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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 history. Newport has gained a great reputation from the historic mansions, rich food and an expensive life style. Many tourists flock here during the summer seasons to take part in the Newport culture and to be a part of this small cities magnificent history. However, many avoid traveling to Newport and taking part in all the city has to offer because of the expensive price tag associated with this travel destination. The following article illustrates relatively inexpensive things to do during a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island

Get in

By car

Newport is accessible by traveling over the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Route 138, a partial toll road. Route 138 is accessible from traveling I95 North, exit 3 in Rhode Island. From I95 South, Route 138 is accessible by traveling Route 4, in Rhode Island.

By Bus

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 sounds 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 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 variety of points including Easton Beach, also known as First Beach, Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and at Bellevue Ave. A portion of the trail is covered in rough terrain and 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. The beach admission is free, however, during on seasons parking fees run from $10-$15. Concerts are often free and frequent during the summer months. The beach offers a lot of different activities including a carousel and an exhibit promoting saving the Naraganset Bay movement. A visitor must be cautioned that the beach rapidly becomes packed with beach goes during 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 salt water fishing. A visitor center is located on the property and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and is closed on major holidays. The refuge is home to many fury friends, from deer to rabbits. Some caution is advised when visiting the refuge, appropriate dress and caution must be upheld to avoid some dangerous conditions, such as poison ivy or 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, reastuarants and site seeing. 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 available. There is also a playground on the park grounds in addition to benches and areas to fish. Kings Park would be a enjoyable place to bring children to run around and view the sites, or to enjoy a nice quit picnic with friends. Concerts frequent the park during the on seasons 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.


  • 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 is an inexpensive way to taste the best of Newport. Classic shore food offered like lobster rolls to hot dogs. Easton Beach Snack Shack is fairly inexpensive and offers a variety of New England classics. The Shack is open during the season and is a great place to visit during ones trip to Newport.
  • Brick Ally 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 Ally Pub and Restaurant is a must. Prices are reasonable based on selections and quality of food available. From fresh seafood to pizza, the Brick Ally 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 your looking for a quick bite to eat. 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 nightclub are attached to the restaurant with separate hours, to keep the fun and good eats going into the night!