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Newport is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island that is famous for its genteel mansions and a rich history of yachting, golf, and tennis. With a population of only 25,000 (2020), this scenic resort town punches well above its weight and was known as the "Summer White House" throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Understand[edit]

The Breakers

One of the largest cities in the future United States during colonial times, Newport's decline in the early 19th century is good news for today's visitors, who can experience one of the nation's largest collections of intact colonial architecture; had Newport followed the same path as its former peer cities, its historic buildings might have been razed decades or even centuries ago. But Newport is even more well known for another historical period: the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when some of America's most prominent families built eye-popping summer homes, which they called "cottages," along the waterfront. Many of the mansions are now open for tours.

Newport is also known for hosting many popular festivals, including the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. Cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks accent an upscale touristy downtown area with many shops, galleries and great restaurants, all located near the water. Newport sits on the southern end of Aquidneck Island and features several fine beaches, rocky cliffs and much history including an old fort.

Visitor information[edit]

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The summer weather generally calls for shorts, short sleeves, and swimsuits. Newport is also surrounded by water you might want to pack a sweatshirt for the night time because it can get a bit cool. Be sure to bring an umbrella with you because Newport is not exactly invincible to rain. It would also be a great time to break out your sunglasses because the summer is the sun's favorite season.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

To get into Newport, or anywhere on Aquidneck Island, you can take one of three bridges: the Claiborne Pell Bridge (known by many locals as the Newport Bridge), from Jamestown, the Sakonnet River Bridge, from Tiverton, or the Mount Hope Bridge, from Bristol.

By plane[edit]

  • T.F. Green Airport (PVD IATA) in Warwick offers many low cost and regular flights to many cities in the United States. It is about 45 minutes away.
  • Boston's Logan Airport (BOS IATA) is much larger and is generally used for most international flights. It is 1 hour 35 minutes away.
  • Newport State Airport (NPT IATA). 4 miles northeast of downtown (11 minute drive) on the border with Middletown; this airport is small and does not offer commercial flights.

By bus[edit]

RIPTA runs an express bus service from Providence every 30 minutes.

By ferry[edit]

Block Island Ferry runs multiple ferries daily from Block Island and Fall River. From Providence, Seastreak Ferries offers four daily round trips with a journey time of just under one hour. Additionally, Jamestown and Newport Ferry offers a more leisurely trip from Jamestown, just across the bay and islands in between.

  • Block Island Ferry, 39 America’s Cup Ave (Perrotti Park), +1 401-783-7996. May-Oct. Hi-Speed ferry service to and from Block Island. Travel time is about 60 minutes. Light snacks and full bar available on board. This is the tourist class, in season ferry. If you need to get to Block Island in the winter, visit the Point Judith terminal in Narragansett. $26, child $13, bikes $6-12.
  • Seastreak, 39 America's Cup Ave (Perrotti Park), toll-free: +1-800-BOATRIDE (26287433). Jun-Oct daily. Connects Newport with Providence via Bristol, travel time is about 60 minutes. Light snacks and full bar available on board. Bike racks and covered waiting area in the waiting area. $12, children and seniors $6.

By private boat[edit]

If travelling on a private boat, there are many marinas in Newport harbor that offer dock space for sailboats, powerboats, million-dollar yachts, and even cruise ships that set anchor in the harbor.

  • 1 41 Degrees North, 351 Thames St, +1 401 848-7950. Amenities include: Restaurants, Restrooms, Floating Docks, Dockage for Yachts up to 250 ft, Concierge Service, Ship-side Dining Service and more.
  • 2 Bannister’s Wharf Marina, 24 Bannisters Wharf, +1 401 846-4500. Amenities include: Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Ice, Laundry, Restaurants, Restrooms, Showers, and a Travel Lift. Bannisters wharf has a very nice staff and an excellent location on the same pier as the Black Pearl and 22 Bowen restaurants. There is a great game room across the street for kids along with discounted fuel for customers.
  • 3 Brenton Cove Moorings, 68 Long Wharf, +1 401 849-2210.
  • 4 Brewer Street Boat works Ltd, Commercial Wharf, +1 401 847-0321. Amenities include: Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Laundry, Maintenance Facilities, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restrooms, and Showers. “Excellent maintenance services and repairs & installations. Electronic sales & service. Dealer for Raymarine, Si-Tex, Simrad, B&G, Furuno, Sea/Datamarine, KVH. Cummins marine diesel certified.”
  • Brown & Howard Marina, 21 Brown & Howard Wharf, +1 401 846-5100. Floating docks can accommodate vessels from 30 to 250 feet. Amenities include: Charter Rental, Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks, Laundry, Pumpout, Showers, Spa, and Wireless Internet. Good marina at the center of city with very modern facilities, but limited dock space. Make reservations far in advance.
  • 5 Goat Island Marina, 5 Marina Plaza, +1 401 849-5655. Amenities include: cable TV, diesel fuel, floating docks, gasoline, hotel/lodging, ice, internet access, laundry, maintenance facilities, pumpout, restaurants, restrooms, ship store, showers, spa, swimming pool, tennis, and wireless internet. A long list of amenities and superb facilities, this is a great marina to visit. However its location on goat island makes it one of the furthest marinas from downtown. Daily Transient Rates Vessels under 80' $4.25/ft. Vessels over 80' $5/ft (prices are subject to change for special events).
  • 6 Ida Lewis Yacht Club, 186 Wellington Ave, +1 401 846-1969. Ida Lewis Yacht club welcomes both members and non-memebrs to visit the marina. Its location on the south side of the harbor makes it a 15 minuet walk to downtown. The great staff and service make it a worthwhile destination.
  • 7 Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, 49 America’s Cup Ave, +1 401 848-3310. Amenities include: cable TV, hotel/lodging, ice, internet access, laundry, restrooms, showers, and a swimming pool. This hotel is well known for its excellent location in downtown Newport. However it is also known for its outdated and overpriced rooms.
  • 8 Newport Marina Inc, Lee’s Wharf, +1 401 849-2293. Amenities include: cable TV, floating docks, ice, internet access, laundry, picnic area, pumpout, restaurants, restrooms, showers, and a swimming pool. A great choice. The marina is next to the IYRS, offering not only a central location for restaurants but a wonderful view of the classic yachts next door. The heated pool is great, as are the bar-b-ques, picnic tables, and family-friendly surroundings. This marina is in the center of the action but avoids the crowds and lack of security at other marinas. New floating docks make it boat friendly as well.
  • 9 Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington St, +1 401 846-6002. Amenities include: Complete repair facilities, wireless internet, on-site restaurant and catering, Crew Facilities, Secure Dockage Area. As one of the best known shipyards on the east coast, it is the premiere location for mega yachts in Newport. It is with in walking distance to the shops and restaurants downtown and features the best yacht repair service in New England.
  • 10 Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, +1 401 847-9047. Amenities include: ATM, Diesel Fuel, Dry Storage, Fitness Center, Floating Docks, Gasoline, Groceries, Ice, Laundry, Maintenance Facilities, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restaurants, Restrooms, Showers, and a Swimming Pool. This is a great marina in a great location. Very professional staff and well maintained facilities. They are associated with the Marriott, so you can use the gym and the pool at the hotel. It offers a variety of services for people who enjoy and expect the very best.
  • 11 West Wind Marina, 1 Waite’s Wharf, +1 401 849-4300. Amenities include: ATM, Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks (boats up to 220 ft), Ice, Laundry, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restrooms, Showers, 2 restaurants on-site, 2 bars on-site, and 1 night club. West Wind Marina specializes in dealing with smaller yachts in the 50–80 foot range, but can handle much larger yachts. Great downtown location with their own restaurants on site.

