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Newport (Rhode Island)

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Newport is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island that is famous for its mansions, shopping, and scenery. Newport is also known for hosting the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival and many other Festivals and Fairs. Cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks accent an upscale touristy downtown area with many shops, galleries and great restaurants and its all located along water. Newport sits on the southern end of Aquidneck Island and features several fine beaches, rocky cliffs and much history including an old fort.

Four Days in Newport, Rhode Island offers a detailed itinerary of many of the attractions featured in this article. A Family Weekend in Newport (Summertime) provides a condensed and a bit more detailed version of this article and only includes appropriate suggestions for families traveling with children in the summertime.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

To get into Newport use one of three bridges: The Claiborne Pell Bridge (has a 4.00 toll), from Jamestown, The Sakonnet River Bridge, from Tiverton, or the Mount Hope Bridge, from Bristol. Newport can be accessed using 195 and 95, as well as routes 4 and 138.

By plane[edit]

T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick offers shuttle and cab services to Newport, and is about 30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

Newport State Airport, Located in nearby Middletown, this airport is small and does not offer commercial flights. It does accommodate small private planes and helicopters. It also offers skydiving, and hot air balloon rides. It is about 5 minutes away from downtown Newport.

By boat[edit]

There are many marinas in Newport harbor that offer dock space for sailboats, powerboats, million dollar yachts, and even cruise ships that set anchor in the harbor.

  • 41 Degrees North, 351 Thames Street, Latitude: 41.29 Longitude: 71.19, Phone: 401-848-7950, [16]. Amenities include: Restaurants, Restrooms, Floating Docks, Dockage for Yachts up to 250 ft, Concierge Service, Ship-side Dining Service and more. 2009 Transient Rates: available upon request (2007 Transient Rate: $7.50 per foot).
  • Bannister’s Wharf Marina, 24 Bannisters Wharf, Latitude: 41.486 Longitude: -71.315, Phone: 401-846-4500, [17]. Amenities include: Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Ice, Laundry, Restaurants, Restrooms, Showers, and a Travel Lift. 2009 Rates: available upon request (2008 Rates: $5 per foot per night). Bannisters wharf has a very nice staff and an excellent location on the same pier as the Black Pearl and 22 Bowen restaurants. There is a great game room across the street for kids along with discounted fuel for customers.
  • Brenton Cove Moorings, 68 Long Wharf, Latitude: 41.48937 Longitude: -71.31833, Phone: 401-849-2210.
  • Brewer Street Boat works Ltd., Commercial Wharf, Latitude: 41.49213 Longitude: -71.31135, Phone: 401-847-0321, [18]. Amenities include: Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Laundry, Maintenance Facilities, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restrooms, and Showers. “Excellent maintenance services and repairs & installations. Electronic sales & service. Dealer for Raymarine, Si-Tex, Simrad, B&G, Furuno, Sea/Datamarine, KVH. Cummins marine diesel certified.”
  • Brown & Howard Marina, 21 Brown & Howard Wharf, Phone: 401-846-5100, [19]. Floating docks can accommodate vessels from 30 to 250 feet. Amenities include: Charter Rental, Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks, Laundry, Pumpout, Showers, Spa, and Wireless Internet. 2009 transient rate: $5.50 per foot per day. Good marina at the center of city with very modern facilities, but limited dock space. Make reservations far in advance.
  • Casey’s Marina, Spring Wharf, Latitude: 41.49213 Longitude: -71.31135, Phone: 401-849-0281, [20]. Amenities include: Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks (14 ft depth), Boats up to 185 ft, Gasoline, Ice, Restrooms, Showers, Travel Lift, and Wireless Internet. 2009 Rates: available upon request.
  • Goat Island Marina, 5 Marina Plaza, Latitude: 41.4915 Longitude: -71.3278, Phone: 401-849-5655, [21]. Amenities include: Cable TV, Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks, Gasoline, Hotel/Lodging, Ice, Internet Access, Laundry, Maintenance Facilities, Pumpout, Restaurants, Restrooms, Ship Store, Showers, Spa, Swimming Pool, Tennis, and Wireless Internet. 2009 Rates: Daily Transient Rates Vessels under 80' $4.25/ft. Vessels over 80' $5/ft (prices are subject to change for special events). A long list of amenities and superb facilities, this is a great marina to visit. However its location on goat island makes it one of the furthest marinas from downtown.
  • Ida Lewis Yacht Club, 186 Wellington Ave, Latitude: 41.4768 Longitude: -71.31588, Phone: 401-846-1969, [22]. Ida Lewis Yacht club welcomes both members and non-memebrs to visit the marina. Its location on the south side of the harbor makes it a 15 minuet walk to downtown. The great staff and service make it a worthwhile destination.
  • Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, 49 America’s Cup Avenue, Latitude: 41.48564 Longitude: -71.32746, Phone: 401-848-3310, [23]. Amenities include: Cable TV, Hotel/Lodging, Ice, Internet Access, Laundry, Restrooms, Showers, and a Swimming Pool. 2009 transient rate: $5 per foot/per night (5.50 for special events/holiday). This hotel is well known for its excellent location in downtown Newport. However it is also known for its outdated and overpriced rooms.
  • Newport Marina, Inc, Lee’s Warf, Latitude: 41.49213 Longitude: -71.31135, Phone: 401-849-2293, [24]. Amenities include: Cable TV, Floating Docks, Ice, Internet Access, Laundry, Picnic Area, Pumpout, Restaurants, Restrooms, Showers, and a Swimming Pool. 2009 Rates: $5 per foot per night plus electric (Boats Over 70 Ft. $5.50 per foot) A great choice. The marina is next to the IYRS, offering not only a central location for restuarants but a wonderful view of the classic yachts next door. The heated pool is great, as are the bar-b-ques, picnic tables, and family-friendly surroundings. This marina is in the center of the action but avoids the crouds and lack of security at other marinas. New floating docks make it boat friendly as well.
  • Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street, Latitude: 41.48981 Longitude: -71.32033, Phone: 401-846-6002, [25]. Amenities include: Complete repair facilities, wireless internet, on-site restaurant and catering, Crew Facilities, Secure Dockage Area. 2009 Transient Rates: $4.95 per foot per night (May 15- Sept 30). As one of the best known shipyards on the east coast, it is the premiere location for mega yachts in Newport. It is with in walking distance to the shops and restaurants downtown and features the best yacht repair service in New England.
  • Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Latitude: 41.48516 Longitude: -71.31537, Phone: 401-847-9047, [26]. Amenities include: ATM, Diesel Fuel, Dry Storage, Fitness Center, Floating Docks, Gasoline, Groceries, Ice, Laundry, Maintenance Facilities, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restaurants, Restrooms, Showers, and a Swimming Pool. 2009 Rates: April-June 14: $2.75/ft June 15-Sept. 5; $5/ft & July 1-9: $5.50 (3 night min. stay required) Sept. 6 - November: $2.75/ft & $4/ft (Fri., Sat. & Sun. of holiday weekends). This is a great marina in a great location. Very professional staff and well maintained facilities. They are associated with the Marriott, so you can use the gym and the pool at the hotel. It offers a variety of services for people who enjoy and expect the very best.
  • West Wind Marina, 1 Waite’s Wharf, Latitude: 41.49213 Longitude: -71.31135, Phone: 401-849-4300, [27]. Amenities include: ATM, Diesel Fuel, Floating Docks (boats up to 220ft), Ice, Laundry, Oil Recycling, Pumpout, Restrooms, Showers, 2 restaurants on-site, 2 bars on-site, and 1 night club. 2009 Rates: $4 to $5 per foot per night, call for details. West Wind Marina specializes in dealing with smaller yachts in the 50-80 foot range, but can handle much larger yachts. Great downtown location with their own restaurants on site.

