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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, begin 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

Bridget S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour! Guide Nate was VERY informative and interesting and gave us tips on where to eat and where park to go on the Cliff walk. He is an asset to your company!

nancy s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide, Nate, was excellent! Gave us so much history and facts! Didn't even stop to drink some water, talked non-stop! A very informative, smart young man! Would highly recommend him and the tour!

Debbie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great! Our driver, Nate, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and history. Beautiful views of the mansions and ocean. Great recommendations for dining in Newport from Nate as well. I would definitely take this tour again so that I could tour the mansions as well, didn't have time this trip.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was great. So much easier to see everything when someone else drives and the guide gave lots of info.

Carole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nancy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great driver and there were only five on the bus. We learned a lot and had a wonderful tour.

John O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Just right for an initial introduction to Newport! Driver and tour guide Nate did a great job fielding questions and providing info.

Kate S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable and great tour guide, will definitely recommend to others!

Douglas M New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The driver/guide was very informative. Departure was on time. The mansions were great to see and the coastal scenery was magnificent. We had a 10 minute stop at a point where there were several kites flying which made a great picture.

stephen w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

excellent/informative would do it again. Booking the trip was different. We wanted the 2:00 time but the computer told us it was not available. When the tour bus came in after their 2:00 run the bus had only two people on it. I don't get how this could happen.

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