Newport is the definition of an elegant summer playground. In the late 19th-century, the era’s wealthy industrialists claimed Newport as their summer getaway, building an elaborate collection of lavish “cottages” overlooking the Atlantic. Today, the mansions may be the city’s premier attraction, but summer still draws the crowds to its parks and beaches and to two of the most famous music festivals in the world---Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.
Yet Newport is more than just music and mansions. The city’s crooked colonial streets invite strolling among some of New England’s oldest religious buildings, and Thames Street percolates with restaurants and bars. Take a stroll along the famous Cliff Walk for breathtaking views of the Atlantic on one side and the sumptuous mansions on the other. Sign up for sunset sail on the bustling harbor and indulge in fresh east coast seafood with views Narragansett Bay. In between are art galleries, shopping, and lounging on the beach.
Summer is the busiest time in the city, filled as it is with day-trippers and summer vacationers. However, an autumn or a spring visit is equally rewarding and not as crowded.