Get around[edit]

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Map of Newport (Rhode Island)

Newport is a great town to walk or ride a bike in. Visitors will quickly notice others using bikes, scooters, and mopeds to circumvent city traffic. Many restaurants and shops are packed into the harbor area, which is perfect for walking, especially on a cool summer night.

By car[edit]

Parking your car can get pretty difficult at certain times of the year, which is another benefit of walking. If you decide to take your car downtown, there are various locations that have parking meters. The meters take only quarters (15 minutes) and dimes (5 minutes), and allow you to park for 3 hours. In addition to meters, there are many parking lots that charge around 15-30 dollars for parking.

By public transit[edit]

  • RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority), 23 America's Cup Ave (Newport Transportation Center), +1 401 781-9400. Roughly 5AM-10PM, varies depending on route. Although RIPTA primarily serves Providence, there are several routes here that visitors and tourists may find helpful. All routes will stop at Newport Transportation Center. Bus #64 connects with Kingston station, while #67 serves many of the mansions on tourist checklists. Bus #63 is great for locals, #60 connects directly to Providence via Bristol, and #14 connects across the far side of the bay; stopping at Wickford station and connecting with TG Green Airport before arriving at Providence.The #68 will take you to First Beach. Buses run about once an hour, with the more popular routes running every 30 minutes. $2. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (Q7320944) on Wikidata Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on Wikipedia

By taxi[edit]

By bike and moped[edit]

  • Newport Pedicab, +1 401 432-5498. 10AM-2AM daily May-Sep. Eco-friendly and safe, these pedicabs everywhere during the summer. You can find groups of them waiting for customers throughout Newport. You decide. Be sure to tip.
  • Scooter World, 12 Christies Landing, +1 401 619-1349. 9AM-7PM daily. Bikes $10/hr, scooters $40/hr, exotic rentals more. Discounts for multiple hours.
  • Ten Speed Spokes, 18 Elm St, +1 401 847-5609. Tu-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Bikes $10/2-hr, ebikes $30/4-hr. Discounts for multiple hours.

See[edit]

Cliff Walk
  • 1 Newport Cliff Walk, +1 401-845-5544. Sunrise-sunset daily. Dedicated in 1975, this 3.5 mi (5.6 km) public access walkway is a beautiful walk, and two-thirds of the trail is easy walking for all ages. The cliff walk offers some of the most beautiful views in New England, and wildlife can be seen throughout. Along the way you'll get a peek at several the famous Newport Mansions. Be sure to look out for the Forty Steps; an amazing staircase leading into the ocean below. During Newport's Golden Age, the steps were a gathering place for servants and workers from the nearby mansions. Here they would hold weekend dances and play the Irish songs and music that reminded them of home. The bottom of the steps are also safe for swimmers, runners and walkers alike. To walk the trail, start at Newport's First Beach and follow the coast to Ocean Drive. While walking, watch out for poison ivy. Additionally, some portions of the walk drop off steeply into the water, rocks can be slippery, and the path is not fully paved; so proceed with caution. Most people complete the Cliff Walk in about 2-4 hours. While bikes are not permitted, dogs are as long as they are kept on a leash. There are no refreshments or picnic areas, so plan ahead. The north end is handicapped accessible and baby carriage accessible. There are multiple ways to exit the Cliff Walk, all of which lead back to Bellevue Avenue and the front side of the mansions. Walking back to your car can take a while, so consider the free RIPTA trolley as a viable return option. Free. Newport Cliff Walk (Q16982763) on Wikidata Newport Cliff Walk on Wikipedia
  • Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive.
  • 2 Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Dr, +1 401-841-0707. Containing over 180 years of history, the fort itself is the largest coastal fortress in the United States and offers seasonal guided tours that showcase the property’s soldier’s quarters, Naval War College Museum Exhibit, beautiful architecture and engineering. Besides looking at the splendor that is Fort Adams, you can see the view of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay from Fort Adams State Beach. A beautiful beach with picnic and fishing areas; concession stand and public bathrooms are also available. Fort Adams is not just a historical part of Newport, it is also home to various festivals and events that take place on the fortress’ six and a half parade field and lawns. Some of these festivals include Family Day, a celebration for families, especially those with small children, which include clowns, face painting, and other fun activities and attractions. Fort Adams is also home to the annual George Wein’s Folk Festival, George Wein’s Jazz Festival, and McGrath’s Public Clambake. Guided tours $20; ages 6–17 $10; 5 and under free. Fort Adams (Q5470704) on Wikidata Fort Adams on Wikipedia
  • 3 Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Dr, +1 401-847-2400. 9AM-6PM daily, lifeguards in season. Perhaps one of the most well-kept establishments on Aquidneck Island is Fort Adams. The 30-year construction of the fort began in 1824, and was built by hundreds of immigrants new to America. The fort was used during the Civil War by the Naval Academy. This elaborately constructed fort used to contain more than 500 cannons, some of which were preserved and can be seen today. The stone structure is only used recreationally for festivals, and often for wedding receptions due to its beautiful location. Fort Adams can be seen to the right of the Newport Bridge in crossing. Fort Adams State Park (Q5470706) on Wikidata Fort Adams State Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 Newport Gulls Baseball Team, 20 Americas Cup Ave, +1 401 849-4982. The team plays a 42-game summer schedule, consisting of 21 home games, plus a Team USA Exhibition and the playoffs, at historic Cardines Field, which dates back to 1908. The New England Collegiate Baseball League is composed of 12 teams in all 6 New England states. The Gulls also host 6 summer camps located throughout Aquidneck Island, benefiting the youth of Newport County. Adults $4; Ages 13–18, Seniors, and Military ID's $2; under $12 1. Seasons passes are $50. Newport Gulls (Q7018859) on Wikidata Newport Gulls on Wikipedia
  • Ballard Park, 226 Bellevue Ave, +1 401 619-3377. If there were any particular area in Newport that would be described as park perfection, Ballard Park is the unrivaled paragon of parks in Rhode Island, let alone in Newport. Surrounded by a dense forest, the park itself is also shadowed by a massive stone wall in the background, creating a very unique setting to have any sort of event, such as stage music, jack-o-lantern trails, and family picnics. The owners of Ballard Park have hosted many similar public events in the past, all of which had been considered large community successes.
  • 5 Castle Hill Lighthouse. This 1890 lighthouse is made of granite and has some great views. Castle Hill Light (Q5050138) on Wikidata Castle Hill Light on Wikipedia

