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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #1 of 66 Attractions in Newport
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The most impressive of the Newport mansions, this 13-acre estate received its name from the cherished view of waves crashing against rocks. The... more »
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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

An absolute must when in Newport! It was very crowded when we were there (July) and I can't wait to go back not in "season" to savor every moment.

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Touring this mansion is a fun peak inside a lifestyle of incomprehensible wealth and privilege that's hard to imagine. The early American industrialists really did "own" the country's economy and they loved letting everyone know it. Bill Gates, step aside!

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New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Breakers is absolutely incredible. The tour is self guided using an audio headset and lasts about an hour, although could be longer if you select to listen to even more detail. The history provided as well as the what I would consider the sheer extravagance of the architectural features makes this home more than breath taking. If you are... More

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was on our list of must-see and didn't disappoint. Went on a monday so full but not too crowded. Got tix online but noticed there wasn't a long wait for tickets. The audio tour was informative; appreciated the option to learn more or keep going. No photography inside. Took about an hour if you don't do the optional segments.... More

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Holland, Michigan USA
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you in the area... it's a must see. Beyond words. The best pricing is to buy a pass for more than one mansion.

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Baltimore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We were able to tour 5 mansions in a single day which was pushing it a little. The last tour at the Breakers was at 6pm and the grounds closed at 7pm so we were able to just fit it in. We did the audio tour which was nice but we had to rush it. We really enjoyed the breakers.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you only have the time for one historic house to visit in Newport, pick the Breakers. It is amazing!! The self-guided visit is extremely interesting and enables you to hear more or less at every stopping point (so you can go at your own pace or go for a shorter visit if you are with the children). Even if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Ah such an amazing historical experience. We purchased the package that a lows you to see several but not all. There were a few we didn't want to see anyway. An absolutely amazing way to step back in time and gawk at how people had money and vacationed unlike how we can today. Loved the audio tour headset and that... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It's easy to forget when touring the Breakers that this was a summer home, not a full time residence. The scale is hard to comprehend - over 100,000 square feet of living space, 50 foot ceilings, accommodations for 33 employees on the top floors and so on. The audio tour is very good and allows you to get as much... More

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Niantic, Connecticut
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Breakers was the number 2 stop on our day of mansion site seeing. The last time we were here several years ago it was a guided tour with a tour guide. Now the the tour is self guided with headphones it is so much better. Beautiful rooms. Very informative and educational.

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