Newport, Rhode Island is known for its breathtaking coastal views, waterfront restaurants, yachting history, legendary music festivals, beautiful mansions and shopping along Thames street. There’s a St. Patrick’s Parade every year along with the Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival in the summer. With so many options to choose from, I’ve complied a list of some hometown favorites you might want to check out if you’re coming to visit anytime soon!
- Golf / Tennis
Newport has a rich history in both golf and tennis. You can play at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (reservations required), and there are also public tennis courts around the city. Newport is home to one of the nation’s most exclusive golf clubs, Newport Country Club, and some great public courses.
- Newport Mansions
One of the most popular things to do in Newport is to visit the Newport Mansions. They are beautiful with a rich history behind the magnificent structure. See the Gilded Age opulence of the “summer cottages” that the Astors(Beechwood), Vanderbilts (Marble House) and Doris Duke (Rough Point) called home. Rosecliff may look familiar to those of you who have seen The Great Gatsby or True Lies.
- Newport Cliff Walk
The Newport Cliff Walk is, along with the Newport mansions, among the most popular Newport RI attractions. Once you begin walking the path you’ll understand why.
- Fort Adams
If you love history, you’re going to love Fort Adams.
Not only is it a National Historic Landmark, the Fort is home to many attractions and activities:
- Historic tours and gift shop
- Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals
- President Eisenhower’s summer White House (Eisenhower House)
- Museum of Yachting
- Sail Newport Sailing Center
- Shake A Leg Sailing (for people with disabilities)
- USS Bennington Memorial
- Ocean Drive
This has to be one of my favorite places to be in Newport. This 10-mile scenic drive is always a draw for tourists and locals alike. You can sit on the bench by the water, have a picnic, fly kites with the kids, or show off your antique cars (there’s a lot of them that come around in the summer).