Here's a few short hops through my area -
Watch Hill - has a very large and wave protected (but not so much wind protection) anchorage. The town has a famous old Carousel and a few ice cream shops for the kids.
Point Judith - There is the 'Harbor of Refuge' but that can be very uncomfortable with wind and more waves than you would expect. We ususally (with a 5' draft) go way up into the Pt. Judith Pond. You MUST stay in the marked channel up to Plato Island, take a right turn (edit) after Plato or after Gardiner, and there is an anchorage to the east of the area between Plato and Gardiner Islands. Nothing to do and no place to go but a nice fairly quiet place.
Third Beach - After you pass by Newport and NGBay you can enter the Sakonnet River and there is fairly large anchorage that is somewhat protected and you could dingy in to the beach for the kids.
Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI
Last edited by christyleigh; 01-20-2009 at 12:01 PM.