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16 Things To Do in Rhode Island with Mom for Mother’s Day

April 24, 2024

Mother and son foodies on a Rhode Island Red Food Tour.

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to honor the special women in our lives and show them just how much they mean to us. There are a plethora of things to do in Rhode Island for Mother’s Day, where diverse, delightful experiences await. From scenic cruises to elegant brunches, Rhode Island offers something for every mom or maternal figure in your life. Here’s a curated list of the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Rhode Island.

Enjoy a Food Tour in Newport or Providence!

With so many foodies in families today taking mom on our Downcity Providence Food Tour or Newport Neighborhood Food Tour is a win win! Here’s why: our food tours are delicious, fun, engaging, and rife with interesting history and stunning art and architecture! You can make it a multi-generational family affair, or just you and mom making memories throughout the afternoon. Mother’s Day is every day so Gift Certificates are available for a special day with Mom! As they say, “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table” Author unknown.

Mother’s Day Mimosa Cruise on Coastal Cruises

What’s the most iconic thingg to do in Rhode Island than taking a scenic cruise along Rhode Island’s picturesque coastline? Coastal Cruises offers a special Mother’s Day Mimosa Cruise and a live jazz cruise. Listen to the musical stylings of  jazz musician Lois Vaughan or sip on refreshing mimosas while taking in breathtaking views including  Rose Island Lighthouse, Fort Adams State Park, Clingstone, Hammersmith Farm and more, from Narragansett Bay. The boat has a cozy and weatherproof main salon and a covered top deck for comfortable cruising. The cruise is 60 minutes and there is a choice of a 10am or noon departure time, both from Newport. Treat your mom to a relaxing experience on the water as you toast to her and all she does.

Visit the Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden

Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden in full bloom.

For moms who appreciate the beauty of nature, a visit to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden is a must. Stroll through lush greenery and vibrant blooms, immersing yourselves in the tranquility of this botanical oasis. The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is New England’s largest glasshouse display garden. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely walk and some quality bonding time.

Mother’s Day Champagne Afternoon Tea at Hotel Viking

Indulge in a touch of luxury with an exquisite Champagne Afternoon Tea at Hotel Viking. Sip on bubbly champagne and savor delectable pastries and finger sandwiches in a historic setting on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. This elegant experience is sure to make your mom feel like royalty on her special day.

See a Performance of Cinderella by Ballet RI

Cinderella at Ballet RI

Treat your mom to a magical evening at the ballet with a performance of Cinderella by Ballet RI. Let yourselves be swept away by the enchanting tales of love, brought to life through graceful choreography and stunning costumes. Seeing a Ballet RI performance is one of the best things to do in Rhode Island! It’s a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories together.

Visit Tiverton Four Corners

Explore the charming shops and galleries of Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint village known for its artisanal goods and unique finds. Take a leisurely stroll hand in hand with your mom as you browse through local artwork, jewelry, and crafts. It’s the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for your special lady.

For the Mom Who Gardens: Visit the Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown

The Farmer's Daughter Garden Center in South Kingstown is such a delightful way to spend a day.

If your mom has a green thumb, she’ll love a visit to The Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown. This beloved garden center offers a wide selection of plants, flowers, and gardening supplies, perfect for adding some beauty to her outdoor space. Explore the  greenhouses bursting with color and the stunning grounds, covered with an extensive array of unusual plants and shrubs to delight your senses. Let mom browse to her heart’s content and pick out a few new additions for her garden.

R&B Brunch at Blu Violet in Providence 

Bruch at Blue Violet at Aloft Hotel

For a brunch experience with a twist, head to Blu Violet on the rooftop of the Aloft hotel in Providence for creative craft cocktails and live music. Indulge in delicious brunch fare while grooving to the beats of a live DJ playing ’90’s & ’00’s nostalgic R&B creating a festive atmosphere. Experience the famed “brunch punch towers,” your choice of rum punch, mimosa, red/white/rose or Prosecco sangria (serves 2-4). It’s the perfect spot  to let loose and celebrate with your mom.

Brunch at the iconic CAV in Providence

Brunch at Cal, get the Brioche French Toast.