Getting to Newport by boat:

  • Jamestown and Newport Ferry, from Bowen's Landing or Fort Adams State Park, Phone: +1 401-423-9900. Stops at Ferry Wharf, Jamestown and Goat Island. $8 one-way, $14 round trip.

By train[edit]

Amtrak trains between Boston and New York City stop in Providence and Kingston. The RIPTA [28] 64 bus connects the Kingston Railway Station to the Newport Gateway Visitor Center. The 20 mile bus journey cost $2.00 and takes 1 hour.

RIPTA Bus [29] 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.

Get around[edit]

Newport is a great town in which to walk, ride, and utilize modes of transportation other than cars. When visiting places throughout Newport, you'll notice that most people are walking or riding bikes. Many people use bikes, scooters, and mopeds to get around the city. Most of the restaurants and shops are packed into the harbor area, which is perfect for walking, especially on a cool summer night. Parking your car can get pretty difficult at certain times of the year, which is another benefit of walking. If you decide to take your car downtown, there are various locations that have parking meters. The meters take only quarters (15 minutes) and dimes (5 minutes), and allow you to park for 3 hours. In addition to meters, there are many parking lots that charge around 15-30 dollars for parking.

There is also the option of using the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

  • R.I.P.T.A., Phone: +1 401-781-9400, [30]. RIPTA has authentic looking trolleys that travel around Newport and offer bus trips all around the state of Rhode Island.
  • Newport Trolley, Phone: (401) 849-8005, [31]. Sponsored by RIPTA bus company, this more stylish and town like cruiser accommodates the same amount of passengers as a bus on a more breezy, clean and pleasant ride. The trolley also does mansion and scenic tours of Newport.


  • Orange Cab, Phone: +1 401-841-0030, [32].
  • Newoport Cabs, Phone: +1 401-841-0047, [33].
  • Cozy Cabs, Phone: +1 401-846-2500.
  • Yellow Cab, Phone: 1-401-846-1500.
  • Moriarty’s Taxi, Phone: +1 401-841-0030, [34].


  • Leisure Limousine, Phone: +1 401-683-2683 181 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02871 Newport Limo Service.
  • Newport Limousine Service, LLC., Phone: +1 401-418-4301.
  • Paradise Limousine Service, Phone: +1 401-847-2704.
  • Newport Adventures, Phone: +1 800-936-0277.

Bike and Mopeds[edit]

Scooter World offers bike, scooter, and Jet Ski rentals on hourly, daily, and weekly basis. It is seven days a week, and is located in downtown Newport.

Ten Speed Spokes offers bike rentals for adults only with hourly to weekly rates. Open seven days a week, located next to the Newport Dinner Train.


  • Newport Pedicab Phone (401) 432-5498, [35]. There are pedicabs everywhere during the summer. You can find groups of them waiting for customers throughout Newport. A pedicab ride is a convenient ride home after a night on the town. In addition to convenience, pedicabs are eco-friendly and safe. Newport pedicab offers a "pay as you please" policy; there is no set rate for your ride, but be sure to tip as you see fair!

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Cliff Walk
  • Famous Cliff Walk, [36]. - Dedicated in 1975, this 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) public access walkway is a beautiful walk that must be taken. The cliff walk offers some of the most beautiful views existent in New England, and wildlife can be seen everywhere throughout the walk. The cliff walk also runs adjacent to many mansions, allowing a close up view of gorgeous pieces of architecture. This walk allows you to see and be a part of the Atlantic ocean that day.
  • The Ocean Drive, [38] This is a 10 mile drive along the beautiful Newport shoreline. Along the drive you will see, Green Bridge, The Private Beaches (Gooseberry Beach, Hazards Beach, Bailey's Beach), Brenton Point State Park, Castle Hill Inn, and many gorgeous houses that hug the shoreline.
  • Fort Adams, 1 Lincoln Drive, Phone: +1 401-841-0707, [39].

By car or water taxi from Newport Harbor, discover Fort Adams, a historical yet entertaining part of Newport that is fun for adults and kids of all ages. Containing over 180 years of history, the Fort itself is the largest coastal fortress in the United States and offers seasonal guided tours that showcase the property’s soldier’s quarters, Naval War College Museum Exhibit, beautiful architecture and engineering. Besides looking at the splendor that is Fort Adams, you can see the view of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

Fort Adams is not just a historical part of Newport, it is also home to various festivals and events that take place on the fortress’ six and a half parade field and lawns. Some of these festivals include Family Day, a celebration for families, especially those with small children, which include clowns, face painting, and other fun activities and attractions. Fort Adams is also home to the annual George Wein’s Folk Festival, George Wein’s Jazz Festival, and McGrath’s Public Clambake. In early July of this year, the Civil War Living History Weekend will take place. This event is a true celebration of America's history with authentic actors, uniforms, weapons, and simulations of the assaults that occurred at Fort Adams.

Fort Adams contains something for everyone, a rich history, picturesque views of the harbor and architecture, or fun events that occur in the warmer seasons. Fort Adams is a must do when planning your trip to Newport. Admission $8; ages 6-17 $5; 5 and under free.

  • Fort Adams State Park, [40].

Perhaps one of the most well-kept establishments on Aquidneck Island is Fort Adams. The 30 year construction of the fort began in 1824, and was built by hundreds of immigrants new to America. The fort was used during the Civil War by the Naval Academy. This elaborately constructed fort used to contain more than 500 cannons, some of which were preserved and can be seen today. The stone structure is only used recreationally for festivals, and often for wedding receptions due to its beautiful location. Fort Adams can be seen to the right of the Newport Bridge in crossing.

  • Forty Steps, [41]. While experiencing Cliff Walk, be sure to look out for Forty Steps; a cryptic and amazing set of staircase that leads directly into the ocean below. During Newport's Golden Age, the Forty Steps were a gathering place for the servants and workers from the nearby mansions. Here they would hold weekend dances and play the Irish songs and music that reminded them of home. Not only is there historical meaning behind the structure, but is also safe for swimmers, runners and walkers alike.
  • Newport Gulls Baseball Team, 20 Americas Cup Avenue, Phone: +1 401-849-4982, [42]. The team plays a 42 game summer schedule, consisting of 21 home games, plus a Team USA Exhibition and the playoffs, at historic Cardines Field, which dates back to 1908. The New England Collegiate Baseball League is composed of 12 teams in all 6 New England states. The Gulls also host 6 summer camps located throughout Aquidneck Island, benefiting the youth of Newport County. Adults $4; Ages 13-18, Seniors, and Military ID's $2; under $12 1. Seasons passes are $50.
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Phone: 1-401-849-3990, [43]. 9:30AM-5PM. A non-profit institution made to preserve the history of tennis. Built in 1880, it shows the icons of tennis. Visitors of all ages can come to this historical casino and experience the art gallery, and the plaques that commemorate the great players.” Admission: adults $11, seniors, military or students with ID $6, under $16 4, family rate $20.
  • Ballard Park, 226 Bellevue Avenue, 401-619-3377, [1]. If there were any particular area in Newport that would be described as park perfection, Ballard Park is the unrivaled paragon of parks in Rhode Island, let alone in Newport. Surrounded by a dense forest, the park itself is also shadowed by a massive stone wall in the background, creating a very unique setting to have any sort of event, such as stage music, jack-o-lantern trails, and family picnics. The owners of Ballard Park have hosted many similar public events in the past, all of which had been considered large community successes.  edit
  • Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge 769 Sachuest Point Road Middletown, RI 02842, 401-847-5511" [44] 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.


