The bustling waterfront of historic Newport is exciting on its own but it is only one part of an island full of activities for all ages. We’ve listed below a few of our favorites. For a complete list of events, places to eat and stay, visit www.GoNewport.com.
enjoy the great outdoors
Aquidneck Island is a hiker’s dream with so many choices to choose from. Marked paths through the woods at the Norman Bird Sanctuary take you atop of Aquidneck at Hanging Rock- ending with one of the best ocean views on the island. Spend some time at land’s end at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge or beachcombing on the many beaches around the island. Take a walk on the world-famous Cliff Walk; a winding path between endless views of the Atlantic and peeking views of Newport’s elegant private estates.
Relax in the quiet of the country on the roads less traveled while feeling the gentle roll of your horse beneath you. The beauty of stonewalled fields and expansive views of the Atlantic surround you all along your ride to the beach.
If its flare and fun you are looking for, just look up! Experience the exhilarating, views of Newport’s landmarks all from your front row seat in the sky.
Sailing is truly the hallmark of Newport, boasting one of the best environments for world-class sailing. Professional and recreational sailors, alongside local folk and thousands of visitors, have enjoyed the rich and natural beauty of Narragansett Bay throughout the decades. The historic “12-meters” of past America’s Cup races or our own 78’ schooner, the Adirondack II, offers the perfect opportunity to experience the glimmering waters and dynamic waterfront of this “City By The Sea”.
Not for the faint hearted, Sky-diving is an invigorating experience you will never forget! As you relax into a 5 minute parachute ride after a 40 second free-fall, take a moment to take it all in- the rush of catching your breath and the awe of the stunning, birds-eye view that surrounds you.
Maritina, Steffi, and now Andre. Some of the most famous tennis players of all time have graced the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. These courts are the oldest in America and the only grass courts open for the public to play on. The venue, located nearby on Bellevue Avenue, also hosts a museum, rich in the history of Tennis and its most memorable players.
The waters around Aquidneck Island are laden with opportunities for the water lover. Aside from the nine beaches and many motor and sailing vessels, there are more private and intimate ways to enjoy the sea. Kayaking, diving, snorkeling and fishing are all enjoyable ways to explore the meandering nooks and crannies of our coastline.
Newport waterfront events
From national food competitions to the best comedians in the country, its all here at the Newport Yachting Center, where high-energy entertainment meets the Newport waterfront! Check out the 2012 NWE schedule at www.newportwaterfrontevents.com
learn something new
Explore 250 years of American history, including the illustrious Guilded Age of Newport. The Newport Preservation Society offers guided tours of 11 historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks.
In addition to the impressive homes of the Newport Preservation Society, Newport is home a number of museums showcasing a vast array of engaging topics.
Museum of Yacthing www.moy.org
Newport Historical Society www.newporthistorical.org
International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum www.tennisfame.org
The National Museum of American Illustration www.americanillustration.org
Newport Art Museum & Art Association www.newportartmuseum.org
Touro Synagogue www.tourosynagogue.org
Fort Adams State Park www.fortadams.org
wine tastings/vineyard tours
Coastal Rhode Island is home to three bucolic vineyards, each producing their own distinct wines. Enjoy a tasting after a leisurely stroll in amongst the grapes or a guided tour of the winery.
sit back and relax
Experience the “Sport of Kings” at the sprawling polo fields of historic Glen Farm. This casual, relaxing setting, surrounded by stonewalls and age-old oak trees, is perfect for afternoon picnics while watching a display of horsemanship once enjoyed only by royalty.
brenton point state park
The world class, panoramic views of the Atlantic are a stone’s throw away from Brenton Point State Park, located on Newport’s famous Ocean Drive.
fort adams state park
Don’t miss the stunning sunsets over Narragansett Bay, best seen from your front row picnic blanket at Fort Adams State Park. Home to the largest coastal fortification in the US, the grounds at the far end of the park, behind the historic Eisenhower House, are ideal for an easy going day of kite flying or fishing off the rocks.