Experience the eclectic charm of CAV in Providence’s ever-emerging Jewelry District, known for its unique dining space and creative cuisine. Treat your mom to a brunch featuring inventive dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including the “Brioche French Toast A la CAV,” featuring thick slices of egg-soaked brioche bread served with sauteed apples, raisins, walnuts in a butterscotch maple sauce. Savor this or a host of omelets and other breakfast favorites in a vibrant and eclectic setting. Then walk it off with a stroll across the nearby Providence pedestrian bridge over the Providence River. It’ll be an afternoon she won’t soon forget. 

Sumptuous Brunch Buffet at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol

Escape to the picturesque surroundings of Mount Hope Farm in Bristol for a sumptuous brunch buffet. Delight in a specially crafted menu by premier caterer Russell Morin featuring an array of delicious dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. With its scenic views and delicious food, it’s the perfect setting for a memorable Mother’s Day celebration. Then, visit the Bristol Vintage Fair happening at the farm’s South Pasture. Explore the beautiful grounds and rich history of Mount Hope Farm with the help of the self-guided tour app. Stroll to rustic Cove Cabin where you can also admire stunning views of the Mount Hope Bridge. And don’t head home without saying hello to their adorable farm animals.

A Leisurely Afternoon and Brunch Buffet at Newport Vineyards & Taproot Brewing Co.

Indulge in a leisurely afternoon at Newport Vineyards & Taproot Brewing Co., where you can enjoy a delicious brunch buffet paired with locally crafted wines and beers. Savor the flavors of Rhode Island prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Andy Teixeira while soaking in the laid-back ambiance of this charming vineyard and brewery.

Mother Pizzeria for Live Music and Specialty Cocktails

Mouthwatering sour dough pizza at Mother Pizza.

For a casual yet delightful experience, head to Mother Pizzeria in Newport for live music, specialty cocktails, and mouthwatering pizza. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you sip on artisanal cocktails and sample delicious pies, all while listening to live music and soaking in the vibrant energy at this hip pizzeria in the heart of Newport’s downtown. After, take in the sights and shops of Long Wharf Mall, an outdoor pedestrian mall, and saunter through Brick Market Place and nearby Bowen and Bannister’s wharves.  

Mother’s Day Tea at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol

Step back in time with a traditional Mother’s Day Tea at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. A 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, the property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms and is framed by a series of exquisite gardens including an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants and specimen trees. At tea, delight in an array of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets, all served on fine china in the elegant surroundings of the historic mansion, once a family estate. It’s a charming and refined way to celebrate with your mom.

Sunday Morning Brunch Tour with Rail Explorers

Rail Explorers adventure.

For the mom who loves adventure, embark on a Sunday Morning Brunch Tour with Rail Explorers. Pedal along scenic railroad tracks while enjoying breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. After, indulge in a delicious brunch spread including mimosas, Bloody Marys, freshly baked pastries from The French Confection, fruit, and Deathwish Coffee. It’s the perfect casual unwinding at the end of your journey. It’s a unique and memorable way to spend Mother’s Day together, and a ride on the rails is one of the best things to do in Rhode Island!

4th Annual Mother’s Day Specialty Market at Tiverton Farmer’s Market

4th Annual Mother's Day Farmer's Market in Tiverton.

Browse through a variety of artisanal goods and locally made products at the 4th Annual Mother’s Day Specialty Market at Tiverton Farmer’s Market. With over 50 vendors participating, you’ll have the chance to explore a wide variety of artisanal foods and beverages, delicious grab n’ go meals, exquisite jewelry, functional pottery and so much more. Plus, don’t miss out on the beautiful selection of flowers, herbs, plants, and veggies. It’s perfect for adding a touch of nature to your Mother’s Day gifts while supporting local vendors and artisans.

Mother’s Day Macaron and Wine Flight Pairing at Greenvale Vineyards

Treat your mom to a decadent tasting experience at Greenvale Vineyards, where you can indulge in a flight of estate-grown wines paired with delicious macarons from The French Confection. Sip and savor your way through a selection of exquisite flavors, all while enjoying sweeping views of the vineyard.

This Mother’s Day, go above and beyond to show your mom how much she means to you with a memorable celebration in Rhode Island. Whether you’re treating her to a scenic cruise, an elegant afternoon tea, or a delightful brunch, there’s something for every mom to enjoy in the Ocean State. Make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget with these unforgettable experiences.





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