Unlike most places in America, "Historic Newport" is not a term used to describe one street or section of the landscape. It is the landscape.
Whether investigating the oldest surviving synagogue in the nation, the oldest community library, one of the longest running taverns, the most opulent mansions of the Gilded Age, or a ballpark where Satchel Paige and Yogi Berra once swung their bats, the concentration of preserved architecture and historic structures is unparalleled in this unique city by the sea.
Since its founding in 1639, Newport has also been a city rich in diversity and religious tolerance. Its emergence as one of the five leading ports in colonial North America along with Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Charleston ensured its place as a beacon for varied cultures and beliefs.
Today, the waterfront continues to bustle with activity. Shops, restaurants and other local businesses line the wharves, trolleys transport visitors to Bellevue Avenue's mansions and the arts flourish through museums, galleries and theatrical performances. For those embracing the great outdoors, the Cliff Walk and beaches provide easy access to ocean-side settings. Newport is also considered one of the top surfing spots in New England.
Not to be outdone, sports fans can enjoy a tennis match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, take in one of many baseball games played at historic Cardines Field or see firsthand why Newport, home to the America's Cup for more than 50 years, is also considered by many to be the sailing capital of the world.