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Best Things To Do in Newport

Newport is a cute New England port town, but beaching it isn't the main thing to do here. Get your blood pumping with a stroll along the picturesque Cliff Walk trail. As you go, hop off to visit the infamous Newport mansions, especially The Breakers, the Marble House and Rough Point. History and culture buffs will want to take some time to explore Fort Adams, Touro Synagogue and the National Museum of American Illustration. And when your stomach is growling for lunch or you're in need of some shopping therapy, make your way down to Thames Street.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 3, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Newport
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at Easton's Beach orThe Breakersmansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like theMarble

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    Thames Street
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    Nestled just steps from the waterfront, Thames Street has been Newport's main commercial drag since the 18th century. Here you'll find a collection of local shops like Thames Glass and Newport Fudgery, as well as more conventional stores like Express and Banana Republic. There's also a decent dining scene, ranging

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    The Breakers
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers mansion is the cream of the summer cottage crop. Commissioned in 1893 by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt II, The Breakers is a Renaissance-style "summer

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    Rough Point
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    Originally owned by the Vanderbilt family, Rough Point eventually fell into the hands of local philanthropist, tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke, who refurbished the estate and donated it to the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1993. The property, which was reopened in 2000 as a museum, features family heirlooms

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    Fort Adams
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    Overlooking Brenton Cove in Newport's Fort Adams State Park, this historic military compound was once used to defend Newport's harbor from potential enemies. Once it was gifted to the state of Rhode Island in 1965, the fortress reopened as a historic landmark. Today, visitors can wander the fort's halls and

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    Marble House
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    Though the most well-known historic home in the area isThe Breakersmansion, another must-see property by theCliff Walkis the Marble House. Like The Breakers, the Marble House was originally owned by the Vanderbilt family. However, unlike its famous counterpart, this grand home was inspired by Versailles' Petit Trianon building and was

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    Touro Synagogue
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
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    Newport's Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. The Orthodox Jewish congregation has had ties to Newport since 1658, though their building wasn't completed until 1763.

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    National Museum of American Illustration
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    Illustrated art is an image (usually painted) that is created specifically for magazine covers, posters and other advertisements. And the National Museum of American Illustration has one of the largest collections of illustrated works in the country, from the Civil War era through the 1950s. Norman Rockwell is perhaps the

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