Vanderbilt's mansion "The Breakers"

Like most of Newport the Newport Mansions ooze history. The mansions represent over 250 years of history and architecture with walk through audio tours of the establishments. The mansions are a spectacle to see for all who attend. Each establishment, fully preserved, has a different history, some from the Women's Right's Movement in 1920 with Greek and Roman sculpture, some that double as 19th century art galleries, and some with impressive gardens complete with sculpted topiaries.

The Newport Mansions consist of eleven historical sites all with different architectural aspects, history, interiors, and landscape. Out of these eleven, seven are nationally recognized historic landscapes. The Newport Mansions do not only showcase historical house museums, but are also hosts to different galas and functions on the lawns and inside the mansions themselves. The Newport Flower show, proms, and specialty tours are just some of the extra features to see at the Newport mansions including the exquisite array of holiday decorations that are put up during the season.

Newport Mansion tours are not only for those interested in historical architecture or Rhode Island history, but for all ages due to the walk through tours, audio information, and the overall grandiose appeal of the estates.

  • Belcourt Castle[45], Bellevue Av. Built between 1891 and 1894 for Oliver Belmont. Privately owned but open to the public.
  • The Breakers, Ruggles Av. Built between 1893 and 1895 by the Vanderbilt family. The Preservation Society of Newport County owns The Breakers.
  • Chateau-sur-Mer, Bellevue Av.
  • Chepstow, Ruggles Av.
  • The Elms, Bellevue Av.
  • Hunter House, Washington St.
  • Isaac Bell House, Bellevue Av.
  • Kingscote, Bellevue Av.
  • Marble House, Bellevue Av.
  • Ochre Court, Ochre Point Av.
  • Rosecliff, Bellevue Av.
  • Rough Point, Bellevue Av.


  • International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Av., Phone: +1 401-849-3990, Toll-free: +1 800-457-1144, Fax: +1 401-849-8780, [46]. Features the only professional tennis events played on grass in North America as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, which holds the largest collection of tennis memorabilia in the world. The Newport Casino also features several facilities for special events, including cocktail parties, receptions and meetings.
  • Museum of Yachting, Fort Adams Dr. in Fort Adams State Park, Phone: +1 401/847-1018, fax: 401/847-8320, E-mail: [email protected], [47]. Mid May-Oct, 10AM-5PM. $5/$4.
  • National Museum of American Illustration, at Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Ave, Phone: +1 401-851-8974, [48]. Memorial Day to Labor Day: Thursday thru Sunday, 11AM-5PM; Remainder of the year: Friday only 11AM - 5PM. General Admission includes Audio Tour: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors/Military, $14 Students, $10 Children 5-12 (children under 5 not admitted). Guided tour each Friday at 3 pm. Fully furnished 1901 mansion houses original works by Norman Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker, N. C, Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, John Rogers, and more. The grounds are a nationally recognize arboretum.
  • Naval War College Museum, 686 Cushing Road, Phone: +1 401-841-4052, [49]. Year round, M-F 10AM-4PM, 12PM-4PM on weekends Jun-Sep. Closed holidays. For reservations call a week in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station.
  • Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Av., Phone: +1 401-848-8200, Fax: +1 401-848-8205, email: [email protected], [50]. Labor Day to Memorial Day: M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM; Memorial Day to Labor Day Tues-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM, $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Students/Military. Free for those under 7 and members.
  • Rough Point, 80 Bellevue Ave., Phone: +1 401-401-847-8344, [51]. Doris Dukes’ mansion and a museum with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is kept largely as it was lived in during Duke’s lifetime. Museum Tours: Tues-Sun, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM. Seasonal open days, check web site. $25 Adults, $10 Ages 13-18 & Students w/ ID, Free Children 12 & under
  • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, 85 Touro Street, Phone: +1 401-847-4794, [52]. Afternoons exc. Sa. Hours vary by season. The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762, and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. Tours times vary, Adults $5, under 13 free.
  • Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-849-7300, [53].


  • Opera House Movie Theater, 19 Touro Street, Phone: +1 401-847-3456. The Opera House is currently undegoing renovations and is not open to the public. The Cinema has three screens, two smaller theaters on the first floor and one larger open theater on the second. The Opera House has been in business since 1968 and continues to play the most recent and relevant films. Call for tours of the theater or to volunteer in the restoration of this historic landmark.
  • Jane Pickens Movie Theater, 49 Touro Street, Phone: +1 401-846-5252, [54]. This unique art house cinema was built in 1834 and converted to a two–story theater in 1919. The theater has a capacity for 500 people. Jane Pickens' beautifully renovated interior is a perfect setting to watch the newest independent films and documentaries. The theater can be rented out for private functions such as fundraisers, parties, business events, weddings, and anniversaries. With its small stage, Jane Pickens can also accommodate artists and filmmakers to debut their work for a private audience or to the general public. This theater is one of the only cinemas in Rhode Island that will re-release classic films for the public to enjoy again. Newport is famous for its mansions

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Newport offers a variety of activities throughout the year. During the summer season, water sports are extremely popular amongst Newporters and tourists. Sailing and boating tours are also available starting in the spring, while an outdoor skating rink is a great place to be during the winter. Shopping and gambling are also great tourist attractions throughout the entire year in Newport.

