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Newport, RI: Day trip on a budget

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Newport, RI: Day trip on a budget

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Newport, Rhode Island is an exceptional place filled with exquisite scenery and wonderful New England history. Newport has gained a great reputation from the historic mansions, delicious food, and expensive lifestyle. Tourists flock here during the summer months to take part in this small city's culture. However, many avoid traveling to Newport because of the high price tag associated with this destination. This article gives a list of relatively inexpensive things to do on a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From points south is to take I-95 North to exit 3 in Rhode Island. Then, follow Route 138 the rest of the way. Please be advised that this route does have tolls! From points northwest, take I-95 South to Route 4 to Route 138. Please be advised that this route does have tolls! From points north, take I-195 to Route 24 to Route 138.

By Bus[edit]

RIPTA Bus [1] If you are traveling within Rhode Island or have access to the RIPTA, this may be an alternative to driving to Newport. For rates and schedules, please visit the RIPTA website.


  • Newport Cliff Walk, [2]. - The Newport Cliff Walk is famous for the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. The walk is about 3.5 miles and overlooks the ocean and various wildlife. There is no cost to walk on the trail, and it crosses the back end of some of the historical mansions, which is a plus if you are unable to spend the money to get up close to the mansions. The trail is accessible at a variety of points including Easton Beach (also known as First Beach), Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and Bellevue Ave. A portion of the trail is covered in rough terrain, so caution is advised.
  • Easton Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, Rhode Island 02840, [3]. Easton Beach, also known as First Beach is a must-see when traveling to Newport. Beach admission is free; however, during peak season, parking fees run from $10-$15. Concerts are often free and are frequent during the summer months. The beach offers a lot of different activities, including a carousel and an exhibit promoting saving the Narragansett Bay movement. Visitors must be cautioned that the beach rapidly becomes packed with beach-goers on Saturdays and holidays in the summer season.
  • Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge 769 Sachuest Point Road Middletown, RI 02842, 401-847-5511" [4] Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see when visiting Newport. The refuge offers a variety of activities from tours to saltwater fishing. The visitors center is located on the property and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but is closed on major holidays. The refuge is home to many furry friends, such as deer and rabbits. Appropriate dress and caution must be upheld to avoid some dangerous conditions, such as poison ivy and ticks. The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit with anyone from children to close friends.
  • Thames Street, Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840, [5] Historic Thames Street offers a variety of shops, restaurants and sightseeing. While many of the shops and restaurants on this street can be pricey, the historic street offers so much more. Many of the buildings were completed in the 17th and 18th centuries and are beautifully designed and preserved. The street also houses many art galleries that are often free to walk through. This street is also offers prime window shopping.
  • Kings Park, Wellington Ave., Newport, Rhode Island 02840, [6]. Kings Park is a free waterfront park that offers a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The view from the park provides a detailed landscape of the Pell Bridge and the ships traveling through the harbor. There is side street parking, and restrooms are available. There is also a playground on the park grounds in addition to benches and fishing areas. Kings Park would be an enjoyable place to bring children to run around and view the sites, or to enjoy a nice quite picnic with friends. Concerts frequent the park during the peak season months as well.
  • Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840, 401-841-0707,, [7] Fort Adams State Park offers a variety of activities from festivals to a museum. Picnic tables, fishing, and swimming areas are also available. The Fort offers a glimpse into the history and essence that is Newport, and is a must-see when visiting this city.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Asterisk, 599 Thames Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840, 401-841-8833, [8] Asterisk is a very modern restaurant that offers a luxurious meals for a smaller budget. Prices range from $9.00, for smaller portion entrees and appetizers, to $34.00 for a large entree or prime cut meats. Asterisk also is open for brunch on Sundays during the season, and the outdoor patio is a great way to enjoy the downtown atmosphere without having to spend a lot of money.
  • Easton Beach Snack Shack, Easton Beach, 401-855-1910, [9] The Snack Shack is an inexpensive way to taste the best of Newport. Classic New England shore food is offered, such as lobster rolls and hot dogs. The Shack is open during the season and is a great place to visit during one's trip to Newport.
  • Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant, 140 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840, 401-849-6334, Open Monday – Sunday ; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, [10] For a taste of Newport, a visit to the Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant is a must. Prices are reasonable based on selections and quality of food available. From fresh seafood to pizza, the Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant has something for everyone.
  • One Eighty Restaurant, 8 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840, 401-849-6676, Schedule Varies, [11] One Eighty Restaurant is the perfect place to go if you're looking for a quick bite. While full entrees may be somewhat pricey, many of the items are $10.00 and under. Deals are also offered during different days of the week, like $2.00 Taco Tuesday or $5.00 Pizza Thursday. A bar and a nightclub, with separate hours, are attached to the restaurant, which keep the fun and good eats going into the night!