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Newport

Known for Historical Buildings, Boating and Sailing

Come to Newport to stroll down mansion-lined boulevards, eat in fine harbor-side restaurants, shop in classy boutique stores or enjoy a music festival.

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For many years a playground to America’s elite, Newport, Rhode Island now makes a multitude of riches accessible to all. Relax on pristine beaches, enjoy superb shopping and dining and visit the former mansions of some of America’s wealthiest people.

Walk down Bellevue Avenue and peer over hedges at opulent mansions once owned by the Vanderbilts and other millionaires. Luxury yachts gleaming in the sun in the harbor make an impressive spectacle as well.

If you’re looking for something more understated, stroll down narrow cobbled streets in the town’s center, where you’ll also see a large number of 18th-century colonial homes. Stop in a café or explore Newport’s many boutique stores. Discover the highest concentration of shops, restaurants and bars along Thames Street.

It’s easy to see why America’s elite have vacationed here for decades when you discover the natural beauty the town has to offer. Visit Bailey’s Beach or the popular Ballard Park. Enjoy some of the most scenic sections by walking the famous Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) stroll with stunning views and abundant wildlife.

Some of America’s most important music festivals take place on the lawns of Fort Adams, a short boat ride from Newport Harbor. The Newport Folk Festival in July and the Newport Jazz Festival in August are pinnacles of an excellent year-round schedule of events.

Newport is an easy city to get around on foot or by bike. Make sure you spend time on the water during your visit too. Take a cruise along the coast or rent a kayak and explore alone. Join one of the daily fishing charters or test your skill as a photographer by capturing one of Newport’s stunning sunsets.

Many visitors fly into Boston and then drive 71 miles (114 kilometers) to Newport. Visit during summer to enjoy Newport in all its bustling and sun-drenched glory or come in winter to have quaint streets, stunning mansions and beautiful beaches to yourself.

Activities in Newport

Spend the day relaxing by the ocean at Newport’s largest surf beach, where you can play in the waves, ride a carousel and stroll along a scenic boardwalk.

Stroll down this historic thoroughfare that runs parallel to Newport’s waterfront and check out the heritage façades, cozy pubs and great cafés.

Make your way through eerie tunnels and climb to stunning vantage points at this historic 19th-century fortress overlooking a grassy foreshore and the mouth of Newport Harbor.

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Soak up the sweeping coastal beauty on display during Newport's famous 10-Mile Drive. Ten whole miles (16 km) of historical landmarks and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean await you at every turn of this stunning journey.

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See what it's like to brave the waves by racing a yacht straight out of the America's Cup. This thrilling experience lets you team up with expert sailors aboard some of the world's best racers as they strike out from Newport Harbor to challenge each other on the waters.

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On a 70-foot 12 Meter class, America’s Cup contender, sail off the coast of Newport in waters that host annual regattas, championships, and parades. Relax while your crew shares the history of the area, or actively participate in the sailing.

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Take in the elegance and heritage of the Ocean Drive Historic District as you cruise past 10 miles (16 km) of yacht-dotted coastline and long-standing estates. Hear about the who's-who of “The Drive,” and stop for an up-close look at one famed mansion.

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Take a tour with Rail Explorers: Rhode Island Division and experience the magic of the railroad like never before! Ride the rails on our pedal-powered 'Rail Explorers' - a unique activity suitable for everyone. The Rhode Island Division operates along the Old Colony Railroad, built in 1862.

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Discover the big eats in the smallest state on this guided food tour through the culinary and creative capital of Rhode Island. Explore the rich history and stunning architecture throughout the Downcity Arts District, savoring 8 samples of gourmet favorites and unique creations along the way.

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