  • Adventure Water Sports, 5 Marina Plaza Goat Island, 401-849-4820, [2]. 9AM-6PM. Houly rentals, jet skis/ waverunners, outboard boats, one and two person kayaks. Half day and full day sailing, fishing and motor yacht charters. If you lack boating experience, private boat tours are available with a captain/ guide with extensive local knowledge. Also offers for the enthusiastic photographer, sunrise and sunset marine photo tours of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with a local photographer.  edit
  • The M/V Gansett, Gansett Cruises, +1 401-787-4438, [55]. Harbor Tours with a Different View. Classic Maine-built wooden vessel sails daily from the PRIVATE DOCK at the Inn on Long Wharf, NEW LOCATION! 142 Long Wharf. A classic Maine-built wooden vessel; later in the day, enjoy ice cream and toppings; in the evenings, sample award-winning "Stuffies" - RI stuffed quahogs. Light beverages always compliments of the Captain. Expert guest speakers narrate the sights of this enchanting harbor and the lower bay. Private charters available. (
  • Amazing Grace Harbor Tour, Sayer’s Wharf, +1 401-847-9109, [56].
  • Boating/Sailing, Newport Sailing School and Tours. Goat Island Marina, Dock A5 [57]. Offers 1-2 hour leisure sailing tour of Newport Harbor. For those more hands on, courses are available in three experience levels. Beginners are welcome.
  • Sovereign Bank Skating Center, at Newport Yachting Center, +1 401-846-1600 ext. 200 [58]. The Sovereign Bank Skating Center brings a "Norman Rockwell" landscape to the Newport waterfront from November through March. This skating center offers skate lessons, rentals and sharpening. An outdoor skating center located on Newport Harbor has beautiful views of the water and is is great outdoor fun for both adults and children. A concession stand and parking are also available during the winter season.
  • Skydiving, +1 401-845-0393, [59].Sky Dive Newport is open from April 1st -October 31, seven days a week from 9AM- Sunset. A Tandem jump is offered with an instructor, which consists of a 40 second free fall, and about a 5 minute parachute ride. Hands on training is available at Sky Dive Newport.
  • Surfing, Surfer's End at Second Beach in Middletown encourages surfers of all abilities, located just down the road from Easton's beach past the Newport town line. For more experienced surfers, Ruggles beach [60] is a hot spot for larger swells and rougher waves. Island Sports [61] located around the corner form Easton's beach, offers a wide range of women's, men's and children's surf attire, clothing, accessories and equipment. The shop is a picture perfect outlet for any surfer's needs, with a huge warehouse located in the back of the store stocked with new boards, used boards and ones in the process of being repaired. Island Sports also has a truck filled with beginners surf boards that remains parked at surfer's end, providing easy access to rent a board or pay for lessons right on the beach with a professional surf trainer. Across the street from Island Sports is Elemental Surf & Skate [62] which is more focused on apparel, but the website does offer a free, live update of the surf at the beach; letting you know as a surfer whether it's worth your while or not to head down and catch some waves. Both have low-key friendly consumer atmosphere's and knowledgeable ready to help staff.
  • SCUBA Diving, The Dive Shop Newport , [63]. The Dive Shop Newport offers PADI and IDEA open water scuba courses by trained professionals.A variety of dive gear is available for rent to the certified divers and Snorkeling gear is available for those who chose to stay on top of the water. With the largest selection of scuba/dive equipment and appeal in Rhode Island, employees have the knowledge and ability to equip and fit each individual properly. BCD, Computers, Dive Lights/Knives, Weights, Tanks, Hoses, Mask,Fins, Books, Charts and much more. Cylinder/Tank fills while you wait. ON SITE EQUIPMENT REPAIRS include: Dry suit seals, First/Second stage annual inspection/service, Battery replacement, visual tank inspection and more. The Dive Shop Newport is only couple miles away from some of the best diving spots in Newport and has ample parking during the summer months for parking
  • 12 Meter Charters (Daily Ticketed Sails aboard a 12 Meter yacht), 401-851-1216, [3]. Offers two-hour afternoon and evening cruises aboard 12 Meter yachts. Not your typical harbor cruise, 12 Meter Charters' ticketed cruises combine the history of Newport with the experience of sailing on Narragansett Bay. Enjoy historic Newport sights including Fort Adams and the Newport Bridge, lighthouses and lavish estates, aircraft carriers and historic schooners, and learn the history of sailing in Newport.  edit
  • Newport Pilates, 92 William St, 401-619-4660, [4]. The only pilates studio in town. Provides mat classes, reformer classes, cadillac classes.  edit
  • Newport Storm Brewery, 293 J.T. Connell Rd, (401) 849-5232, [5]. The Newport Storm Brewery is a fairly new addition among the Newport attraction list. It is a small brewery, but the beer is known all around Rhode Island and some parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. For $7 you can take a tour of the home of the Rhody native beer. You also get to have a tasting and take a glass home with you as a souvenir. For those of you who don't like beer, have no fear. The brewery also offers a tour and tasting of their own rum for $9 and you still get to take home a glass! $7 or $9.  edit
  • A Day on the Island [64], is an itinerary that involves exploring the Newport Mansions [65], visiting the Newport Vineyards [66] and staying at the Chanler Hotel [67].
  • Rhode Island Red Food Tours, 270 Bellevue Ave. #355, 401-684-1110, [6]. Taste, Bite & Sip your way through Historic Newport. The Newport Neighborhood Food Tour is a 3 hour walking tour that takes you through an off-the-beaten-path historic neighborhood and hotbeds of local food and fun, where we will stop at, at least 6 eateries. Along the way to each tasting location we will point out historic 18th and 19th century landmarks and tell stories about some of the occupants of the day. Upon arriving at our tasting locations you will learn about the restaurants, and food philosophy, the chefs and the tastings you will have. There will be enough food for a comfortable lunch. Tours run mid April through November. See website for dates, times and tickets prices.  edit


Newport is known for its beautiful beaches. There are a variety of both public and private beaches located in the Newport area. Many beaches located in Newport and Middletown are within a few blocks from each other, and have a variety of different features. Some are great for swimming, fishing, and making sand castles, while others have picnic areas and great surf. Some of Newport’s beaches provide family events and entertainment during different times of the year. All beaches in Newport have great views and are perfect for a little relaxation.

  • Bailey's Beach, Ocean Avenue. This beach is one of the most exclusive beaches on the East Coast. This private beach club has historically been a summer getaway for rich Newport families. tennis courts are available to members, but there are no parking or concession stands available in this private club, just good sunbathing and chatter.
  • Eastons Beach,, Memorial Boulevard. This beach is best known as First Beach, and has a wonderful view of the beautiful Cliff Walk. The carousel, playground, and aquarium are perfect for children, while the concession stand and beach houses are nearby. Parking is available and there are restaurants within walking distance.
  • Fort Adams State Beach, [68]. Located in Fort Adams State Park on Ocean Avenue. Besides tours throughout the park, this historical site offers a beautiful beach with picnic and fishing areas. Concession stand and public bathrooms are also available.
  • Gooseberry Beach, Ocean Avenue. This is a private beach club open to the public. Showers, chair rentals, and parking are available for guests. Seasonal parking passes are also available for those who can’t get enough.
  • Hazard Beach, Ocean Avenue. This is a private beach which offers nearby parking. Bathhouses and a concession stand are available to those who have a membership.
  • Kings Beach, Wellington Avenue. It has a free boat ramp, but this beach is fairly small. It has a great view of the Newport Bridge. Kings Park also offers picnic tables and areas to barbeque.


There are many places in Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island to go fishing. Saltwater fishing for striped bass, bluefish, and tautog (blackfish) is the way to go. Being on an island, there are many places to fish from. Some of the best spots with easy public access are Fort Adams, Brenton Point, Castle Hill, and any of the public beach areas. You can also charter a fishing boat out of one of the many marinas.

NOTE: Rhode Island has passed a law that requires all aspiring fishers to obtain a license to fish the waters of the state. The license only costs seven dollars, and is to be renewed once a year. To qualify you must simply go to the local Wal*Mart (located by the rotary on Connell highway) and pay the small fee to legally fish while you enjoy your stay in Newport. It's only a small fee, so you don't have to feel guilty about purchasing one even if you are visiting for a short stay.

  • Newport Quest Fishing Charters, [69]. This collaboration is a state wide experience, boats leaving from Newport docks and fishing towards Block Island.
  • The Saltwater Edge, [70]. Privately owned operation, located just outside of Newport within a mile of first beach (Easton's). Saltwater activities range from fly fishing, surf-casting and light or heavy tackle; staff providing a compilation of offshore and onshore experience.
  • On The Rocks Newport Charters, Phone: (401) 359-3625. Fly fishing oriented, and light tackle and fly fishing gear provided. Other than Newport areas also covered are Narragansett Bay, Westerly and Watch Hill.


