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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island that is famous for its mansions, shopping, and scenery. One of the largest cities in the future United States during colonial times, Newport's decline in the early 19th century is good news for today's visitors, who can experience one of the nation's largest collections of intact colonial architecture; had Newport followed the same path as its former peer cities, its historic buildings might have been razed decades or even centuries ago. But Newport is even more well known for another historical period: the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when some of America's most prominent families built eye-popping summer homes, which they called "cottages," along the waterfront. Many of the mansions are now open for tours.

Newport is also known for hosting the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival and many other festivals and fairs.... Read more

Newport, Rhode Island

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Newport is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island that is famous for its mansions, shopping, and scenery. One of the largest cities in the future United States during colonial times, Newport's decline in the early 19th century is good news for today's visitors, who can experience one of the nation's largest collections of intact colonial architecture; had Newport followed the same path as its former peer cities, its historic buildings might have been razed decades or even centuries ago. But Newport is even more well known for another historical period: the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when some of America's most prominent families built eye-popping summer homes, which they called "cottages," along the waterfront. Many of the mansions are now open for tours.

Newport is also known for hosting the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival and many other festivals and fairs. Cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks accent an upscale touristy downtown area with many shops, galleries, and great restaurants, all located near the water. Newport sits on the southern end of Aquidneck Island and features several fine beaches, rocky cliffs and much history including an old fort.

The summer weather generally calls for shorts, short sleeves, and swimsuits. Newport is also surrounded by water you might want to pack a sweatshirt for the night time because it can get a bit cool. Be sure to bring an umbrella with you because Newport is not exactly invincible to rain. It would also be a great time to break out your sunglasses because summer is the sun's favorite season.

  •   Newport Visitors Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave, ☎ +1 401-845-9123. Su-Th 9 AM-5 PM, F-Sa 9 AM-6 PM.

Geography

Newport is the largest city on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.5 km2), of which 7.7 square miles (19.9 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), or 32.64%, is water. The Newport Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in New England, connects Newport to neighboring Conanicut Island across the East Passage of the Narragansett.

Culture

Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the nation in the downtown Newport Historic District, one of three National Historic Landmark Districts in the city, and Newport's colonial heritage is well preserved and documented at the Newport Historical Society. In addition to the colonial architecture, the city is known for its Gilded Age mansions, summer "cottages" built in varying styles copied from the royal palaces of Europe.

The White Horse Tavern was built prior to 1673 and is one of the oldest taverns in the US. Newport is also home to the Touro Synagogue, one of the oldest Jewish houses of worship in the Western hemisphere, and to the Newport Public Library and Redwood Library and Athenaeum, one of the nation's oldest lending libraries.

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Newport, Rhode Island: Port Information


Large cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore (to Perotti park in the center) by tender boats.
If you want to visit some attractions which are not in the center, it's better to take a bus than a taxi. 

Get around Newport, Rhode Island


Newport is a great town to walk, ride, and utilize other modes of transportation besides cars in. When visiting places throughout Newport, you'll notice that most people are walking or bikeriding. Many people use bikes, scooters, and mopeds to get around the city. Most of the restaurants and shops are packed into the harbor area, which is perfect for walking, especially on a cool summer night. Parking your car can get pretty difficult at certain times of the year, which is another benefit of walking. If you decide to take your car downtown, there are various locations that have parking meters. The meters take only quarters (15 minutes) and dimes (5 minutes) and allow you to park for 3 hours.

There is also the option of using the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

  • R.I.P.T.A., Phone: +1 401 781-9400. RIPTA has authentic looking trolleys that travel around Newport and offer bus trips all around the state of Rhode Island.
  • Newport Trolley, Phone: (401) 849-8005. Sponsored by RIPTA bus company, this more stylish and town like cruiser accommodates the same amount of passengers as a bus on a more breezy, clean and pleasant ride. The trolley also does mansion and scenic tours of Newport.

Taxis

  • Orange Cab, Phone: +1 401 841-0030
  • Newoport Cabs, Phone: +1 401 841-0047
  • Cozy Cabs, Phone: +1 401 846-2500.
  • Yellow Cab, Phone: +1 401 846-1500.
  • Moriarty’s Taxi, Phone: +1 401 841-0030

Limousine

  • Newport Limousine Service, LLC., Phone: +1 401 418-4301.
  • Paradise Limousine Service, Phone: +1 401 847-2704.
  • Newport Adventures, Phone: +1-800-936-0277.

Bike and Mopeds

  • Newport Segway Phone: +1 401 619-4010
  • Scooter World Phone: +1 401 619-1349
  • Ten Speed Spokes Phone: +1 401 847-5609

Pedicabs

  • Newport Pedicab Phone +1 401 432-5498. There are pedicabs everywhere during the summer. You can find groups of them waiting for customers throughout Newport. A pedicab ride is a convenient ride home after a night on the town. In addition to convenience, pedicabs are eco-friendly and safe. Newport pedicab offers a "pay as you please" policy; there is no set rate for your ride, but be sure to tip as you see fair!

What to see in Newport, Rhode Island


  • Famous Cliff Walk (adjacent to Easton's Beach). Dedicated in 1975, this 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) public access walkway is a beautiful walk, and two-thirds of the trail is easy walking for all ages. The cliff walk offers some of the most beautiful views existent in New England, and wildlife can be seen everywhere throughout the walk. The Cliff Walk offers beautiful ocean views and, since it is located in a national historic district, offers a peek at the famous Newport Mansions. The walking trail starts at Newport's First Beach and follows the coast up to the island's Ocean Drive. While walking, watch out for poison ivy. Some portions of the Cliff Walk drop off steeply into the water, so proceed and pass other walkers at your own risk. Rocks can be slippery, and parts of the walk are not well paved, so wear proper footwear. The Cliff Walk can take from 2 to 4 hours, depending on how fast you walk. While bikes are not permitted, dogs are as long as they are kept on a leash. The Cliff Walk does not offer refreshments or picnic areas, so be sure to eat, or pack light snacks like granola bars. The Cliff Walk's hours are from sunrise to sunset and the attraction is completely free of charge. The north end is handicapped accessible and baby carriage accessible. There are multiple ways to exit the Cliff Walk, all of which lead back to Bellevue Avenue and the front side of the mansions. Walking back to the car can take a while, so the free RIPTA trolley is a viable option to get back to your vehicle.
  • The Ocean Drive. This is a 10-mile drive along the beautiful Newport shoreline. Along the drive you will see, Green Bridge, The Private Beaches (Gooseberry Beach, Hazards Beach, Bailey's Beach), Brenton Point State Park, Castle Hill Inn, and many gorgeous houses that hug the shoreline.
  • Fort Adams