Mansions[edit]

The Marble House dining room was patterned after the Salon of Hercules at Versailles.

Like most of Newport, the mansions owned by The Preservation Society of Newport County ooze history. The mansions represent over 250 years of history and architecture with walk through audio tours of the establishments. Each establishment, fully preserved, has a different history. Some date from the Women's Right's Movement in 1920 with Greek and Roman sculptures, some double as 19th century art galleries, and some boast impressive gardens complete with sculpted topiaries. Admission prices vary by tour, whether it is one property of your choice ($14.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 6-17) or a five property tour of your selection ($31.50 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-17). Tours of the more popular mansions, such as the Breakers or Hunter House are a bit pricier than the rest. You can purchase your tickets on site at any of the houses or in advance online or +1 401 847-1000 (ext 102).

The Newport Mansions consist of eleven historical sites all with different architectural aspects, history, interiors, and landscape. Out of these eleven, seven are nationally recognized historic landscapes. The Newport Mansions do not only showcase historical house museums, but are also hosts to different galas and functions on the lawns and inside the mansions themselves. The Newport Flower show, proms, and specialty tours are just some of the extra features to see at the Newport mansions including the exquisite array of holiday decorations that are put up during the season.

Newport Mansion tours are not only for those interested in historical architecture or Rhode Island history, but for all ages due to the walk through tours, audio information, and the overall grandiose appeal of the estates.

Park in the free off-street parking spaces provided by all Preservation Society properties (with the exception of the Hunter House where you can park on the street.). Allow an hour and a half per house to fully enjoy all that the Newport Mansions have to offer, from their gorgeously elaborate interior to their spacious and breathtaking grounds.

  • 6 The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave. Open daily year-round. Built between 1893 and 1895 for the Vanderbilt family. $29, youth (6-12) $10. The Breakers (Q1786400) on Wikidata The Breakers on Wikipedia
  • 7 Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave. Open daily year-round. Marble House (Q2650982) on Wikidata Marble House on Wikipedia
  • 8 The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave. Apr 1-Oct 29 daily. The Elms (Q7731834) on Wikidata The Elms (Newport, Rhode Island) on Wikipedia
  • 9 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Sep 1-Dec 31 daily. Rosecliff (Q2166814) on Wikidata Rosecliff on Wikipedia
  • 10 Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Ave. Jul 31-Oct 1 daily. Chateau-sur-Mer (Q5087517) on Wikidata Chateau-sur-Mer on Wikipedia
  • 11 Kingscote, 253 Bellevue Ave. May 30-July 30 daily. Kingscote (Q6413180) on Wikidata Kingscote (mansion) on Wikipedia
  • 12 Hunter House, 54 Washington St. May 30-Jul 30 daily. Hunter House (Q15226908) on Wikidata Hunter House (Newport, Rhode Island) on Wikipedia
  • 13 Chepstow, 120 Narragansett Ave. Sa Su Jul 31-Aug 31. Chepstow (Q5091728) on Wikidata Chepstow (mansion) on Wikipedia
  • 14 Isaac Bell House, 70 Perry St. Sa Su Apr 30-May 29. Isaac Bell House (Q6076045) on Wikidata Isaac Bell House on Wikipedia

Museums[edit]

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport Art Museum
  • 15 International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport Casino), 194 Bellevue Ave, +1 401 849-3990. 9:30AM-5PM. A non-profit institution made to preserve the history of tennis. Built in 1880, it shows the icons of tennis and showcases the largest collection of tennis memorabilia in the world. Visitors of all ages can come to this historical casino and experience the art gallery, and the plaques that commemorate the great players. Adults $11, seniors, military or students with ID $6, under $16 4, family rate $20. International Tennis Hall of Fame (Q52454) on Wikidata International Tennis Hall of Fame on Wikipedia
  • [dead link] Museum of Yachting, Fort Adams Dr (in Fort Adams State Park), +1 401 847-1018, fax: +1 401 847-8320, . Mid May-Oct: 10AM-5PM. $5/$4.
  • 16 Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Av, +1 401 848-8200, fax: +1 401 848-8205, . Labor Day to Memorial Day: M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM; Memorial Day to Labor Day: M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Adult admission to the museum is $10 and children under 5 are free. Newport Art Museum (Q7018775) on Wikidata Newport Art Museum on Wikipedia
  • 17 Naval War College Museum, 686 Cushing Rd, +1 401 841-4052. Year round, M-F 10AM-4PM, noon-4PM on weekends Jun-Sep. Closed holidays. For reservations call at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station. Naval War College Museum (Q6981970) on Wikidata Naval War College Museum on Wikipedia
  • 18 Samuel Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames St, +1 401 849-7300. Samuel Whitehorne House (Q7412924) on Wikidata Samuel Whitehorne House on Wikipedia
  • 19 Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, 85 Touro St, +1 401 847-4794. Afternoons exc. Sa. Hours vary by season. The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762, and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. Tours times vary, Adults $5, under 13 free. Touro Synagogue (Q1355822) on Wikidata Touro Synagogue on Wikipedia
  • 20 National Museum of American Illustration, 492 Bellevue Ave (at Vernon Court), +1 401 851-8974. Summer Hours: Friday 3PM Tour, Sa Su 11AM-5PM. Museum at historic Vernon Court houses works by Norman Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker, N. C, Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and more. General Admission. $18 Adults, $16 Seniors/Military, $12 Students, $8 Children (ages 5–12 only). National Museum of American Illustration (Q6974447) on Wikidata National Museum of American Illustration on Wikipedia
  • 21 Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Ave. Tours: F 6:30pm, 8pm, Sa Su 11:30AM, 1PM, 2:30PM. Bellevue Av. Built between 1891 and 1894 for Oliver Belmont. Belcourt Castle (Q2837861) on Wikidata Belcourt of Newport on Wikipedia
  • 22 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, +1 401 847-8344. Seasonally Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa Su 10AM-5PM. Tour philanthropist Doris Duke's eclectic art collection housed in one of Newport's finest "cottages". $20, students $10. Rough Point (Q7370843) on Wikidata Rough Point on Wikipedia