  • Art Newport, aboard SeaFair- the fine art mega-yacht [71] This 228-foot, 2,800 ton privately owned yacht is one of the ten largest in the United States. Groundbreaking in scale, ingenuity and style, the yacht - which remains dockside during each event - pairs international fine art glass, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and collectables with harbor view dining and special events.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade This is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. The parade kicks off the day, while countless parties and festivities follow until the wee hours of the night. Parade route: City Hall to Washington Square to Thames Street and ending at Saint Augustine’s Church.
  • Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, +1 401-849-2120, [72]. First Saturday in December, America’s Cup Ave. Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30PM, children’s musical program begins at 5PM The mayor lights the tree at 6PM and Santa arrives by a Coast Guard Crash Boat (weather permitting) immediately after tree lighting.
  • Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Bellevue Ave., +1401-847-1000, [73]. Marble House, the Elms and the Breakers are open and decorated for the holiday season. Celebrate a timeless holiday season amid elegantly decorate surrounding. All three houses are adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations and ring with music of the season.
  • Newport Winter Festival - Citywide, +1 401-847-7666, [74]. Features more than 150 individual events combining food, music and entertainment for all ages. Includes concert series, sand sculptures, chili cook-off, citywide scavenger hunt, ice sculpting competition, children’s fair, pizza cook-off and fantasy auction.
  • Newport Jazz Festival. The Newport Jazz Festival is a famous annual festival held every August at Fort Adams State Park. It was first founded by jazz painist George Wein in 1954, and has hosted many famous jazz musicians ever since.
  • Newport Waterfront Events, [75].
  • Sunset Music Series. +1 401-846-1600, [76]. Throughout the summer, the Sunset Music Series features national and international entertainment overlooking beautiful Newport harbor. This upscale event is set in a great location and allows entertainers to expose themselves to the public. 2,500 seats are reserved under a colorful waterfront tent with a separate tent for VIP receptions.
  • Newport Waterfront Irish Festival. +1 401-846-1600 [77]. Each Labor Day weekend, the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival offers a celebration of Irish music, culture, food, libations and crafts. This event provides quality family entertainment and an authentic cultural experience. It is a community celebration that features five stages of national and international entertainment, an Irish Marketplace with Irish and handcrafted items for sale, a dance hall and a children's play area. A festival great for all ages!
  • Tall Ships. (401)846-2720, [78]. Once a year, during the summer in July and August, the tall ships come into Newport docks from all over the world. This huge celebration is a place to meet sailors, pirates and mariners from all over the world, as well as go onto the boats and see the deck. This event can be extremely crowed and at times difficult to maneuver around the crowd. Ticket prices vary on the day you plan on going and the ship(s) you plan on seeing.
  • Taste of Rhode Island. +1 401-846-1600, [79]. The Taste of Rhode Island offers a unique experience featuring food, crafts, talent and culture. This annual event includes over 100 exhibitors comprised of restaurants selling appetizer size portions of the areas finest cuisine, beverages, craft and marketplace vendors. Live entertainment, strolling acts, a wine garden, and children's activities are some of the exciting happenings to be enjoyed.
  • International Great Chowder Cook-off. +1 401-846-1600, [80]. The Great Chowder Cook-Off provides an opportunity to taste the Nation's best chowder in the downtown Newport. The Cook-Off features over 25 international and national restaurants competing for the coveted title of Best chowder in the Nation in 3 categories: clam, seafood, and creative. This event offers 3 stages of continuous entertainment, culinary demonstrations, a community tent with activities for children.
  • International Oktoberfest. +1 401-846-1600, [81]. The ending of the fall festival season, an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration with lively Bavarian music from throughout New England, delicious German food and American cuisine (seafood, pierogies and more), an International Biergarten, Weingarten, and special area for children.
  • Newport Spring Boat Show. 1+ 401-846-1115, [82]. The largest Spring Boat Show in the Northeast. A first class exhibition of brokers and dealers selling brokerage boats, past-season and new models. Booths offer attendees a array of products, services and accessories throughout the boat show.
  • Newport International Boat Show. 1+ 401-846-1115, [83]. The third largest in-water boat show in the country covers over 14 acres of Newport's waterfront. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a full spectrum of new boat related products and services to any boating enthusiast. Music, food, and fun abound at one of the leading boat show in the world.


  • Newport National Golf Club 324 Mitchell’s Lane, Phone: (401) 848-9690. Newport National is an 18-hole public course which offers great views and picturesque holes throughout. With paths made of sea shells, players may feel as though they are on a remote island. For a public course, Newport National offers a great location to play and enjoy a day on the links. In-State Summer Green Fees: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday after 1PM: $70, Friday and Saturday: $110, After 2PM: $80, Sunday before 1PM: $95. Out-of-State Summer Green Fees: Monday-Thursday: $125, Weekend and Holidays: $150.
  • Newport Country Club 280 Harrison Ave., Phone: (401) 846-3701. Newport Country Club is one of the oldest and most beautiful courses throughout the state. With a mansion for the clubhouse, the facilities are second to none and one hole is more breath-taking than the next. It was the location for many professional golf tournaments including the U.S. Open, the Women’s U.S. Open, as well as the U.S. Amateur.


  • Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Phone +1 401-847-6650, [84].
  • Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI Newport Campus), [85].
  • Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd. (on Newport’s Naval Base), [86].

Newport is a great place to learn and take classes in a variety of different activities. Scuba diving and sailing are two incredible summer activities that you can learn in Newport. Learn to dive at the Newport Diving Center and learn to sail at the Newport Sailing School. There are art classes available at the Newport Art Museum. The classes are offered year round and are an enjoyable option if you find yourself in Newport during the “off” season (September to May).

Buy[edit][add listing]

Newport has become a great destination for shopping. During the Summer it is extremely popular because in the Downtown area there are so many stores and they are all within walking distance of each other. It is a great way to spend a day, park the car in any of the nearby parking lots and walk around as long as the weather is good!

  • Thames Street, Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840, 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.

Downtown Newport[edit]

Downtown Newport offers a wide variety of stores ranging from clothing & accessories, art, souveniers, and jewelry.


  • Banana Republic 124 Thames St. Phone: (401) 848-2440 [87]
  • Beach Party Swimwear 135 Swinburne Row Phone: (401) 847-9730 [88]
  • Brooks Brothers 139 Swinburne Row Phone: (401) 847-1950 [89]
  • Chico's 130 Thames St. Phone: (401) 849-8286 [90]
  • Cold Water Creek 49 Long Wharf Mall Phone: (401) 847-5781 [91]
  • Express 144 Thames St. Phone: (401) 847-8330 [92]
  • The Gap 33 America's Cup Ave. Phone: (401) 848-2800 [93]
  • Helly Hanson New England 154 Thames St. Phone: (401) 849-6666 [94]
  • Island Outfitters 473 Thames St. Phone: (401) 848-9215
  • J Crew 49 Long Wharf Mall Phone: (401)849-5790 [95]
  • Jos A. Bank Clothiers 21 Long Wharf Phone: (401) 845-0810 [96]
  • Michael Hayes Co. 19 Bowens Wharf Phone: (401) 849-1888 [97]
  • Potter & Co. 172 Thames St. Phone: (401) 847-4600 [98]
  • Second Beach 375 Thames St. Phone: (401) 849-0063 [99]


  • Blvd. 421 Thames St. Phone: (401) 619-0855 [100]
  • Brahmin Leather Works 22 Bannister's Wharf Phone: (401) 849-5990 [101]
  • Ireland Calls 123 Swinburne Row Phone: (401) 849-8174
  • Newport Sunglass Shop 109 Swinburne Row Phone: (401) 841-9503 [102]
  • Rockport Company Store 240 Thames St. Phone: (401) 849-9666 [103]
  • Sol Optics 393 Thames St. Phone: (401) 841-9503 [104]
  • Sunglass Hut 204 Thames St. Phone: (401) 849-6820 [105]