    , 1 Lincoln Dr, ☎ +1 401 841-0707. Containing over 180 years of history, the fort itself is the largest coastal fortress in the United States and offers seasonal guided tours that showcase the property’s soldier’s quarters, Naval War College Museum Exhibit, beautiful architecture and engineering. Besides looking at the splendor that is Fort Adams, you can see the view of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Fort Adams is not just a historical part of Newport, it is also home to various festivals and events that take place on the fortress’ six and a half parade field and lawns. Some of these festivals include Family Day, a celebration for families, especially those with small children, which include clowns, face painting, and other fun activities and attractions. Fort Adams is also home to the annual George Wein’s Folk Festival, George Wein’s Jazz Festival, and McGrath’s Public Clambake. In early July of this year, the Civil War Living History Weekend will take place. This event is a true celebration of America's history with authentic actors, uniforms, weapons, and simulations of the assaults that occurred at Fort Adams. 
  • Fort Adams State Park. Perhaps one of the most well-kept establishments on Aquidneck Island is Fort Adams. The 30-year construction of the fort began in 1824 and was built by hundreds of immigrants new to America. The fort was used during the Civil War by the Naval Academy. This elaborately constructed fort used to contain more than 500 cannons, some of which were preserved and can be seen today. The stone structure is only used recreationally for festivals, and often for wedding receptions due to its beautiful location. Fort Adams can be seen to the right of the Newport Bridge in crossing.
  • Forty Steps. While experiencing Cliff Walk, be sure to look out for Forty Steps; a cryptic and amazing set of staircase that leads directly into the ocean below. During Newport's Golden Age, the Forty Steps were a gathering place for the servants and workers from the nearby mansions. Here they would hold weekend dances and play the Irish songs and music that reminded them of home. Not only is there historical meaning behind the structure, but is also safe for swimmers, runners, and walkers alike.
  • Newport Gulls Baseball Team, 20 Americas Cup Ave, ☎ +1 401 849-4982. The team plays a 42 game summer schedule, consisting of 21 home games, plus a Team USA Exhibition and the playoffs, at historic Cardines Field, which dates back to 1908. The New England Collegiate Baseball League is composed of 12 teams in all 6 New England states. The Gulls also host 6 summer camps located throughout Aquidneck Island, benefiting the youth of Newport County.
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave, ☎ +1 401 849-3990. 9:30 AM-5 PM. A non-profit institution made to preserve the history of tennis. Built in 1880, it shows the icons of tennis. Visitors of all ages can come to this historical casino and experience the art gallery, and the plaques that commemorate the great players. 
  • Ballard Park, 226 Bellevue Ave, ☎ +1 401 619-3377. If there were any particular area in Newport that would be described as park perfection, Ballard Park is the unrivaled paragon of parks in Rhode Island, let alone in Newport. Surrounded by a dense forest, the park itself is also shadowed by a massive stone wall in the background, creating a very unique setting to have any sort of event, such as stage music, jack-o-lantern trails, and family picnics. The owners of Ballard Park have hosted many similar public events in the past, all of which had been considered large community successes.

Mansions

Like most of Newport, the Newport Mansions ooze history. The mansions represent over 250 years of history and architecture with walk through audio tours of the establishments. The mansions are a spectacle to see for all who attend. Each establishment, fully preserved, has a different history, some from the Women's Right's Movement in 1920 with Greek and Roman sculpture, some that double as 19th-century art galleries, and some with impressive gardens complete with sculpted topiaries. Admission prices vary by tour, whether it is one property of your choice or a five-property tour of your selection. Tours of the more popular mansions, such as the Breakers or Hunter House are a bit pricier than the rest. 

The Newport Mansions consist of eleven historical sites all with different architectural aspects, history, interiors, and landscape. Out of these eleven, seven are nationally recognized historic landscapes. The Newport Mansions do not only showcase historical house museums but are also hosts to different galas and functions on the lawns and inside the mansions themselves. The Newport Flower show, proms, and specialty tours are just some of the extra features to see at the Newport mansions including the exquisite array of holiday decorations that are put up during the season.

Newport Mansion tours are not only for those interested in historical architecture or Rhode Island history, but for all ages due to the walk through tours, audio information, and the overall grandiose appeal of the estates.

Park in the free off-street parking spaces provided by all Preservation Society properties (with the exception of the Hunter House where you can park on the street.). Allow an hour and a half per house to fully enjoy all that the Newport Mansions have to offer, from their gorgeously elaborate interior to their spacious and breathtaking grounds.

Museums

  • International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Ave, ☎ +1 401 849-3990, toll-free: +1-800-457-1144, fax: +1 401 849-8780. Features the only professional tennis events played on grass in North America as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, which holds the largest collection of tennis memorabilia in the world. The Newport Casino also features several facilities for special events, including cocktail parties, receptions, and meetings.
  • Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Av, ☎ +1 401 848-8200, fax: +1 401 848-8205, e-mail: info@newportartmuseum.com. Labor Day to Memorial Day: M-Sa 10 AM-4 PM, Su 12 PM-4 PM; Memorial Day to Labor Day Mo-Sa 10 AM-5 PM, Su 12 PM-5 PM. 
  • Naval War College Museum, 686 Cushing Rd, ☎ +1 401 841-4052. Year round, M-F 10 AM-4 PM, 12 PM-4 PM on weekends Jun-Sep. Closed holidays. For reservations call at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station.
  • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, 85 Touro St, ☎ +1 401 847-4794. Afternoons exc. Sa. Hours vary by season. The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762 and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. 
  • National Museum of American Illustration, 492 Bellevue Ave (at Vernon Court), ☎ +1 401 851-8974. Summer Hours: Friday 3 PM Tour, Sat/Sun 11 AM-5 PM. Museum at historic Vernon Court houses works by Norman Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker, N. C, Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and more. General Admission. 

