Newport, RI Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
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Free Things To Do in Newport, RI

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Newport, RI. Popular attractions include Cliff Walkand Thames Street.
  • #1
    Things to do in Newport, RI
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    #1 in Newport, RI
    1 mile to city center
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    1 mile to city center
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    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 or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like the Marble House and Rough Point.

    Though the views are gorgeous, the terrain can get treacherous on the trail's southern end. However, past visitors noted that if you can finish the trail, you'll be rewarded with some of the Newport's best views.

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    Thames Street
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    #2 in Newport, RI
    0.6 miles to city center
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    0.6 miles to city center
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    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 from budget-friendly seafood spots to ritzier establishments, such as Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant and Bouchard Inn & Restaurant.

    This area also claims a high concentration of colonial homes, dating back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries that are worth exploring. And be sure to take some time to visit Trinity Church. This religious site was completed in 1726, and its cemetery acts as the final resting place of some of the city's earliest settlers.  

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