The Ultimate Guide to Newport, Rhode Island
Grab some sunnies and our comprehensive guide and make the best of summer in the City by the Sea.
Newport on a dime
Ten ways to save some bucks in the City by the Sea.
By Nicole Mineau
Hit up a restaurant deal
Where: Tavern on Broadway has half-priced appetizers daily Monday through Saturday 4–6 p.m. Wednesdays it’s “Buck a Shuck” 5–10 p.m. Benjamin’s dishes out early bird dinners 4–7 p.m.; score lobster for $15.95, prime rib for $13.95. And check out raw bar specials: $1 oysters daily noon–2 p.m., all day Tuesdays.
The deets: Tavern on Broadway, 16 Broadway, Newport, tavernonbroadway.com; Benjamin’s Restaurant and Raw Bar, 254 Thames St., Newport, benjaminsrawbar.com
Stroll a farmer market
Where: Tallulah’s Tacos and Pat’s Pastured are excellent mobile vendors. Catch them Wednesdays 2–6 p.m. on Memorial Boulevard, mid-May through October; Saturdays 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. at Newport Vineyard, year-round.
The deets: Aquidneck Growers Market, Memorial Boulevard between Chapel Street and Edgar Court; Newport Vineyards and Winery, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org
Enjoy an outdoor movie
Where: Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to watch an evening movie outside. Ballard Park offers free outdoor family-oriented movies during the month of August.
The deets: Ballard Park, 15 Wickham Rd., Newport, ballardpark.org
Kayak to folk or jazz fests
Where: Watch the main stage’s huge screen from a kayak, a different experience. Leave from the boat ramp at the end of Elm Street on the Point or King Park, or row your kayak onto Fort Adams’ beaches for a prime view of the show.
The deets: Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, fortadams.org
Relax at a beach cookout
WHERE: Pack up the charcoal, ingredients and a cooler, and head to Third Beach (free parking after 4 p.m.), a peaceful finish to a summer’s busy day. Stay for sunset and bring the jambox for music!
The deets: Third Beach, Third Beach Road, Middletown, middletownri.com
Take the kids to a petting zoo
Where: Feed the goats at Simmons Farm with grain-filled kid cones. From June through October, the zoo is open daily (except Wednesdays). Discover an 1812 windmill and Revolutionary War houses, and feed the ducks at Prescott Farm. Free, open year-round.
The deets: Simmons Farm, 1942 West Main Rd., Middletown, simmonsorganicfarmri.com; Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., Middletown, newportrestoration.org
Score free parking
Where: Side streets around Broadway and Bellevue Avenue are free. The Gateway Visitors Center has the cheapest paid parking ($2 first half hour, $1.50 subsequent half hours) and validates tickets for a free thirty minutes.
The deets: The Gateway Visitors Center, 23 America Cup’s Ave., discovernewport.org
Aquatic ways to see the sights.
By Dillon Stambaugh
Paddle down towards Castle Hill and explore views of the Newport Harbor with Paddle Board RI. $75. paddleboardri.com
Hang-ten with a rental or take a private lesson with Rhody Surf. Experienced surfers might try their hand at Ruggles Beach, Newport’s big wave spot. See website for prices. rhodysurf.com
Experienced sailors can take to the water with rentals seven days a week, while novices can learn the trade with group lessons. sailnewport.org
Powerboats, jetskis and kayaks
Cruise on a jetski, rent a boat or go old-school with a kayak as you take in views of the Newport Bridge. Tours are self-guided. $25–$165. newportriwatersports.com