newport ri visitors guide

Mansions, Events, Hotels, Dining & Recreation

There's a reason Newport RI is so popular as a destination for visitors: it has something to appeal to people of all ages and interests. Young adults and college students love the vibrant nightlife scene, with over 100 bars and restaurants to choose from in an easily walkable town. They also love the access to the beaches, water sports and as an international sailing destination. Those getting married in Newport will find countless options for a seaside wedding, including opulent mansions, historic homes or maybe even just the sand between your toes on the beach. Caterers, wedding photographers and other wedding services are plentiful around Newport, and make the usual daunting task of planning a wedding fun and exciting for everyone that attends the festivities. Even young couples will enjoy Newport, for its fine dining, shopping and historical mansion tours, and maybe a little surfing or just lounging in the sun with the waves crashing at your feet. Families, too, love visiting Newport RI because they can enjoy the beaches, visit our own little interactive aquarium, and go for family bike rides around Newport's famous Ocean Drive.

Whatever your age or interest, Newport RI truly has something to offer everyone. When you consider that Newport is less than a 3-hour drive from much of New England and New York City, and only a 30-minute drive from the Providence airport, you can see why Newport is such a special place. You don't even have to worry about transportation when you get here, with most activities within walking distance, and plenty of public transportation around town including taxis, bike taxis and city buses.

Newport, RI's beautiful coastline ranges from white sandy beaches to rocky surf, and has entertained visitors for over a century. Newport's events include festivals, mansion tours, fine dining, shopping, cozy inns and world-class hotels, all located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and all its charm. We'll show you some of Newport RI 's well-known hot spots - but also share special places we've discovered over the years for the best food, fun and entertainment. Whether it's a self-guided tour of the largest collection of colonial homes in the country, a day of shopping and spa treatments, a tour of the region's award-winning vineyards, a sunset sail aboard an America's Cup contender in Newport's beautiful deep harbor or a quiet picnic spot surfside in the dunes, Newport RI truly has something for every moment of the day. Make Newport RI your next vacation spot - it's waiting for you to explore it all!

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Upcoming Newport, RI Events

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Newport RI Winter Fun

now thru April

Winter is a great time to visit Newport, RI! Enjoy hot New England clam chowder harborside, take a skate with the family, or just stroll through historic neighborhoods during a classic mid-winter snowfall... all without the crowds and traffic!

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Hot Dining Deals in Newport RI

Nov - Apr

When the temperatures drop, the restaurants heat up with great specials all winter long! Visit Newport and sample some of the best food in New England for an unbeatable price!

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Get Up Close with Newport, RI's Harbor Seals!

Jan thru April

Board a tour boat in downtown Newport RI and head out to Rose Island Lighthouse where the Harbor seals rest and play on the rocks during the winter months. A great experience for the whole family!

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The NEW Newport Marriott

Relaxing is a breeze in their new nautically-inspired guest rooms, greatroom lobby, and restaurant/bar with seasonal outdoor terrace and spectacular harbor views!