Newport, RI Activities, Things to Do, and Attractions
Newport Trolley Tour w/ Admission to The Breakers & Marble House
See the amazing history in Newport with this 4-hour trolley tour through the historic district down Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive to see many of the Gilded Age mansions that were built in past eras. During the trolley tour, your guide will provide you with a live commentary so you can learn about the history of the homes and the significance they brought to the area of Newport. After you tour down these gorgeous streets, you will enjoy admission to two of the Gilded Age mansions, Marble House and The Breakers. Both built in the late 1800s, you and your family will enjoy discovering these beautiful homes and their amazing history.
Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
Explore Newport, RI with a pedicab tour of the city. A pedicab includes a carriage for guests to sit while your professional guide takes you around on a bicycle so you can have a quaint and fun adventure. Your guide will provide a commentary along the way with fun facts, history, and stories of the landmarks and locations throughout the city including places as Marble House, The Breakers, Cliff Walk, King Park, Rosecliff, and so many more!
Historic Landmarks and Attractions
Fort Adams State Park
This public park and historic area was established to help preserve Fort Adams. The fort was active from 1841 up until the 20th century and was turned into a state park in 1965. The park allows you to enjoy coastal views of Narragansett Bay and offers boating, swimming, picnics, and athletic fields for fun activities during the warm weather. During your time at the park, you can also enjoy guided tours of Fort Adams where you can learn about the history, restoration, and design of the fort as well as self-guided tours of the Eisenhower House that was built to house the commanding officer and family.
Built as a summer cottage in 1901 for Edward Berwind, the mansion resembles French architecture and includes a grand ballroom, library, conservatory, and even a grand hallway with beautiful marble floors. The home is now open to the public to tour and see the gorgeous mansion.
Rose Island Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built in 1870 along the Narragansett Bay in Newport. The lighthouse was abandoned in 1970 and began restoration in 84 and relit in 92. Guests are able to spend the night at the lighthouse to get the full experience or enjoy a day tour by taking a ferry to the island to learn about the history of the location and see the beautiful light up-close.
This historic district is where you can find many of the Gilded Age mansions, enjoy walking down the beautiful streets or take a lovely cruise to see the summer homes of many famous and notable families including the Astors and Vanderbilts. A few of the homes along the street are open for the public as museums to tour. Enjoy seeing the inside of these homes with amazing architectural styles or just explore the district from afar for a wonderful journey during your vacation.
Experience Nature in Newport, RI
- Ballard Park
- Cliff Walk
- Brenton Point State Park
- King Park
- Gooseberry Beach
- Easton’s Beach
Arts in Newport, RI
- Newport Art Museum
- Blink Gallery
- Sheldon FIne Art Gallery
- Seaside Art Gallery
Local Eateries in Newport, RI
- Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant
- The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar
- Fluke Newport
- Salvation Cafe