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.
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.
If you choose to do one of the official mansion tours, we'd recommend The Breakers, or The Elms.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Enjoy nice casual indoor or sidewalk dining at Corner Cafe or Caleb & Broad. 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. Feeling like a little more spicy menu? Try Perro Salado for a casual Mexican dinner and live music.
For fantastic 'sundowners' and elegant drinks on the lawn with a view of Newport harbor entrance and the ocean beyond, you can't beat the Castle Hill Inn.
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. Pasta Beach, the Clarke Cooke House and Bowens 22 are good alternatives for a 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 The Moorings. Another option is 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!