Movies

  • Opera House Movie Theater, 19 Touro St, ☎ +1 401 847-3456. The Cinema has three screens, two smaller theaters on the first floor and one larger open theater on the second. The Opera House has been in business since 1968 and continues to play the most recent and relevant films. Call for tours of the theater or to volunteer in the restoration of this historic landmark.
  • Jane Pickens Movie Theater, 49 Touro St, ☎ +1 401 846-5252. This unique art house cinema was built in 1834 as a church and converted to a two–story theater in 1919. The theater has a capacity for 500 people. Jane Pickens' beautifully renovated interior is a perfect setting to watch the newest independent films and documentaries. The theater can be rented out for private functions such as fundraisers, parties, business events, weddings, and anniversaries. With its small stage, Jane Pickens can also accommodate artists and filmmakers to debut their work for a private audience or to the general public. This theater is one of the only cinemas in Rhode Island that will re-release classic films for the public to enjoy again. Today, the theater retains its charm by bringing the arts to the public through movies, films, performances and more. Attractions range from 2011 release “The Artist” to the La Corsaire from the Bolshoi Ballet.

What to do in Newport, Rhode Island


Newport offers a variety of activities throughout the year. During the summer season, water sports are extremely popular among Newporters and tourists. Sailing and boating tours are also available starting in the spring, while an outdoor skating rink is a great place to be during the winter. Shopping and gambling are also great tourist attractions throughout the entire year in Newport. You can even take a food tour and get a taste for several restaurants so you know where to go for lunch or dinner while in Newport.

  • Adirondack II, Bowens Wharf, ☎ +1 401 847-0000. Tour the Newport harbor on a classic ’80 Schooner, experience a different view of Newport from the water. Available for private charters, and offers daily ticketed sails multiple trips a day, departing from Bowen’s Wharf.
  • Adventure Water Sports, 5 Marina Plaza Goat Island, ☎ +1 401 849-4820. 9 AM-6 PM. Houly rentals, jet skis/waverunners, outboard boats, one and two person kayaks. Half day and full day sailing, fishing and motor yacht charters. If you lack boating experience, private boat tours are available with a captain/ guide with extensive local knowledge. Also offers for the enthusiastic photographer, sunrise and sunset marine photo tours of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with a local photographer.
  • Aquidneck Growers Wednesday Farmers Market, Memorial Blvd. and Chapel St. Market located on Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar, from 2 to 6 PM, running every week, rain or shine, also through the end of October. Vendors from all over Rhode Island, fresh produce and baked goods, and an array of crafts.
  • The M/V Gansett, ☎ +1 401 787-4438. Harbor Tours with a Different View. Classic Maine-built wooden vessel sails daily from the PRIVATE DOCK at the Inn on Long Wharf, NEW LOCATION! 142 Long Wharf. A classic Maine-built wooden vessel; later in the day, enjoy ice cream and toppings; in the evenings, sample award-winning "Stuffies"- RI stuffed quahogs. Light beverages always compliments of the Captain. Expert guest speakers narrate the sights of this enchanting harbor and the lower bay. Private charters available.
  • Amazing Grace Harbor Tour, Sayer’s Wharf, ☎ +1 401 847-9109.
  • Newport Grand (gambling), 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, ☎ +1 401 849-5000. Over 1,000 slot machines available daily from 10 AM-1 AM. Newport Grand offers both a smoking and nonsmoking section to accommodate everyone. Free parking and valet is also available, as well as food and drinks.
  • Boating/Sailing. Newport Sailing School and Tours. Goat Island Marina, Dock A5. Offers 1-2 hour leisure sailing tour of Newport Harbor. For those more hands on, courses are available in three experience levels. Beginners are welcome.
  • Newport Power Yoga, 112 Williams St, ☎ +1 401 619-4540. Offers all levels of classes, heated power vinyasa, and slow flow/restorative. 
  • Sovereign Bank Skating Center, ☎ +1 401 846-1600 ext 200. At Newport Yachting Center. The Sovereign Bank Skating Center brings a "Norman Rockwell" landscape to the Newport waterfront from November through March. This skating center offers skate lessons, rentalsб and sharpening. An outdoor skating center located on Newport Harbor has beautiful views of the water and is great outdoor fun for both adults and children. A concession stand and parking are also available during the winter season.
  • Skydiving, ☎ +1 401 845-0393. Sky Dive Newport is open from April 1 -October 31, seven days a week from 9 AM- Sunset. A Tandem jump is offered with an instructor, which consists of a 40-second free fall, and about a 5-minute parachute ride. Hands-on training is available at Sky Dive Newport.
  • Surfing, Surfer's End at Second Beach in Middletown encourages surfers of all abilities, located just down the road from Easton's beach past the Newport town line. For more experienced surfers, Ruggles beach is a hot spot for larger swells and rougher waves. Island Sports located around the corner from Easton's beach, offers a wide range of women's, men's and children's surf attire, clothing, accessoriesб and equipment. The shop is a picture perfect outlet for any surfer's needs, with a huge warehouse located in the back of the store stocked with new boards, used boards and ones in the process of being repaired. Island Sports also has a truck filled with beginners surf boards that remain parked at surfer's end, providing easy access to rent a board or pay for lessons right on the beach with a professional surf trainer. Across the street from Island Sports is Elemental Surf & Skate which is more focused on apparel, but the website does offer a free, live update of the surf at the beach; letting you know as a surfer whether it's worth your while or not to head down and catch some waves. Both have low-key friendly consumer atmosphere's and knowledgeable ready to help staff.
  • SCUBA Diving. The Newport Diving Center. The Newport Diving Center offers snorkeling and open water scuba courses by trained professionals, but only occasionally and only when they feel like it. Employees are trained to operate all equipment, but typically not very helpful, and getting information out of them is like pulling teeth. A variety of dive gear is available for rent. The Newport Diving Center is only miles away from some of the best diving spots in Newport, but it's also at the end of Lower Thames Street, which is a virtual parking lot to vehicular traffic in the summer.
  • 12 Meter Charters (Daily Ticketed Sails aboard a 12 Meter yacht), ☎ +1 401 851-1216. Offers two-hour afternoon and evening cruises aboard 12 Meter yachts. Not your typical harbor cruise, 12 Meter Charters' ticketed cruises combine the history of Newport with the experience of sailing on Narragansett Bay. Enjoy historic Newport sights including Fort Adams and the Newport Bridge, lighthouses and lavish estates, aircraft carriers and historic schooners, and learn the history of sailing in Newport.
  • Newport Pilates, 92 William St, ☎ +1 401 619-4660. The only pilates studio in town. Provides mat classes, reformer classes, Cadillac classes.
  • Newport Storm Brewery, 293 J.T. Connell Rd, ☎ +1 401 849-5232. The Newport Storm Brewery is a fairly new addition among the Newport attraction list. It is a small brewery, but the beer is known all around Rhode Island and some parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. You also get to have a tasting and take a glass home with you as a souvenir. For those of you who don't like beer, have no fear. The brewery also offers a tour and tasting of their own rum. 
  • Rhode Island Red Food Tours (Meeting place directions will be on ticket), ☎ +1-866-736-6343, toll-free: +1-866-736-6343, e-mail: info@rhodeislandredfoodtours.com. A fun 3- 3.5 hour cultural, walking and tasting tour that takes you through historic off the beaten path neighborhoods and to 6 of the best-kept secret eateries of the locals. Regional foods from some of the most talented chefs in New England. Rain or Shine, Best to book advance tours fill up fast.

