Newport, Rhode Island is known for its lavish mansions and rich harbor which makes it perfect for a quick trip. There are plenty of activities for everybody, whether it be shopping, sailing, or visiting landmarks. I have been coming to Newport, Rhode Island since I was a young girl. It has always been a perfect getaway for my family and I. This coastal New England city is definitely worth visiting and I am here to show you my favorite places in Newport, Rhode Island.
Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is one of my favorite places to visit while in
Newport. The hall of fame includes tennis courts, a museum, a shop, and a fabulous restaurant. The food here is really good, and I suggest grabbing lunch here and reserving a spot outdoors by the grass tennis courts. The shop is also very nice, though it is currently closed due to Covid. When I was younger, I bought a tennis dress there that I was obsessed with. I would wear it everywhere (regardless if I was actually playing tennis or not).
Take the time to visit the beautiful mansions off of Bellevue Avenue, which is on the same road as the Tennis Hall of Fame. The Breakers Mansion, the most famous Newport Mansion, is now open as of June 4th. The Elms Mansions is also open, and you can tour these two if you book a reservation with the Preservation Society.
The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile walk along Newport’s coast. Get in your daily exercise while enjoying beautiful ocean views, shots of the mansions, and much more. This is one of the most popular activities that tourists embark on in Newport. This hike can be difficult, so it is not necessary to hike the entire thing, and if you plan to tour several mansions there may not be enough time for you to also walk the entire path.
Thames Street and Bowen’s Wharf
This is probably the most compact/busiest part of Newport. Here you can find several boutiques, shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. right along the harbor. It reminds me of the shopping center in Chatham, MA. There are several very good restaurants in this area that are right along the water. When I was younger I loved to buy peanut butter fudge from the Newport Fudgery. I have been on a plant-based diet for the past couple months and a great vegan restaurant to eat at is Root on Broadway Street.
There are several beaches, or swimming areas in Newport. Personally, I do not love to go swimming in Newport. Depending on time of year and location they have an issue with seaweed that locals call “red tide”. At some beaches it is not an issue, but I have seen it be really bad at other places. When I was younger we went swimming with a family friend who has a shellfish allergy. She ended up getting hives all over her body because little shrimps would cling to this seaweed, so I would definitely be cautious about swimming in Newport.
Newport, Rhode Island is a lovely city in Southern New England. I feel like the location and energy is so amazing. It is home to the Tennis Hall of Fame, huge mansions, beautiful ocean views, rich history, and much more. I highly suggest a weekend or day trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog article, and if you liked this post check out my blog post Boston’s Hidden Harbor- Marina Bay