Middletown has many small boutiques, convenience stores, shops, and restaurants that make is easy for residents to pick up needed items in town. West Main Road and East Main Road have many big box retailers, including the Christmas Tree Shop, Stop & Shop, Home Depot, BJ's, Marshall's and Staples. Smaller boutiques are also sprinkled along East and West Main Street. Neighboring Newport has several fun and funky boutiques located along Thames St. If you can't find what you need in Newport or Middletown, your best bet is to head off Aquidnick Island towards either Warwick, RI or New Bedford, MA, where you'll find larger shopping malls.
As you might expect given its shoreline location, Middletown has a fair share of excellent seafood restaurants and also boasts more causal fare. Top picks for Middletown restaurants include Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant; the Vietnamese Sunrise Restaurant; Mizu Japanese Cuisine; Siam Square Thai Cuisine; Atlantic Beach Club and Flo’s Clam Shack, which serve seafood; Ida’s Restaurant, which serves Italian; New Seashai Restaurant, a Korean and sushi restaurant; Becky's BBQ; and popular breakfast and brunch spots Atlantic Grille and Blue Plate Diner. You'll find many more restaurants - including fine dining options - in Newport.
Like the rest of Rhode Island, Middletown has four distinct seasons. Spring starts off with a chill and shortened days, and warms up as the days become longer. In late spring, when the flowers bloom, pollen can cause seasonal allergies for some. Spring turns to summer and temperatures climb, sending many Middletown residents straight to the town beaches. Few homes in Middletown have central air conditioning, so plan to use a window unit to gain some relief from the heat, which can climb into the 90s. From June to November, hurricanes are a risk; August and September are peak months of hurricane season. In the event of a hurricane, Middletown residents are urged to follow evacuation route signs off the island in the event of a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. The average winter brings below freezing temperatures, and seasonal snow and ice that can impact walking and driving.
Middletown hosts an annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade in spring, as well as special events for local and national holidays. While small, the community does offer several community library programs, road races, lectures, and other events. You'll find more information about events in Middletown on the town website. The neighboring community of Newport hosts many popular special events, including the Newport Folk Festival, which has been held since 1959, Newport Restaurant Week, the Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off, and the Fourth of July fireworks.