Beaches

Newport is known for its beautiful beaches. There are a variety of both public and private beaches located in the Newport area. Many beaches located in Newport and Middletown are within a few blocks from each other and have a variety of different features. Some are great for swimming, fishing, and making sand castles, while others have picnic areas and great surf. Some of Newport’s beaches provide family events and entertainment during different times of the year. All beaches in Newport have great views and are perfect for a little relaxation.

  • Bailey's Beach, Ocean Ave. This beach is one of the most exclusive beaches on the East Coast. This private beach club has historically been a summer getaway for rich Newport families. tennis courts are available to members, but there are no parking or concession stands available in this private club, just good sunbathing and chatter.
  • Eastons Beach (First Beach), Memorial Blvd. This beach has a wonderful view of the beautiful Cliff Walk as well as ocean swimming, beach board, surfboard, umbrella and beach chair rental. A skateboard park, playground, seasonal carousel, and an exploration center for "Save the Bay" are available for children and adolescents. The concession stand is seasonal, so if you are visiting during the offseason, be sure to pack a lunch. Picnic tables, indoor/outdoor showers, and restrooms are available. The beach is open from 9 AM to 6 PM and the parking lot closes at 9 PM. Free parking is available off of side streets off Memorial Boulevard. There are restaurants within walking distance.
  • Fort Adams State Beach. Located in Fort Adams State Park on Ocean Avenue. Besides tours throughout the park, this historical site offers a beautiful beach with picnic and fishing areas. Concession stand and public bathrooms are also available.
  • Gooseberry Beach, Ocean Ave. This is a private beach club open to the public. Showers, chair rentals, and parking are available for guests. Seasonal parking passes are also available for those who can’t get enough.
  • Hazard Beach, Ocean Ave. This is a private beach which offers nearby parking. Bathhouses and a concession stand are available to those who have a membership.
  • Kings Beach, Wellington Ave. It has a free boat ramp, but this beach is fairly small. It has a great view of the Newport Bridge. Kings Park also offers picnic tables and areas to barbeque.

Fishing

There are many places in Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island to go fishing. Saltwater fishing for striped bass, bluefish, and tautog (blackfish) is the way to go. Being on an island, there are many places to fish from. Some of the best spots with easy public access are Fort Adams, Brenton Point, Castle Hill, and any of the public beach areas. You can also charter a fishing boat out of one of the many marinas.

NOTE: Rhode Island has passed a law that requires all aspiring fishers to obtain a license to fish the waters of the state. To qualify you must simply go to the local Wal*Mart (Located by the rotary on Connell highway) and pay the small fee to legally fish while you enjoy your stay in Newport. It's only a small fee, so you don't have to feel guilty about purchasing one even if you are visiting for a short stay.

  • Newport Quest Fishing Charters. This collaboration is a state wide experience, boats leaving from Newport docks and fishing towards Block Island.
  • The Saltwater Edge. Privately owned operation, located just outside of Newport within a mile of first beach (Easton's). Saltwater activities range from fly fishing, surf-casting, and light or heavy tackle; staff providing a compilation of offshore and onshore experience.
  • On The Rocks Newport Charters, ☎ +1 401 359-3625. Fly fishing oriented, and light tackle and fly fishing gear provided. Other than Newport areas also covered are Narragansett Bay, Westerly and Watch Hill.

Events

  • Art Newport, aboard SeaFair - the fine art mega-yacht. This 228-foot, 2,800 ton privately owned yacht is one of the ten largest in the United States. Groundbreaking in scale, ingenuity, and style, the yacht - which remains dockside during each event - pairs international fine art glass, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and collectibles with harbor view dining and special events.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. The parade kicks off the day, while countless parties and festivities follow until the wee hours of the night. Parade route: City Hall to Washington Square to Thames Street and ending at Saint Augustine’s Church.
  • Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, ☎ +1 401 849-2120. First Saturday in December, America’s Cup Ave. Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30 PM, children’s musical program begins at 5 PM The mayor lights the tree at 6 PM and Santa arrives by a Coast Guard Crash Boat (weather permitting) immediately after tree lighting.
  • Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Bellevue Ave, ☎ +1 401 847-1000. Marble House, the Elms and the Breakers are open and decorated for the holiday season. Celebrate a timeless holiday season amid elegantly decorate surrounding. All three houses are adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations, and ring with the music of the season.
  • Newport Winter Festival, ☎ +1 401 847-7666. Citywide. Features more than 150 individual events combining food, music, and entertainment for all ages. Includes concert series, sand sculptures, chili cook-off, citywide scavenger hunt, ice sculpting competition, children’s fair, pizza cook-off, and fantasy auction.
  • Newport Jazz Festival. The Newport Jazz Festival is a famous annual festival held every August at Fort Adams State Park. It was first founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 and has hosted many famous jazz musicians ever since.
  • Newport Waterfront Events.
  • Sunset Music Series, ☎ +1 401 846-1600. Throughout the summer, the Sunset Music Series features national and international entertainment overlooking beautiful Newport harbor. This upscale event is set in a great location and allows entertainers to expose themselves to the public. 2,500 seats are reserved under a colorful waterfront tent with a separate tent for VIP receptions.
  • Newport Waterfront Irish Festival, ☎ +1 401 846-1600. Each Labor Day weekend, the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival offers a celebration of Irish music, culture, food, libations, and crafts. This event provides quality family entertainment and an authentic cultural experience. It is a community celebration that features five stages of national and international entertainment, an Irish Marketplace with Irish and handcrafted items for sale, a dance hall and a children's play area. A festival great for all ages!
  • Tall Ships, ☎ +1 401 846-2720. Once a year, during the summer in July and August, the tall ships come into Newport docks from all over the world. This huge celebration is a place to meet sailors, pirates, and mariners from all over the world, as well as go onto the boats and see the deck. This event can be extremely crowded and at times difficult to maneuver around the crowd. Ticket prices vary on the day you plan on going and the ship(s) you plan on seeing.
  • Taste of Rhode Island, ☎ +1 401 846-1600. The Taste of Rhode Island offers a unique experience featuring food, crafts, talent, and culture. This annual event includes over 100 exhibitors comprised of restaurants selling appetizer size portions of the areas finest cuisine, beverages, craft, and marketplace vendors. Live entertainment, strolling acts, a wine garden, and children's activities are some of the exciting happenings to be enjoyed.
  • International Great Chowder Cook-off, ☎ +1 401 846-1600. The Great Chowder Cook-Off provides an opportunity to taste the Nation's best chowder in downtown Newport. The Cook-Off features over 25 international and national restaurants competing for the coveted title of Best chowder in the Nation in 3 categories: clam, seafood, and creative. This event offers 3 stages of continuous entertainment, culinary demonstrations, a community tent with activities for children.
  • International Oktoberfest, ☎ +1 401 846-1600. The ending of the fall festival season, an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration with lively Bavarian music from throughout New England, delicious German food and American cuisine (seafood, pierogies and more), an International Biergarten, Weingarten, and a special area for children.
  • Newport Spring Boat Show, ☎ +1 401 846-1115. The largest Spring Boat Show in the Northeast. A first class exhibition of brokers and dealers selling brokerage boats, past-season, and new models. Booths offer attendees an array of products, services, and accessories throughout the boat show.
  • Newport International Boat Show, ☎ +1 401 846-1115. The third largest in-water boat show in the country covers over 14 acres of Newport's waterfront. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a full spectrum of new boat related products and services to any boating enthusiast. Music, food, and fun abound at one of the leading boat show in the world.

