Newport Rhode Island: Newport is home to fabulous mansions, cozy lodgings, and colonial history. Newport has more colonial era inns, bed and breakfast's than any town in America. You can live among history from earliest settlers, through the American Revolution, to the great mansions built by 19th century industrialists. You will find excitement on every step of the Cliff Walk and turn of Ocean Drive. There's spectacular beauty among the beaches and harbor. Listen to great performances at the music festivals and sail amid a regatta. Newport museums range from U.S. naval history, tennis, yachting, and, of course, history. Newport shopping mostly consists of many different boutiques and galleries that offer handmade jewelry, art and other hard to find. To pre-sample many of the stores and restaurants of Newport, visit them on this website. Newport is the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as a number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Belcourt Castle, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, and Rough Point. Some of these are open for guided tours. With coastlines on the west, south and east, it’s known as the sailing capitol of the United States. Many defenses by the New York Yacht Club of the America's Cup yachting prize took place here. All these historic sights and landmarks and others are located on our Newport, RI pages.
We also offer many maps for the RI area: Rhode Island, Downtown Newport, Bannister's & Bowen's Wharfs, Middletown, RI, Lower Thames Street and Jamestown, RI. We now have the new Harbor Walk Map!
The Lower Thames Street shopping district of Newport starts a the intersection of America's Cup Avenue, and Thames Street. Lower Thames Street runs south to Webster street. The right hand (west) side of the street is the waterfront side. In years past this whole area was where boats & ships were built, fixed and docked. Today, this historic area still has many wharfs where people dock their boats. Along the street and on many of the wharfs there are many different types of restaurants and unique shops and boutiques. This really is what you would expect Newport to be like. This area has a little something for everyone. Walk the street go visit some of the stores and go down the wharfs, you will get some great picture opportunities. Lower Thames Street Historical District
The Newport Historical Society was chartered in 1854 to collect and preserve books, manuscripts, and objects pertaining to Newport's history. The Society's collections originated thirty years earlier as the "Southern Cabinet" of the Rhode Island Historical Society. By 1853, several prominent Newporters recognized the need for a separate organization specifically devoted to preserving the history of Newport County, and the collections of the Southern Cabinet were reorganized under the auspices of the Newport Historical Society. Newport Historical Society
The Museum of Newport History offers a spectacular overview that brings Newport's history to life. The Newport Historical Society uses the finest of decorative arts, artifacts of everyday life, graphics, historic photographs, and audio-visual programs to tell Newport's story. The museum contains brilliant paintings, exquisite colonial silver, the printing press used by James Franklin, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha, and much more. Museum of Newport History
For Additional Information visit the Newport, RI Convention and Visitors Bureau The Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCCVB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting of the City of Newport and the five townships of Newport County as a premiere destination for business and leisure travel. The NCCVB's promotional efforts include a year-long advertising campaign directed at leisure travel and business travel markets, targeted sales efforts, public relations strategy, participation in numerous trade shows, and a comprehensive website. The NCCVB is available to aid in planning a meeting or corporate event, to assist travel professionals including media, tour operators, and travel agents, and to provide information to help visitors enjoy the destination. Additionally, the NCCVB operates the Newport Visitors Information Center, which offers admission tickets to area attractions, maps, brochures, and information, a convenient place to park, and always a hospitable welcome to visitors to the area! go to site