Touro Synagogue

#7 in Best Things To Do in Newport, RI
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85 Touro St.

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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.

Whether you're a devout Jew or just appreciate American history, past visitors said you cannot miss a chance to tour this historic landmark. Tour guides are extremely informative, and the building's colonial architecture is beautiful, according to reviewers. Just remember to check the property's tour times before you visit since daily operating hours vary depending on the season.

The Touro Synagogue is open for short tours Sunday through Friday from May until Oct. 30. Between Oct. 31 and the end of April, tours are only offered during select times on Sundays. Limited street parking is available by the synagogue, however, free validated parking can be found at the Newport Visitor Information Center, which is located within walking distance.

Synagogue tours costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Children 13 and younger can visit the property for free. Check out the synagogue's website for more information on tours and services.

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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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