Newport is considered one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. From some of the most historic sites in the country to panoramic ocean views and architecture that will absolutely take your breath away, you're going to want to get up close and personal with this Classic Coast of ours. 

Below are our favorite walking tours throughout the city to do just that.

 

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast! In order for everyone to enjoy the beauty that is Newport and its surrounding coastal communities this season, local restaurants, shops and business are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all. This includes wearing mandatory face coverings, following guidelines put in place by health and government officials, and implementing stringent cleaning practices.

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

 

 

FOR HISTORY BUFFS
 

NEWPORT HISTORY TOURS

Historic walking tours throughout the city are offered June through October by the Newport Historical Society. All tours depart from The Brick Market Museum & Shop and last approximately 75 minutes. Arrive early and head inside the award-winning museum housed in the 1763 Brick Market for an engaging introduction to Newport's rich history. 

Travel between streets and centuries on one of five different walking tours. Topics and time periods vary and include everything from stories of religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period, to Newport’s role in the American Revolution, to learning where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished.


Admission: $15 Adult, $10 Newport Historical Society Members & Military, $5 Children from 5-12
Duration: 60 minutes
 

 

 

COVID-19 NOTE

While NHT has long promoted that they offer small groups for a better tour experience, 2020 walking tours will be especially intimate. Tours are offered on Fridays at Saturdays at 11:00 AM to groups no larger than ten. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced per group. 

 

Visit newporthistorytours.org for more details and to purchase tickets.

 

 

FOUR ENDURING FAITHS: FOUR REMARKABLE LANDMARKS

​Please note: This tour will resume in 2021

Newport's various sectors of religious history come together during Four Enduring Faiths, Four Remarkable Landmarks, a walking tour of the city's four historic houses of worship. Begin your journey at Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, then make your way to Trinity Church, Rhode Island's oldest Episcopal congregation, and  home to the only center-aisle, freestanding, triple-decked pulpit left in America today. Afterwards, visit Newport Congregational Church where you'll learn about John LaFarge and his contribution to the church's opalescent stained glass windows, followed by a visit to Saint Mary's Church, Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish and the place where Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married.

When: Third Monday of the month through September.
Admission: $20 adults; $15 seniors, $10 students
Duration: 2.5 hours (30 minutes walking)
Departs: Touro Synagogue

 

 

 

 

FOR FOODIES
 

NEWPORT NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD TOURS

Make your way through historic neighborhoods and culinary hot spots during the Newport Neighborhood Food Tour. This 1.3-mile walking tour offers tastings from local, award-winning restaurants including Mission, a burger joint known for the best burger in Rhode Island; Perro Salado, a local Mexican restaurant located in a historic house; Stoneacre Brasserie, focused on sustainable, farm to table offerings; Nitro Bar, known for killer coffee and unique savory bites; Liberty Donuts, serving up fresh, handmade donuts and more. 

When: Thursdays - Sundays; April - November
Admission: $69 per person, $84 with alcohol 
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Departs: The intersection of Marlborough and Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.

 

 

 

NEWPORT FOODIES STROLL

Newport Foodies Stroll offers a 1.5-mile guided walking food tour through Lower Thames Street. Learn about the city's rich history while savoring classic cuisine from five local restaurants. Tasting locations include Harry's Bar + Burger, Winner Winner, O'Brien's Pub, Karma Pizza Co. and Cold Fusion Gelato.


When: Wednesdays - Saturdays; April - November
Admission: $73
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Departs: 365 Thames Street

 

COVID-19 NOTE:

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks/face coverings are required throughout the entirety of the tour. 

 

 

WINTER FOODIES STROLL

Please Note: This tour will resume in 2021

Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a .75-mile guided walking food tour through Newport's historic Thames Street. Learn about the city's rich history while savoring classic cuisine from three local restaurants. You'll receive a three-course meal accompanied by selected wine pairings. Tasting locations include Bar and Board Bistro, Midtown Oyster Bar and TSK Thames Street Kitchen.

When: Fridays + Saturdays; February - March
Admission: $95
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Departs: 365 Thames Street

 

 

FOR A THRILL

 

GHOST TOURS OF NEWPORT

Take a lantern-led evening stroll through historic, shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of this haunted city. Tours depart nightly rain or shine.

When: Nightly through October, 8:00 PM, Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM
Admission: $17 adults; $16 seniors; $10 children
Duration: 90 minutes
Departs: Next to Skiff Bar on the 2nd floor of the Newport Marriott

 

COVID-19 NOTE:

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks/face coverings are required throughout the entirety of the tour. 

 

 

 

 

 

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