Newport Sightseeing

Chic restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and markets proliferate throughout the historic district. The cobbled streets and bustling waterfront are only a short walk from Vanderbilt as are a selection of beautiful, sandy and safe beaches, all of which made it to our Top 6.

  1. Visit other Newport mansions: The Preservation Society of Newport County’s mission is to present some of the most stunning mansions to the public. These house-museums are absolutely gorgeous, and many of our guests enjoy touring the properties.
  2. Enjoy a sunny day on Easton’s Beach: Newport’s largest beach and recreation area, the only one featuring a carousel, aquarium, rentable beach houses and food area. A 15-minute walk from downtown Newport or a 5-minute bike or taxi ride will take you to this family-friendly beach.
  3. Tour the National Museum of American Illustration: The National Museum of American Illustration exhibits original artworks from its permanent collection which features the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration’ (1895-1945) and historically, the greatest illustration artists. Admissions 11.00am-5.00pm on Friday during winter, Friday-Sunday in summer.
  4. Stop by the Touro Synagogue: Completed in 1763, the synagogue was a project launched by the second oldest Jewish congregation in the United States and is a prominent historical site of Newport. Entrance Sunday only, 11.30am-2.30pm in winter; Sunday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm in summer.
  5. Enjoy a wine tasting tour: Located north east of the centre of the city, Newport Vineyards offer winery tours daily at 1.00 and 3.00pm.
  6. Experience a culinary walking tour: Immerse yourself in historic Newport and discover the many stories behind the people, history and culture of America’s first resort with a Rhode Island Red Food Tour on foot. Explore and Learn about the early colonial architecture, historic sites and cultural folklore of Newport whilst sampling local delicacies from 6 of the most popular eateries in the local neighborhood as well as finding out more about the restaurants and their chefs.