Rhode Island Things to Do

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Rhode Island Things to Do

  • The Breakers

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    Newport Things to Do

    The Breakers is the largest and most magnificent of the Newport Summer house mansions. It was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1893 and has over 65,000 sq feet of indoor space along with a 13 acre lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. if you visit only one Newport Mansion, this should be it.

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  • Mohegan Bluffs

    Block Island Things to Do

    The bluffs of Block Island have been in the news quite a bit because of the erosion problems of an island. In fact there is a famous light house that had to be moved back inland a number of feet in order to save it from falling into the ocean. The bluffs and lighthouse are popular destinations if you are renting a moped or a bicycle...or if you...

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  • Cliff Walk

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    This was top of our list when planning our day in Newport. We love being outdoors and being active... and I love big old houses. Unfortunately we didn't really have the appropriate footwear, and the day ended up being warmer than expected so we were a little overdressed. However, we still enjoyed our stroll. The first part of the walk is a bit...

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  • Marble House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Built in 1892 by Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt, this mansion is known for its marble façade. It was one of the earliest mega-mansions in Newport and helped spark the craze for building these monstrousities. The grounds include a replica Chinese teahouse that serves tea, snacks and a light lunch today.

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  • Rosecliff

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Rosecliff is a beautiful mansion, although not as ostentacious as the other ones. You could almost see yourself living a normal life in this one (albeit, with the largest ballroom in Newport). Take a tour of the home to see artifacts from the family, paintings, photographs and just a good sense of what life was like for the people who owned the...

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  • Old Stone Mill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Inside Touro Park is what has been called the "Mystery Tower". At one point the theory was that it was built by Norse explorers hundreds of years before Columbus arrived in 1492. The current theory is that it is a tower for a windmill built by Benedict Arnold the great-grandfather of the infamous General Benedict Arnold from the Revolutionary War....

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  • Fort Adams

    Newport Things to Do

    Another thing to see in addition to the fort itself is the Eisenhower House. The Eisenhower House was the residence of the commander of Fort Adams. The beautiful residence was built in 1873 and has breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. It served as the summer White House for President Dwight Eisenhower. Today it is a popular...

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  • Salve Regina-Ochre Court

    Newport Things to Do

    One of Newport's "first summer cottages, this structure was designed by Richard Morris Hunt who also designed many of the famous mansions in Newport. The structure was completed around 1892 and is the main administration building for Regina University. The structure is located along the "Cliff Walk" and has some expansive and fantastic views of...

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  • Washington Square Historic District

    Newport Things to Do

    Washington Square was the center of much of the political and social life of Providence in colonial days. Some of the most interesting buildings historically and architecturally (like the Brick Market/Historical Museum and the Old Colony House and several others) are located here. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....

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  • M.T. Perrotti Park

    Newport Things to Do

    There is a tiny park with a sliver of green located in the harbor area called M. T. Perrotti Park. It is a nice place to relax and watch the world go by both on land and on the water. There is a water fountain and clean public restrooms (that is more and more important as we age). There is also a statue that I think is of aquatic life at play. The...

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  • Redwood Library and Anthenaeum

    5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The Redwood Library was established in 1747 and was completed in 1750 using a design by Peter Harrison. It is the oldest continuously operating library in the country and the first public building in the country built using the Classical style of architecture. The building and grounds are quite beautiful. Inside there are several Gilbert Stuart...

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  • The Mansions

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Christmas is my favorite holiday season as well as Thanksgiving and finding myself in Newport on one of those holidays is a very nice treat. The Mansions are decorated in all their holiday splendor and the crowds are few and far apart. If you visit Newport during the holiday season hoping to get a glimpse of all the mansions you'll be in for a...

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  • Touro Synagogue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Inside the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center are several informative displays about early organizers of the synagogue and the Jewish Community in Newport and its influence on early America. Hours for the visitors center are 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM from November 2nd to June 28th; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM June 29th to August 31st and 9:30 AM to 2:30...

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  • The Beaches of Newport

    Newport Things to Do

    Newport has many beaches, but one of the best has to be this one located on Memorial Boulevard. This beach which is also known as First Beach has some fantastic views of the beautiful Cliff Walk. There is a carousel, playground, and an aquarium which makes this beach a perfect place for families with children. There is also a concession stand and...

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  • Kingscote

    Newport Things to Do

    Kingscote is a beautiful Gothic Revival home built in 1839 and is one of the first summer “cottages” to be built in Newport. It is considered a rare survivor of a Gothic Revival style home which even includes original family furnishings that are still in tack. The home was originally built by George Nobel Jones who was a plantation owner. At the...

