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“Just OK”

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Ranked #17 of 115 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Byron Center, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed September 2, 2009

Visited here with the wife and son (all of us are afficianados) recently and were actually penalized due to a Champions Cup tournament that was going on that day. Because of the tournament, we were limited to the museum only and couldn't visit the rest of the facility without an extra-cost pass. Plus, the "gentleman" helping us (he was abrupt and clearly better than we were, seemed to be in charge of several areas, saw him also hovering around the gift shop, wish I'd gotten his name) denied our use of a AAA discount card because of the tournament. So basically we were left with the inability to see all of the facility while getting nicked full price. The museum itself was rather interesting but you'd have to be a fan to appreciate the displays. Parking was at a premium but we were fortunate to snag a no-cost street spot about a block away.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Be sure to visit the court tennis court in the rear of the complex.”
Reviewed June 20, 2009

If you have any sort of interest in tennis, you want to spend an hour or more talking a look around. And if your lucky enough to find a match or a lesson going on in the court tennis court, you'll really be fascinated.

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Stamford, CT
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“Did you ever know Billy Jean King wore so many outfits?”
Reviewed June 16, 2009

This is not just for tennis lovers...everyone who has heard of Nadal, Federer, Venus and Serena Williams will find an interest and awe in this museum. You will learn more than you thought you knew of the game, its history, and the most famous players of all time. There are amazing artifacts dating back to the creation of the game and some great video clips. Take a walk outside of the museum to look at the grass and clay courts. Maybe if you're feeling really active, you'll make a reservation to play a game or two. It may be tough to notice the building on Bellevue, so take the trolley and ask the driver to make the stop.

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Boston,MA
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“More than just a museum for tennis lovers”
Reviewed June 1, 2009

I visited the museum with my husband and two children. I was weary of how my boys would handle it, but it turned out to be great! There was an interactive scavenger hunt for them, and they spent the entire time completing it. The museum's exterior was amazing. A beautiful building from the late 1800's, its definitely a must see for any architecture fan. Of course there is a great deal of information and artifacts from the sport itself. From the first tennis rackets to the original dress of the players. The fashion changes were extremely interesting. Especially because I love to shop! They also had a great deal of information on current players and happenings. After the museum, we walked around the impressive grass courts and had lunch at the restaurant on site, which was really tasty.

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Orlando, Florida
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“Only for those who enjoy tennis”
Reviewed December 28, 2008

There is a lot of cool stuff here at this self guided museum, but it really only appeals to those who love tennis. To the average tourist who just remembers playing tennis in high school, it doesn't really hit the spot. It is located on the corner of Memorial and Bellevue and is a decent size museum. It travels through the history of tennis to the modern day hall of famers. It also travels around the grass courts that the hall of fame is famous for. You get a cool tennis ball sticker when you buy your tickets.

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