Boutiques And Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The Magic Studio 433 Thames St # 4. Phone: (401) 841-0735. [106]. Past Ben & Jerry's and before the Newport Yacht Restoration. The fun magic store sells magic, jokes, kites and juggling. The magic shop has been in business for 15 years. The sales staff are very knowledgeable with magic, juggling and kite products. The sales staff are able to demo magic tricks. The products range from a dollar and up. The store is neat and clean.
  • Cabbage Rose 493 Thames St. Phone: (401) 846-7006. Right before O'Briens Pub on lower Thames you will find this organized and clean outlet for a more semi-casual look appropriate for women ranging form preteen to adult. Clothing options range from clean cut denim and Rhode Island themed graphic tees to white ruffled blouses and night-on-the-town dresses. The store is set up in a rather small studio-like layout. Items are moderately priced and sales are occasionally offered.
  • Music Box 160 Thames St. Phone: +1 (877) 66-MUSIC [107]. Strategically located between Henley Hanson and Express you will find the Music Box; a thriving multi media destination for any consumer on the hunt for DVDs, CD's, cassettes, video cassettes, records, posters, nicknack's, stuffed animals, toys and trinkets. The shop consists of middle isles filled with CD's, old records towards the back, season collections of sitcoms and reality television shows on the far left side and various non-music related merchandise on the outer walls of the store. Newer CD's are more expensive; the older the CD the lower the price. Young shoppers are watched carefully to the point it is almost uncomfortable, otherwise staff is usually very helpful and readily available.
  • Pink Pineapple 380 Thames St. Phone: (401) 293-6625 [108]. Located a block down from America's Cup just beyond the cusp of the beginning of Thames Street lays this small vibrant boutique on the first floor of a three story building. The environment is confined to limited space; cramped with numerous racks and shelves of clothes and jewelry that may come across as overwhelming. Pink Pineapple's fashion is focused on bright, bold and pieces that make a statement; extremely popular with a younger crowd. Merchandise can be rather pricey, but the quality and uniqueness is that set apart from other stores you may come across in the area.
  • Pleasant Surprise 121 Swinburne Row (Located in Brick Market Place)Phone: (401) 846-1202 [109]. Pleasant Surprise is a contributing shop in the Brick Market Place community, providing a fun, playful, colorful and comical atmosphere for shoppers. This store is what some may refer to as an adult joke store, offering merchandise ranging from hand painted party themed Margarita glasses and quirky birthday cards to silly animal hats and fun home accessories. The store is appropriately organized providing a busy and stimulating shopping environmental; it is near impossible not to touch, play, read or laugh at anything you may see. Prices are moderate and by simply visiting the shop you will add some comic relief to your shopping experience.
  • Trendz 435 Thames St. Phone: (401) 619-3838. Trendz was recently re-located further up Thames Street, having a more central location in the shopping strip. The store strictly focuses on jewelery such as earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, but occasionally may offer headbands or other hair decor. Merchandise is organized by color, type, style and polish (whether the pieces are garnished with silver or gold). Trendz provides costume jewelry with extremely reasonable prices, appropriate for fun everyday accessories or a quick fix to dress up any outfit in an affordable way.
  • Tropical Gangsters 375 Thames St. Phone: (401) 847-9113. Nestled in the middle of lower Thames, Tropical Gangster resides as a female fashion icon for locals and tourists alike. This store's modern themed layout provides and organized and encouraging environmental for shopping. The fashion focuses on the latest styles for woman's dresses, skirts, shoes and shirts. Plenty dressing rooms are readily available, but prices are expensive and the staff is not the friendliest. Styles are not particularly unique compared to competing boutiques in the area.
  • Green Envy Eco-Boutique 223 Goddard Row Phone: (401) 619-1993. Opened in 2008 by a University of Rhode Island graduate, Green Envy Eco-Boutique is a unique shop which offers items held to extremely high environmental and ethical standards. The store offers a variety of clothing, jewlery, accessories and gifts which all fit the "eco-friendly" label the owner has worked hard to enforce. Each piece of merchandise meets requirements held by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The staff is extremely knowledgable and committed to furthering their environmental causes. Green Envy Eco-Boutique truly practice what they preach.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Newport restaurant scene is a pretty elaborate and lavish experience. From places like Sardella’s and The Red Parrot to the more upscale places like The Mooring and 22 Bowen, Newport offers a variety of dining experiences. The night life carries a stigma all its own. For the simple fact that most bars and clubs are all within walking distance of each other, getting around in downtown Newport is a breeze. From the authentic cobblestone Thames Street to Broadway Street, there are plenty of places to lose yourself in a Cape Codder or a Martini.


  • Flos Clam Shack, This is one of Newport’s famous seafood restaurants, mostly famous for their clam cakes. Prices are on the low side, but can rise based on market price for some seafood. It is located right across from the beach.
  • Ocean Coffee Roasters, 22 Washington Sq., Phone: +1 401-846-6060. Diner serving breakfast until 2PM. Bagels, muffins, soups, salads, too.
  • Beluga Froyo, 217 Goddard Row, Phone: +1 401-619-3991. Rhode Island's first self-serve, frozen yogurt shop, froyo, bottled water. Best froyo in Rhode Island, and smack in downtown Newport! @belugafroyo on Twitter. Dog friendly patio.
  • Kellie's A Little Cafe, located right off the Newport Bridge, 27 Connell Hwy, Hours: M-F 6am-3pm, Sat 7am-2pm, Sun 8am-12pm. Food & Catering, Open for breakfast and lunch, inexpensive, great menu and breakfast sandwiches. Phone: +1 401-849-0123.
  • Gary's Handy Lunch, 462 Thames St, diner serving breakfast and lunch, open 5am-3pm. "Coca Cola Classic" diner style. Open view to Thames street, Gary's is a great, quick, place to grab a burger and fries or a late breakfast. Friendly waitstaff and positive atmosphere. Phone: +1 401-847-9480
  • PJ's To Go, 88 Broadway St, open 7am-9pm. PJ2GO is a great $5 dollar lunch. All food is take-out only. Better to call ahead Awesome Buffalo chicken empanadas ($2.50) Phone: +1 401-849-4782
  • The Deli Newport, 66 Broadway St, Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Specialty sandwiches served on freshmade rolls including, cold Sandwiches, hot sandwiches and Salads. Take-out style, Better to call ahead Phone: +1 401-619-5280