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  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The building was completed in 1879 as the Newport Casino. It was designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White using the Shingle style of architecture. It was the first social club in the United States to include recreational facilities and was an early center of professional tennis. The first United States Lawn Tennis...

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  • Bowen's Wharf

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Bowen's Wharf is a center of activity. This is a main tourist draw with the shopping, restaurants and attractions near by. During events and in the nicer weather, Bowen's Wharf is teeming with people. The winter still has shoppers but not as hectic as the spring and summer season. We like walking around Bowen's Wharf and stopping in some of our...

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  • Ocean Drive

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Today, Newport's Ten Mile Drive combines the history of a wealthy summer community with a fabulous Newport recreational treasure of public parks and miles of public access shoreline to rank as one of the most popular "drives" in the country. "The Historical Ten Mile Drive" 1. Starts at The Elms on Bellevue Ave.[just south of Memorial Blvd.] and...

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  • Touro Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Matthew Calbraith Perry was a commodore of the United States Navy and served during a number of wars including the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and was instrumental to the opening of Japan to the west through the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854. Perry was also a strong proponent of education and helped develop the curriculum for the Naval...

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  • The Elms

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The Elms is one of the larger mansions in Newport that is open to the public. It was built in the early 1900s by the Berwind family, which made its fortune by owning coal mines. Unfortunately, much of the original furniture and artwork was sold at auction after the last family member living in the house died during the 1960s. However, the house is...

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  • Goat Island Lighthouse

    Newport Things to Do

    Goat Island sit right off downtown Newport and is connected with a causeway. The lighthouse here was built in 1842 and is still functional today. Its beauty is a little nar'ed by the fact that it sits directly behind a Hyatt regency hotel

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  • Newport Mansion Tours

    Newport Things to Do

    One of the biggest attractions in Newport is getting a look at the mansions built there by the wealthy families throughout the late 1800's and early 1900's. These families, with names like Vanderbilt, Astor, Wetmore and Belmont among others, built these "summer cottages" to party with their society friends. Each one is unique, yet all are examples...

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  • Isaac Bell House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The Isaac Bell House wa built by Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor. The house looks like an ordinary shingled house and doesn't particularly stand out amongst the many grand mansions of Newport.

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  • Old Town Ghost Walk

    Newport Things to Do

    The Old Town Ghost Walk was a delightful stroll through some of the historic areas of Newport. The premise, of course, was to talk about some of the scary sightings and weird happenings that occurred at the various sites. Our guide, Cindy, led a fun tour throughout the dark streets and alleyways, regaling us with scary tales all along the way. For...

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  • The Colony House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The Colony House was built in 1739 by Benjamin Wyatt using a design by Richard Munday and rapidly became the center of much of the cultural and political life in Colonial Rhode Island. It replaced a wooden courthouse built in 1687. In 1776 this building became the State House while Newport was the state capitol. Several landmark trials, a reception...

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  • St, Mary's Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    On the morning of September 12, 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married in St. Mary’s Parish located here in Newport. The Parish was designated a Historic Shrine on November 24, 1968. It is a beautiful church and if you find yourself in Newport you should stop by and take a peek inside. Click and enlarge the pic to find out...

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  • Astors' Beechweed Mansion

    Newport Things to Do

    The Astors' Beechwood Mansion is one of the many famous Newport Mansions that were built for high society by the 1880's as summer retreats. We visited this one during the week between Christmas 2008 & New Year's. It was touted by the Visitor's Center as being the best mansion to take kids to because professional actors recreate life during the...

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  • Chateau Sur Mer

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    A beautiful Victorian home and the most "palatial" at the time (before the many Vanderbilt homes came along), Chateau sur-Mer was built for the China trade merchant Willam Shepard Wetmore. The home was the site of "grand scale and lavish parties which ushered in the Gilded Age of Newport". You can tour the interior of the home which still houses...

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  • Newport Dinner Train

    Newport Things to Do

    The Newport Diner Train is a dinner experience in a luxury train. The dinner train is a 2 1/2 hour ride along Narragansett Bay. Trains leave from the Depot at 19 America's Cup Avenue, across from the Newport Convention and Visitors Bureau & Bus Station and North of the Marriott Hotel The Dinner Train has various packages from romantic dining,...

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  • Opera House Theatre

    Newport Things to Do

    The Jane Pickens Event Center hosts a variety of first run movies, classics, art films, documentaries and also serves as a public venue for fundraisers and more. The building is the former Zion Church designed by famed Rhode Island architect Russell Warren using the Greek Revival style of architecture and was completed in 1834.

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  • Morton Park

    Newport Things to Do

    Morton Park was named after the 22nd Vice President of the United States. Levi Parsons Morton owned beautiful property here in Newport along the Bellevue Avenue in "Fairlawn" which is currently owned by the Salve Regina University and housing the Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy. At the corners of Coggeshall and Morton...

