As a dog owner, we know you've grown accustom to a certain lifestyle; being greeted with the utmost enthusiasm as you enter the front door is no longer an option, a second shadow now follows you around wagging tail in tow, and you've developed your own personal foot warmer at the end of the bed each night. These things shouldn't change when you travel. Luckily, there's Newport. Filled with parks, hiking trails and beaches just waiting to be explored, it's the perfect getaway for your pup. Not to mention, our restaurateurs and shop owners are absolute dog-lovers just like you, meaning dog-friendly outdoor seating, welcoming shops and streets lined with dog bowls and even some tasty treats await. Because you shouldn't have to travel without your best friend.
400 miles of coastline provides picturesque pathways and winding walks to get your exercise in, and even let your pup work off a little pent up energy. From Fort Adams Bay Walk, offering unobstructed views of the setting sun in Jamestown, to the 3.5 miles Cliff Walk combining the natural beauty of the ocean with the architectural history of the Gilded Age, Newport is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air. Sticks for fetching included.
- Newport Harbor Walk A scenic stroll along Newport's waterfront you and your dog are sure to enjoy.
- Sakonnet Greenway Trail The Sakonnet Greenway Trail passes through recreational areas, active farmland, wetlands and forest. The path, spanning about 10 miles, begins at Glen Farm in Portsmouth and at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown and is the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island.
- Weetamoo Woods Weetamoo Woods is a 6.2 mile trail located near Tiverton.
Run, walk or simply relax in the sand at a number of sprawling Newport beaches. Your dog will love the sun, the wide open space and if they're daring, a splash in the sea.
- Easton's Beach, Memorial Boulevard, Newport
- King Park Beach, Wellington Avenue, Newport
- Teddy's Beach, Park Avenue & Point Road, Portsmouth
Newport is home to some of the most beautiful state parks around. Whether by the sea or equipped with plenty of lush greenery, your dog is sure to love the open air. Warning: May cause tail wagging.
- Brenton Point State Park, Newport // Brenton Point State Park provides its visitors with one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the cool breezes and majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Fort Adams State Park, Newport // Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The park offers a wide range of activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking.
- Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown // Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp. Two or four legs, the area is perfect for exploring.
- Newport Dog Park, 102 JT Connell Highway, Newport // Off-leash, free, fenced and open 6am-9pm.
- King Park, Wellington Avenue, Newport // A grassy space on Newport Harbor perfect for letting some energy out (Because we know they'll need to after the ride in.)
Dog at Sea
Your dog will love setting paw aboard a harbor cruise with Gansett Cruises. More importantly, they'll love you for taking them. It's like the window rolled down x20. Bonus: You get to savor a cocktail and the relaxing view of Narragansett Bay.
- Gansett Cruises | 2 Bowen's Landing, Newport
Restaurants - Bone Appetit
These pooch-approved restaurants with outdoor seating allow leashed dogs to accompany you during your dining experience.
- The Black Pearl Bannister's Wharf 401.846.5264
- Clarke Cooke House Bannister's Wharf, Newport 401.849.2900
- The Coffee Grinder 33 Bannister's Wharf, Newport 401.847.9307
- Diego's 11 Bowen's Wharf, Newport 401.619.2640
- Frosty Freez 496 E Main Rd, Middletown // Note: They offer a dog sundae complete with vanilla ice cream topped with a cookie. 401.846.1697
- Nikolas Pizza 38 Memorial Blvd, Newport 401.849.6611
- O'Brien's Pub 501 Thames Street, Newport 401. 849.6623 // Note: The staff will kindly bring out a water bowl for your pup
- The Revolving Door 509 Thames Street 401.846.0400
- Sardella's Italian Restaurant 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport 401.849.6312
Hotels - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
An action-packed day in Newport is sure to leave even the most spry of pups pooped come nighttime. These hotels offer a place for both of you to rest your heads. For a luxurious experience, visit The Vanderbilt Grace, a boutique hotel set in a 1909 mansion boasting stylish, moderns rooms and suites. Even better? Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM is Yappy Hour in the garden featuring a menu tailored to your canine and the perfect opportunity for your furry friend to make friends of their own. More of an inn person? Not to worry, a number of our unique inns are ready to welcome you and your best friend for a cozy night's stay.
- Admiral Sims' House 73 Catherine Street, Newport // Fee: $25 per day. 401.841.0009
- America's Cup Inn 6 Mary Street, Newport // Fee: $25 per day. 401.846.9200
- Beech Tree Inn 34 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport // Fee: $25 per day. 401.847.9794
- Cliffside Inn 2 Seaview Avenue, Newport // One pet per guest. Maximum weight: $30. 401.847.1811
- Homewood Suites by Hilton 348 W Main Road, Middletown // Fee: $75 per visit. 401.848.2700
- Mill Street Inn 75 Mill Street, Newport // Maximum weight: 50 lbs. Fee: $50 per visit. 401.849.9500
- Residence Inn by Marriott 325 W Main Road, Middletown // Fee: $75 per visit 401.845.2005
- The Vanderbilt Grace 41 Mary Street, Newport // Fee: $100 per visit. 401.846.6200
- Victorian Ladies Inn 63 Memorial Blvd, Newport // $25 per night. 401.849.9960
Shopping - Champagne Taste, Bone Budget
While our shops are increasingly welcoming visitors and their furry companions, these stores have a wide selection of doggy merchandise sure to please any pup.
- Wag Nation, 92 William Street, Newport // Opening in 2009, Wag Nation specializes in offering a carefully curated selection of toys, treats and apparel for your pup. Over the years they've garnered attention from Yankee Magazine and Coastal Living for their unique and high quality offerings.
- Black Dog General Store, 33 Bannister's Wharf, Newport // The Black Dog began as a restaurant and Tavern on Martha's Vineyard and quickly expanded to sell other merchandise. Today, it sells everything from children's apparel to a number of dog items including bowls, collars, treats and even shampoo.