We may be one of the most historic cities in New England but you better believe we're constantly changing. From brand new tours highlighting corners of our seaside city you've never seen, to new cruises to get you out on the water and a few new museums and galleries for our art and history lovers too, you've got some exploring to do.
BELCOURT OF NEWPORT
Experience the massive restoration effort preserving this Richard Morris Hunt-designed mansion that was commissioned by Oliver Belmont in 1891. Guided tours of Belcourt are available by reservation only and take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 AM.
Ride the rails on pedal powered 'rail explorers' - pedal powered bike/vehicle hybrids which ride on railroad tracks. There is no need to steer as riding is hands-free and there are tour guides in the lead and in the last position. All explorers leave at the same time and each group enjoys the freedom of the outdoors and the magic of the railroad at their own pace and in their own space. The explorers are easy to ride and children are welcome. Already established in upstate New York, Rail Explorers in Rhode Island uses the six-mile stretch of rail line between the Sakonnet River Bridge and Melville in Portsmouth. A new route will be introduced mid-summer.
NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM
Located on a 14-acre site in Portsmouth, this 40,000-square-foot museum will feature an exquisite private collection of more than 45 striking automobiles representing six decades of automotive design since World War II. This museum will be an immersive and interactive experience with simulators and more. More than just vehicles, this modern design experience will resonate with people of all ages thanks in part to the addition of a mid-century modern furniture collection.
NEWPORT DINNER CRUISE
Take a step back in time and cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay passing some of the area’s finest waterfront attractions, homes and classic yachts—all while savoring the dishes (lunch, hors d’oeuvres and dinner) prepared by a yacht chef with more than 20 years’ experience.
Spend a day sailing on AlyKat, a 41-foot Catana catamaran offering private sailing ranging from 2-hour excursions and sunset sails to overnights and weekend getaways.
THE KINGS LENS & FRIENDS
Located in the Fifth Ward, The Kings Lens & Friends is a revolving gallery showcasing local photographer Patrick Murphy's and the work of talented artists alike.
A community space, bringing together artists and creatives while providing a storefront location to display and sell local artwork and apparel.
NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS
Exhibits new contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists.
A 75-minute unique tour experience that cruises through Newport's most charming, scenic, and historic points with expert guides who share the fascinating history and salacious stories that make this city a special place.
BENEATH THE BREAKERS
Explore the underground tunnel, boiler room and basement of Newport’s most famed mansion, The Breakers. Once the “summer cottage” of the Vanderbilt family, you'll learn about the new domestic technology that transformed daily life, including the development of electricity and how it changed the Gilded Age, the emergence of the modern elevator, the revolutionary infrastructure that heated and cooled the great house and the modern plumbing and laundry facilities that affected attitudes about hygiene and cleanliness.
NATURE TAMED IN THE LANDSCAPE, GARDENS & COLLECTIONS OF ROUGH POINT
This rocky, windswept corner of the Atlantic coast has been fittingly known as "Rough Point" for more than three centuries, and largely due to its underlying, rugged beauty, it remains one of the most attractive landscapes to this day. Nature Tamed explores the history of these interventions, beginning with Frederick Law Olmsted's original 1887 survey and ending with the preservation and care of the grounds and gardens by the Newport Restoration Foundation. Alongside the history of the landscape is a selection of fine arts, furnishings and fashion from the collections of Doris Duke inspired by nature. On view through November 5, 2017.
PIERRE CARDIN: 70 YEARS OF INNOVATION
This exhibit on the second-floor gallery at Rosecliff features 42 original pieces from Mr. Cardin's private archives that document and celebrate his prolific career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring/summer collection. Included will be some of his most memorable designs, including 1960s space-age looks from the Cosmocorps collection, unisex jumpsuits created for the 1972 Olympics, and the technologically advanced Cardine dress, made of thermo-formed fabric, that was worn by Lauren Bacall in 1968. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport,