Ocean DriveAttractions » Sports & Outdoor ActivitiesView siteNewport, Rhode Island was the summer social capital for the captains of industry and their families in the late 1800's. Every Spring yachts would dock and the well to do and influential would set up housekeeping in their "cottages". The parties, balls, and newsworthy social events would see a cast of world notables who would make headlines merely by having lunch. Many of the multi million dollar mansions were on Bellevue Avenue, but the true gems were on Ocean Drive. Today you can walk along the wild and windy shore, smell the salt air and enjoy the same view the views that America's "robber barons" and captains of commerce saw and do it for free. Well worth the time, Ocean Drive.
Newport MansionsAttractions » Historic LandmarksBellevue Avenue, 2840View site
The Newport Mansions are located on 80 acres of prime gardens in Newport, Rhode Island. One side of the mansions is on Bellevue Avenue but the other side of the mansions abuts to the cliff walk which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The island of Newport was where the most elite families came to vacation during the 19th century, also known as Newportï¿½s Gilded Age. There are 11 historical mansions in all: the Breakers, the Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, Kingscote, the Isaac Bell House, the Hunter House, Rough Point, Chepstow and Beechwood. The Breakers are opened year round but some of the mansions run on a seasonal schedule. These mansions are so expansive that it takes at least an hour and a half to tour just one. Tickets can be purchased to view individual mansions but a package tour of all the mansions are $49 dollars for adults and $19 for children.
Cliff WalkAttractions » Historic Landmarks117 Memorial Blvd, 2840 The Newport Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, is a 3.5-mile walkway hugging the eastern shoreline. A National Recreation Trail, the Walk is free and open at all times to the public. It provides both stunning ocean views and back views of famous properties dating to the heyday of the Gilden Age: The Breakers (built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II), Astor's Beechwood, Rosecliff (built by silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs), and Marble House, another Vanderbilt masterpiece. There are convenient entry points along the Walk, allowing hikers to vary the lengths of their excursions. Historians suggest the trail was first followed by deer, later by Native Americans. The Cliff Walk is a mixture of rustic waking up to modern, paved and clearly defined in some parts, roughly shaped by the elements in others. The Walk is an unparalleled, unedited and natural intro to the very backbone of Rhode Island.
The BreakersAttractions » Museums44 Ochre Point Ave, 2840View site
The Breakers is located at 44 Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. This majestic and elaborate mansion was the summer home for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who was the president of the New York Central Railroad system. In 1893, he commissioned an international team of renowned craftsman and architects to construct an Italian Renaissance style palazzo that emulated the 16th century palaces of Genoa. Upon completion there were 65,000 square feet of living space and 70 rooms. The Breakers sits on 13 acres that is perched on the sea cliffs and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. In 1972, the Preservation Society of Newport purchased the property and it became a National Historical Landmark. All of the original furnishings are still on display throughout the mansion. It is opened for tours year round and admission for adults is $19.50 and for youths ages 6-17 the price for admission is $5.50.
The Newport Postcard MuseumAttractions » Other152-154 Spring St, 2840View site
Old Colony HouseAttractions » Other82 Touro St, 2840
Colony HouseAttractions » OtherWashington Sq
Victorian Living HistoryAttractions » Other580 Bellevue Ave, 2840
The Preservation Society of Newport CountyAttractions » Other424 Bellevue Avenue, 2840