Movies[edit]

  • 23 Jane Pickens Movie Theater (JPT Film & Event Center), 49 Touro St, +1 401 846-5252. This unique art house cinema was built in 1834 as a church and converted to a two–story theater in 1919. The theater has a capacity for 500 people. Jane Pickens' beautifully renovated interior is a perfect setting to watch the newest independent films and documentaries. The theater can be rented out for private functions such as fundraisers, parties, business events, weddings, and anniversaries. With its small stage, Jane Pickens can also accommodate artists and filmmakers to debut their work for a private audience or to the general public. This theater is one of the only cinemas in Rhode Island that will re-release classic films for the public to enjoy again. Today, the theatre retains its charm by bringing the arts to the public through movies, films, performances and more. Attractions range from 2011 release “The Artist” to the La Corsaire from the Bolshoi Ballet. $15-25. Jane Pickens Theatre (Q43258826) on Wikidata

Newport Historic District[edit]

A fine collection of well preserved colonial buildings nestled along Newport's waterfront. This is a prime spot for tourists, over 250 acres have been repurposed into one-of-a-kind museums, bespoke shopping, and fine dining options.

Itineraries[edit]

  • The Ocean Drive. This is a 10-mile drive along the beautiful Newport shoreline. Along the drive you will see, Green Bridge, The Private Beaches (Gooseberry Beach, Hazards Beach, Bailey's Beach), Brenton Point State Park, Castle Hill Inn, and many gorgeous houses that hug the shoreline.

Do[edit]

Newport offers a variety of activities throughout the year. During the summer season, water sports are extremely popular among Newporters and tourists. Sailing and boating tours are also available starting in the spring, while an outdoor skating rink is a great place to be during the winter. Shopping and gambling are also great tourist attractions throughout the entire year in Newport. You can even take a food tour and get a taste for several restaurants so you know where to go for lunch or dinner while in Newport.

  • Newport Power Yoga, 112 Williams St, +1 401 619-4540. 9:30AM-6PM daily. Offers all levels of classes, heated power vinyassa, and slow flow/restorative. Mats available for rent, towels and water available for purchase, blocks available for use. $16.
  • Skydive Newport, 211 Airport Access Rd (Middletown), +1 401 845-0393. 9AM-sunset daily Apr 1-Oct 31. A tandem jump is offered with an instructor, which consists of a 40-second free fall, and about a 5-minute parachute ride. Hands on training is available. From $260.
  • Newport Pilates, 92 William St, +1 401 619-4660. 7AM-7PM daily. Provides mat, reformer,and virtual classes. $20-65.

Beaches[edit]

Newport is known for its beautiful beaches. There are a variety of both public and private beaches located in the Newport area. Many beaches located in Newport are within a few blocks from each other, and have a variety of different features. Some are great for swimming, fishing, and making sand castles, while others have picnic areas and great surf. Some of Newport’s beaches provide family events and entertainment during different times of the year. All beaches in Newport have great views and are perfect for a little relaxation.

  • Bailey's Beach (Rejects' Beach), 34 Ocean Ave, +1 401 847-1900. Sunrise-sunset daily. This private beach is one of the most exclusive on the East Coast. The beach club has historically been a summer getaway for Senators and other wealthy families. Tennis courts, parking, and concessions are not available to the public. Though the beach mostly remains off limits, the northeast end is accessible to the general public—separated by a fence, of course. This section is popularly known as Reject's Beach, though club members refer to it delicately as "the public end.". Free. Bailey's Beach (Q4848314) on Wikidata Bailey's Beach on Wikipedia
  • Eastons Beach (First Beach), 175 Memorial Blvd, +1 401 845-5810. 9AM-9PM daily. One of the top 10 beaches in New England, this 3/4 mile sandy beach has a wonderful view of the beautiful Cliff Walk as well as ocean swimming, beach board, surf board, umbrella and beach chair rental. A skateboard park, playground, seasonal carousel, and an exploration center for "Save the Bay" are available for children and adolescents. The concession stand is seasonal, so if you are visiting during the off season, be sure to pack a lunch. Picnic tables, indoor/outdoor showers and restrooms are available. Many restaurants and hotels are within walking distance. Free parking is available off of side streets off Memorial Boulevard. In season parking $10, $15 on weekends.
  • 1 Gooseberry Beach (Hazard Beach), 130 Ocean Ave. Sunrise-sunset daily. The scenery here is particularly striking, even by Newport standards, with grand houses sitting atop cliffs surrounded by water. Both the water and vibes are calm, and visitors can wade out to some interesting large rock formations. Showers, chair, umbrella, and kayak rentals are available to the public. The concession stand is one of the state's best, with some surprisingly fresh and creative options; don't leave without trying the strawberry lemonade. Hazard beach is the next strip of sand over and closed to the public. $5 walk on fee, snacks $5-10, parking $30. Gooseberry Beach (Q5584121) on Wikidata Gooseberry Beach on Wikipedia
  • 2 King Park Beach, 125 Wellington Ave, +1 401 845-5300. Sunrise-sunseet daily. It has a free boat ramp, but this beach is fairly small and the sand is just ok. It does have a great view of the Newport Bridge. Adjacent Kings Park also offers picnic tables and areas to barbeque. Close to the action, but often overlooked by tourists. Not to be confused with King's Beach across town. Free. King Park (Q49510882) on Wikidata King Park on Wikipedia

Surfing[edit]

Surfer's End at Second Beach in Middletown encourages surfers of all abilities, just down the road from Easton's beach past the Newport town line. For more experienced surfers, Ruggles beach is a hot spot for larger swells and rougher waves. Island Sports around the corner form Easton's beach, offers a wide range of women's, men's and children's surf attire, clothing, accessories and equipment. The shop is a picture perfect outlet for any surfer's needs, with a huge warehouse located in the back of the store stocked with new boards, used boards and ones in the process of being repaired. Island Sports also has a truck filled with beginners surf boards that remains parked at surfer's end, providing easy access to rent a board or pay for lessons right on the beach with a professional surf trainer. Across the street from Island Sports is Elemental Surf & Skate which is more focused on apparel, but the website does offer a free, live update of the surf at the beach; letting you know as a surfer whether it's worth your while or not to head down and catch some waves. Both have low-key friendly consumer atmosphere's and knowledgeable ready to help staff.

