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Whether you’re visiting Newport during the busy summer season or just driving through as part of a longer New England excursion, you’ll find plenty of unique things to do and see in this small coastal Rhode Island town.
In the summer months, most people start the day at the beach. Head to one of the beaches (we like Easton’s, Sachuest and Third Beach) first thing and you have a good chance of scoring a good spot in the sandy. Thanks to the plethora of beachside restaurants in Newport, you won’t have to go far for lunch. Grab a stool at any of the bars that line the beach and enjoy some casual New England seafood, including lobster rolls, fried clams and oysters.
Afternoons are best spent sailing, and if you can arrange your sail to coincide with sunset you’re in for a real treat. Sailing charters will take you around Newport harbor, past the Newport Mansions and out to the various lighthouses that line Rhode Island.
Nighttime in Newport calls for something special, so we suggest making reservations at one of the several harbor side restaurants to end your day with a feast and a fabulous view.
Though there is much to see and do in Newport, the city itself is rather compact, making it easy to explore in one day. Walking or riding your bike is the best way to get around, especially in the summer, when parking is at a premium. Where Thames Street meets Memorial Boulevard in downtown Newport, you can walk or ride east on Memorial to visit Bellevue Avenue, the Cliff Walk and the beaches; north on America's Cup Avenue to experience the scenic waterfront; or south to browse the shops and grab a bite to eat on Thames. For an excursion to view the impressive cliffs and historic homes on Newport's famed Ocean Drive, a bike or car is your best bet, as this scenic stretch of road is located a few miles from downtown. If you don't have a bike, don't worry — you can rent one at one of many conveniently placed bike shops.