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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The most impressive of the Newport mansions, this 13-acre estate received...
The most impressive of the Newport mansions, this 13-acre estate received its name from the cherished view of waves crashing against rocks. The Italian Renaissance summer "cottage," whose construction included transporting European artisans to apply gold leaf and other artistic touches, was owned by one of America's most prosperous families, the Vanderbilts.
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Renaissance deja vu in America

An incredible exposure to the opulence of American magnates at the end of the 19th Century. These were "modern day" chateaus as worthy of admiration as their European... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

An incredible exposure to the opulence of American magnates at the end of the 19th Century. These were "modern day" chateaus as worthy of admiration as their European predecessors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The largest of the mansions, this is quite spectacular. The entrance hall alone is worth the visit. The 30-minute audio tour guides you through the house and explains the history and owners. In each room, additional audio options are available for a more in-depth discussion of what you are seeing. Take time to look at the photos in the rooms... More 

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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you are going to see one of these summer cottages, then this is it, gilded, gaudy, over the top will not do justice

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Berkely Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Although it was our second time through, we still enjoyed the excellent information offered on the headset.

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boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting self-guided tour of The Breakers Mansion. We really did get to see quite a bit of the mansion including furnishings. It was easy to get a feel for the way the rich lived. Very elegant mansion as well as beautiful location. Would love to go back and see some more of these extravagant summer homes.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This mansion takes less than an hour to see, but be sure to allow a little extra time to listen to some of the "extras" as they really help you get a better idea of what life was like for these people!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Breakers is just over the top with all that it has to offer! I love that it is referred to as a "Summer Cottage". The audio tour is a must and very well done. The Breakers is really an architectural playground! Historical and fascinating to see inside how the "rich and famous" lived their daily lives while summering in... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Newport, going to at least one mansion tour is a must. The breakers is the king of the mansions and will truelly amaze you. It is a prime example of the money industrialists had in the gilded age before taxes. Its done by an audiotour which is nicely down.

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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The details of the architecture are amazing. This is an audio tour. No pictures allowed inside the home. Just beautiful! Plan on an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Had a great time at The Breakers. Was amazed by the architecture and was great to see so many original furnishings which isn't always common when visiting historical properties. Crazy to think this was a summer home. Took 40 staff to keep it up.

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