Golf

  • Newport National Golf Club, 324 Mitchell’s Ln, ☎ +1 401 848-9690. Newport National is an 18-hole public course which offers great views and picturesque holes throughout. With paths made of sea shells, players may feel as though they are on a remote island. For a public course, Newport National offers a great location to play and enjoy a day on the links.
  • Newport Country Club, 280 Harrison Ave, ☎ +1 401 846-3701. Newport Country Club is one of the oldest and most beautiful courses throughout the state. With a mansion for the clubhouse, the facilities are second to none and one hole is more breath-taking than the next. It was the location for many professional golf tournaments including the U.S. Open, the Women’s U.S. Open, as well as the U.S. Amateur.

What to eat and drink in Newport, Rhode Island


Eat

The Newport restaurant scene is a pretty elaborate and lavish experience. From places like Sardella’s and The Red Parrot to the more upscale places like The Mooring and 22 Bowen, Newport offers a variety of dining experiences. The night life carries a stigma all its own. For the simple fact that most bars and clubs are all within walking distance of each other, getting around in downtown Newport is a breeze. From the authentic cobblestone Thames Street to Broadway Street, there are plenty of places to lose yourself in a Cape Codder or a Martini.

Budget

  • Annie's, 176 Bellevue Ave. An inexpensive breakfast option. The menu features classic diner food and their Early Bird Special is a substantial meal. Although this establishment provides access to an ATM, it is advisable to bring cash since credit cards are not accepted.
  • Corner Café, 110 Broadway, ☎ +1 401 846-0606. They have outdoor seating along Broadway which is a relaxing experience. The Fitsy’s Irish Fry Up is a specialty. It is quite large so you better bring your appetite. The fry up has eggs, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, bangers and hash browns making it a classic Irish breakfast.
  • Flos Clam Shack, 4 Wave Ave, ☎ +1 401 847-8141. Closed Jan. Fried seafood, raw bar, cold beer. Best fried clams around, and close to the beach!
  • The Hungry Monkey, 124 Broadway. The Hungry Monkey offers a variety of eggs and omelets; the chourico omelet is a popular choice. Stuffed waffles are also a popular choice. For those with a larger appetite, you can order the Gorilla Special; a combination of 3 pancakes, 2 eggs, your choice bacon, sausage or ham, and steak with home fries.
  • Ocean Coffee Roasters, 22 Washington Sq, ☎ +1 401 846-6060. Diner serving breakfast until 2 PM. Bagels, muffins, soups, salads, too.
  • Beluga Froyo, 217 Goddard Row, ☎ +1 401 619-3991. Rhode Island's first self-serve, frozen yogurt shop, froyo, bottled water. Best froyo in Rhode Island, and smack in downtown Newport! Dog-friendly patio.
  • Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, ☎ +1 401 916-2115. Located in Newport’s up and coming section of lower Broadway, it is the destination for the locals, for affordable food and a wide variety of draft beers.

