When it comes to your furry family member, only the best will do. Enter: Newport. Lush parks, expansive hiking trails, and breezy beaches make this a haven for your good boy (or girl!). Not to mention, local restaurants and shop owners, tour guides, captains and concierges are dog-lovers just like you, so there's no shortage of dog-friendly outdoor seating, water bowl lined streets and even some tasty treats, too.
Because you shouldn't have to travel without your BFF.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
WHERE TO STAY
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 an all-around pup-approved stay, visit Paws on Pelham, a dog-friendly inn with in-room dog beds and a "rufftop" deck located steps from downtown. Craving a luxury experience? Visit The Vanderbilt, a boutique hotel set in a 1909 mansion boasting stylish, modern rooms and suites.
Whatever your style, these unique hotels and inns are ready to welcome you and your best friend for a cozy night's stay.
WHERE TO EXPLORE
Four hundred miles of coastline provide picturesque pathways and winding trails for long walks. From Fort Adams Bay Walk offering unobstructed views of the setting sun in Jamestown, to the 3.5-mile 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.
Note: Please keep your good boy or girl on a leash while exploring public walking trails.
Panoramic views of the ocean, waves crashing on the rocky coastline, century-old celebrated mansions—it’s no wonder visitors from around the globe place Cliff Walk at the top of their “must-do” list. We have a feeling salty sea breeze and wide-open space make it a "must-do" for your dog, too.
*Please note due to structural damage to a section of the 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.
The Fort Adams Bay Walk winds along Narragansett Bay offering unobstructed views of many landmarks on both the west and east side. Travel along the west side for views of a number of lighthouses including Castle Hill Light, Rose Island Light and Beavertail Light. Along the east side, find views of Idea Lewis Yacht Club, Goat Island and more. End your route with your newly cultured, tail wagging pup.
The East Bay Bike Path is the first multi-town bike path built in Rhode Island. It travels 14.5 miles from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol, passing through a number of parks and scenic sights.
A scenic stroll along Newport's waterfront you and your dog are sure to enjoy.
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 is a 6.2-mile trail located near Tiverton.
WHERE TO EAT
Note: Due to COVID-19, some restaurants have put a pause on welcoming furry friends. Please call ahead before arriving for the latest policies.
1 Brenton Point State Park
Brenton Point State Park offers one of the most commanding views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the salt breeze and views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing along the shore.
Pro tip: At sunset, park your car in one of the vacant spots facing the ocean, kick back and enjoy the show.
2 Colt State Park
3 Touro Park
4 Fort Adams State Park
Fort Adams State Park is home to the largest coastal fortification in the country and the Fort Adams Bay Walk, offering panoramic views of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. It's also the spot where some of Newport's most iconic festivals started and continue to take place, including Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.
5 Battery Park
Located in the Point Neighborhood, Battery Park was created from Fort Greene, a former military battery from the War of 1812. The small, waterfront park overlooks the Newport Bridge and is a perfect spot for your pup to enjoy the outdoors.
6 Fort Wetherill State Park
Fort Wetherill State Park, situated atop 100-foot-high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park. A former coastal defense battery and training camp, the area is perfect for exploring on two or four legs.
7 Newport Dog Park
Located at 111 JT Connell Highway, pups are allowed off-leash at this fenced park with plenty of space to roam. Open 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
8 King Park
9 Ballard Park
Ballard Park is a wild and natural open space of 13 acres including two 19th century quarries. It abuts 54 acres of wildlife refuge with paths for walking making the pup exploration possibilities endless.
10 Warren Dog Park
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