Nantucket you'd have to drive to the Cape to catch a ferry.
A lot to do in a day, especially if you're just in Newport for the weekend....plenty to do/see in Newport to fill your weekend.
I agree that there's plenty to see/do in NPT in a weekend..
if you really want to get to one of the islands, there is a ferry from NPT to Block Island.
Do that on another trip.
Too much to do in Newport that you would really enjoy:
mansion tours - Breakers is a must do and also Astors Beechwood for the living history tour. Marble House is my other choice if you try to fit in more.
Dining that will have you confused there is so much selection
International Tennis Hall of Fame is a great visit
Tour & tasting at a local vineyard
MUST-DO is the Cliff Walk
Norman Bird Sanctuary for incredible hiking
historic walking tours, pirate walking tours, graveyard walking tours, harbor tours and the list goes on.... This doesn't even include just relaxing at an outdoor patio and watching people and time go by.
Whe you do return to do the other islands make sure you include Black Island.
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