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Things to do in Newport

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
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“Great restaurant with spectacular views! Best in spring/summer/fall to sit on lawn for a cocktail or meal! Pricey, but special.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“A breathtaking scenic drive which spans between the Newport Historic District and the mansions along the rugged coastline. This is the first thing many visitors do when arriving in Newport for the first time. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Relaxed cocina turning out modern, West Coast-style Mexican food & a long list of specialty drinks.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“great view of beach, fried clams,,chowder, great broiledfish, fun atmosphere ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great food and huge salad bar! Huge variety of menu choices. Popular place so be prepared to wait.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Resort
“Five-star dining overlooking Newport Harbor. Perfect for special occasions. Great formal option for Newport. Tasting menu with or without a wine pairing. Unforgettable and Posh.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Best breakfast around! Try and get there early - very popular! Everything is Good!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Route
“The Newport Cliff Walk is considered one of the top attractions in Newport. It is a 3.5-mile public access walkway along the rocky shore line. It has been designated a National Recreation Trail. The Cliff Walk starts from the east end of Bailey's Beach to the western end of First Beach.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Seasonal modern American dishes (particularly savory snacks & local seafood), plus harbor views. Innovative menu and attentive service. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“This is the view. Pack a lunch, bring your kite and a lawn chair and enjoy the crashing waves.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“The Fort: Nature that gave the settlers of Rhode Island one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Narragansett Bay, also presented them with a military challenge. Part of the challenge was to prevent an enemy fleet from entering the bay to attack friendly ships or cities along the shore. Another part was to prevent an enemy from seizing the bay to use it for a base of operations. Tours daily or just a great place to walk and take in the views. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's house is here. Sail Newport is here, this is where the International Volvo Race arrives and departs from. And the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals every year!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Route
“Thames Street is lined with local and brand name stores. Lot's of shopping to be done here!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“I frequent the downstairs. Try the raw bar or grab an order of “Stuffies” RI’s famous Portuguese stuffed clams. Tip your ‘tenders well they work hard during this ye tourist season! Tell them Randi sent you! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“ Great bar, live music. Check web site for music schedule, Jazz brunch on Sundays.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“During its years of active service, Fort Adams housed generations of soldiers. Now the Fort is open to tours, and offers spectacular views of the bay and a wealth of history for enthusiasts. Bay Walks begin at the Fort and take visitors along the picturesque East Passage of Narragansett Bay with unobstructed views of the sun setting over Conanicut Island or to the east side of the bay, overlooking Newport Harbor and the downtown waterfront as well as picturesque Brenton Cove – one of the area’s most popular anchorages.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“This car museum is amazing. They have so many cool events planned in the coming months. I follow them on Instagram. Jay Leno is a car guy who now resides part-time in Newport and he will be engaged in some of these upcoming events. Very cool!!”
  • 10 locals recommend