It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or you're a frequent visitor; when you’re in Newport, the possibilities are endless. First, take a walk down Thames Street, the heart of the city, and you'll find a surplus of restaurants and entertainment options to fit any need or desire. Next, explore Easton's Beach, which was named one of the Top 10 New England Beaches. Finally, take a mansion tour or rent a scooter to take a ride down Ocean Drive to see the best views of Newport’s southern coastline. With well over a hundred attractions, whether you’re planning a bachelorette party, a day full of kid-friendly activities, or a romantic weekend getaway, it’s near impossible to arrange a mundane escape.
The Best Time to Visit Newport, RI
The best time to visit Newport by boat is between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The days are long and sunny, with mild temperatures throughout the city’s peak boating season. While it does occasionally get humid, the temperature is always manageable along the waterfront.
Fun Things to Do Around Newport
Thames Street is the bustling downtown area of Newport. Here, you’ll find a myriad of boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other attractions. Our favorite restaurants include the Stoneacre Garden or Clarke Cooke House for brunch or dinner at The Grill at Forty 1° North for an extra special occasion. The Grill’s Squid Ink Spaghetti is what dreams are made of.
Easton’s Beach is a must for any beach lover. Discover all Easton’s Beach offers throughout the year, from their famous snack bar, aquarium, historic carousel, and wintertime beach bounce.
Newport Folk and Jazz Music Festivals
If you're a jazz or folk music fan, you've heard about Newport's two festivals. It's hosted every year by the Newport Festival Foundation (NFF), established in 2010 to support music education programs year-round across the country. NFF's ultimate mission is to foster the legacy of its festivals through educational initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in Jazz and Folk Music.