They say every day you should do something for the first time. When you visit Newport, your possibilities are truly endless. Whether you're looking for a day of family-fun adventures or a romantic escape for two by the sea, this small but memorable coast has just what you need.
Savor classic New England flavors at a number of award-winning eateries, experience life in the Gilded Age when you visit the summer "cottages" (AKA the Newport Mansions) of America's wealthiest families, or wander the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk for one of the most scenic walks of your life, guaranteed.
The perfect-for-you journey awaits just over the bridge.
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.
You didn't think we'd let you visit the Sailing Capital of the World for the first time without earning your sea legs, did you? Climb aboard a legendary America's Cup 12 meter + help raise the sails.
Cobblestone paths lined with unique boutiques, cozy eateries, exquisite galleries right on the harbor make these bustling wharves a must-visit.
More than 400 miles of coastline affords beautiful beaches and sprawling seasides on the Classic Coast. Whether you're looking to bask in the water, or sink into a beach chair with your toes in the…
Experience life of high society in turn of the century America inside the former summer "cottages" of America's wealthiest.
With so much to see and do, you might need a little help. Hop aboard a Trolley Tour for a 1.5-hour journey through the city hitting all the major sights.
There's an Adirondack chair with your name on it among the vines on a crisp fall day. A glass of local, aromatic red wine is your company.
1 Cliff Walk
One of Newport's most famed attractions, Cliff Walk affords breathtaking scenery with 3.5 miles of rocky coastline and crashing waves on one side, and stunning Gilded Age mansions on the other. It's unlike anything else in the world.
2 Ocean Drive
Think: 10 miles of breathtaking coastline meets one winding road. Start your journey just off of historic Bellevue Avenue and continue traveling for a serene journey. Along the way, park the car at Brenton Point State Park to admire the scenery. Warning: May cause severe relaxation.
3 International Tennis Hall of Fame
Step foot on the historic grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame where legends have played. Wander inside the museum where nearly 2,000 objects are displayed from the International Tennis Hall of Fame's collection of more than 25,000 tennis artifacts. Experience interactive exhibits, test your knowledge of the sport on a five-foot touch table, and get up close to tennis legend Roger Federer's hologram. You don't have to be a tennis lover to be blown away.
4 Redwood Library + Athenaeum
History lingers around every corner here. Take a stroll down Bellevue Avenue past Redwood Library, established in 1747 and the oldest lending library in continuous operation in the country. During the Revolutionary War, the library served as an officer’s club for the occupying army.
5 Fort Adams
The largest, most sophisticated fortress in the country, Fort Adams is nestled in Fort Adams State Park, offering panoramic views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. View the quarters where officers lived, ascend to the scenic overlook for aerial views of the harbor, or explore the underground network of tunnels buried deep beneath the Fortress’s defenses.
PLACES TO STAY
From brand new luxury properties with captivating water views to one-of-a-kind, perfectly fluffed boutique hotels—the hotel scene in Newport has never been better. Take your pick and get ready to settle in to your home away from home.
A bowl of killer clam chowder after a day in the sun. A platter of oysters hauled from local waters. Catch of the day served over a menagerie of fresh, straight-from-the-farm offerings. Newport is nothing if not a culinary oasis.
CLASSIC LOBSTER ROLL
Welcome to Warren's Blount Clam Shack where the menu lacks dollar signs, but nothing else. Their giant lobster roll is made with 1/2 pound lobster chunks and served anyway you choose—tossed in housemade dill mayo or served with warm butter.
NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Newport you'll find The Black Pearl, home to world-famous, creamy, authentic New England Clam Chowder. This award-winning house recipe has been the same for four decades. Why mess with success?
Think: clam doughnut. Deep fried batter meets chunks of chopped clam in this Rhode Island staple. Head to Flo's Clam Shack for an award-winning batch.
LOBSTER MAC + CHEESE
Settle into America's oldest tavern, White Horse Tavern, for a heaping serving of Lobster Mac + Cheese crafted with chunks of native lobster meat and three varieties of cheeses all served in a personal-sized cast iron pot.
OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL
For die-hard seafood lovers, nothing beats slurping down a perfectly chilled oyster on the half shell. Head over to Clarke Cooke House, an iconic restaurant in the heart of downtown, for freshly shucked oysters from their raw bar. Savor them overlooking the harbor.
LOBSTER FRA DIAVOLO
If you're hankering to sample some classic seaside flavors, this is the indulgence for you. Scales and Shells' famous Lobster Fra Diavolo is made from scratch and cooked à la minute. This saucy, spicy, seafood portion for two has been a staple on the menu of this classic restaurant for over 30 years. Haven't had the pleasure of enjoying the Fra? Grab a friend and bring your appetites to see what all the fuss is about.
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