Mid-range

  • Asterisk, 599 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 841-8833. Asterisk is a great place for a more formal business dinner or a moderately expensive couples night out. The atmosphere here is less casual. Expect a nice meal with a moderate price. The menu has less variety but will allow for a nice steak or fish dinner. It has a great bar area, too, if you need to wait for a table or just want to enjoy drinks and appetizers.
  • Belle's Cafe, 1 Washinton St, ☎ +1 401 846-6000. Open for breakfast and lunch, Belle's Cafe is a casual eatery located inside the grounds of the Newport Shipyard. Alongside their freshly prepared meals, Belle's also offers a variety of prepared foods that can easily be stored in a day bag or cooler for the day's activities. With an extensive breakfast and lunch menu available for takeout or delivery to your boat, this is a great option if you are looking for a quick bite to eat while cruising around Newport Bay.
  • The Black Pearl (Bannister's Wharf). The Black Pearl is one of the more popular restaurants in Newport, and it features a selection of grilled shrimp, baked cod, sea scallops, and New England lobster. You also have your choice of sitting in the tavern, or out on the patio depending on the season. From the patio, you have a nice view of the water as well as the various boats and yachts tied to the surrounding docks.
  • Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 849-6334. Extensive, massive menu including steaks, seafood, drinks, pasta dishes, children's menu and serve great clam chowder. Custom made salad bar with decorative walls and accessories every place you look. Very, very busy place with friendly staff.
  • Buskers, 178 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 846-5856. Buskers is a middle of the road traditional Irish pub restaurant. Here, the bartenders have the authentic Irish accent and a fully stocked bar, also customary of Irish tradition. The atmosphere is appropriate for both families with children or just a group of friends looking for a few good laughs of Guinness drafts. Buskers is complete with a menu full of variety with appetizers, sandwiches, Irish fare, and entrees – definitely a worthwhile stop!
  • Diego's Mexican Restaurant, 11 Bowens Wharf, ☎ +1 401 619-2640. Diego’s combines classic Mexican style cuisine with a modern twist, successfully combining the fresh fish Newport is known for with classic Mexican preparation. They focus on fresh ingredients, homemade sauces, and bold flavors. Long list of Mexican inspired cocktails, and provide a comfortable environment offering seating at an outside patio and inside.
  • Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowens Wharf, ☎ +1 401 619-4100. Relaxed modern American cuisine with a heightened focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce and seafood. Fluke is located right in downtown Newport on Bowens Wharf, dining rooms on the second and third floor of the building provide a stunning view of Narragansett Bay and the Newport bridge.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 619-4100. Midtown is one of Newport’s newest restaurants, opening June of 2013, this is a new hotspot of Newport offering two outdoor patio seating with the view of the bay, three different bars throughout the restaurant, additional rooms available for private events. Their focus is on fresh and local seafood, they have an impressive raw bar menu, offering approximately 10 different raw bar options. Midtown’s ambiance is perfect for whatever you are looking for, a quiet dinner, a large party, or even to just grab drinks.
  • Mooring Restaurant, Sayers Wharf, ☎ +1 401 846-2260. Newport's premier waterfront seafood restaurant. Featuring one of the state's most extensive wine lists.
  • The Red Parrot, 348 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 847-3800. The Red Parrot is a place for everybody. You could have a business lunch or dinner here, or bring your children for a family night out. The atmosphere is casual and light hearted. The menu is appropriate for all ages and offers a variety of options for all parties. From lobster and oysters to corn dogs and fries, the Red parrot will serve as an excellent dining experience.
  • Perro Salado, 19 Charles St (Just off Washington Square), ☎ +1 401 619-4777. opens 5 PM nightly. Mexican restaurant located in an old Victorian home. Serves dinner only. Two floors of seating with a lively but small bar downstairs. The well-lit rooms, some of which have fireplaces, offer a charming atmosphere perfect for a date night or a friendly gathering. They are very accommodating for parties with small children, too, especially if you arrive before 6. Fish Tacos and Yucatán Pork are favorites. Reservations recommended.
  • Smokehouse Cafe, Sayers Wharf, ☎ +1 401 848-9800. Outdoor eating featuring ribs, smoked corn and crab chowder, along with plenty of other smoked items.
  • Wharf Pub & Deli, 37 Bowen's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 846-9233. Pub with a family atmosphere. Good beer selection.
  • Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 845-9300. For a moderate price, a night at the Gas Lamp Grille on Thames can be enjoyed by everyone from couples wanting to have a date night to themselves, to large groups going out to celebrate a birthday. Located right on Thames Street, in the heart of Newport, this spot is the ideal place for those looking to have a good time without breaking the bank. With their eclectic menu with dishes, like their Wasabi Tuna Wrap, the Gas Lamp Grille offers new and interesting tastes to your palette. On top of it all, they host live entertainment during late spring and all summer long!
  • Cappy's Hillside Cafe, 8 Memorial Blvd, ☎ +1 401 847-9419. 7 days/week, 11 AM-1 AM. Cappy's is a local sports bar located on the intersection between Memorial Blvd and Bellevue Ave near the Tennis Hall of Fame. This is a great spot for enjoying a drink and watching the game in an open, friendly environment. Cappy’s offers billiards, fuseball, and an outdoor smoking area.
  • People's Cafe, 282 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 619-1022. 7 days/week, 6 AM-5 PM. Converted from an old bank, People's Cafe offers customers a unique dining experience in the downtown area. Walls are covered with modern paintings from local artists. Sundays offer a buffet brunch special until 12 PM accompanied by local musicians. Prices are reasonable, especially for the beautiful décor and fantastic service.
  • Sardella's Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd, ☎ +1 401 849-6312. 7 days/week. 5 PM-10 PM, 4 PM-10 PM Sundays. Winner of the Best Italian Restaurant in Newport several years running. Live jazz music on Wednesdays. Two-for-one dinner specials Monday -Wednesday.
  • Scales & Shells, 527 Thames St. This is an ideal location for a tourist in search of an authentic meal from the City by the Sea. Scales & Shells is a strict seafood restaurant that carries a wide variety of fish such as grilled fish (salmon, mahi mahi and bluefish) as well as a wide selection of wines. The entrees feature muscles marinara, linguine with clams, and lobster fra diavolo.
  • Yesterday’s, 28 Washington Square. Yesterday’s features a wide selection of entrees that is sure to have something for everyone. Here you will find a variety of club sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads, pasta, soups among other items. There is also an extensive list of draft beers and cocktails available.

Splurge

Newport is one of the state's most quaint sea towns. It harbors some of the finest seafood restaurants in the area. However, if seafood is not your style, Newport still has plenty of other fantastic dining options. Places like 22 Bowen or The Mooring are some of the most upscale places you can go in Newport short of having dinner at The Breakers. The atmosphere is high class and a certain conduct is expected. These places are great for anniversaries, celebration dinners, and expensive couples nights out. The menu is only rivaled by the wine lists. Both are quite extensive. You can get some of the best seafood in the state at these places, while also finding exquisitely prepared chicken or steak.

  • Clarke Cooke House, ☎ +1 401 849-2900. 1 Bannisters Wharf. Located in the heart of Newport, boasting the quintessential Newport experience. May–October the restaurant offers an open air atmosphere, an award-winning menu, and even a sushi bar!
  • 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille, 22 Bowens Wharf, ☎ +1 401 841-8884. Serving prime beef, New England's finest seafood, 35 wines by the glass and over 500 labels on their wine list, visit them and enjoy "a little bit of tenderness."
  • Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Ocean Dr, ☎ +1 401 841-8884. The Inn's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms. From appetizers to desserts, imaginative presentation and exceptional taste characterize Castle Hill Inn's fine dining experience. Has been awarded The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively for the past five years.
  • Dining at the Viking, toll-free: +1-800-556-7126. Hotel Viking provides exceptional Newport restaurants in which to savor local seafood and elegant New England cuisine. An integral part of the legendary Rhode Island hotel, these trademark restaurants offer diners with perfect blend of fine cuisine and rich historic ambiance.
  • Spiced Pear, 117 Memorial Blvd (Chanler Hotel), ☎ +1 401 847-2244. The restaurant setting is elegant and upscale. Most of the tables look out onto dramatic oceanfront views, as you dine on one of several tasting menus, each with the option of wine pairing. A chef's table is also available for a nightly Gourmand Tasting Menu.
  • White Horse Tavern, Marlborough and Farewell Sts, ☎ +1 401 849-3600. Lunch and dinner daily except no lunch M-W. A meetinghouse for Rhode Island's General Assembly in colonial times, they provide top-notch food and service. Reservations and jacket required.

