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Newport Information

Newport Newport is one of the oldest cities in Rhode Island. Travelers to this city can tour mansions, visit historic sites or spend time on the beach. Shoppers will enjoy browsing through charming little shops. Hungry tourists will appreciate the fresh seafood at Newport's restaurants. Accommodations include beach cottages and historic inns.

Newport was founded in 1639. It became a busy seaport during the 18th century, and it was occupied by the British during the American Revolution. Wealthy families began spending the summer in Newport at the end of the 19th century. The city's history will come to life for tourists who tour some of the city's older mansions or take historic walking tours. One walking tour focuses on life in Newport during Colonial times.

Visitors can learn more about Newport's history by visiting the Jamestown Historical Society and the Museum of Newport History.

The oldest house in Newport is the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House. It was built in the late 17th century. A presentation on life in Colonial times is included in a tour of this house. Belcourt Castle was built in the 1890s as a summer home for a wealthy family. Some of the items to see on a tour of this mansion are a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers and a ballroom. The house overlooks the ocean.

Many Newport mansions are on the Cliff Walk. This trail runs along a cliff between the mansions and the beaches.

Everyone is likely to find something to enjoy on Newport's beaches. Gooseberry Beach is set in a cove, and its calm waters make it a good place for families with small children. The beach at Fort Adams State Park has places for swimming, boating and fishing.

Newport has a number of specialty shops. Jewelry with a nautical theme is sold at Style Newport. Only In Rhode Island sells jewelry made in Rhode Island. Shoppers can purchase gift baskets with saltwater taffy and clam chowder here. Destination: Chocolate has plenty of goodies for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Visitors who want fresh seafood can order it at The Black Pearl, Flo's Clam Shack or Scales & Shells. Restaurants with ocean views include the Landing Restaurant and the Marina Café & Pub.

Travelers who want to stay on the beach will enjoy the cottages at the Castle Hill Inn. History lovers will appreciate the Yankee Peddler Inn. This is one of Newport's oldest inns.

The closest airport and Amtrak station to Newport are in Providence. Providence is approximately 35 miles from Newport. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses travel between Providence and Newport. Visitors can take RIPTA buses or trolleys around Newport.