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Newport, RI

Newport is an 11 square mile seaside city on Aquidneck Island most distinctly known as a New England summer resort and for her famous Newport Mansions. Newport is also home to Salve Regina University, the Naval Station which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and a major United States Navy training center. Newport was known for being the city for some of the summer White Houses during both the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Newport has several historic landmark districts. Among the most popular is the Bellevue Avenue district home to the International tennis hall of fame, the Breakers, Belcourt castle, the Elms, Marble house and Rosecliff; some of which are open for guided tours. With the coastline to the west, south and east, Newport is a maritime city known as the sailing capital of the US.

There are many public and private beaches. The largest public beach is Easton's beach or First beach which boasts beautiful views of the famed cliff walk. Newport's cliff walk is considered the most popular attraction in the city. It is a 3.5 mile public access walkway bordering the shoreline and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. Brenton State Park is home to the annual Brenton Point kite festival. Fort Adams, a historical fort dating back to the War of 1812 houses the Museum of Yachting and is annual host to both the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Portsmouth is Newport's neighbor to the north and was founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson, the first town in the New World to be established by a woman. It is located less than 20 miles north of Newport on Aquidneck Island. Portsmouth is a larger town and at 60 square miles it has several public golf courses. There are many fine antique shops, quaint New England shops that carry unique handcrafted items, hotels, seasonal house rentals, restaurants and numerous marinas. The United States Sailing Association, best known as US Sailing, is headquartered in Portsmouth. Portsmouth includes four islands, Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island. All are accessible by ferry or private boat. You can find many historic sites throughout Portsmouth as well as farms, including Glen Farm, home to the famed Newport International Polo Series.

Newport and Portsmouth have much to offer local residents, day visitors and vacationers. Come shop, dine, recreation or just relax- there's something for everyone!

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Newport Attractions

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Newport Mansions

The Preservation Society of Newport County preserves and protects architecture, arts, landscape and social history including the famed Newport Mansions. Go
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The Breakers

Perhaps the most famous of the Newport Mansions, The Breakers is an Italian Renaissance Vanderbilt mansion constructed 1893-1895. Go
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International Tennis Hall of Fame

This museum honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis and features grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility. Go
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National Museum of American Illustration

Founded in 1998, The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is the first national museum to be devoted exclusively to American illustration artwork. Go
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Newport Visitors Information Center

Provides free maps and brochures on local events, attractions, lodging, shopping and dining. On-site cafe. Go
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Newport Cliff Walk

The Newport Cliff Walk is considered one of the top attractions in Newport. It is a 3.5 mile public access walkway that borders the shore line. The Cliff walk runs from the east end of Bailey's Beach to the western end of First Beach. It runs behind many of Newport's famous mansions and most of cliff walk is paved and offers beautiful vistas, tunnels and long winding pathways. Go

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SouthCoast Newport, RI Listings

Almondy Inn25 Pelham StNewport, RI401.848.7202
Barry Automotive Group166 Connell HwyNewport, RI401.847.5600
Bowen's Wharf13 Bowen's WharfNewport, RI401.849.2243
Breakers44 Ochre Point AveNewport, RI
Cabbage Rose493 Thames StNewport, RI401.846.7006
Castle Hill Inn590 Ocean AveNewport, RI888.466.1355
Clarke Cook House26 Bannister's WharfNewport, RI401.849.2900
Deck Restaurant and Bar The1 Waite's WharfNewport, RI401.846.3600
Flo's Clam Shack4 Wave AveMiddletown, RI401.847.8141
International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum194 Bellevue AveNewport, RI401.849.3990
Long WharfLong WharfNewport, RI
National Museum of American Illustration492 Bellevue AveNewport, RI401.851.8949
Newport Daily News101 Malbone RoadNewport, RI401.380.2311
Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina49 America's Cup AveNewport, RI401.847.9000
Newport Visitors Information Center23 America's Cup AveNewport, RI401.845.9123
Northeast Engineers & ConsultantsAquidneck Corporate ParkMiddletown, RI401.849.0810
Potter League for Animals87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI401.468276
Preservation Society of Newport County424 Bellevue AveNewport, RI401.847.1000
RI Dog GuyBox 4235Middletown, RI401.339.2398
Scales & Shells527 Thames StNewport, RI401.846.3474
Smoke House TheAmerica's Cup AveNewport, RI401.848.9800

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