Drink

Newport is known for its lively night scene. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet cocktail, hang with the locals, or dance along to a live band, you will find a place in Newport to suit your preferences. “Downtown” Newport has bars all within walking distance of one another. Many bars are located just a few blocks from most hotels and inns, making a scenic walk an easy choice. Most bars are in the downtown area including upper Thames Street, lower Thames Street, America’s Cup Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, and Bellevue Avenue.

There are too many bars in Newport to include them all, below is a diverse collection of the best. Walking or taking a cab is recommended to avoid the dangers of drinking and driving and the nuisance of finding a parking spot.

Listed below is a suggested "bar hop" for lower Thames Street and America's Cup Avenue. Beginning with Pelham East, you can walk to each bar in the order it is listed. Remember that the bar hop is for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Try a drink from each, but remember to be responsible.

  • The Fastnet Pub, 1 Broadway, ☎ +1 401 845-9311. 7 days/week till 1 AM. Thursday-Sunday 10 PM-1 AM, live music. This genuine Irish pub is easily the best place in Newport. They have live Irish music on Sundays, it's always full but not packed, and the service & ambiance are great. Start here: you won't regret it.
  • One Pelham East, 276 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 847-9460. 7 days/week till 1 AM. Thursday-Sunday 10 PM-1 AM, live music.
  • Studio 3, 3 Pelham St, ☎ +1 401 324-6111. Thursday-Sunday 10 PM-1 AM. DJ or live music, and dancing.
  • Newport Blues Cafe, 286 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 841-5510. Fridays and Saturdays 6 PM-1 AM. Dinner till 10 PM, kids eat free with a purchase of an adult meal, live music starting at 10 PM (must be 21 or older after 10 PM).
  • Boom Boom Room, Bannister's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 849-2900. Th-Su 9 PM-1 AM. Their legendary club is located beneath The Candy Store Bar. Disc Jockey Torry Mars and Music Composer Chips Hanson playing dance music from all genres and artists like "Frank Sinatra" to "Black Eyed Peas."
  • The Porch, Bannister's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 849-2900. 7 days/week 6 PM-1 AM. Enjoy the scenic view of Newport Harbor.
  • Rhino Bar & Grille/Mamba Room Night Club, 337 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 846-0707. 7 nights/week. Th-Sa, 10 PM-1 AM, live music or DJ, Students never pay cover.
  • Red Parrot, 348 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 847-3800. Su-Th 11 AM-11 PM, F, Sa 11 AM-1 AM. Three floors of bars! Daily drink specials.
  • Vincent's On the Pier/The West Deck, 1 Waite's Wharf. W-Su. Enjoy an affordable meal and/or drink outside on the deck, or come inside for their gourmet menu. Great atmosphere for any crowd.
  • O'Brien's Pub, 501 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 849-6623. 7 days/week, 11:30 AM-1 AM. Newly renovated outside bar open seasonally. Outdoor patio includes plentiful seating and fountain, both dog and kid friendly. Kitchen offers a gluten-free menu. Open year round serving pub-style food inside by the fire in the winter.
  • Fifth Element, 509 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 841-0011. 7 days/week, 5 PM – 1 AM. Fridays: DJ Bells spins club hits and progressive house. Live music on the weekends! Come in for their drink and meal specials in a casual dining atmosphere.
  • Cafe di Mare, 11 Bowen's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 847-2962. Daily, 10 AM-10 PM (summer); 10 AM-10 PM (winter). Italian specialties, soups, salads, sandwiches, espresso, ice cream, frozen yogurt, shakes, floats, and sundaes.
  • 22 Bowen's Wine Bar and Grill, 22 Bowen's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 841-8884. 7 days/week, 11:30 AM-11 PM. Newport's Prime Beef steakhouse on the water with seafood, extensive raw bar, and over 600 wines.
  • Cookie Jar, 29 Bowen's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 846-5078. Su-Th, 6:30 AM-11 PM, F,Sa, 6:30 AM–7:30 PM (summer). Su-Th, 8 AM-9 P, F, Sa, 8 AM-11 PM (fall). 7 days/week, 8:30 AM–5:30 PM (winter). Fresh baked cookies, coffee, and beverages. Can even do boat orders!
  • Newport Fruit and Smoothie Co., 30 Bowen's Wharf. Seasonal. Exotic fruit smoothies and fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • The Wharf Pub and Restaurant, 37 Bowen's Wharf, ☎ +1 401 846-9233. 7 days/week, 11:30 AM-11 PM. Pub style restaurant, gourmet sandwiches, and a dinner menu.
  • Jimmy's Saloon, 37 Memorial Blvd, ☎ +1 401 846-5121. Daily 11:30-1 AM, 7 days per week. Lunch, Live music, Locals favorite.

Shopping in Newport, Rhode Island


Newport has become a great destination for shopping. During the Summer it is extremely popular because in the Downtown area there are so many stores and they are all within walking distance of each other. It is a great way to spend a day, park the car in any of the nearby parking lots and walk around as long as the weather is good!

