A Day Trip to Newport, RI
Understand/Background Get In/Get Out Go/Walk/Drive Activities/Attractions Staying safe Get out
Understand/Background: Newport is a beautiful, summer tourist spot off the coast of Rhode Island. Founded in 1639, Newport is equipped with plenty of activities, good food, beaches, and entertainment. Dubbed as the "sailing capital of the world," Newport has also been known as a popular get-a-way location for numerous high powered people and celebrities, such as Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp and most recently Christina Aguilera and Edward Norton. During the summer the weather is quite exceptional, with numerous beaches to hide away at during the scorching summer heat.
Though the heat can get increasingly brutal at times during the day, the scenery is still increasingly beautiful. Bellevue Avenue is one of the leading tourists attractions during the summer season, with numerous historical mansions that are open year round for walking tours, making family trips both fun and educational. Thames street and the Brick Market (off of America's Cup) are also a fun family spot that will fulfill anyone's shopping needs. With stores that range from the average Newport memorabilia products to upper class jewelry shops, such as Alex and Ani and Portobello Jewelers, everyone will walk away satisfied. When night rolls around, Newport's streets become a haven for the over 21 crowd. Filled with young adults and college students looking for the hottest bars, Newport comes alive until the wee hours of the morning.
Get In/Get Out:
By Plane - When traveling to Newport, RI via plane, travelers have three different options -T.F. Green Airport (WarWick, RI - 26 miles/35 minutes) T.F. Green provides flights 'serviced by all major domestic airlines.' The airport also utilizes both public and private transportation to and from the airport: such as private car rentals and cab or bus services (Cozy Cab, RIPTA) -Boston Logan International Airport (Boston, Ma - 74 miles/90 minutes) This airport is 'serviced by all major domestic and international airlines.' The airport also utilizes both public and private transportation to and from the airport: such as private car rentals and bus services (Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus) -Newport State Airport (Middletown, RI - 3 miles/10 minutes) This airport is only available to chartered planes. This airport utilizes both public and private transportation to and from the airport: such as private car rentals and car or limousine services
By Bus- There are two different bus services that are available while traveling to Newport, RI -Kennedy Plaza (Providence, RI - 33 miles/45 minutes) -Peter Pan Bonanza Terminal (Providence, RI - 36 miles/50 minutes)
By Train- When traveling by train tourists have two different options -Amtrak Kingston Station (West Kingston, RI - 18 miles/30 minutes) This train station utilizes only public transportation to and from the station, such as a car rental service -Amtrak Providence Station (Providence, RI - 26 miles/35 minutes) This train station utilizes both public and private transportation to and from the stations: such as car rentals, bus (RIPTA) and Ferry services
Go/Walk/Drive: Due to the absurd traffic that ensues the island, Newport offers scooter and segway rentals and/or tours around the island, making for an easy and interesting way for families to get around. There are also taxi's, trolleys and RIPTA bus services that are easily accessible to the public. However, one of Newport's most interesting and unique forms of transportation around the island are its pedicabs. Driven by Newport locals, pedicabs make for an exciting way for families to get around during the day and for getting home after a night of dancing and/or drinking. However, on the off chance you do end up driving, Newport offers a ton of public parking that range from parking meters to privately paid parking lots.