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Newport Attractions

newport attraction Newport, Rhode Island is a city of just under 25,000 residents located on Aquidneck Island. the area is well-known for its beautiful ocean views as well as for the city's numerous mansions. Newport was founded in 1639 and was a center for those who held dissenting religious beliefs. Over time, Newport became an important port and trading center for the American Colonies. Today, Newport is noted for tourism, sailing and its connection with the Unites States Navy.

The opportunity for sailing is one of the major attractions in Newport. There are several companies that offer charters that take individuals or groups on sailing excursions out into the Atlantic Ocean or along the Rhode Island shore. One sailing attraction is the schooner Aquidneck. Visitors may participate in helping sail this vessel during the approximately two hour voyage. The cruise takes in many of the famous sights around the Newport area.

The Newport Mansions are a number of beautiful homes open to the public for guided tours. One of these fabulous houses is the Breakers formerly owned by the Vanderbilt family and used as a summer residence. The mansion has 70 rooms and 65,000 square feet of living space. The Great Hall is one of the Breakers most spectacular rooms. All of the Newport Mansions open to the public are operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Visitors should note that these mansions are open only in the summer months.

Newport has long been the home of professional tennis tournaments. It is also the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum houses many artifacts that detail the history of the game of tennis. The highlight of the complex is the Woodland Family Enshrinement Gallery where all of the Hall of Fame inductees are honored. Currently, the Hall of Fame honors over 200 individuals from 18 different nations. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Newport Art Museum. Although located in a small city, the museum has established an excellent art collection due to the wealth of many of the city's former residents. Much of the collection here focuses on art depicting the New England region by New England artists. Visitors will find the works of George Inness, Gilbert Stuart and Fitz Henry Lane among the collection. The museum is closed on Monday and on most major holidays.