Newport Rhode Island Travel Guide
The city, founded in 1639, is located around 100 km south of Boston on the American east coast. In the 19th century, the city became popular as a summer residence for the American money nobility.
With a population of 26,475, Newport is known as the city by the sea and accordingly there are many public beaches in the pretty town, such as Easton’s Beach with its old carousel, small boats and the Save the Bay Exploration Center .
The Gooseberry Beach on Ocean Drive is ideal for surfing and Third Beach in Middletown is perfect for relaxing swim.
Sachuest Beach is just a short drive away and is the largest beach in the area. It attracts with fine sand, showers and the adjacent Norman Bird Sanctuary and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge .
The five and a half kilometer public Cliff Walk in the picturesque coastal town of Newport , Rhode Island, combines the natural beauty of the rocky cliffs of New England with the architecturally remarkable mansions and manors of the city from the “Gilded Age”. A detour to the Tennis Hall of Fame is also worthwhile.
Whether jogging, hiking or leisurely strolling – the path on the Cliff Walk with a view of the Newport Mansions is an impressive experience.
If you like, you can interrupt your march for a guided tour of “The Breakers”, once owned by the railway magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The southern end of the path requires climbing skills and sturdy shoes and leads partly over unpaved roads and larger rocks.
In the Newport Mansions , there are a wealth of unique art and furniture to visit. The famous and imposing mansions with a direct view of the ocean served large industrial or business families as summer residences in the late 19th century.
St. Mary’s Church
Walk in the footsteps of the Kennedys: In Newport, the future President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier in 1953 in St. Mary’s Church .
Fort Adams State Park
Historic Fort Adams , North America’s longest coastal fortress, is open daily from mid-May to late October. One-hour guided tours start every full hour. Visitors to Fort Adams State Park can zipline over the walls of the fort on two tandem zip lines and marvel at the enchanting Narrangansett Bay!
In Newport, residents pride themselves on their wide range of fresh seafood , but they also make aromatic cheeses, tempting chocolates and delicious pastas.
The Newport Storm Brewery opens its doors for guided tours and gives to insider information, according to which special beers you should keep in elegant restaurants of Newport lookout.
Culinary tour through Newport: Culinary and local products, but also a bit of culture and history are on the agenda of the Rhode Island Red Food Tours in Newport. During the three-hour tour through the port town, you can discover the gourmet insider tips of the various districts during tastings and learn a lot about its inhabitants, history, culture and architecture. The stops include a historic tavern, a café in the harbor district, a cool hamburger and hot dog shop, a hidden lobster shack and a bakery.
Events in Newport
New England’s biggest winter spectacle takes place every February in Newport. More than 150 events await visitors at the Newport Winter Festival . Highlights include a city scavenger hunt and ice sculpting competition.