The list of things to do in Newport is endless. There are countless historic buildings and homes to tour, plenty of museums, great shopping, and of course, great beaches.
If wine or beer are on your list of interests think about touring some of the local wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
Take a walk down Thames Street and take in all the local culture. Thames Street is lined with great shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s also a great place for people watching or just to get a feel for the town.
Ballard Park offers great hiking, and picturesque views. Enjoy a day out in nature or an afternoon picnic at this beautiful park.
The Naval War College Museum is a great place to go learn about American maritime history. Located at the original site of the Naval War College, founded in 1884, the museum has an interesting and diverse exploring the history of naval warfare, and the relationship between the U.S Navy and Newport.
The National Museum of American Illustration is also a wonderful place to spend the day. Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion built in 1898, houses this astounding collection which includes works from Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, Jessie Willcox Smith, and many others.
Sporting enthusiasts will enjoy the Museum of Yachting and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. At the Museum of Yachting learn about the history of the sport through informative informative lectures and exhibits. At the Tennis Hall of Fame learn about the history of tennis and about the most important people and moments in the history of tennis.
Newport is home to years of history. That include’s being home to America’s oldest synagogue. Touro Synagogue was built in 1763 and is the only synagogue in the U.S from the Colonial period.
Many of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions are open to the public and available to tour. This includes, perhaps its most famous mansion, The Breakers. Built by the Vanderbilts, the Breakers is the most grand “cottage” of the summer cottages in Newport. Marble House is another Vanderbilt home in Newport. It is modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles. It features a Chinese Tea House on the cliffs where Mrs. Vanderbilt hosted rallies for women’s suffrage.
There are many other mansions including The Elms, Rough Point, and Rosecliff. Each have interesting and unique histories, being built by heiresses, or tycoons and some, like Rosecliff, were even featured in several films.