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Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
"Meet at the Newport Visitors Center at your chosen time to begin your drive along Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). Throughout your comfortable drive your expert guide will provide interesting stories facts and historical anecdotes about this treasured stretch of road.As you’ll learn Ocean Drive dates back to the 1800s when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Large resorts were built along the Newport Harbor beaches/waterfront to accommodate the wealthy summer crowd which grew every year until finally the 10-mile (16-km) stretch of coastline became the summer's place to be. Travel past Bellevue Avenue’s magnificent mansions and
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Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
"Meet at the Newport Visitors Center at your chosen time to begin your drive along Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). Throughout your comfortable drive your expert guide will provide interesting stories facts and historical anecdotes about this treasured stretch of road.As you’ll learn Ocean Drive dates back to the 1800s when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Large resorts were built along the Newport Harbor beaches/waterfront to accommodate the wealthy summer crowd which grew every year until finally the 10-mile (16-km) stretch of coastline became the summer's place to be. Travel past Bellevue Avenue’s magnificent mansions and
From $28.00
 
Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
"Meet at the Newport Visitors Center at your chosen time to begin your drive along Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). Throughout your comfortable drive your expert guide will provide interesting stories facts and historical anecdotes about this treasured stretch of road.As you’ll learn Ocean Drive dates back to the 1800s when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Large resorts were built along the Newport Harbor beaches/waterfront to accommodate the wealthy summer crowd which grew every year until finally the 10-mile (16-km) stretch of coastline became the summer's place to be. Travel past Bellevue Avenue’s magnificent mansions and
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His SUMMER COTTAGE

Known as the "Gilded Age", this was a time when Newport gleamed with opulance and overabundance. Here we see The Breakers, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt around the 1880's. It sits on 13 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The tour will take you to many of the rooms in the house, including the wonderful kitchen....and is well worth the price of admission. It's amazing to think of this as a "summer cottage", but that is, in fact what it was. EVEN THO IT HAS 70 ROOMS!!!
National HIstoric Landmark

Some of my photos are from a trip with my friend from San Diego. More recently I brought my friend from Poland to see Newport and the Breakers.

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Pawtuxet
Oct 26, 2015

A Grand Mansion - The Breakers

The "Grandest" of all the "cottages" in Newport, the Breakers was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt who had established the family wealth in steamships and then railroad.

Cornelius Vanderbilt II purchased a small cottage called the Breakers and commissed Richard Morris Hunt to design the new Breakers after a fire destroyed the original cottage.

The Breakers is a beautiful 70 room Italianite Villa overlooking the ocean with a wonderful two floor Loggia which is upon during the summer. Photographs are allowed in this area of the Breakers.

Gladys, the youngest daughter of Cornelius inherited the house after her mother's death and an in 1948 to raise funds for the Historical Society opened the Breakers. According to my research, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs in 1972 and is designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Breakers is a beautiful example of the wealth and excess of the time.

There are guided tours and photographs are allowed in certain designated areas. Please check their website for times and schedules of each home as this changes throughout the season.

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Gypsystravels
Jul 11, 2016

Breakers

This is usually everyone's favorite. The Breakers was the summer house of the Cornelius Vanderbilt II (NY Central Railroad President). The house sits right on the water and has breathtaking views. There are seventy rooms at the Breakers and each one has it's own charm and beauty. My favorite areas are the Great hall, Morning Room and terraces. The marble and guilded wood is incredible to see.

I have been here the morning after Christmas to see the poinsettia tree. Have also seen it a couple years later in mid December so anytime in the Christmas season should work.

I do enjoy going back time and time again.

**During the Holiday Season they allow you to photopgraph the Christmas Tree in the main hall only. No other pictures are allowed.**

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cjg1
Apr 04, 2011

Childrens Playhouse

With a wonderful view of the ocean, the Children's Playhouse, located on the property of The Breakers was built by the Vanderbilt's for their children to have a place to play.

As playhouses go, this one is as big as a home with a beautiful covered patio and four carved pillars. The Vanderbilt children must have have plenty of fun playing in this "grand" playhouse.

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Gypsystravels
Jul 11, 2016
 
 
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Breakers

I have a thing for dipping into this life of over-abundant luxury. First, the gold-coast mansions of Long Island introduced me to this interest, next I headed to the casles of Germany and finally I witnessed cavernous spaces overdone with Italian Renaissance style. Overdone isn't meant to carry negative connotations, this summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt II is an intriquing sight. The attention paid to detail far exceeds what I have investigated in LI mansions and actually hold a bright light to the whimsy creations of Ludwig in Germany. Set high up on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, this retreat sits bold but finished with taste abound. A tour guide will take you on an hour long endeavor through many of the main quarters, but only after paying a hefty entry fee of $15.00

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chodearm
Apr 04, 2011

More Breakers

The cliff walk crosses in front of this rediculously large property. Roaming around the property is free of charge, rightfully, but 15 dead presidents will only grant access within. The sun was at full mast, I was sweating, tired and ready to move on to the beaches of Cape Cod so I didn't stay as long as I should've but I ain't crying.

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chodearm
Sep 24, 2004

Exterior views and gardens [The Breakers]

Here is a little overview of the Breakers and the Marble House. I first present the aerials and the pics of the grounds... the mansions themselves are on other tips.
As you can see...their location is spectacular on the ocean.

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Pawtuxet
May 27, 2009

The Breakers

Built in 1893 by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, it is the most jaw-dropping of the Newport mansions. It has 70 rooms, most of which are not accessible to the public, and 65,000 feet of living space. It is the most visited site in Rhode Island. You have to take an audio guide on the tour. No pictures are allowed inside.

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Dec 27, 2012
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"Guilded Age Mansions and More"
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"Newport Mansions and So Much More!"
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The Breakers

This is the largest mansion, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt. A number of the mansions are open for public tours. Some have concerts and other special events. Visit the web site below for information on them.

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Tom_Fields
Feb 26, 2006

The Breakers

The Breakers is Newport's grandest mansion. It was built during the 1890s by the Vanderbilt family, which controlled the New York Central Railroad and was one of America's wealthiest families in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Breakers is huge and ornate, and definitely worth a tour. It has 70 rooms, and its ballroom alone is 50 ft by 50 ft, with a 50ft ceiling. The first two floors are open to the public (the third floor, which contains additional bedrooms, is not).

Tours of the home start about every 15 minutes during the day. Visitors are also able to tour the grounds around the mansion.

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mikelisaanna
Apr 04, 2011

Visit The Breckets

If you have time to visit one single mansion, everybody will definitely raccomend this one. The entrance fee is quite expensive (28 USD for one adult in summer 2011) but the mansion is really visit worthing and you get in that price the audioguide.

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PALLINA
Aug 29, 2011

The Breakers

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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Jim_Eliason
May 07, 2013

Things to Do Near The Breakers

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Preservation Society

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...
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The Elms

The Elms, along with Marble House and The Breakers is a grand home and was used as a summer residence of it's rich owner, the Philadelphia philanthropist Julis Berwind and his wife. Mr. Berwind made...
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Bellevue Avenue

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...
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Chateau Sur Mer

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...
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The Mansions

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...
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Isaac Bell House

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...
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Getting to The Breakers

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44 Ochre Point Avenue

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  • Sunday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 18:00

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