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Best things to do in Newport

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Trail
“What better way to take a walk or go for a run but to have the ocean on one side and the mansions on the other ? ”
47 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became The Breakers dining roomChairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to d”
38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Newport Classic. On the water, great views, awesome service an food. It is on the fancier side but its worth it. I have been here countless times. I still love it. ”
45 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Enjoy fresh, local seafood in a waterfront restaurant. Reservations are required especially in the summer. Great service and outstanding cuisine. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Newport ”
30 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you’re trying a beach in Newport, go to Second Beach, but Easton’s has a fun carousel and boardwalk to stroll. It also has a small aquarium that’s fun for kids. Best part is it’s across from Flo’s clamshack...”
19 locals recommend
Pub
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“Love sitting at the oyster bar here. Chiefs are very knowledgeable and happy to chat.”
33 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great walk along the ocean and see the Newport mansions from a different view”
35 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“This is an old movie theater that offers great movies. You can purchase wine, chocolate and a variety of treats to enjoy the film with. Tickets are 10.00 and you will feel like you stepped back in time.”
20 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Another quick grocery store option, depending on time of day...I tend to stick to Middletown for my shopping during busy season!”
12 locals recommend
History Museum
“The mansions give a view into the history of Newport, the United States, and the rich & famous.”
21 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Best Mexican Food EVER!! You need to try the Sticky Ribs (addictive) - and the Avocado Fries !!”
24 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“While touring the mansion brings me back to middle school field trips, it’s still one of my favorite “touristy” things to do. I’d recommend your kids be a little older (8-10 depending), so you can really enjoy these “summer cottages” as they were formally known by the families who owned them. We love The Breakers and Marble House the best. ”
28 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
Grocery Store
“Organic and the best on Aquidneck Island. CVS is located next door along with a liquor store in between. Parking is free for shopping use.”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Margaritas and fresh made guacamole, beautiful views from upstairs dining!”
26 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Focuses on American art from the 19th century to the present day, and pays particular attention to art from Rhode Island and New England.”
13 locals recommend