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Ranked #1 of 64 attractions in Newport
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Category: Museums

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... more »

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Category: Scenic Drives; Historic Walking Areas

The old-timers call this '10 mile drive.'  While its new name over the decades has become 'Ocean Drive' this roadway is literally 10 miles of spectacular wide-open views of the... more »

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Ranked #3 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's... more » Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden. « less
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Ranked #4 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
French-style mansion built for coal magnate Edward Berwind.
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Ranked #5 of 64 attractions in Newport
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There is a wonderful mansion not to be missed- it is Rough Point, the home of Doris Duke. It was built for a Vanderbilt and purchased by Doris' father in 1922. She used this house... more »

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Ranked #6 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: We are closed for the winter until sometime in the late spring. Many thanks to all of our wonderful customers and friends!... more » Owner description: We are closed for the winter until sometime in the late spring. Many thanks to all of our wonderful customers and friends! See you in the late spring! « less
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Ranked #7 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
A scenic 3.5 mile walkway that borders the back lawn of The Breakers and many other Newport mansions.
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Ranked #8 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
This Newport mansion is famous for its ample use of marble in the interior.
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Ranked #9 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Society dedicated to the preservation of 9 of Newport's mansions.
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Ranked #10 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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Ranked #11 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898). Vernon Court is... more » Owner description: The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898). Vernon Court is on the Natl. Register of Historic Places with interiors inspired by the palace at Versailles. The NMAI focuses on original illustration artworks created to be reproduced in books, periodicals, advertising and in other print media. Featured artists include: Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, NC Wyeth and 150 others. Free parking for museum visitors is available in our lot located on Victoria Avenue. « less
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Ranked #12 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Ships; Tours
Owner description: Sightsailing of Newport offers daily sailing cruises, tours and private sailing charters in Newport aboard the sailing... more » Owner description: Sightsailing of Newport offers daily sailing cruises, tours and private sailing charters in Newport aboard the sailing vessels Aquidneck, Sightsailer and Starlight. Aquidneck and Sightsailer were built specifically to take people sailing who have never sailed before. Both are very smooth sailing; seasickness is never an issue. Both offer tickets for public sails and are available for private charters. Aquidneck is an 80' schooner. She is comfortable, stable and offers a relaxing sailing experience. She sails comfortably with up to 49 guests. Sightsailer is a 46, comfortable yet racy sloop, which gives a greater sensation of sailing than Aquidneck. She sails comfortably with up to 13 guests. Starlight is an O'Day 34' sloop that offers the feel of sailing on a private yacht since it sails by private charter only with just 2-6 guests. Starlight is luxurious and comfortable.Aquidneck sails 7 days a week from May-October.Sightsailer and Starlight sail 5 days a week (Thursday thru Sunday)in July and August and weekends only in June and September. « less
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Ranked #13 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
Owner description: Visitors are awestruck by this grand mansion, modeled after a French palace and used in the films "High Society" and "The... more » Owner description: Visitors are awestruck by this grand mansion, modeled after a French palace and used in the films "High Society" and "The Great Gatsby." « less
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Ranked #14 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
A Newport church where George Washington once attended.
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Ranked #15 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Part of the 10-mile Ocean Drive and home to many well-known mansions.
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Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
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Category: Art Galleries; Historic Sites; Libraries; Gardens
Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.
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Category: Historic Sites; Parks
This venue of the Newport folk and jazz festivals is a stone citadel.
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Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: Discover quaint, colonial charm with a stay at an historic lighthouse in Newport, RI. located one mile off the coast of in... more » Owner description: Discover quaint, colonial charm with a stay at an historic lighthouse in Newport, RI. located one mile off the coast of in Narragansett Bay. Built in 1869, the restored lighthouse provides a rare opportunity to share in its history. Your reservation includes boat transportation. « less
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Ranked #20 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: Make the Newport Visitor Information Center your first stop for all of your maps, materials, tickets and tour needs.... more » Owner description: Make the Newport Visitor Information Center your first stop for all of your maps, materials, tickets and tour needs. Information specialists are available with complimentary maps and brochures on local events, attractions, lodging, shopping and dining. « less
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Ranked #21 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Sports Complexes; Specialty Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is completely closed to the public for renovations. PLEASE... more » Owner description: Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is completely closed to the public for renovations. PLEASE JOIN US MAY 20, 2015 TO VISIT OUR BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM! Built in 1880 by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, the Museum galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits, dynamic videos and popular memorabilia from historic champions and the superstars of today. Dramatically set in the original club rooms of the Casino, visitors of all ages delight in Stanford White's architectural detail as well as the state-of-the-art gallery experience. In the Woolard Family Enshrinement Gallery plaques commemorate the great players, coaches, administrators and writers that have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. There are 235 Hall of Famers, representing 20 countries. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport's official Hall of Fame. The property today is now 6 acres and consists of the Newport Casino, 13 grass courts, 1 clay court, an indoor tennis facility, the Court Tennis facility, a grandstand and a historic 297-seat theatre. In July, the venue annually hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, the only ATP professional grass court tournament in the Americas. These are the only professional grass courts that are open to the public for play. « less
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Ranked #22 of 64 attractions in Newport
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Ranked #23 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Built as a Gothic Revival vacation home for a Georgia planter, the home is a National Historic Landmark. The home includes... more » Owner description: Built as a Gothic Revival vacation home for a Georgia planter, the home is a National Historic Landmark. The home includes glass bricks designed by the famous stained-glass artist, Tiffany. « less
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Popular Newport street filled with many shops.
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Ranked #25 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Newport mansion built in 1852.
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Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Malls
Owner description: Welcome to Newport's premiere year-round destination! Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century commercial wharf buildings... more » Owner description: Welcome to Newport's premiere year-round destination! Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century commercial wharf buildings bring you back to Bowen's beginnings as a thriving seaport in one of the finest natural harbors in New England. Trading with all corners of the world, then and now, Bowen's Wharf is central to the city's commerce and culture. Bowen's Wharf: The Anchor of the Newport Waterfront! « less
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Ranked #28 of 64 attractions in Newport
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Well-known church in Newport where John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy were married in 1953.
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Ranked #29 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Located along the legendary Ocean Drive in Newport, RI, Gooseberry Beach is a private beach club open to the public. Come and... more » Owner description: Located along the legendary Ocean Drive in Newport, RI, Gooseberry Beach is a private beach club open to the public. Come and enjoy the most beautiful beach in Newport, with its white sand and clear calm ocean waters. Gooseberry is the perfect family beach for swimming, snorkeling or building sand castles. We have chair rentals, changing rooms, and showers for our guests. Open 9-5. Visit Gooseberry Cafe which offers great beach food. « less
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Ranked #30 of 64 attractions in Newport
Category: ; Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Newport Art Museum's collections and exhibitions reflect Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary... more » Owner description: The Newport Art Museum's collections and exhibitions reflect Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene. We are the only museum to focus on the art and artists of Rhode Island, both historic and contemporary. The Museum is housed in the John N.A. Griswold House and the Cushing Gallery. Home for the Museum since 1916, the Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Designed in 1862 by architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China trade merchant and financier, and his wife Jane. Griswold House was Hunt’s first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Hunt went on to design many of the grand cottages of Newport’s Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Marble House, and Ochre Court. To honor artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, an early member of the Newport Art Association, the Association erected the Cushing Gallery in 1920.The Newport Art Museum is one of only 5% of American museums to be fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. « less
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