Jeff at SmartCaptain.com
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If you're going all the way to Mystic, it's worth going a few miles more up to Watch Hill RI (aka "Napatree" and "Little Naragansett Bay"). Best beach in RI, kid-friendly, wonderful anchorage. Quieter than Block Island and just as pretty.
Bring your own provisions - there is no grocery store. There is a small town with shops, restaurants, great ice cream, bookstore, and an antique carousel for the kids. There's not much in the way of "entertainment"; this is a beach town. Take the kids fishing, swimming, hunting for seashells, playing in dinghy and making family memories.
I've sailed the entire East Coast from Maine to Key West, and Watch Hill is still my favorite anchorage.