Cruises[edit]

  • Adirondack II, Bowens Wharf, +1 401 847-0000. Tour the Newport harbor on a classic ’80 Schooner, experience a different view of Newport from the water. Available for private charters, and offers daily ticketed sails multiple trips a day, departing from Bowen’s Wharf.
  • The M/V Gansett, +1 401 787-4438. Harbor tours with a different view. Classic Maine-built wooden vessel sails daily from the private dock at the Inn on Long Wharf at 142 Long Wharf. A classic Maine-built wooden vessel; later in the day, enjoy ice cream and toppings; in the evenings, sample award-winning "Stuffies"- RI stuffed quahogs. Light beverages always compliments of the Captain. Expert guest speakers narrate the sights of this enchanting harbor and the lower bay. Private charters available.
  • Amazing Grace Harbor Tour, Sayer’s Wharf, +1 401 847-9109.
  • Boating/Sailing. Newport Sailing School and Tours. Goat Island Marina, Dock A5. Offers 1-2 hour leisure sailing tour of Newport Harbor. For those more hands on, courses are available in three experience levels. Beginners are welcome.
  • 3 Bubbles Dive Center, 55 Chapel St, +1 401 338-2250. Tu Th F 3PM–6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • 12 Meter Charters, +1 401 851-1216. Daily ticketed sails aboard a 12-meter yacht. Offers two-hour afternoon and evening cruises aboard 12 Meter yachts. Not your typical harbor cruise, 12 Meter Charters' ticketed cruises combine the history of Newport with the experience of sailing on Narragansett Bay. Enjoy historic Newport sights including Fort Adams and the Newport Bridge, lighthouses and lavish estates, aircraft carriers and historic schooners, and learn the history of sailing in Newport.

Fishing[edit]

There are many places in Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island to go fishing. Saltwater fishing for striped bass, bluefish, and tautog (blackfish) is the way to go. Being on an island, there are many places to fish from. Some of the best spots with easy public access are Fort Adams, Brenton Point, Castle Hill, and any of the public beach areas. You can also charter a fishing boat out of one of the many marinas.

Rhode Island has passed a law that requires all fishers to obtain a license to fish the waters of the state. The license costs $7, and is to be renewed once a year. To qualify you must go to the local Wal-Mart (by the rotary on Connell highway) and pay the small fee to legally fish while you stay in Newport.

  • Newport Sport Fishing Charters (Newport Quest Fishing Charters). This collaboration is a state-wide experience, boats leaving from Newport docks and fishing towards Block Island.
  • The Saltwater Edge. Privately owned operation, located just outside of Newport within a mile of first beach (Easton's). Saltwater activities range from fly fishing, surf-casting and light or heavy tackle; staff providing a compilation of offshore and onshore experience.
  • On The Rocks Newport Charters, +1 401 359-3625. Fly fishing oriented, and light tackle and fly fishing gear provided. Other than Newport areas also covered are Narragansett Bay, Westerly and Watch Hill.

Golf[edit]

  • Newport National Golf Club, 324 Mitchell’s Ln, +1 401 848-9690. 7AM-7PM daily. Enjoy a day on the links at Newport National, an 18-hole public course which offers great views and picturesque holes throughout. With paths made of sea shells, players may feel as though they are on a remote island. $105-175 depending on the season and day of the week.

Tours[edit]

  • Newport Trolley (Viking Tours), 23 America's Cup Ave (Newport Bus Terminal), +1 401 847-6921. 10AM-1:30PM daily May-Oct. This standard tourist trolley accommodates the same amount of passengers as a bus on a more breezy, clean and pleasant ride. Choose from any number of mansion and scenic tours of Newport. $15-60.
  • Rhode Island Red Food Tours, 270 Bellevue Ave. #355, +1 401 684-1110. Noon daily. Offering three fun 3-3½ hour cultural, walking and tasting tours that takes you through historic off the beaten path neighborhoods and several of the best-kept secret local eateries. Regional foods from some of the most talented chefs in New England. Rain or Shine, Best to book advance tours fill up fast. Meeting place directions will be on ticket. From $76.

Events[edit]