  • Belle's Cafe, 1 Washinton St, 401-846-6000, [7]. Open for breakfast and lunch, Belle's Cafe is a casual eatery located inside the grounds of the Newport Shipyard. Along side their freshly prepared meals, Belle's also offers a variety of prepared foods that can easily be stored in a day bag or cooler for the day's activities. With an extensive breakfast and lunch menu available for takeout or deilvery to your boat, this is a great option if you are looking for a quick bite to eat while cruising around Newport Bay.  edit
  • Brick Alley Pub, Located on Thames Street in the heart of downtown Newport Brick Alley offers a variety of meals from seafood to Italian. This is one of Newport’s more popular restaurants that offer meals from $10 to $30.
  • CRU Restaurant, 1 Casino Terrace, Phone: +1 401-314-0500, [110]. Good food, reasonable prices, breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Very nice pastry and good service. Weekend brunch and BYO.
  • Mooring Restaurant, Sayers Wharf, Phone: +1 401-846-2260, [111]. Newport's premier waterfront seafood restaurant. Featuring one of the state's most extensive wine lists.
  • The Red Parrot, 348 Thames St., (401) 847-3800, [8]. The Red Parrot is a place for everybody. You could have a business lunch or dinner here, or bring your children for a family night out. The atmosphere is casual and light hearted. The menu is appropriate for all ages and offers a variety of options for all parties. From lobster and oysters to corn dogs and fries, the Red Parrot will serve as an excellent dining experience. Good place and easy to find due to its prominent location on a busy corner; can be quite touristy however.  edit
  • Perro Salado, 19 Charles Street (Just off Washington Square), 401-619-4777, [9]. opens 5pm nightly. Mexican restaurant located in an old Victorian home. Serves dinner only. Two floors of seating with a lively but small bar downstairs. The well lit rooms, some of which have fireplaces, offer a charming atmosphere perfect for a date night or a friendly gathering. They are very accommodating for parties with small children, too, especially if you arrive before 6. Fish Tacos and Yucatan Pork are favorites. Reservations recommended.  edit
  • Diego's Mexican Restaurant, 11 Bowens Wharf, open 11:30am-1am. A casual Mexican restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Quality margaritas and food. Good for dates and small groups. Trivia night is Mondays. Reservations recommended. Phone:+1 401-619-2640
  • Nikolas Pizza, 38 Memorial Blvd W, open 10am-2am. Pizzas, calzones, apps, salads and sandwiches. Awesome chicken wings. Great late-night food option, attracts college students and post-bar crowds. Recommend to call ahead. Free delivery. +1 401-849-6611
  • Smokehouse Cafe, Sayers Wharf, Phone: +1 401-848-9800, [112]. Outdoor eating featuring ribs, smoked corn and crab chowder, along with plenty of other smoked items.
  • Wharf Pub & Deli, 37 Bowen's Wharf, +1 401-846-9233, [113]. Pub with a family atmosphere. Good beer selection.
  • Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street, 401.845.9300. For a moderate price a night at the Gas Lamp Grille on Thames can be enjoyed by everyone from couples wanting to have a date night to themselves, to large groups going out to celebrate a birthday. Located right on Thames Street, in the heart of Newport, this spot is the ideal place for those looking to have a good time without breaking the bank. With their eclectic menu with dishes, like their Wasabi Tuna Wrap, the Gas Lamp Grille offers new and interesting tastes to your palette. On top of it all they host live entertainment during late spring and all summer long!
  • Pasta Beach, 138 Bellevue Ave., (401) 847 2222, Open: 7 days/week, 11am-9:30pm (10:30 F/S). A stylish and Intimate place for pastas dressed with homemade sauces, gourmet thin-crust pizzas and focaccia panini. Full bar.
  • People's Cafe, 282 Thames St., (401) 619-1022, Open: 7 days/week, 6am-5pm. Converted from an old bank, People's Cafe offers customers a unique dining experience in the downtown area. Walls are covered with modern paintings from local artists. Sundays offer a buffet brunch special until 12pm accompanied by local musicians. Prices are reasonable, especially for the beautiful décor and fantastic service.
  • Sardella's Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd., (401) 849-6312, Open: 7 days/week. 5pm-10pm, 4pm-10pm Sundays. Winner of the Best Italian Restaurant in Newport several years running. Live jazz music on Wednesdays. Two-for-one dinner specials Monday -Wednesday.


Newport is one of the state's most quaint sea towns. It harbors some of the finest sea-food restaurants in the area. However, if sea-food is not your style, Newport still has plenty of other fantastic dining options. Places like 22 Bowen or The Mooring are some of the most upscale places you can go in Newport short of having dinner at The Breakers. The atmosphere is high class and a certain conduct is expected. These places are great for anniversaries, celebration dinners, and expensive couples nights out. The menu is only rivaled by the wine lists. Both are quite extensive. You can get some of the best seafood in the state at these places, while also finding exquisitely prepared chicken or steak.

  • Clarke Cooke House, 1 Bannisters Wharf, Phone: 401-849-2900[[114]]. Located in the heart of Newport, boasting the quintessential Newport experience. May-October the restaurant offers an open air atmosphere, an award-winning menu, and even a sushi bar!
  • 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille, 22 Bowens Wharf, Phone: +1 401-841-8884, [115]. Serving prime beef, New England's finest seafood, 35 wines by the glass and over 500 labels on their wine list, visit them and enjoy "a little bit of tenderness".
  • Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Ocean Dr, Phone: +1 401-841-8884, [116]. The Inn's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms. From appetizers to desserts, imaginative presentation and exceptional taste characterize Castle Hill Inn's fine dining experience. Has been awarded The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively for the past five years.
  • Dining at the Viking, Phone: +1 800-556-7126, [117]. Hotel Viking provides exceptional Newport restaurants in which to savor local seafood and elegant New England cuisine. An integral part of the legendary Rhode Island hotel, these trademark restaurants offer diners with perfect blend of fine cuisine and rich historic ambience.
  • Spiced Pear, Phone: +1 401-847-2244, [118]. The Spiced Pear Restaurant is in the Chanler Hotel. The restaurant setting is elegant and upscale. Most of the tables look out onto dramatic oceanfront views, as you dine on one of several tasting menus, each with the option of wine pairing. A chef's table is also available for a nightly Gourmand Tasting Menu.
  • White Horse Tavern, Marlborough and Farewell Sts., Phone: +1 401-849-3600, [119]. Lunch and dinner daily except no lunch M-W. A meetinghouse for Rhode Island's General Assembly in colonial times, they provide top-notch food and service. Reservations and jacket required.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Newport is known for its lively night scene. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet cocktail, hang with the locals, or dance along to a live band, you will find a place in Newport to suit your preferences. “Downtown” Newport has bars all within walking distance of one another. Many bars are located just a few blocks from most hotels and inns, making a scenic walk an easy choice. Most bars are in the downtown area including upper Thames Street, lower Thames Street, America’s Cup Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, and Bellevue Avenue.

There are too many bars in Newport to include them all, below is a diverse collection of the best. Walking or taking a cab is recommended to avoid the dangers of drinking and driving, and the nuisance of finding a parking spot.

Listed below is a suggested "bar hop" for lower Thames Street and America's Cup Avenue. Beginning with Pelham East, you can walk to each bar in the order it is listed. Remember that the bar hop is for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Try a drink from each, but remember to be responsible.

