10 Things To Do In Newport Rhode Island You NEED to Do

Newport in Rhode Island is a small port town that is known for having the highest amount of colonial buildings of any other city in the US. So just imagine how cute it is, also is well known that Rhode island is a great romantic getaway! Aside from all the cool historic landmarks, it also offers lots of outdoor activities and a few other rather unique ones. Here are ten of the best things to do in Newport, Rhode Island.

10 Fun Things to Do in Newport

1. The Newport Mansions

Newport is home to 10 enormous mansions that have been turned into museums. The Breakers Mansion is the most popular one, but they all have a unique quality that will catch your attention. You get to see most of them from the Cliff Walk in Newport.


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2. Ice Cream Train Tour

 This is a relatively new attraction that I wasn’t able to find in my research. It was actually one of the suggestions from the tourism board of Newport. The Ice Cream Train Tour was an awesome option for my boys. It is basically a train ride where you can buy food and ice cream. If you take the tour during the sunset, you also get a show.

ice cream train

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3. Lighthouses

 There are a few picturesque lighthouses spread all over the Atlantic coast of Newport. Many of them are opened for visitors to tour. They are keepers of fantastic stories from centuries ago.

newport light house

4. Firehouse Theater

If you have some free time during the weekend visit The Firehouse Theater for a show of improvisation comedy. It is a good place to visit for a fun time as you enjoy refreshments. Other sorts of shows also take place in it. Check out their schedule to see if there is anything you might want to see.

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5. Artillery Company of Newport

The Artillery Company of Newport is now a ceremonial unit of Rhode Island. In it ceremonies for patriotic veterans, cannon salutes and honor guards take place. What makes it worth visiting is the military museum that it has. You can learn a lot about the military importance of the place through the years.

6. Cruising on Sailboats 

Being a port town, it is expected to find a lot of boats tied to the dock. The good news is that a few of the sailboat’s owners offer tours off Newport’s coast. This allows you to relax as you enjoy the views. These tours are particularly good during the sunset because of the views.

sailing newport rhode island

7. International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

This is a place that every tennis lover must visit! It is home to tons of artifacts that once belonged to famous players, or that have to do with the sport. You can also learn a lot about its history.

8. Naval War College Museum 

As the name implies, the museum is dedicated to honoring and educating visitors about naval warfare. In the Naval War College Museum you can find items and information about milestones in the evolutionary development of war at sea.

9. Fort Adams

Fort Adams was an important, strategic place during the war of 1812, but has been around since 1799. This fortification is now used as the place where the Newport Jazz Festival takes place. You are also allowed to visit and explore this fortress. The administrators offer a few different tours to choose from.

10. Water Sports

As I mentioned before, this is a coastal town, so there are tons of water sports available. What is it that you like? Kayaks, jet skis, or maybe fishing trips and other water sports are available in Newport for all adventurers.

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Newport may look small, but as you can see, it has tons of things to do. One day won’t be enough here, not even two if you truly want to experience what it has to offer.

Things to Do in Newport – 10 Attractions

Last Updated on August 4, 2023

4 thoughts on “10 Things To Do In Newport Rhode Island You NEED to Do

  1. Thanks for this refreshing look at Rhode Island! Former Floridian currently in Saudi Arabia, so it’s really fun to read travel blogs about back home – comforting and “exotic” in a way!

  2. Thank you for this pretty cool list! Looks like activities the whole family will enjoy! 🙂

  3. Definitely looks like a family friendly destination! And who doesn’t love an ice cream train? That sounds like a fun idea even for adults!

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