Picture this: Sunny cobblestone paths lined with fresh spring blossoms. Chic eateries, craft-cocktail bars and casual seafood shacks refreshed and renewed. Longer days and long-awaited sunshine. The arrival of spring is wondrous. But the arrival of spring in Newport? That’s like something out of a dream.
We asked our Instagram followers what their favorite thing to do during one of the best times in and around Newport is. Here's what they told us.
Best Springtime Activities in Newport
Ocean Drive with the windows rolled down, fields of daffodils glimmering yellow, springtime in Newport is unlike anything else.
Walk Cliff WalkBack to Top of List
There's a reason people travel from all over to experience Newport's 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. It's where the serenity of salt air and the familiar sound of crashing waves collide with the awe of Gilded Age architecture. It's also where total invigoration meets utter relief.
*Please note due to structural damage to a section of Cliff Walk, detours will be in place between Narragansett Avenue and Webster Street for the foreseeable future. The remainder of the walk will be open for all those walkers who make use of this iconic coastal trail.
Drive on Ocean DriveBack to Top of List
The windows rolled down and your favorite song blasting through the speakers on Ocean Drive is mandatory once spring rolls around. Ten miles of commanding coastline meets one winding road. Start your journey just off historic Bellevue Avenue and continue along the drive for an undeniably tranquil journey. Roll the windows down and turn the music up to ten for a therapeutic experience unlike any other.
Walk Through The PointBack to Top of List
Located just next to downtown Newport, The Point is a small neighborhood tucked away from view. Formally called Easton’s Point after one of the founders of Newport, Nicholas Easton, it is most commonly referred to as The Point. This quaint neighborhood is home to the largest concentration of colonial homes in the U.S. A stroll through its neat grid of streets reveals meticulously maintained, cozy homes boasting unique architecture.
Head to a Daffodil FieldBack to Top of List
Last year, city residents watched as the one millionth daffodil bulb was planted at city hall. This year, spring welcomes the arrival of 1.35 million daffodils around town with Newport Daffodil Days, an annual celebration of all things spring around town. Wander cobblestone byways and sun-drenched parks for the most vibrant yellow views around.
Watch Sunset over the Newport BridgeBack to Top of List
The Newport Bridge is arguably Newport's most iconic landmark. People often describe the journey across this 2.1 mile beauty as "a sigh of relief." Needless to say, to sit and admire it during sunset is nothing short of remedial. For an up-close show, head to Van Zandt Pier, or catch the view from anywhere along the harbor.
Hike the Trails at Norman Bird SanctuaryBack to Top of List
This wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center in Middletown is home to 325 acres of diverse habitats and 7 miles of scenic, marked hiking trails. Bonus: until April 30th, Discover Newport has partnered with Norman Bird Sanctuary to offer FREE hikes for all visitors hiking their iconic trails.
HIKE UP TO HANGING ROCK
Head out on Hanging Rock Trail at Norman Bird Sanctuary for a hike along the most eastern of the sanctuary's three ridges offering the best ocean views. Land at Hanging Rock overlooking Second Beach at a 70 ft. elevation.
Explore Rose Island LighthouseBack to Top of List
Rose Island Lighthouse was built in 1870 on Rose Island, located in Narragansett Bay. In 1970, after the Newport Bridge was built, the lighthouse was neglected and abandoned. Fourteen years later, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation was founded to restore this treasure on behalf of the city. This lighthouse is only accessible by boat and is now a historic living museum and environmental education center.
Pro tip: The lighthouse operates as a living museum where you can stay overnight and become a lighthouse keeper. Stay in one of the available rooms where you'll enjoy the crashing of the waves and peaceful tranquility. In the morning, change the linens and have the room back in order before the museum opens.
11. Grab an Ice Cream at Frosty Freeze
12. Try Local brews at Rejects Beer Co.
13. Walk your dog on Second Beach
14. Explore a Topiary Garden
15. Eat clam chowder at The Black Pearl
16. Get out on the water with McCurdy Sailing
17. Watch the boats on the lawn at Castle Hill Inn
18. Order clam cakes and chowder at Flo's Clam Shack
19. Ride the rails at Rail Explorers
20. Watch the sunset at Brenton Point
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