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.
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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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Harbor side rooftop bars and patios, that Atlantic-drying-on-your-skin feeling after a perfect day at the beach. Classic.
Park your ride in these lots, streets and somewhat secret spots, get out and enjoy the view.
The perfect-for-you journey awaits just over the bridge.
If you have never had a Dark N' Stormy while watching the sunset over the Newport Bridge, you haven't lived.
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.
Save the dates! July 1st - 17th, 2022. Learn more about special benefits including program previews…
The Bristol Fourth of July Parade is currently scheduled for July 4. Pending state and local health…
Come on down to the historic Cardines Field for a Newport Gulls home game, voted Newport's best…
Watch the home team, USA/Newport, take on challengers from around the world and major U.S. cities in…
Exciting professional men's tennis returns to the International Tennis Hall of Fame! Our…
Mark your 2022 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer July 22 - July 24, 2022. More…
Mark your 2022 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer July 29 - July 31, 2022. More…
The Newport International Boat Show is currently scheduled for September 15th - 18th, 2022 pending…
The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is currently scheduled for September 16th - 18th, 2022…
Newport’s extensive automotive history dates back as early as the Gilded Age. The first American car…
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
Tour this classic example of American landscape art and historic preservation exclusively on Thursday's through early October.
The goal: Provide publicly accessible and extraordinary arts to the community while utilizing natural resources and the environment with the hopes of conveying that art is for everyone.
Don't worry, we'll leave the light on.
Each summer in Bristol, the award-winning gardens and grounds at Blithewold Mansion serve as the stage for the Music at Sunset Concert Series where local artists gather each Wednesday for a variety of…