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Some Of Our Favorite Local Activities

Norman Bird Sanctuary

Take a tour of a beautiful natural space right near downtown. Binoculars and tour books available at the front desk. Make sure you make it all the way to Overlook Point, for an awesome ocean view.

 www.normanbirdsanctuary.org

Cliff Walk / Mansions

Cliff walk is the classic Newport walking tour. It brings you around the front side of many of the mansions - with much better views than the street! Also watch for the surfers on Ruggles, one of the premier East Coast surf spots.

www.cliffwalk.com

If you choose to do one of the official mansion tours, we'd recommend The Breakers, or The Elms.

www.newportmansions.org

Newport Gulls Baseball

No American summer is complete without a minor league baseball game. A Newport Gulls game is loads of fun, even if you only stop by for cotton candy and a few innings. There are games different nights of the week through the months of July and August.

www.newportgulls.pointstreaksites.com/view/newportgulls

Sweetberry Farm

Getting away from the crowds, Sweetberry Farm has some 'pick your own' berry and flower fields, and a great atmosphere for lunch. A great afternoon is going to pick your own berries, then eating them on nearby 2nd or 3rd beach! 

www.sweetberryfarmri.com

Newport Shipyard

Check out the mega yachts and see how the rich and famous live! Newport is the yachting capital of the world and Newport Shipyard services and supports many of the world's largest yachts. Stop and have a bit at Belle's Cafe.

www.newportshipyard.com

Sail Newport

If you're eager to get out on the water and know your way around a sailboat (at least a little), we recommend renting one of the J-22 sailboats from Sail Newport at Fort Adams. You can take it out for 3 hours and sail around the bay.

www.sailnewport.org

Newport Car Museum

Some of the coolest cars you've ever seen in a great venue. Just north of Newport in Portsmouth.  An amazing private collection of 60+ cars focused on six decades of industrial automotive design. Join other car aficionados for "Movie Night" with great car films shown monthly.

www.newportcarmuseum.org

Eating & Drinking

If you're looking for that someplace just a bit different and trying to get away from the crowd's, here's some places least touristy and where the locals go.

Breakfast: A great way to start the day is at the Corner Cafe on Broadway or Belle's in the Newport Shipyard. Grab a coffee at Belle's and walk around the shipyard to check out the glitzy mega-yachts. 

 

Casual dinner/lunch: We'd recommend getting a bit away from the tourist crowd and heading over to Broadway. Start at Mission Burger for very casual or work your way down to Salvation or Norey's for a more sit-down meal. Plenty of small places to grab a burger & drink in between (e.g. Pour Judgement). If you want a night out in this local's neighborhood head to Fastnet Pub for some outdoor ping pong, or to Perro Salado for a casual dinner and live music. 

 

 

Fancier dinner: If you're looking for nice dinner out we'd recommend avoiding the larger places in the Thames St central district (e.g. Midtown Oyster Bar/ Red Parrot), which tend to be overpriced and full of tourists. Fluke  and the Clarke Cooke House are good alternatives for the nice dinner, and the Smokehouse is a good in-between. 

 

 

If it's really the seafood you're after though (and less the 'scene'), head down to the Newport Lobster Shack next to Newport Shipyard, or to Anthony's Seafood in Middletown. If you get Anthony's to go, its a quick hop over to 3rd beach for a picnic! Pro-Tip: Get the sashimi-quality tuna tails from Anthony's, just as good as the other cuts and half the price. Dip in some soy sauce and eat as it! 

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