Take a Daytrip to Historic Newport, Rhode Island

Dramatic seaside views, beautiful beaches, and rich history – all of this and more awaits you in Narragansett, Rhode Island. There’s plenty of things to do and see around Narragansett from visiting Point Judith Lighthouse to exploring the Port of Galilee, but part of what makes Narragansett such a great getaway destination is its close proximity to major cities in Rhode Island. When vacationing in Narragansett, consider taking a day trip to nearby Newport, which is only a 30-minute drive away. Here are a few things to do in Newport, Rhode Island.

Narragansett Rhode Island Vacation Day Trip Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk

In 1975, this picturesque walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail, the very first in New England. Located in the National Historic District, the walk follows the eastern short of Newport, combining natural seaside beauty with impressive architecture. It continues for 3.5 miles, and two-thirds of it are considered easy walking. 

The trail can be divided into five parts. From Memorial Boulevard to Forty Steps, the trail is paved and ideal for a casual walk or jog. Forty Steps to Ruggles Avenue passes impressive mansions at Salve University Campus, giving walkers a taste of Rhode Island history. Along this path, there are several sets of stairs. Ruggles Ave to Belmont Beach includes a bit of rougher terrain and is close enough to the water that waves may break near the trail during strong winds. Belmont Beach to Ledge Road is the most challenging part of the walk, which involves some rock scrambling along the beach, ideal for hikers not afraid of heights. Finally, Ledge Road to Bellevue Avenue is the last stretch and significantly easier than rock scrambling! 

Whether you choose to walk only partway or complete the entire trail, the Cliff Walk is worth a visit! It is one of the top attractions in Newport, the perfect place to explore Rhode Island history and natural beauty of the area with family and friends. 

Newport Art Museum

Dating back to 1912, the Newport Art Museum features art from its permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions showcasing talented, contemporary artists from across the globe. The museum’s aim is to bring diverse groups of people together through art. 

Not only can visitors come to witness art, but there are numerous activities and public programs available throughout the year, including a Winter Speaker series, performances, artist talks, and films. The museum is involved in numerous outreach programs to underserved populations with the goal of making art accessible to all. 

As a guest, you are welcome to view the museum’s permanent collections, which include contemporary and American art, or any of its rotating exhibitions. Likewise, you may participate in museum activities and programs, so look ahead to see what will be happening during your visit. 

This Rhode Island museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free for museum members, but otherwise costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students or military, and is free for anyone 17 and under. 

Visit International Tennis Hall of Fame on your next Narragansett vacation.

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis fans will appreciate a visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, officially recognized in 1986. The museum holds over 1,900 artifacts of tennis history. Exhibits are newly redesigned, providing an engaging visitor experience. Additionally, you can tour the 7-acres of historic Newport Casino grounds to see the newly-built indoor courts and the manicured grass courts of the Bill Talbert Stadium.

The hall of fame is located at 194 Bellevue Avenue, and you can visit daily from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, college students, or military, and is free for anyone 16 and under. 

Narragansett Vacation Rentals

After a day in Newport, return to your cozy vacation rental in Narragansett. Consider our wide range of Narragansett waterfront rentals and Narragansett beachfront rentals for the ultimate seaside experience. Our friendly and professional staff are available to help you find the perfect rental to meet all your needs and budget. We invite you to explore our full range of rentals today!

Durkin Cottage Realty

815 Pt. Judith Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

Phone: 401-789-6659
Fax: 401-789-6705

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