The breathtaking Rhode Island shoreline unfolds along Ocean Drive, a 10-mile (16-kilometer) scenic road along Newport’s southern coast. Points of interest include the New York Yacht Club, Fort Adams State Park, Hammersmith Farm (where President Kennedy had his wedding reception in 1953), Brenton Point State Park, and Gooseberry Beach.
A drive along this stretch of road, also known as Ten Mile Drive, is a must for anyone visiting Newport. While most travelers explore the area by car, hopping in and out at the various points of interest along the way, it’s also possible to ride along the road aboard an open-sided trolley. Many of these tours also drive down Bellevue Avenue, giving passengers the chance to see Newport’s famous mansions as well. Visitors based in Boston can see the highlights of Newport, including Ocean Drive, on a day trip.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ocean Drive is a must-see for first-time visitors, photographers, and nature lovers.
- The drive itself takes less than 30 minutes, but give yourself several hours to stop and explore points of interest along the way.
- Combine your trip along Ocean Drive with a visit to one of the Newport mansions, such as The Breakers, The Elms, or Marble House.
How to Get There
The easiest place to start an exploration of Ten Mile Drive is from the southern terminus of Bellevue Avenue at the intersection of Ocean and Coggeshall avenues. The best way to explore the scenic road is by car.
When to Get There
Ocean Drive is spectacular no matter the season, though you’ll share the road with far fewer cars if you plan to visit between September and May. You can swim at some of the quiet beaches along the drive in August and September.
Brenton Point State Park
Set at the midpoint of Ocean Drive, this state park offers one of the best views on the East Coast. It’s a popular pullover spot for picnicking, hiking, and kite flying while soaking up the Atlantic Ocean views.