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15 Things To Do in Newport, RI This Spring

Spring is a magical time in Newport, Rhode Island -drifting cherry blossoms, salty sea air, and the promise of a new season. From scenic strolls along the Cliff Walk to delicious seafood and historic mansions, there is something for everyone. After a long New England winter, spring in Newport is a welcome reprieve with flowers and trees in bloom, and outdoor dining opening up for the season. Whether you’re a local looking for new experiences or a visitor wanting to make the most of your trip, these activities explore the best that Newport has to offer. From beaches to art museums, this list of 20 things to do in Newport will give you plenty to explore in the City by the Sea.

Experience the Cliff Walk

One of the most incredible places in Newport is Cliff Walk. This iconic 3.5-mile path has stunning views, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and historic mansions on the other. There are several entry points to the Cliff Walk including Memorial Blvd, Narragansett Ave, and Ledge Road. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. The easiest part of the Cliff Walk starts from Memorial Blvd near the Chanler. There is a portion that is stroller friendly, but as you go towards Rejects Beach there are rocky sections. It’s dog friendly (on leash). For more on entry points and parking see our guide to the Cliff Walk.

The very end of Cliff Walk by Rejects Beach

Take in the Beauty of Newport Beaches

Newport is home to several gorgeous beaches, each offering a different experience for visitors. The bonus of visiting Newport’s beaches in the spring is that parking is free, and you can enjoy them virtually crowd free. Easton’s Beach, also known as First Beach, is a long stretch near the Middletown/Newport line. It’s bordered by the Cliff Walk and the Chanler. Easton’s Beach also has a playground. Sachuest Beach or what locals call Second Beach, is located in Middletown off of Paradise Ave. It stretches to the Sachuest Wildlife Refuge and there are several parking lots. Third Beach, also located in Middletown is another local favorite, known for it’s calm waters and family friendly appeal. If you’re looking to adventure off island, check out our guide to the best beaches in Rhode Island.

Explore Historic Bellevue Avenue

Stroll along this iconic street lined with grand mansions and historic landmarks, each telling a story of Newport’s Gilded Age. Spring is a wonderful time to walk along Bellevue Avenue, pop into stores/art galleries like Kristen Coates or the Audrain Automobile Museum.

There are plenty of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants along the way. You’ll pass by historic mansions like Marble House, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and The Elms to name a few. Pop into the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and if you’re getting hungry, grab a bit and dine outside at Cru Café or treat yourself to delicious sushi at Mori Sushi.

If you have kids in tow, check out the playground at Aquidneck Park located behind the Bellevue Gardens Shopping Center (where A Market, CVS, and Mori Sushi are located).

Second Beach
Second Beach in Middletown RI

Celebrate the Arrival of Newport’s Daffodil Days

If you are in need of some spring blooms to brighten your spirits after a long winter, you will not be disappointed by the over 1 million daffodils planted throughout Newport blooming during the month of April. Some of the best places to see them are near Salve Regina along the Cliff Walk and at Ballard Park.

Discover Norman Bird Sanctuary

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. With 300 acres of diverse habitat and 7 miles of hiking trails, it’s the perfect place to explore on a spring day. The center is open daily 9-5 and check-in is required for use of the hiking trails. The Bird Sanctuary has a Universally Accessible Trail for individuals who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The trail is ADA-compliant. There are various trails including a climb to the end of Hanging Rock for spectacular views.

shopping on spring street in newport

Shop on Thames Street and Spring Street

Newport is a fantastic walking city, and Thames Street is a great opportunity to explore boutiques and shops throughout downtown. Lined with shops restaurants and bars, Thames Street is just steps from the water, so you’ll get the best of both worlds during your stroll. Start at Washington Square and make your way towards Thames Street Glass (here’s walking directions). Along the way check out Little Chateau, Shore Soap Co, Matriarch, Folk Vintage, Groove Newport, and more. On Spring Street check out Wald & Sea, Royal Male, Mariner Gallery, and Newport Antiques.