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. The parade kicks off the day, while countless parties and festivities follow until the wee hours of the night. Parade route: City Hall to Washington Square to Thames Street and ending at Saint Augustine’s Church.
  • Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, +1 401 849-2120. First Saturday in December, America’s Cup Ave. Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30PM, children’s musical program begins at 5PM. The mayor lights the tree at 6PM and Santa arrives by a Coast Guard Crash Boat (weather permitting) immediately after tree lighting.
  • Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Bellevue Ave, +1 401 847-1000. Marble House, the Elms and the Breakers are open and decorated for the holiday season. Celebrate a timeless holiday season amid elegantly decorate surrounding. All three houses are adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations and ring with music of the season.
  • Newport Winter Festival, +1 401 847-7666. Citywide. Features more than 150 individual events combining food, music and entertainment for all ages. Includes concert series, sand sculptures, chili cook-off, citywide scavenger hunt, ice sculpting competition, children’s fair, pizza cook-off and fantasy auction.
  • 4 Newport Jazz Festival. The Newport Jazz Festival is a famous annual festival held every August at Fort Adams State Park. It was first founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954, and has hosted many famous jazz musicians ever since. Newport Jazz Festival (Q577042) on Wikidata Newport Jazz Festival on Wikipedia
  • Newport Folk Festival: 28–26 July 2024. Massive multi-day music festival taking place annually in Fort Adams State Park. Featuring acts from Dinosaur Jr to Beebadoobee, among scores of up-and-comers. Newport Folk Festival on Wikipedia
  • Newport Waterfront Events.
  • Sunset Music Series, +1 401 846-1600. Throughout the summer, the Sunset Music Series features national and international entertainment overlooking beautiful Newport harbor. This upscale event is set in a great location and allows entertainers to expose themselves to the public. 2,500 seats are reserved under a colorful waterfront tent with a separate tent for VIP receptions.
  • Newport Waterfront Irish Festival, +1 401 846-1600. Each Labor Day weekend, the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival offers a celebration of Irish music, culture, food, libations and crafts. This event provides quality family entertainment and an authentic cultural experience. It is a community celebration that features five stages of national and international entertainment, an Irish Marketplace with Irish and handcrafted items for sale, a dance hall and a children's play area. A festival great for all ages!
  • Black Ships. Japanese American society.
  • Taste of Rhode Island, +1 401 846-1600. The Taste of Rhode Island offers a unique experience featuring food, crafts, talent and culture. This annual event includes over 100 exhibitors comprised of restaurants selling appetizer size portions of the areas finest cuisine, beverages, craft and marketplace vendors. Live entertainment, strolling acts, a wine garden, and children's activities are some of the exciting happenings to be enjoyed.
  • International Great Chowder Cook-off, +1 401 846-1600. The Great Chowder Cook-Off provides an opportunity to taste the Nation's best chowder in the downtown Newport. The Cook-Off features over 25 international and national restaurants competing for the coveted title of Best chowder in the Nation in 3 categories: clam, seafood, and creative. This event offers 3 stages of continuous entertainment, culinary demonstrations, a community tent with activities for children.
  • International Oktoberfest, +1 401 846-1600. The ending of the fall festival season, an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration with lively Bavarian music from throughout New England, delicious German food and American cuisine (seafood, pierogies and more), an International Biergarten, Weingarten, and special area for children.
  • Newport Spring Boat Show, +1 401 846-1115. The largest Spring Boat Show in the Northeast. A first class exhibition of brokers and dealers selling brokerage boats, past-season and new models. Booths offer attendees an array of products, services and accessories throughout the boat show.
  • Newport International Boat Show, +1 401 846-1115. The third largest in-water boat show in the country covers over 14 acres of Newport's waterfront. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a full spectrum of new boat related products and services to any boating enthusiast. Music, food, and fun abound at one of the leading boat show in the world.

Learn[edit]

Newport is a great place to learn and take classes in a variety of different activities. Scuba diving and sailing are two incredible summer activities that you can learn in Newport. Learn to dive at the Newport Diving Center and learn to sail at the Newport Sailing School. There are art classes available at the Newport Art Museum. The classes are offered year-round and are an enjoyable option if you find yourself in Newport during the “off” season (September to May).

Buy[edit]

Bannister's Wharf
Clarke Street

Newport makes for a great shopping destination. A vast number of stores crammed in to the downtown area makes it easy to walk and window shop. Open daily year-round the Brick Market Place is a family friendly outdoor shopping area; offering 25 shops selling everything from jewelry to clothing to handmade gifts and souvenirs. This open-air market is made up of three parallel rows of businesses, and plenty of outdoor seating.

  • Natural Elements (A Nature and Science Store), 435 Thames St, +1 401 324-7033. 10AM-6PM daily. The store focuses on jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, but also offers traditional rock-shop wares such as crystals and fossils. Merchandise is organized by color, type, style and polish (whether the pieces are garnished with silver or gold).
  • Pink Pineapple, 380 Thames St. Just a block down from America's Cup Avenue lays this small first floor boutique. The limited space is crammed with numerous racks and shelves of clothes and jewelry that may come across as overwhelming. Pink Pineapple's fashion is focused on bright, bold and pieces that make a statement; popular with a younger crowd. Merchandise can be rather pricey, but the quality and uniqueness is that set apart from other stores in the area.
  • Pleasant Surprise, 121 Swinburne Row (Brick Market Place), +1 401 846-1202. 10AM-6PM daily. Pleasant Surprise provides a fun, playful, and colorful atmosphere for shoppers. This adult joke store offers merchandise ranging from hand painted party themed Margarita glasses and quirky birthday cards to silly animal hats and fun home accessories. Prices are moderate and they offer shipping. ATM on premises.
  • Tourist Trap, 107 Swinburne Row (Brick Market Place), +1 401 846-4531. 10AM–10PM daily. Tourist Trap is perfect for picking up Newport related souvenirs, items ranging from tee-shirts and sweatshirts to bumper stickers and coffee mugs. The store is filled with knick knacks and fun souvenirs of all shapes and sizes. They offer gift certificates, gift wrapping and shipping and accept debit cards, all major credit cards, and cash, although there is no ATM.
  • Vinyl Guru, 154 Broadway, +1 401 374-0760. W-Su noon-6PM. Head to Vinyl Guru and start digging in the crates to find that rarity you've been hunting for. Large and eclectic collection ranges from Rock to Blues to Jazz, New Wave and hundreds more. There's also a few CDs and cassettes if you prefer other forms of anachronistic media. Staff is usually chill, helpful, and readily available. Independently owned and operated.

Eat[edit]

Flo's Clam Shack

Newport is one of the state's most charming seaside towns; harboring some of the finest seafood restaurants in the area. If that's not your style, Newport still has plenty of other fantastic dining options. The restaurant scene offers a variety of choices ranging from elaborate and lavish experiences to more quotidian and workaday fare. If you're not afraid to break the bank on an anniversary dinner, check out the restaurants housed within the more upscale hotels in town. You don't need to be a guest, but you will need reservations. These are some of the most high class places you can go, short of having dinner at The Breakers. The menus—featuring some of the best seafood in the state—can only rivaled by the extensive wine lists.

Budget[edit]

