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For such a small destination, Newport has plenty to offer those seeking a splash of culture to spice up their beach vacation, including 2 music festivals held at Fort Adams State Park. Newport locals work hard and passionately to keep old-time art institutions up and running, which are worth visiting for their sense of history as much as for the art itself.View full guide
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Accommodation in Newport tends towards the quaint and historic, in keeping with the maritime vibe and cobblestone alleys. Inns and bed and breakfasts provide the widest sweep of guest rooms in Newport. If you'd prefer a much larger hotel or a resort with a pool you'll strike lucky by focusing on Newport's neighbours, Middletown and Jamestown.
Shopping in Newport typically means walking from small independent store to small independent store, which makes browsing the town's cute boutiques is a pleasure unto itself. There's no mall in sight either and the art galleries most likely outnumber the chain stores. Every budget is catered for, but the majority of Newport's shops tend toward the high-end.
Newport may be justly famous for its miles of sandy beaches and oceanfront Cliff Walk, but you'll find plenty to do even if the fickle New England sun isn't shining. Historical districts deliver you to times when America's richest "summered" here, and when horse-drawn carriages trotted down the brick-lined streets. Magnificent mansions offer an inside look at what life was like during the Gilded Age.
At less than 12 square miles, Newport offers a surprising variety of things to do. There are beaches, walking trails, historical and cultural sites, and something for the sports buff, too. Add to that popular festivals, such as the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, and it's clear why this oceanfront city is such a popular travel destination.
Newport is a popular vacation spot, and in the high season, downtown stays vibrant long after dark. Whether you want to spend your nights enjoying quiet drinks in cozy bars or dancing till the wee hours to the sounds of New England's freshest acts, there'll be a place that has exactly what you're looking for.
Compact, walkable, and flanked by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Newport is the ideal destination for a relaxing family vacation. Whether you want to step back in time to explore the area's history as a summer hideaway for the rich and famous, or encounter Rhode Island's wildlife firsthand, Newport offers a range of options for a family trip that's as active, or as restful, as you like.
Whether you'd prefer to keep it casual for a night at the bar, or don your finest apparel for a fancier dinner, Newport has you covered. Chain restaurants are relatively rare in town, so you'll have the opportunity to explore many unique local flavors - especially the celebrated and fresh seafood - served up in interesting independent venues ranging from oyster bars to Ocean Avenue restaurants.
Flanked by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and renowned for its rich history, Newport offers a vibrant downtown area as well as a spectacular coastline. Visit in summer or fall for mild weather and clear skies, or come in the spring to enjoy walks along quiet beaches. You can explore downtown on foot, or hop on a trolley to see the major attractions in style.