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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Best of What to See,
Do and Eat in
Newport County

Newport Flower Show

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  • Summer

The Newport Flower Show is one of the summer kick-off events in town every June. On the grounds of Rosecliff, you can walk through and browse the beautiful arrangements in the mansion and out onto the lawn where the judged floral designs, garden exhibitions and lectures are located. Various vendors are also set up for plenty of shopping.

newportFILM

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  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Summer

newportFILM shows documentary films in Newport year-round, but my favorite is their outdoor film series in the summer months. From venues like the Marble House to the Tennis Hall of Fame, Newporters and visitors come together to watch documentaries from new and well-known filmmakers under the stars. Bring your own picnic and beverages or try one of the delicious food vendors. Some films are shown for free and donations are welcome while others require tickets. Check their website for more information and up to date events.

Third Beach

Location Marker 3rd Beach Rd., Middletown
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  • Good for Families
  • Summer

A quieter beach popular with families, Third Beach is a mellow sandy stretch in Middletown. Peabody’s is at one end with a snack bar and Crab Town (a popular spot for kids to look for crabs) and a boat ramp and lifeguard chairs sit at the opposite end. Third Beach has minimal parking with the middle lot available only to resident sticker holders so arrive early or ride your bike or scooter.

Second Beach

Location Marker Purgatory and Paradise Road., Middletown
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  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer

Second Beach is one of the most popular on the island. On a holiday weekend in the summer, expect long lines for parking, but don’t let that deter you. A beautiful sandy stretch with a snack bar at the middle lot and Del’s truck at Surfer’s End. Avoid the lines for parking and ride your bike to the beach. If there’s waves, you can expect to find surfers year round.

Marble House

Location Marker 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Winter

Marble House is one of my favorite mansions in Newport.  Built in the late 1880s for the Vanderbilts it was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Mr. Vanderbilt’s older brother built The Breakers. Marble House also features the Chinese Tea House on the property, built by Alva Vanderbilt after their divorce (and Mr. Vanderbilt’s death). It became a meeting place to hold rallies for women’s right to vote. The Preservation Society of Newport now allows photography at the mansions (with restrictions) so feel free to snap a photo in one of the breathtaking rooms or at the grand front entrance.