Visit the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and historic art. Open from Tuesday-Sunday, their galleries feature selections from a vast permanent collection, and special exhibitions. The museum has free parking on site, and admission for children 17 and under as well as active military (and spouse) is free.

Front of Matriarch Store in Newport RI
matriarch in newport on thames street

Dine Al Fresco

As spring begins and warmer temperatures emerge, outdoor dining season goes into full swing. There are a ton of restaurants with outdoor seating in Newport, so take your pick with some of these delicious options in town. Also don’t miss the best seafood restaurants in Newport with a view.

Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Newport

  • Belle’s Cafe at the Shipyard (Breakfast and Lunch, Waterfront)
  • Corner Cafe (Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Cru Cafe (Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Giusto’s (Dinner, Waterfront)
  • Mooring (Lunch and Dinner, Waterfront-Enclosed)
  • Bar Cino (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Midtown Oyster Bar (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Newport Vineyards (located in Middletown)

Go Birdwatching at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge

If you are looking for an outdoor activity with stunning views and a peaceful environment, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. Open from sunrise to sunset, the refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. Along your walk you may also see loons, eiders, and gannets, along with more than 200 bird species that visit the refuge seasonally.

There are nearly 3 miles of trails around Sachuest Point with elevated observation platforms along the way. The trails are packed gravel and easy to navigate. Access to Sachuest Point is free and there is also parking available on site. Any time of day is great, but if you can manage a visit for sunrise and sunset you will not be disappointed. Insider tip: Spring welcomes tick season, make sure to stay on the trail, and check for ticks after your visit.

Take in the View at Castle Hill

Castle Hill offers breathtaking views of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Dine at their Relais & Chateaux restaurant Aurelia, or enjoy lunch and dinner in the Mansion. Brunch is also served on Sundays. After your meal take a walk on the property to Castle Hill Lighthouse, the small lighthouse originating from the 1800s located on the rocks in front of the property.

A view of Newport Bridge from Fort Adams
a view of the newort bridge from fort adams

Bring a Picnic to Fort Adams State Park

Whether you’re venturing solo, as a couple or family, Fort Adams is a wonderful place to pack a picnic, set up on the lawn and enjoy spectacular unobstructed views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. Set up a spot anywhere on the lawn in front of the Eishenhower House and bring a blanket or chairs.

If you are looking to go inside the Fort, there are also weekend tours throughout March and daily tours beginning April 1. You can also take a scenic walk around the park for stunning views of the harbor and Bay.

Visit Newport Mansions

It might not be a trip to Newport without a visit to the famous Newport Mansions. Marvel at the grand architecture and lavish interiors of these historic homes, such as The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff, each offering a unique glimpse into the luxurious lives of Newport’s high society. See where The Gilded Age and The Great Gatsby was filmed, and take a step back in time. Here’s a guide to touring the Newport mansions.

Interior of Breakers Mansion Newport RI
The breakers mansion in newport

Fly a Kite at Brenton Point State Park

Situated at the tip of Aquidneck Island along Ocean Drive, Brenton Point State Park is an ideal location for sightseeing and kite flying. The park is located on almost 90 acres and is a beautiful location for hiking, bird watching, picnics and just enjoying the fresh ocean air. Restrooms open on May 1 and Brenton Point is pet friendly. There is free parking on site.

Visit the Hamilton Family Aquarium

Save the Bay’s Hamilton Family Aquarium is a great family friendly activity in Newport. Located on America’s Cup Ave., the aquarium has an incredible variety of diverse habitats to explore. The aquarium opens on March 28, and public parking is available nearby at the Gateway Transportation & Visitors Center Parking Lot.

Attend Spring Festivals and Events

Spring festivals in Newport such as the Newport Craft Beer Festival, Newport Oyster and Chowder Festival, Newport Flower Show and the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, are just a few examples of the events happening in town. Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover, or a fan of all things crafty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Newport during the spring season.


Spring in Newport offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences, from strolling along the Cliff Walk to exploring historic Bellevue Avenue and dining outdoors with ocean views. With a mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and lively events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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