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  • Newport Harbor Cruises

    Newport Things to Do

    The best way to learn about Newport's history and culture is to take a narrated harbor tour. These are given daily during the summer. Hear all about Newport's rich and famous. I was very lucky. Just as the boat approached its turnabout point, the Coast Guard training ship USS Eagle appeared off the port bow. This is where the Coast Guard Academy...

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  • Bellevue Avenue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    Newport definitely has one of the best collections of mansions in the country. Many of the richest industrialists and businessmen in the country built homes here during the "Gilded Age". Many of these do not look so much like mansions but look more like castles built by royalty in the capitols of Europe. Some of these mansions have been designated...

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  • Sailing on the Madeleine

    Newport Things to Do

    The Madeleine is a seventy-two foot, three-masted schooner that sails out of Newport harbor. You can book a trip, which lasts around 90 minutes, by just walking up to their kiosk at Bowen's Wharf. The trip finds you sailing Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, where you can see the sites as you glide along the water. Captain Tim and the crew...

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  • Jonathan Gibbs House

    Newport Things to Do

    The Jonathan Gibbs house was built in 1771 and still stands on its original site. The house was purchased by Newport Restoration Foundation in the lat 1960's and restored. he house is a small and modest cottage that was very typical of the time period. Jonathan Gibbs was a housewright; he bought the land which originally belonged to Governor...

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  • First Church of Christ

    Newport Things to Do

    Trinity Church, located on Queen Anne Square in Newport, is the oldest Episcopal church in Rhode Island. The congregation was founded in 1698, and the current building was constructed from 1725 to 1726. It was designed by by local builder Richard Munday, who based the architecture off drawings of churches in London. Inside you will find a unique...

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  • Preservation Society

    5 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    It's a great undertaking to take care and preserve the Historical homes and landmarks in Newport. The Preservation Society itself is located in a mansion on Bellevue Avenue which was previously owned by Herbert Claiborne Pel. The Preservation Society is in charge of preserving and protecting most of the historical significance of the...

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  • Bowen's Wharf Food Festival

    Newport Things to Do

    The Newport Seafood Festival was October 18th and 19th 2008. We were looking foward to it because we both love seafood. It was a sad dissapointment. The lines were long , the prices high and the food blah. I bought some clam chowder that was scalding hot and tasted too much of pepper. Liz bought a Lobster Roll that was not very good. I had never...

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  • Brenton Point State Park

    Newport Things to Do

    While you are driving along Ocean Drive you will find Brenton Point State Park. This park is quite beautiful with it's expansive open grounds and views of the ocean. Ferni and I make it a point to visit this park at least every other time we visit Newport and especially when the weather is pleasant. Our last visit here was during an unseasonably...

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  • Newport Museum of Art

    Newport Things to Do

    The museum is housed in the Griswold House which is a National Historic Landmark. Originally designed in 1862 by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China Trade merchant and financier. The building was recently restored and currently houses restored rooms, galleries, a children’s art classroom,...

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  • Newport Churches

    Newport Things to Do

    Dr. John Clarke is considered to be the founder of the Baptist faith in this country. A physician, minister and statesman he pioneered the religious libertys and was responsible for the first written constitution guaranteeing the right to religious freedom. He was also one of the cofounders who purchased the island (now Newport) from the Indians....

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  • Storer Park

    Newport Things to Do

    Storer Park is located right on Newport Harbor right before the Goat Island Causeway. The park is a favorite of ours since it's off the beaten path and is used mostly by the locals. The park was created after a land donation from the Federal government after WWII. The park has beautiful trees and flowers along with picnic areas and benches. The...

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  • White Horne House Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Newport Things to Do

    The Samuel Whitehorne House is a very nice example of the Federal style of architecture and is another quite interesting museum in Newport. It was completed in 1811 and is filled with a great collection of 18th and early 19th Century furnishings, art and antiques collected by famous local Doris Duke. Hours are 10:30 AM to 3 PM Thursday through...

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  • Trinity School House

    Newport Things to Do

    The Trinity Schol House is right behind the Trinity Church. The school house wan't open and their was no history or information on the sign. I would assume that this was the Church's school and is now closed for the season or for renovation.

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  • Vernon House

    Newport Things to Do

    The Vernon House was constructed from 1703 to 1708 on land originally owned by an early Newport settler named Jeremy Clarke. The large home was later owned by wealthy Newport merchants including William Gibbs, William Gardner, Charles Bowler, and British spy Melcalf Bowler. The most famous owner was William Vernon, because it was under his...

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