Maybe you aren’t great at taking those hard-earned vacation days, or maybe you don’t have any time leftover since you took your big summer vacay (sob). Never fear! You can still enjoy an activity-packed weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.
While this seaside city is known for its mansions and money, Newport is all of that – and so much more. Whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, or automobile nerd (or maybe you’re all three!), we’ve found the perfect spots for you to make your weekend memorable.
You might have to go back to work on Monday morning, but this time, we’ve done the planning for you. Here’s how to spend a full Saturday and Sunday making memories in Newport. You deserve this!
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
You might be a Newport newbie, but that doesn’t mean you should have to eat like one! Skip the fast food joints and dine like a local by embarking on one of the city’s numerous food tours. Rhode Island Red Food Tours, for example, offers three-and-a-half-hour walking tours through Newport’s Historic Neighborhood, where foodies have the opportunity to sample fine foods from local eateries. Just think of all the brag-worthy, taste-bud-teasing Instagram shots you’ll capture along the way!
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sure, Newport is more than its mansions, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t skip these modern-day palaces. Dubbed “the crown jewel of the Newport cottages,” The Breakers was the 70-room summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. After you’ve taken a moment to process how someone could own a 70-room summer home, we’ll mention the ocean-facing terraces. We knew our New York City apartments were small, but now we feel really bad about returning to our shoeboxes.
If The Breakers doesn’t quite impress you, we’ve got even more recommendations for mansions and seaside walks. There are two things Newport doesn’t have a shortage of, and that’s mansions and cliffs.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Whether you’re exploring Newport solo or spending a romantic weekend with your honey, a nighttime summer stroll is a must. On Narragansett Bay sits Castle Hill Lighthouse, which serves as a beacon for ships crossing the East Passage. While the actual lighthouse isn’t open to the public, the bay area and its surrounding footpaths are as easy to tread across as they are gorgeous. Just remember to bring bug spray and wear your walking shoes!
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
PARASAIL IN PARADISE
You don’t know Rhode Island until you’ve experienced its crown jewel. The magnificent Narragansett Bay is a prime location for boating, kayaking, cruising, and swimming. Adventurers can soar above the crowds for views of the sparkling waters by parasailing with certified and experienced professionals. Island Style Parasail is just one local company offering private classes.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
The automobile industry might be Detroit’s claim to fame, but Newport has its wheels in the race! Just last year, the Audrain Automobile Museum was established, showcasing 112 of the “rarest and most remarkable vehicles in history.” You won’t want to zoom past this one, so spend at least an hour gazing at the best cars from the turn of the 20th Century to today. Not big on automobiles? Head on over to the Newport Art Museum, a favorite amongst Rhode Island’s culture-obsessed crowd.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday in Newport than kicking back and relaxing on one of its crystal-clear beaches. A favorite among natives and visitors alike is Gooseberry Beach, which is conveniently located along Newport’s Ocean Drive. This family-friendly shore is perfect to relax, go for a swim, or build your finest sandcastles.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SUNDAY FUNDAY FISH DINNER
You haven’t truly experienced Newport until you’ve tasted this coastal city’s finest fish fare. Whether you decide to chow down on the doughy goodness that is The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar’s bag of fish donuts or indulge in Scales & Shell’s grilled lobster or swordfish entrees, your taste buds are in for a treat!
Two days are just enough time to get a taste of all that Newport has to offer. Are you planning to spend a weekend in Rhode Island anytime soon? What other attractions would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!