  • Aquidneck Growers Wednesday Farmers Market, 31 Chapel St, +1 401 256-6627. W 2-6PM May 17-Oct 25. Vendors from all over Rhode Island sell fresh produce, coffee, fish, and the odd craft retailer. While the market mostly offers ingredients for locals; you can find some great baked goods, sandwiches, juices, and the like. Rain or shine. Additional pop-up markets in the high season. $5-15.
  • 1 Annie's, 176 Bellevue Ave, +1 401-849-6731. 7AM-3PM daily. An inexpensive breakfast option. The menu features classic diner food and their Early Bird Special is a substantial meal. $10-15.
  • Belle's Cafe (Newport Shipyard), 1 Washington St, +1 401 619-5964. 7:30AM-2:30PM, closed Tu. Open for breakfast and lunch, Belle's Cafe is a casual eatery within the Newport Shipyard. They also offer an extensive prepared menu available for takeout or delivery to your boat, a great option if you are looking for a quick bite to eat while cruising around Newport Bay. $10-15.
  • Corner Café, 110 Broadway, +1 401-846-0606. Su-W 7:30AM-2:30PM, Th-Sa 7:30AM-9:30PM. They have outdoor seating along Broadway. The Fitsy’s Irish fry up is a specialty that is well worth the price. The fry up has eggs, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, bangers and hash browns making it a large classic Irish breakfast. $15-20.
  • 2 The Hungry Monkey, 124 Broadway, +1 401 619-4433. 7AM-2PM daily. Offering a variety of eggs and omelets; the chourico omelet is a popular choice, as are the stuffed waffles. For those with a larger appetite, you can order the Gorilla Special: a combination of 3 pancakes, 2 eggs, your choice bacon, sausage or ham, and steak with home fries. $15-20.
  • Flos Clam Shack, 4 Wave Ave, +1 401 847-8141. Th-Su 11AM-9PM. Fried seafood, raw bar, cold beer. Excellent fried clams close to the beach. Established in the 1930s. $15-25.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Buskers, 178 Thames St, +1 401 846-5856. Noon-1AM daily. Buskers is a middle-of-the-road traditional Irish pub restaurant. Here, the bartenders have the authentic Irish accent and a fully stocked bar. The atmosphere is appropriate for both families with children or just a group of friends looking for a few good laughs of Guinness drafts. Buskers is complete with a menu full of variety with appetizers, sandwiches, Irish fare and entrees. $18-25.
  • Perro Salado, 19 Charles St (Just off Washington Square), +1 401 619-4777. M-F 5-9PM, Sa 4-9PM, Su 11AM-3PM, 5-9PM. Mexican restaurant located in an old Victorian home. Serves dinner only and brunch on Sundays. Two floors of seating with a lively but small bar downstairs. The well lit rooms, some of which have fireplaces, offer a charming atmosphere perfect for a date night or a friendly gathering. They are very accommodating for parties with small children, too, especially if you arrive before 6. Fish tacos and Yucatán pork are favorites. Reservations recommended. $18-25.
  • Red Parrot, 348 Thames St, +1 401 847-3800. 11:30AM-9:30PM daily. The atmosphere in this restaurant is casual and light-hearted. The menu includes lobster, oysters, corn dogs and fries and is family-friendly. No reservations. $18-28.
  • Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, 37 Bowen's Wharf, +1 401 619-5672. Noon-9PM daily. Pub style restaurant, gourmet sandwiches, and a dinner menu. $18-36.
  • Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St, +1 401 849-6334. 11:30AM-9PM daily. Extensive, massive menu including steaks, seafood, drinks, pasta dishes, children's menu and they serve a great lobster roll and clam chowder. Custom made salad bar with decorative walls and accessories every place you look. Very, very busy place with a friendly staff. $20-30.
  • Sardella's Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd, +1 401 849-6312. 4PM-9PM daily. Winner of the Best Italian Restaurant in Newport several years running. Live jazz music on Wednesdays starting at 7PM. $20-30.
  • Diego's Mexican Restaurant, 11 Bowens Wharf, +1 401 619-2640. 11:30AM-9:30PM daily. Diego’s combines classic Mexican style cuisine with a modern twist, successfully combining the fresh fish Newport is known for with classic Mexican preparation. They focus on fresh ingredients, homemade sauces and bold flavors. They also have a long list of Mexican-inspired cocktails, and provide seating at an outside patio and inside. $20-30.
  • Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, +1 401 619-2552. 5-10PM daily. Come in for their drink and meal specials in a casual dining atmosphere. $20-40.
  • 3 Scales & Shells, 527 Thames St, +1 401 846-3474. Su M W Th 5-9PM, F Sa 5-10PM, closed Tu. A strictly seafood restaurant that carries a wide variety of fish such as grilled fish (salmon, mahi mahi and bluefish) as well as a wide selection of wines. The entrees feature muscles marinara, linguine with clams, and lobster fra diavolo. Menu of fresh selections scrawled on a chalkboard. $26-33.

Splurge[edit]

  • Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames St, +1 401 619-4100. 11:30AM-9:30PM daily. Offers two outdoor patio seatings with views of the bay, three different bars, and private rooms. Their focus is on fresh and local seafood and they have an impressive raw bar menu, offering approximately 10 different raw bar options. $30-45.
  • The Mooring, 1 Sayers Wharf, +1 401 846-2260. Su-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Waterfront seafood restaurant featuring one of the state's most extensive wine lists. $30-55.
  • Clarke Cooke House (The Candy Store), 24 Bannisters Wharf, +1 401 849-2900. Su-Th 5-10PM, F Sa 11:30AM-3PM; 5-10:30PM. With an 18th century flare, Clarke Cooke House offers elevated cuisine in a nautical setting. Many artifacts from the America's Cup and other sailing memorabilia crowd the walls. From May to October the restaurant offers an open air atmosphere, menu and even a sushi bar. The attached Candy Store is a colorful and lively pub, featuring live music Saturday nights at 10PM. The harbor-side views are complimentary. $30-60.
  • 4 The Black Pearl, 30 Bannister's Wharf, +1 401 846-5296. 10AM-9PM daily. The Black Pearl is one of the more popular restaurants in Newport, and it features a selection of grilled shrimp, baked cod, sea scallops, and New England lobster. You also have your choice of sitting in the tavern, or out on the patio depending on the season. From the patio you have a nice view of the water as well as the various boats and yachts tied to the surrounding docks. $30-60.
  • 5 White Horse Tavern, 26 Marlborough St (at Farewell St), +1 401 849-3600. M-Th 5-9PM, F-Su 4-10PM. Established in 1673, this was the meetinghouse for Rhode Island's General Assembly during colonial times. Today they provide top-notch food and service. Reservations and jacket required. $40-60. White Horse Tavern (Q7994832) on Wikidata White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island) on Wikipedia
  • 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille, 22 Bowens Wharf, +1 401 841-8884. 11:30AM-3:30PM; 5-9PM daily. Serving prime beef, New England's finest seafood, 35 wines by the glass and over 500 labels on their wine list, visit them and enjoy "a little bit of tenderness". $40-80.

Drink[edit]

Newport is known for its lively night scene. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet cocktail, hang with the locals, or dance along to a live band, you will find a place in Newport to suit your preferences. “Downtown” Newport has bars all within walking distance of one another. Many bars are located just a few blocks from most hotels and inns, making a scenic walk an easy choice. Most bars are in the downtown area including upper Thames Street, lower Thames Street, America’s Cup Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, and Bellevue Avenue.

