Whether you are in the area to see historic architecture, shop in unique boutiques, jump in the water or simply to put up your feet and relax, Newport, Rhode Island has something for everyone. The city, which is referred to as “America’s First Resort,” is on Aquidneck Island and was founded in 1639.
Here are some of the favorite attractions for visitors to the area:
- Newport Mansions: These are by far the most sought-after attractions in Newport. Visit the Elms and see what it was like to live in the mansion or admire the grand décor of the Vanderbilt’s Marble House and Breakers. Rosecliff, with its gorgeous ballroom, has been the set of movies, most notably “The Great Gatsby.”
- The coast: If you love scenic vistas, you need to take the 10-mile cruise along Ocean Drive. A number of visitors also ride their bikes and rented scooters on this route. There are locations along the way where you can stop and take in the amazing view. At Brenton Point, you’ll see people flying kites and enjoying picnic lunches. There is also Fort Adams State Park on the harbor side of Ocean Drive where you can picnic or take a tour of the fort and the Museum of Yachting.
- Cliff Walk: Another scenic location that can take your breath away is the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile path, which begins at Memorial Boulevard and ends at Bellevue Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, mansions, lovely homes and Salve Regina University. The views are breathtaking.
- Water sports: If you are visiting in the summer, you can enjoy delightful water-related activities such as sailing, yachting and kayaking to get beautiful views of Newport from the water. At the beach, there is surfing, swimming and stand up paddle boarding.
- Adventure: If you are looking for adventure, you can skydive, horseback ride or take a helicopter tour. You can also go fishing all day in a professionally captained boat.
- Other sights: Don’t miss other attractions such as the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Trinity Church, Touro Synagogue and the Redwood Library. Newport also has two vineyards and its own brewery.
Special Fall Event
This fall, you can see an exhibit titled “Newport and Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art and Design.” This exhibit features ball gowns, portraits, silver and furniture, displaying the connection between Newport and the American South over three centuries. Objects on display will come from several Preservation Society properties and loans from private collections.