  • Brick Market Historic District, Brick Market. Located between lower Thames Street and Americas Cup Avenue, in the heart of Newport. The Brick Market is a year-round family-friendly outdoor shopping area, with 25 shops ranging from corporate, small businesses and places to eat, and selling everything from jewelry to clothing to handmade gifts and souvenirs. The open-air market is made up of three parallel rows of businesses, and plenty of outdoor seating. Brick Market Place is open daily for visitors and locals alike.
  • Be Dazzled, 225 Goddard Row (Brick Market Place), ☎ +1 401-849-3290. Mon - Thu, 11 AM - 7 PM; Fri, 11 AM - 8 PM; Sat, 10 AM - 9 PM; Sun, 11 AM - 7 PM. Be Dazzled creates and manufactures High Quality Costume Jewelry. This little boutique has women's custom jewelry and accessories, hair clips, stretch bracelets, and scarves. The jewelry is sparkling, fun and affordable. Their slogan is “Wear Everyday Pieces at Everyday Prices." They accept Cash, American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.
  • The Magic Studio, 433 Thames St # 4, ☎ +1 401 841-0735. Past Ben & Jerry's and before the Newport Yacht Restoration. The fun magic store sells magic, jokes, kites, and juggling. The magic shop has been in business for 15 years. The sales staff are very knowledgeable with magic, juggling and kite products. The sales staff are able to demo magic tricks. The store is neat and clean.
  • Cabbage Rose, 493 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 846-7006. Right before O'Briens Pub on lower Thames, you will find this organized and clean outlet for a more semi-casual look appropriate for women ranging from preteen to adult. Clothing options range from clean cut denim and Rhode Island themed graphic tees to white ruffled blouses and night-on-the-town dresses. The store is set up in a rather small studio-like layout. Items are moderately priced and sales are occasionally offered.
  • Music Box, 160 Thames St, toll-free: +1-877-66-MUSIC (68742). A thriving multi media destination for any consumer on the hunt for DVDs, CD's, cassettes, video cassettes, records, posters, nicknack's, stuffed animals, toys and trinkets. The shop consists of middle isles filled with CD's, old records towards the back, season collections of sitcoms and reality television shows on the far left side and various non-music related merchandise on the outer walls of the store. Newer CD's are more expensive; the older the CD the lower the price. Young shoppers are watched carefully to the point it is almost uncomfortable, otherwise, the staff is usually very helpful and readily available.
  • Pink Pineapple, 380 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 293-6625. Located a block down from America's Cup just beyond the cusp of the beginning of Thames Street lays this small vibrant boutique on the first floor of a three-story building. The environment is confined to limited space; cramped with numerous racks and shelves of clothes and jewelry that may come across as overwhelming. Pink Pineapple's fashion is focused on bright, bold and pieces that make a statement; extremely popular with a younger crowd. Merchandise can be rather pricey, but the quality and uniqueness are that set apart from other stores you may come across in the area.
  • Pleasant Surprise, 121 Swinburne Row (Brick Market Place), ☎ +1 401 846-1202. Pleasant Surprise is a contributing shop in the Brick Market Place community, providing a fun, playful, colorful and comical atmosphere for shoppers. This store is what some may refer to as an adult joke store, offering merchandise ranging from hand painted party themed Margarita glasses and quirky birthday cards to silly animal hats and fun home accessories. The store is appropriately organized providing a busy and stimulating shopping environmental; it is near impossible not to touch, play, read or laugh at anything you may see. Prices are moderate and by simply visiting the shop you will add some comic relief to your shopping experience. They offer shipping and accept debit cards, all major credit cards, and cash, and there is a conveniently located ATM. Their return policy is limited to no cash or credit refunds. They only offer store credit within 30 days of purchase.
  • Trendz, 435 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 619-3838. Trendz was recently re-located further up Thames Street, having a more central location in the shopping strip. The store strictly focuses on jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets, but occasionally may offer headbands or another hair decor. Merchandise is organized by color, type, style, and polish (whether the pieces are garnished with silver or gold). Trendz provides costume jewelry with extremely reasonable prices, appropriate for fun everyday accessories or a quick fix to dress up any outfit in an affordable way.
  • Tropical Gangsters, 375 Thames St, ☎ +1 401 847-9113. Nestled in the middle of lower Thames, Tropical Gangster resides as a female fashion icon for locals and tourists alike. This store's modern themed layout provides and organized and encouraging environmental for shopping. The fashion focuses on the latest styles for woman's dresses, skirts, shoes, and shirts. Plenty dressing rooms are readily available, but prices are expensive and the staff is not the friendliest. Styles are not particularly unique compared to competing boutiques in the area.
  • Green Envy Eco-Boutique, 223 Goddard Row, ☎ +1 401 619-1993. Opened in 2008 by a University of Rhode Island graduate, Green Envy Eco-Boutique is a unique shop which offers items held to extremely high environmental and ethical standards. The store offers a variety of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and gifts which all fit the "eco-friendly" label the owner has worked hard to enforce. Each piece of merchandise meets requirements held by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The staff is extremely knowledgeable and committed to furthering their environmental causes. Green Envy Eco-Boutique truly practice what they preach.
  • Tourist Trap, 107 Swinburne Row (Brick Market Place), ☎ +1 401-846-4531. daily from 10 AM – 10 PM. Tourist Trap is perfect for picking up Newport related souvenirs, items ranging from tee-shirts and sweatshirts to bumper stickers and coffee mugs. The store is filled with knick-knacks and fun souvenirs of all shapes and sizes. They offer gift certificates, gift wrapping, and shipping and accept debit cards, all major credit cards, and cash, although there is no ATM.

Safety in Newport, Rhode Island


Though many visitors awed by Newport's mansions, immaculate public gathering places, and well-preserved historic sites would be surprised to hear that the city has a higher-than-average crime rate, it is generally very safe in the areas where tourists would typically find themselves. Like in most areas that attract large numbers of tourists, the crime rate is inflated because when visitors fall victim to crime, the statistics, which measure crimes per resident, reflect the crime but not the presence of the non-resident visitor. Nonetheless, Newport is a major destination and as such, visitors should be as alert as they would be in any dense area where criminals may seek to target people who are on vacation and therefore less aware of their surroundings.

One area where visitors should be particularly cautious is the Cliff Walk. Though crime is virtually unheard of here, more than a few people have been injured, some of them seriously so, while wandering off the path. The Cliff Walk's dramatic views come with dramatic drops. If you stay on the path no matter how tempting it may be to get a closer look, you'll have nothing to worry about.

Language spoken in Newport, Rhode Island


Rhode Islanders talk with a distinctly eastern-New-England accent, similar to Boston's famous broad a and dropped r. Natives also have a habit of adding r to the end of a word. For example, some people may say idear instead of idea. Some words you might hear while visiting: "bubbler" (water fountain), "grinder" (submarine sandwich), and "cabinet" (milkshake).

Rhode Islanders will affectionately complain that if they have to drive anywhere and it takes longer than a half hour, then it is too far.

Natives also have names for certain landmarks, sometimes with a historical aspect with it. For instance, the Henderson Bridge, which is a mini-freeway/bridge in the Providence area, is affectionately known as the "little red bridge" because before the present bridge was built, a red wooden bridge stood there. Central Falls and East Providence will be known, especially in newspapers, as CF and EP respectively. Barrington will sometimes be called Borington because there are no liquor stores there (it is prohibited by a town ordinance).

Rhode Island's local pastime is politics, which can get very emotional here. With an "everybody knows everybody" state of mind, you've got Rhode Island politics in a nutshell.

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