  • Cappy's Hillside Cafe, 8 Memorial Blvd, +1 401 847-9419. Noon-1AM daily. Cappy's is a local sports bar. This is a great spot for enjoying a drink and watching the game in an open, friendly environment. Cappy’s offers billiards, fooseball, and an outdoor smoking area. $5-20.
  • The Fastnet Pub, 1 Broadway, +1 401 845-9311. 11AM-1AM daily. This genuine Irish pub is easily the best place in Newport to hear live Irish music. Performances start at 10PM Thursday to Sunday. It's always full but not packed, and the service & ambiance are great. Start here: you won't regret it. Beers $6-10, mixed drinks $12, pub menu $15.
  • Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames St, +1 401 845-9300. 11AM-1AM daily. Serves an eclectic menu with dishes like wasabi tuna wrap. They also host live entertainment during late spring and all summer long. $15-25.
  • Newport Blues Cafe, 286 Thames St, +1 401 841-5510. F Sa 6PM-1AM. Dinner served until 10PM when the live music starts and you must be 21+. $15.
  • Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co., 293 J.T. Connell Rd, +1 401 849-5232. Brews beer well known throughout around Rhode Island. For those of you who don't like beer, have no fear, the brewery also offers their own rum. You can do a tasting and take a glass home with you as a souvenir.
  • O'Brien's Pub, 501 Thames St, +1 401 849-6623. Daily 11:30AM-1AM. Outside bar open seasonally. Outdoor patio includes plentiful seating and fountain, both dog and kid friendly. Kitchen offers a gluten free menu. Open year-round serving pub-style food inside by the fire in the winter. Pool table, live music, and merch. Drinks $8-12, food $12-18.
  • One Pelham East (Top of the Pelham), 276 Thames St, +1 401 847-9460. Th-Sa 4PM-1AM, Su 2-8PM. Dueling pianos, and other live music. $15-25.
  • Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, +1 401 916-2115. Noon-1AM daily. Cheap food and a wide variety of draft beers on lower Broadway. $15-20.

Sleep[edit]

Castle Hill Inn & Resort

There are a few big hotels, and an abundance of bed & breakfasts. In season, it's expensive everywhere, and many places require multiple night stays.

  • William Gyles Guesthouse, 16 Howard St, +1 401 369-0243. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Former home of the Newport International Hostel, this is as cheap as it gets in Newport. Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Minimum stay 2 nights. From $120 in the high season.
  • Armistead Cottage Bed and Breakfast, 55 Hunter Ave, +1 401 848-7123, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Close to Newport's Cliff Walk, First Beach, historic Bellevue Avenue. Full 3-course breakfast served each morning. $179-$439.
  • Marshall Slocum Inn, 29 Kay St, +1 401 841-5120, toll-free: +1 800 372-5120. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Offering a full breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and nightly sweets. Inclusive packages with mansions, tours and a lobster dinner are also available. From $200.
  • Newport Beach Hotel & Suites, One Wave Ave, +1 401 846-0310. A luxury beachfront hotel within walking distance to Cliff Walk and 1 mile to downtown Newport. Accommodates up to 200 for group meetings and retreats. From $250.
  • Thames Street Guest House, 15 Thames St, +1 401 846-8471. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Circa 1856 George Champlin Mason Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Historic Point section. King size beds, private baths, A/C, two blocks to waterfront and downtown. From $250.
  • Newport Marriott, 25 Americas Cup Av, +1 401 849-1000. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. From $360.
  • Architect's Inn (George Mason House), 2 Sunnyside Pl, +1 401 845-2547, . Home of Newport's first architect and a beautiful inn.
  • OceanCliff I & II (Newport Experience), 65 Ridge Rd, +1 401 846-6667. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. This timeshare resort offers condominiums for rental. All condominiums are fully stocked with linens, full kitchens, appliances, and other necessities. 1 and 2 bedroom units available. 5 miles from the center of town: bring your own transportation if you plan to stay here. 2-3 night minimum stay.

Splurge[edit]

  • Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave, +1 401 847-3300. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A historic spa hotel atop Newport's Historic Hill neighborhood with views of Bellevue Avenue offering various guestroom and luxury suite choices. The hotel restaurant specializes in local seafood and New England cuisine. From $375 in the high season. Dinner $25-40.
  • Hamilton Hoppin House (Villa One Twenty), 120 Miantonomi Av, +1 401 474-2896. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. A boutique inn which has been luxuriously decorated in an eclectic yet relaxed European style. From $400 in the high season.
  • The Almondy Inn, 25 Pelham St, +1 401 848-7202. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. A Victorian bed & breakfast. This elegant 1890s home has been restored to its original glory and is located within walking distance of many fine restaurants and antique shops. From $500 in the high season.
  • The Cliffside Inn, 2 Seaview Ave, +1 401 847-1811. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A historic Victorian Inn, completely renovated in 2011, steps to the Cliff Walk. From $550.
  • Castle Hill Inn & Resort, 590 Ocean Dr, +1 401 849-3800, toll-free: +1 888 466-1355. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. On a secluded 40-acre peninsula. Features a restored Victorian Inn as well beach houses and cottages. The Castle Hill lighthouse is also within walking distance. The inn's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms. It was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. From $650 in the high season. Dinner $165.
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk (Cara Restaurant), 117 Memorial Blvd, +1 401 847-1300, toll-free: +1 866 793-5664. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The only hotel on Newport's famed Cliff Walk, and one of the most historic hotels in New England, The Chanler is surrounded by acres of manicured gardens and overlooks the gorgeous waters of the Atlantic and pristine sands of Easton's Beach. Preserving the refinement and beauty of The Gilded Age. At the onsite Cara Restaurant, most of the tables look out onto dramatic oceanfront views. Visitors dine on one of several tasting menus, each with the option of wine pairing. A chef's table is also available for a nightly Gourmand Tasting Menu. From $780 in the high season. Dinner from $155.

Stay safe[edit]

Visitors awed by Newport's numerous mansions, immaculate public gathering places and well-preserved historic sites might be surprised to hear that the city has a higher-than-average crime rate. While it is generally very safe, visitors should take common sense precautions. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings in the same way you would in any densely populated area where criminals may seek to target the easily distracted.

One area where visitors should be particularly cautious is the Cliff Walk. Though crime is virtually unheard of here, more than a few people have been injured―some of them seriously so―while wandering off the path. Dramatic views come with the risk of dramatic falls. No matter how tempting a closer look may be, stay on the path and you'll have nothing to worry about.

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