Unlike most places in America, "Historic Newport" is not a
term used to describe one street or section of the landscape. It is the
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
Today, the waterfront continues to bustle with activity.
Shops, restaurants and other local businesses line the wharves, trolleys
transport visitors to the Newport
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.