A little rain never hurt anyone - and it sure won't spoil your time in Newport or any of our eight coastal communities. Even in the dreariest of weather, you can still savor delicious bites at any of Newport's eclectic eateries, explore a number of the city's museums, or sit back and relax at one of our scenic vineyards or breweries. You won't mind staying indoors for this list of rain-proof activities.
1. EXPLORE: MUSEUMS
Whether you're a sports fan, an automobile enthusiast or simply have a true appreciation for the arts, Newport & Bristol county museums have something for everyone - even the kids, too!
Take Your Pick:
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2. SAVOR: WINE TASTINGS & BREWERY TOURS
A coastal wine trail, a selection of charming breweries and the only operating rum distillery in the state are sure to keep you and your taste buds occupied while the rain pours down outside.
3. ENTERTAIN: JANE PICKENS THEATER
As the only movie house in downtown Newport, "The Pickens" as it is known locally is a film space with an old-school vibe. The theater features a mix of first run movies, documentaries and classic films. Plus, they serve alcohol (21+, of course).
4. PLAY: KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY
Located inside the Easton's Beach Rotunda, Save the Bay Exploration Center features aquariums, environmental education programs, and three touch tanks so kids can get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs and fish gathered locally from Narragansett Bay.
No matter the weather, the kids (and the kids at heart) will love Ryan Amusement Center's wide array of arcade games - two floors to be exact. From arcade games to video and skill games, they won't even notice the weather outside.
5. EMBARK: CITY TOURS
Climb aboard one of Newport's exciting city tours for a whole new perspective of the City by the Sea.
Settle into an outfitted Mercedes Sprinter for a look at Newport from the director's chair, where you'll visit locations immortalized in classic and contemporary films while viewing over 75 clips from films such as High Society, Amistad, and Irrational Man.
Climb aboard one of Newport's old-fashioned trolleys for an insider's look into the history of Newport, from the historic mansions to 10-mile ocean drive. Tours range from 90 minutes to four hours.
6. EXPERIENCE: GLASSBLOWING
Visit Thames Glass and witness a skilled team of glassblowers shape molten glass into hand blown glass vases, ornaments, fish, fruits, vegetables, paperweights, perfume bottles, bowls and other original designs. Then, experience glassblowing for yourself and craft your own ornament, paperweight or vase (that is yours to keep!) with lots of help from an experienced glassblower.
7. LAUGH: COMEDY SHOW AT FIREHOUSE THEATER
Laugh the rain away with a live improv performance by the The Bit Players, RI's most award winning comedy troupe voted "Best Comedy Night" by The Providence Phoenix and "Comedy Troupe of the Year" by Motif Magazine multiple times.