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  • Location:Newport, Rhode Island
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

Wind along Newport’s famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), lined with 19th-century mansions that once served as summer getaways for the New York elite. During this 90-minute guided tour, learn the history of this Rhode Island treasure and stop along the way to snap photos of the jaw-dropping properties. Stroll along Cliff Walk, gaze at the summer cottages of Bellevue Avenue and delight in the sculpted garden at Chateau-sur-Mer. A variety of departure times makes this tour easy to fit into your schedule.

Highlights

  • Tour of Newport’s famous Ocean Drive
  • Enjoy a scenic drive full of historical anecdotes from your guide
  • Pass historic landmarks, stately million-dollar mansions, picturesque beaches and lavish yacht clubs
  • Admire stunning ocean views as you travel along the Atlantic coast
  • Marvel at The Breakers mansion, Fort Adams, the New York Yacht Club, Castle Hill and more

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What You Can Expect

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

Newport Mansions

Ocean Drive dates back to the 1800s, when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Large resorts were built along the Newport Harbor beaches and waterfront to accommodate this elite crowd, which grew every year, until finally the 10-mile (16-km) stretch of coastline became the summer's place to be. This 90-minute tour takes you there.

At your selected time, board your bus at the Newport Visitors Center. With your guide, travel along the legendary Ocean Drive and soak up brilliant views of the Atlantic, historic landmarks and eye-popping million-dollar mansions. Throughout the drive, hear fascinating background on this treasured stretch of road.

Pass Bellevue Avenue’s mansions and, weather permitting, stop on Narragansett Avenue for a stroll down the Forty Steps at Cliff Walk. Then, make your way toward the oceanfront past some of the area’s most exclusive estates.

Near Gooseberry Beach, approach the Newport Country Club, Brenton Point State Park and the Inn at Castle Hill. You’ll also spot Hammersmith Farm — Jackie Kennedy’s summer home — and Fort Adams, where the views are splendid.

Admire boats at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club and, and pass historic King Park at the southern end of Newport Harbor and the Newport Harbor Walk.

On Ochre Point Avenue, admire historic estates and The Breakers mansion, the grandest of Newport's summer houses and a US National Historic Landmark. This was a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial power at turn of the century.

Other highlights along Ocean Drive include Chateau-sur-Mer, Isaac Bell House, Belcourt Castle, Beacon Rock, Rough Point, the Newport Naval Academy and Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House — the oldest house in Newport.

With plenty of photos taken, enjoy transport back to the departure point, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Small group because of off season so our tour guide answered all questions and took extra time to make sure everyone had a great time. Would recommend this tour to all who want to learn about Newport history.

Rosanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WONDERFUL tour. beautiful day. all the highlights were pointed out. interesting commentary. go to see a real overview of Newport's hoi paloi.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Driver did a great job. We enjoyed the whole experience, especially because we had to change the number of people we took. Started with 14, changed to 15, then to 12 and ended with 13. All changed in the last 2 hours. No problem

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour packed a lot in over the course of 90 minutes. The driver, a longtime native, was very informative and very willing to share all the details about everything that we were seeing. We were only in town for 24 hours so we had limited options with what we could do, but this allowed us to see everything in one full swing. I'd highly recommend it to others.

Mary Ann V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

LOVELY TOUR AND VERY INFORMATIVE. REASONABLY PRICED. DRIVER WAS GREAT AND VERY COURTEOUS. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Mary Lynne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Driver was on top of his job. Did great with his information and was very caring. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Kathleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We booked a tour of the Breakers and the Marble House and a bus tour of the mansions. The driver was terrific with lots of informative and funny stories. Our tour was in a little van type vehicle and was just myself and my friend so we got lots of attention. The Mansion tours were unbelievable....just gorgeous,

Ashley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Katherine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour guide, very informative and a bargain.

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our tour was great! The driver was very informative and Newport is absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much - it was worth every penny!! My thanks to a fine guide.

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