Plan the Perfect Trip to Newport, Rhode Island This Year!

Like the wealthiest families in America’s history, we encourage you to retreat to the stunning shores of Aquidneck Island, enjoying a delightful summer escape in the charming seaside town of Newport. Newport is a distinguished destination that is as captivating as it is charming. If you’ve never been here, we encourage you to get oriented to town on the Newport Trolley Tours. Otherwise, we hope you’re ready to enjoy all the fabulous things to do in Newport, RI, again this year. 

Visitors are drawn to Newport’s enchanting streets, lined with historic architecture, and its lively waterfront that echoes the town’s maritime heritage. It’s a coastal retreat that is at once sophisticated yet accessible. Enjoy the arts, embrace history at the exquisite Newport Mansions, enjoy great food and wine, tour local museums, play a round or two of Tennis, set sail on the beautiful Narragansett Bay, or walk the length of the Newport Cliff Walk. These are just the beginning of all the great things to do in Newport, RI – a stunning seaside retreat that promises to be truly unforgettable. 

If you want to truly immerse yourself in the charms of Newport, there’s no better place to stay than our Bed and Breakfast in Newport, RI. Imagine starting your day with a gourmet breakfast, followed by a leisurely exploration of the town’s historic streets and landmarks, all within walking distance. By evening, retire to your cozy room, reflecting on a day well spent in this enchanting seaside town. Book your room at our historic Inn today! 

Riding the Newport Trolley Tour is one of the best things to do in Newport, RI

Get Oriented With Newport Trolley Tours

Viking Newport Trolley Tours offer a delightful and comprehensive way to explore the historic and scenic highlights of Newport, Rhode Island. These trolley tours are especially ideal for those who haven’t been to Newport. Even if you’ve visited before, the Newport Trolley Tours offer a fantastic, guided journey through the city, showcasing its most captivating attractions, all the while narrating the trip with fascinating history about Newport. Moreover, the charm of the trolley itself adds a touch of historical authenticity, making it a fun and memorable adventure.

Depending on your chosen tour, these Newport Trolley Tours cover many of the town’s most popular attractions, including the famous Gilded Age mansions, such as The Breakers and Marble House. These stunning mansions in Rhode Island offer a glimpse into the opulent past of America’s wealthiest families, many of whom were responsible for putting Newport on the map for the grand vacation destination that it is today.

Other attractions the Newport Trolley Tours visit include the scenic Ocean Drive, one of the most beautiful drives in Rhode Island, and Newport’s charming historic district, where centuries-old buildings and churches narrate the story of Newport’s rich heritage. Most tours offer hop-on, hop-off flexibility, allowing guests to explore particular sites in depth and rejoin the tour at their convenience. The current Newport Trolley Tours offered include the following: 

  1. Scenic Overview Tour: This 90-minute tour covers over 150 points of interest and some of Newport’s most essential attractions, including historic buildings and restored homes, Ten-Mile Ocean Drive, and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue.
  2. Grand Mansion Tour: In addition to the scenic overview tour, this extended option includes a visit to either The Breakers or Marble House. This is the perfect tour if you’re short on time and want to see the best of Newport!
  3. Vanderbilt’s Newport Tour: This tour runs from May through October and includes everything in the tours above, including both The Breakers and Marble House tours. 

Public tours leave from the Newport Transportation Center at bus platform #3 at 23 America’s Cup Avenue, next to the Marriott Hotel – just a 15-minute walk from our Bed and Breakfast. Whether you’re a first-time visitor eager to capture the essence of Newport or a returning traveler seeking a refreshing perspective on the city, we highly recommend a trip on the Newport Trolley during your next visit! 

Gorgeous sunset at Castle Hill Lighthouse, one of the best things to do in Newport, RI

More Things to Do in Newport, RI This Year

Of course, the Newport Trolley Tours are just one of the many great things to do in town. It’s a great way to start – but once you’ve been oriented to the city and its history, it’s time to get out there and explore on your own! From the awe-inspiring architecture of Gilded Age mansions to the invigorating oceanfront walks, the city is a hub of cultural, historical, and recreational activities. Whether you’re drawn to the arts, history, nature, or a diverse food culture, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Newport, RI. We’ve listed just a few of our favorites below. 

  1. You may have toured The Breakers or Marble House with the Newport Trolley Tours, but those are just two opulent Gilded Age mansions in Rhode Island worth visiting! There’s nothing quite like the chance to step back in time and experience the lavish lifestyles of America’s elite.
  2. Stroll along the Cliff Walk, a scenic 3.5-mile trail that offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and grand mansions on the other.
  3. Explore Fort Adams State Park, a historical fort that played a pivotal role in defending Narragansett Bay. There are breathtaking views to enjoy from here, too. 
  4. Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where tennis enthusiasts can delve into the sport’s history and celebrate its legends.
  5. Enjoy a sail on Narragansett Bay, where you can experience Newport’s sailing culture firsthand, with options ranging from leisurely tours to hands-on sailing experiences.
  6. Dive into Newport’s culinary scene, which boasts an impressive array of restaurants serving fresh seafood and local dishes that reflect Rhode Island’s rich heritage.
  7. Browse the unique shops and galleries along Thames Street, where you can find everything from local arts and crafts to high-end fashion and souvenirs.
  8. Attend one of Newport’s many festivals or events. These celebrations of everything from music and film to food and sailing provide a glimpse into the city’s vibrant community life.

Every turn in Newport reveals something fascinating—and it’s all within easy reach when you stay at our conveniently located Bed and Breakfast in Newport, RI. Book your room today! 

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