festival usually takes place over the Columbus Day weekend at the World War II Veteran’s Memorial State Park. 

Includes amusement rides, music, crafts, food and a parade.

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport, RI

A visit to the east coast is not complete without a seafood feast, or even better a  festival. 

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is happening this year Oct 15-16, 2022 in Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI. It’s an event not to miss. 

Try some of their iconic seafood dishes like  fish tacos, lobster rolls, chowder, and oysters while drinking a beer and listening to music beneath the family friendly colorful tents. Bring your dancing feet!

Kids will love treats like kettle corn, frozen lemonade and donuts. 

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Enjoy a Fall Hike 

Outdoors activities any time of year are a staple in Rhode Island. But there’s something magical about wandering through forests alive with color or taking a seaside stroll in crisp fall air to help you feel alive and in tune with nature.

Cliff Walk in Newport

Cliff Walk in Newport is the most iconic Rhode Island hike in the state. A moderate level hike, the 3.5 mile (5.6km) long Cliff Walk is unique.  It  is the only National Recreational Trail set within a National Historic District.

Enjoy panoramic ocean views on one side, and interesting century old mansions on the other. It should take about 2.5 hours one way,  and most of the trail is fairly flat and paved.

Listen to a self-guided Cliff Walk tour, and learn the little-known stories behind famous families of the Gilded Age—the Vanderbilts, while viewing their iconic mansions.

Aerial view of Newport's Cliff walk, and mansions in Bellevue Historic District, Rhode Island.
Aerial view of mansions along the Newport Cliff Walk
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Lincoln Woods State Park

A leaf peeping hike in Lincoln Woods State Park won’t disappoint. The 627-acre state park offers a variety of walking, mountain biking and horse riding trails through the woods and around Olney Pond. 

A popular park to visit year round families can go swimming, fishing, jogging and hiking.

Mount Tom Trail

Mount Tom Trail in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter is a fall foliage delight. This 3.2-mile loop is fun for kids. Expect some boulder scrambling and winding pathways that lead to epic views of the forest below.

Carr’s Pond

Carr’s Pond is a hidden gem in West Greenwich. This  lovely area is perfect for hiking with kids and dog friendly too. The whole loop is about  4 miles (6.4kms), which will bring you past Tarbox Pond. 

Visit Roger Williams Park & Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular

Rogers Williams Park in Providence, RI is an iconic place to visit with kids. And pretty in Autumn. This park has 435 acres of trails, walkways and many recreational facilities.

The park is a great place to spread out for a Fall picnic, as the changing leaves colors are  so  beautiful. 

Be sure to also take in the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. Five thousand intricately carved pumpkins line the zoo’s Wetland Trail. Open 6-10:30pm in October after dark. 

Roger Williams Park is not only a nature preserve. It also contains a variety of attractions that are perfect for both children and adults:

  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Bike Parks
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Botanical Centre
  • Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

The Zoo is quite large, so plan at least half a day to see 100’s of species ranging from alpacas and cheetahs to snakes, sloths and tropical birds. Avoid the first Saturday of the month as it is free for Providence residents, so very busy.  

Enjoy a Fall walk & picnic in Roger Williams Park, RI, USA
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Be led by Lantern – Spooky Ghost Tour of Newport

Stroll down shadowy lanes of historic Newport, RI. Discover the ghosts and legends of this haunted city by the sea.

Or cruise the waterways with a Haunted Boat Tour, and learn the creepiest lore by boat. 

Pedal the East Bay Bike Path

In Bristol County, the East Bay Bike Path follows the shore of Narragansett Bay over bridges and past scenic marshes and ocean coves. Taking a bike ride along this path from Providence to Bristol is a spectacular way to see fall foliage.

Stop along the way at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium. A well loved natural history museum and aquarium.

Take A Rhode Island Fall Foliage Drive

Taking a coupole of hours, or a day trip to drive the scenic byways of Rhode Island is a great way to explore fall foliage on the island. Peak season in Providence area is early October to mid-October and the mid-October to late October for Newport. A couple of local favorite drives include:

  • Gloucester Loop – A local favorite, this loop follows Route 44, past Waterman Reservoir and the village of Harmony. Then heads through Chepachet and West Gloucester, before traveling the smaller roads through Clayville and up to North Scituate and back where you started. Colorful leaves and quiet roads seem untouched by the modern world.
  • Ten Mile Drive, Newport – This 10 mile (16km) loop around Aquidneck Island is stunning any time of year. Add in fall colors against the backdrop of dramatic shoreline and eye catching mansions, it’s a not to miss fall foliage drive in Rhode Island. Points of interest along the way; Fort Adams State Park, Brenton Point State Park, and Gooseberry Beach.

Conclusion: Best Things to Do in Rhode Island in Fall With Kids

Fall in New England is a dream, and visiting Rhode Island will not disappoint. From family friendly Autumn activities like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and apple picking, to spooky haunted ghost tours and Jack O’ Lantern spectaculars there is fall fun for everyone. Want some next season New England tips, grab your Maine in winter ideas

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