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The City of Newport is a worldwide tourist destination that attracts over a million visitors each year.  Located on the tip of Aquidneck Island, Newport was a prominent Gilded Age summer resort, where it was the seasonal home to some of the country’s wealthiest families, who built palatial summer “cottages” primarily on and around Bellevue Avenue.  Newport also is well known as a premier sailing spot, with its reputation for consistent breezes contributing to Newport being chosen as the location of the Americas Cup races for 53 years.  Newport is the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame where the United States Lawn Tennis Association held its first championships in 1881, and the home of the world famous Newport Country Club, which held the first US Open Tournament in 1895.   It is the home of Naval Station Newport, the Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.  Newport also has the highest concentration of Colonial homes in the united states.  

Boats Racing in Newport RI

Things to do in Newport

There’s plenty to do in the City by the Sea.  Visit the world famous Newport Mansions, walk the Cliff Walk, go for a sail or cruise, visit a museum or Art Gallery, head to the beach, enjoy our world-class restaurants or just stroll through the downtown or the eclectic neighborhoods. There’s plenty to do year round in Newport!

Woman on boat bow in Rhode Island

Newport Restaurants

There are over one hundred restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Newport.  Most are either downtown (Americas Cup Avenue or Upper Thames area) or the Memorial/lower Thames area, but there are great restaurants all throughout Newport, including Bellevue Avenue and Washington Square too.

Man working on propeller

Newport Hotels

Newport has a thriving hospitality industry and is home to both large hotel chains and smaller boutique hotels.  Some, like the Vanderbilt Grace and Chanler have been in Newport for years, while Hammet’s Wharf and the Brenton are brand new for 2020.  Click here for the entire list of Newport Hotels.

couple on a boat

Newport Beaches

Newport and Middletown have miles of white sandy coastline and some of the best beaches in the Northeast! There are eleven designated beaches that dot the coast, some are private but most are open to the public.  Click here to see details on public and private beaches, parking availability and scenic details

Featured Newport Businesses

The Newport Mansions

  The Newport Mansions are the Gilded Age “cottages” presented by the Newport Preservation Society.  These seasonal homes were inhabited by families with the names of Vanderbilt, Astors, Morgans and others. They include the Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, the Issac Bell House.

Sailboat rendering

Newport Tour & Guide

Newport Tour and Guide is Newport’s premier tour company, offering private tours to individuals, families and small groups.  They offer walking tours, bike tours, driving tours and harbor tours.  Rated number one in Newport by Trip Advisor, get more information on pricing and availability here.   

Sailboat rendering

The Newport Gallery

The Newport Gallery offers Limited Edition Prints, PhotoGraphics and Posters, all of scenic Newport Rhode Island.  Everything from Regattas and racing to scenes of the harbor and waterfront.  They offer images of all sizes and offered as prints on fine art paper or stretched canvas. 

Deck of a sailboat

Audrain Auto Museum

The Audrain Auto Museum houses some of the finest automobiles in the United States.  Audrain exhibits are impeccably curated and are open to the public. In addition, they sponsor the  annual Audrain Concours, a four day event that brings auto aficionados from all over the globe

Deck of a sailboat

The Newport Shipyard

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard is a full service shipyard with three marine TravelLifts, and offer paint, carpentry, electrical, machining, engine repair services and more.  They also have a full service marina capable of handling vessels up to 300′ with both transient and seasonal options.

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