  • The Fastnet Pub, 1 Broadway, Phone: +1 401 845-9311. Open: 7 days/week till 1AM. Thursday-Sunday 10PM-1AM, live music. This genuine Irish pub is easily the best place in Newport. They have live Irish music on Sundays, it's always full but not packed, and the service & ambiance are great. Start here: you won't regret it.
  • One Pelham East, 276 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-847-9460. Open: 7 days/week till 1AM. Thursday-Sunday 10PM-1AM, live music.
  • Studio 3, 3 Pelham St., Phone: +1 401-324-6111. Open: Thursday-Sunday 10PM-1AM. DJ or live music, and dancing.
  • Newport Blues Cafe, 286 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-841-5510, [120]. Open: Fridays and Saturdays 6PM-1AM. Dinner till 10PM, kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal, live music starting at 10PM (must be 21 or older after 10PM).
  • Boom Boom Room, Bannister's Wharf, Phone: +1 401-849-2900, [121]. Th-Su 9PM-1AM. Their legendary club is located beneath The Candy Store Bar. Disc Jockey Torry Mars and Music Composer Chips Hanson playing dance music from all genres and artists like "Frank Sinatra" to "Black Eyed Peas".
  • The Porch, Bannister's Wharf, Phone: +1 401-849-2900, [122]. Open: 7 days/week 6PM-1AM. Enjoy the scenic view of Newport Harbor.
  • Rhino Bar & Grille/Mamba Room Night Club, 337 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-846-0707, [123]. Open: 7 nights/week, Th-Sa, 10PM-1AM, live music or DJ, Students never pay cover.
  • Red Parrot,348 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-847-3800, .[124]. Open: Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F,Sa 11AM-1AM. Three floors of bars! Daily drink specials.
  • Vincent's On the Pier/The West Deck, 1 Waite's Wharf, [125]. W-Su. Enjoy an affordable meal and/or drink outside on the deck, or come inside for their gourmet menu. Great atmosphere for any crowd.
  • Dockside, located on Waites Wharf, open til 1am, indoor and outdoor bars, live music (Sunday Night ft-'The Ravers'), dancing, overlooks the harbor, comfortable atmosphere and good bar service. Literally, across the street from West Deck. Call to book private functions/events. +1 401-619-1588.
  • The Landing, restaurant and bar right on the water, open til 1am, food served from 2pm-9pm. Good for event celebrations and larger groups. Multiple bars and good service. Usually fills up around 10pm causing a line at the door. Recommended to go to early and call for dinner reservations. Phone: +1 401-847-4514
  • O'Brien's Pub, 501 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-849-6623, [126]. Open 7 days/week, 11:30AM-1AM. Newly renovated outside bar open seasonally. Outdoor patio includes plentiful seating and fountain, both dog and kid friendly. Kitchen offers a gluten free menu. Open year round serving pub-style food inside by the fire in the winter.
  • Fifth Element, 509 Thames St., Phone: +1 401-841-0011, [127]. Open: 7 days/week, 5PM – 1AM (Fridays: DJ Bells spins club hits and progressive house). Live music on the weekends! Come in for their drink and meal specials in a causal dining atmosphere.
  • Cafe di Mare, 11 Bowen's Wharf., Phone: +1 401-847-2962. Daily, 10AM-10PM (summer); 10AM-10PM (winter). Italian specialties, soups, salads, sandwiches, espresso, ice cream, frozen yogurt, shakes, floats, and sundaes.
  • 22 Bowen's Wine Bar and Grill, 22 Bowen's Wharf., Phone: +1 401-841-8884. Open: 7 days/week, 11:30AM-11PM. Newport's Prime Beef steakhouse on the water with seafood, extensive raw bar, and over 600 wines.
  • Cookie Jar, 29 Bowen's Wharf., Phone: +1 401-846-5078. Open: Su-Th, 6:30AM-11PM, F,Sa, 6:30AM-7:30PM (summer). Su-Th, 8AM-9P,, F,Sa, 8AM-11PM (fall). 7 days/week, 8:30AM-5:30PM (winter). Fresh baked cookies, coffee, and beverages. Can even do boat orders!
  • Newport Fruit and Smoothie Co., 30 Bowen's Wharf. Open: Seasonal. Exotic fruit smoothies and fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • The Wharf Pub and Restaurant, 37 Bowen's Wharf., Phone: +1 401-846-9233. Open: 7 days/week, 11:30AM-11PM. Pub style restaurant, gourmet sandwiches, and a dinner menu.
  • Jimmy's Saloon, 37 Memorial Blvd., Phone 401-846-5121. Daily 11:30-1AM, 7 days per week. Lunch, Live music, Locals favorite

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a few big hotels, and an abundance of Bed & Breakfasts. In season, it's expensive everywhere, and many places require multiple night stays. Newport is a great place to go visit for the day but also offers many lodging options such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and various campgrounds.

  • Architect's Inn (George Champlin Mason House), 2 Sunnyside Place, +1-401-845-2547, [10]. Home of Newport's First architect and a beautiful romantic Inn.  edit
  • The Almondy Inn, 25 Pelham St., +1 401-848-7202, fax: +1 401-848-7299, [128]. A Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn located in the gas-lit Historic Hill district. This elegant 1890's home has been restored to its original glory and is located within walking distance of many fine restaurants, antique shops, galleries and near the famous Newport Mansions and island beaches.
  • Castle Hill Inn & Resort, 590 Ocean Dr., Phone: +1 888-466-1355, [129]. Located on a secluded 40 acre peninsula. Features a restored Victorian Inn as well beach houses and cottages. The Castle Hill lighthouse is also within walking distance.
  • Cliffside Inn, 2 Seaview Avenue, 401-847-1811, [11]. A historic Victorian inn, completely renovated in 2011, steps to the world famous Cliff Walk. $159-$475.  edit
  • Marshall Slocum Guest House, 29 Kay St., +1 401-841-5120 or Toll Free: +1 800-372-5120, [130]. It offers a full breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and nightly sweets. Inclusive packages with mansions, tours and a lobster dinner are also offered.
  • Newport Beach Hotel & Suites, Corner of Memorial Boulevard and Wave Avenue, (401) 846-0310, [131]. A luxury beachfront hotel within walking distance to Cliff Walk and 1 mile to downtown Newport. Accommodates up to 200 for group meetings and retreats.
  • Newport Marriott, 25 Americas Cup Av., +1 401-849-1000, Fax:+1 401-849-3422, [132]. Located in historic Newport near Newport Harbor, the Cliff Walk, and Newport Mansions, this hotel is ideal for meetings, weddings and getaways.
  • OceanCliff I+II, 65 Ridge Road, 401-846-6667, [12]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Located on Ocean Drive near Fort Adams, this timeshare resort offers condominiums for rental as well as purchase. All condominiums are fully stocked with linens, full kitchens, appliances, and other necessities. 1 and 2 bedroom units available. Since the resort is located roughly 5 miles from the center of town, bring your own transportation if you plan to stay here.  edit
  • Thames Street Guest House, 15 Thames St (Between Poplar St and Bridge St), 401-846-8471, [13]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Circa 1856 George Champlin Mason Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Historic Point section. King size beds, private baths, A/C, two blocks to waterfront and downtown. $99-250.  edit
  • Hotel Viking, Located on Bellevue Ave, the Hotel Viking is one of Newport’s historic hotels. They offer nightly rate as well as packages for families and couples.

  • Villa One Twenty, 120 Miantonomi Av., +1 401-619-5993 or Toll Free: +1 877-481-2759, Email: [email protected], [133]. A Boutique Inn which has been luxuriously decorated in an eclectic yet relaxed European style.
  • William Gyles Guesthouse/Newport International Hostel, 16 Howard Street, +1 401 369-0243, [134]. Beds start at $19 per night during winter, $35-$59 per night during summer, and $25-$49 during the shoulder seasons.
  • The Vanderbilt Grace, [14]. The Vanderbilt Grace is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island just minutes from the delightful waterfront of Newport, and is one of the town’s best kept secrets.  edit
  • Spring Street Inn, 353 SPring Street, 4018474767, [15]. checkin: 2; checkout: 11. Historic Inn built by Charles Burdick offers Gourmet Farm to Table Breakfast. 149. (41,30) edit

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Ferries go to Block Island in the summer. Rhode Island has other travel destinations, or try Cape Cod or Boston in Massachusetts.

Routes through Newport
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