Things to do in Newport, Rhode Island
Newport – Rhode Island
Do you know it is possible for anyone to travel Newport- Rhode Island? You may not know but it is very possible. Newport remains the most popular vacation destination at any time throughout the year.
Whether you are visiting with family and friends or escaping for a romantic getaway, you’ll find unparalleled beauty, an endless amount of sights and sounds, and endless amounts of ways to discover it all. Don’t be surprised in Newport to see people traveling by car, by bike, by boat, of course, and even by Scoot Coupes, two-passenger scooters that let you see the town’s scenery and sights at your own pace.
City by the Sea” is the unimaginative nickname an early resident unloaded on Newport. At least it was accurate, because for a time during the Colonial period it rivaled Boston and even New York as a center of New World trade and prosperity. Newport occupies the southern tip of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay and is connected to the mainland by three bridges and a ferry.
Wealthy industrialists, railroad tycoons, coal magnates, financiers, and robber barons were drawn to the area in the 19th century, especially between the Civil War and World War I. They bought up property at the ocean’s rim to build what they called summer “cottages” — which were, in fact, mansions of immoderate design and proportions patterned after European palaces.
Newport begins with three-and-a-half miles of elevated footpaths, providing the perfect view between the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean and 350 years of living history, including some of the grandest homes ever built in America. Just a few miles away, the town’s picturesque harbor, known as “the sailing capital of the world,” is home to America’s Cup sailboats, yachts and everything in between.
One of the most popular kids’ activities in Newport is the beach. There are many Newport RI beaches, but the one offering the most for children is Easton’s Beach (1st Beach to the locals). In addition to the beach, some of the other most popular kids’ activities in Newport are: surfing, scuba diving, kayaking and jet-skiing. Two of the best places to check out if you’re into water sports are Adventure Watersports on Long Wharf and Water Bros. surf and skate shop on Memorial Boulevard.
There are many great parks in Newport that your kids will enjoy. Check out the map above to get directions to them. Which park is the best depends on what you want to do. If you’re into kite-flying, then Brenton Park around the Ocean Drive is where you want to go. This park has the best ocean views because of its location at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island. It has plenty of room to throw a frisbee or football, and has many picnic tables and restroom facilities. You could easily spend the whole day here. This park has stunning views of Newport Harbor, a playground and a baseball field. You may even witness a wedding ceremony being held under the gazebo there.
What to Eat
The diverse eateries that are throughout the all-embracing streets of Newport and Bristol County are an essential stop for a delicate breakfast, gourmet lunch, or an exceptional fine dining experience. These palate pleasing restaurants will have you coming back for more with their mouthwatering cuisines and one of a kind New England ambiance.
Getting around Newport by public transportation is easy and green! Trolley and bus service are provided throughout Newport, including the mansions, Cliff Walk, Beaches, Fort Adams, Downtown Newport, the Gateway Center, and many more.