Destination guide

There's nothing middling about Middletown

Occupying nearly 15 square miles on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, Middletown is a laid-back town that's known for its colonial history, sandy beaches, and wealth of outdoor activities. You'll find plenty of shops and restaurants in town, and the area is home to a number of vineyards, breweries, and distilleries. With a Middletown vacation rental, you'll be close to a bounty of local landmarks and historic sites, including the 18th-century Prescott Farm, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Things to do

A blast from the past in colonial Middletown

If you've got a soft spot for charming, colonial history, then you've come to the right place. There are loads of worthwhile sights around your Middletown vacation rental, some of which date as far back as the 18th century. At Prescott Farm, you can stroll 40 acres of scenic walking paths amid the farm's collection of 18th- and 19th-century buildings. If nature's your bag, head over to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you'll find plenty of sandy beaches and rocky coastline, as well as sandy dunes, shrubland, and salt marsh.


Getting back to nature in Middletown

A nature lover's paradise, Middletown has more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at. From boating, kayaking, and sunbathing to fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, if you can dream it, Middletown's got it. Looking for a real adrenaline rush? The skydiving concession at the Newport State Airport is a popular destination for thrill seekers of all ages. At the Gardiner Pond Shell Midden, you can get a unique perspective on the area's prehistory. It's also home to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, which features 7 miles of hiking trails amid its 325 acres of wilderness.


All year round in maritime Middletown

Due to its location in Narragansett Bay, Middletown has a maritime climate, which means warm summers, and cold winters with a mix of rain and snow. Highs average 78 degrees in July and August, while winter temperatures peak in the upper 30s in January and February. Spring and fall are short, cool, and crisp. The summer months are the busiest time of year, with visitors drawn to Aquidneck Island's wealth of outdoor activities. You can usually snag a deal on a Middletown vacation rental during the winter months, but it gets chilly _ scarves and gloves are a must.

Natural features

Middletown _ may as well chance it in Narragansett

Within a swath of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, the area around Middletown features a wealth of unique coastal scenery. The island is full of rivers, ponds, and streams, which offer a wealth of opportunities for fishing, boating, and kayaking. At the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, you'll find salt marshes and grassy dunes, as well as plenty of sandy beaches and rocky coastline. It's home to a wide array of wildlife, including the saltmarsh sparrow, harlequin duck, and New England cottontail, and you can spot seals, dolphins, and even the occasional humpback whale in Narragansett Bay.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Middletown

Fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Middletown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,090 vacation rentals near Middletown. From 628 Houses to 106 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Middletown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Middletown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Middletown:

  • Newport East: 365 vacation rentals
  • Easton's Point: 228 vacation rentals
  • Paradise Valley: 93 vacation rentals
  • Point Judith: 375 vacation rentals
  • Matunuck: 482 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Middletown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Middletown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Second Beach: 1,708 vacation rentals
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary: 1,706 vacation rentals
  • Newport Vineyards: 1,713 vacation rentals
  • Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge: 1,701 vacation rentals
  • Newport National Golf Club: 1,717 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Middletown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Middletown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 628 Houses in Middletown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Middletown include:

  • Cottages: 106 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 242 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 106 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Middletown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 126 vacation rentals with pool available in Middletown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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