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A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. This is a place and a people made of surf and soul; raised by the ocean and built by eccentric and outspoken rebels some 300-plus years ago. If you're looking for classic Colonial architecture and breathtaking New England landscapes, we've got 'em. Trust us. But it's a feeling you get here of being switched off yet inspired; engaged yet refreshed. There's no word for it, but it happens everyday on The Classic Coast.

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Newport Pride Weekend

Celebrate Newport Pride

Every year, Newport Pride takes place in June throughout Newport, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community while promoting love, acceptance, inclusivity and diversity.

Second Beach Summer

Summer on the Coast

Harbor side rooftop bars and patios, that Atlantic-drying-on-your-skin feeling after a perfect day at the beach. Classic.

Ocean Drive 2020

Guide to Parking

Park your ride in these lots, streets and somewhat secret spots, get out and enjoy the view.

Bristol Fourth of July Parade

Top Picks: Fourth of July

With nearly 400 years of history under our belts, you better believe we celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way here on The Classic Coast.

Rail Explorers

Rail Bike Tours with Rail Explorers

Based in Portsmouth, Rail Explorers offers you the chance to ride tandem or quad, custom-built, pedal-powered rail bikes along railroad tracks journeying alongside Narragansett Bay.

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Jun 24-Jun 26

Newport Pride

LGBTQ+ Pride is happening in Newport, RI in June 2022! We're creating events and experiences to…

Jul 10-Jul 17

Infosys Hall of Fame Open

Exciting professional men's tennis returns to the International Tennis Hall of Fame! Our…

Jul 22-Jul 24

Newport Folk Festival

Mark your 2022 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer July 22 - July 24, 2022. More…

Jul 29-Jul 31

Newport Jazz Festival

Mark your 2022 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer July 29 - July 31, 2022. More…

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The Breakers Great Hall, Newport RI

The Breakers, Newport RI

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Second Beach 2021

Insider's Guide to Newport's Best Beaches

Whether you're looking to bask in the water or sink into a beach chair with your toes in the sand, these beaches have just what you need: sand, sun and the perfect amount of sea breeze.

Black Pearl Outdoor Dining

Al Fresco Places to Eat + Drink

From al fresco patios to seaside bars and even some sidewalks turned dreamy outdoor sanctuaries, these spots have just what you need to relax and indulge.

2019 Surfing Summer

Free Summer Activities

From free outdoor concerts, films and festivals, to million dollar views at no charge, this city is packed with exciting things to do without reaching for your wallet.

Skiff Bar

Rooftop Bars for Endless Summer

Whether you're looking for an elevated experience with chic ambiance and a killer view, or you're hoping to kick it back with some oysters and a cocktail, these rooftop bars have you covered.

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Newport Aerial Sunset

our coastal community

The Classic Coast is made up of nine connected coastal towns. They all share a rich and well-preserved New England history along with an indelible spirit of artistry, hard work, and ambition that's simply, classic.

Newport Aerial Sunset

newport

Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. A haven for religious dissenters, a critical Colonial Era port city, a thriving artists’ colony, a summer playground for America’s barons of industry during the Gilded Age, home to the U.S. Naval War College and known as America’s First Resort, Newport is a destination like none other.

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Jamestown RI Beavertail Lighthouse

jamestown

Jamestown was incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746. Today, Jamestown is a peaceful coastal gem with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally owned shops and art galleries offering a serene atmosphere.

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Bristol Aerial 2019

bristol

Created in 1685, Bristol embraces its three centuries of rich history which includes being the site of a landmark battle, as a sailing and shipbuilding hub, a critical Colonial Era port and all the while continuing to have the distinction of hosting the oldest, continuous Fourth of July Celebration in America.

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middletown

By our destination’s standards, Middletown was a late bloomer, incorporated in 1743. Just as its name suggests, Middletown is in the “middle” of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, bookended by Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the south.

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Rail Explorers Portsmouth RI

portsmouth

Founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and two other dissenters of the original Boston Colony, Portsmouth is home to many historic sites, public golf courses, marinas, antique shops and more. Portsmouth also encompasses four islands: Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island.

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Tiverton Harbor Fall

tiverton

Tiverton was incorporated in 1694 and today, this coastal community seamlessly blends outdoor beauty with cultural pleasures. The town is home to one-of-a-kind quaint locally owned boutiques and eateries, many nestled in historic Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint New England village of 18th century buildings.

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Goosewing Beach Little Compton

little compton

In 1682, the town of Little Compton was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony, which was the first permanent European settlement in New England founded by English Pilgrims. It became part of Rhode Island in 1747 and today is home to the Ocean State’s only official “town common,” listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Warren RI Bike Path Aerial

warren

Settled in 1653 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Warren's working waterfront is one of the oldest in New England with more than 16 miles of shoreline, multiple marine-based industries, and a thriving downtown offering a host of local art and antique shops, waterfront restaurants and more.

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Barrington RI

barrington

Barrington boasts a long, rich history as members of the Mayflower party once called the coastal town home. More than half of the town’s square miles is water, so picturesque waterfront vistas are plenty.

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The Blue Garden

Introducing The Blue Garden

Tour this classic example of American landscape art and historic preservation exclusively on Thursday's through early October.

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