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“The Breakers... and what else?” 5 of 5 stars
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Newport Mansions
Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #2 of 55 Activities in Newport
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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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.
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“The Breakers... and what else?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

We got the ticket for The Breakers and one other house. We chose Marble House, based on the reviews here. However, as lovely as Marble House is, we felt it was 'more of the same'. In retrospect, we would have preferred to have chosen a 2nd house that had a slightly different feel to it than The Breakers. (ho hum, more over the top opulence!) That said, as mentioned, the audio tours at both places were very well done. The ticket taker at The Breakers suggested The Elms, so that might be an alternative others might consider.

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“Wow - See how the other half lives!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

The Newport Mansion tour was probably one of the best tours I've ever experienced! They offer a 5 mansion pass - for around $30.00 per person and it is worth every penny. The rich history as well as the wonderful 'self guided' tour information was fascinating. Learning about each property - and each one although has similar rooms - all have different decor and history. When you go in (to most of them) they give you a set of headphones with a little recorder. The recorder tells you all about each room - complete with light background 1890's music. Sometimes the caretaker will say a little tidbit and sometimes an actual person who stayed or visited the mansion in younger days will give insight. One of them even talks about President Kennedy and his family being one of the last visitors to have dinner there. And the cost of running one of the mansions for the 10 week summer stay in 'those days' - $250,000! This tour has stayed with me several days after actually doing it - it's not really for young kids - but adults would surely enjoy it. We hope to go back at Christmas time and see the decorations. Each mansion takes about 30 - 35 minutes but you can also use the recorder to hear extra more detailed information about some of the specific things in a room and can make the tour longer - but that is optional.

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“A glimpse of the Gilded Age...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

Traveling the first week in November we found that 5 of these fabulous homes are open all year. This may be the best time to visit..no crowds, no humidity,etc. The best value by far is to buy a ticket good for admission to all 5 mansions. The tickets do not expire so you can visit all in one day or spread them out. We were told we could redeem next year! We toured 4 in one day and did not feel overwhelmed. Two of the homes offer self-guided tours. The audio guides are very well done and allow guests to pace themselves. Additional audio is available if you are interested in learning more. They have even added family tour audio which I think older kids would find interesting. The other 2 homes we visited were guided by staff members. Even though my sister and I were the only guests at Chateau-Sur-Mer, our guide was delightful. She and our tour leader at Rosecliff included lots of fascinating tidbits that helped define what life was like during the Gilded Age.We found the gift shops at the homes much more than the typical souvenir trap.
I bought several things for myself and great gifts are available at all prices.

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“A must-see in Newport - one of our favorite activities!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

We visited the Breakers and Marble House when we were visiting Newport and Providence for the weekend, and we LOVED them! Even my husband (who is not normally the type to enjoy visiting random historic mansions). These mansions are not to be missed - they're huge and beautiful and incredibly decorated. Also, the audio guides really help paint a picture behind the houses. We actually wished we had time to visit one more, maybe Elms.

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“Gilded Age Glory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

If you get anywhere near Newport, RI you need to visit the Newport Mansions. The product of an age without an income tax they show how the rich, particularly the Vanderbilts, could spend money. Start at the Newport Visitors Center for information and good deals on tickets.

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