Come Explore Newport’s Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park in Rhode IslandFort Adams State Park is home to a massive, old fortress guarding the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It’s also home to the annual Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and so much more!

Fort Adams State Park has long been known as a strategic defensive position from which to defend Narragansett Bay. The first fortifications were built here in the late 1700’s and more were added as threats and war technology advanced.

The park is better known for its music festivals, picnics, and gorgeous sunsets, these days. Fort Adams Bay Walk alone draws visitors and residents alike with its views of the House On The Rock, Newport Harbor and waterfront, Brenton Cove, three different lighthouses, and so much more. (more…)

Get Out On the Public Beaches of Newport, RI!

The beaches of Newport RI are some of the best in the stateRhode Island has a lot of coastline, and our state’s beautiful beaches are a big part of our summer appeal and the beaches of Newport RI are some of the best in the state!

The beaches of Newport, RI provide a wide range of different activities and surf. Popular beaches, busy with activity and concessions, family beaches, surfing beaches, and beaches off the beaten path. Of course, Newport County also is also home to a number of private beaches requiring a membership to enjoy – but we’ll avoid talking about those.

Come on and take a tour of the public beaches of Newport, RI! (more…)

Don’t Miss The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo!

Don't Miss The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo!It’s nearly Halloween and that means it’s time once again for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Come see the breathtaking display of thousands of artfully carved and illuminated pumpkins, October 5th through November 5th, 2017.

The annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo has to be seen to be believed. More than five thousand, intricately carved pumpkins, beautifully arranged and all in one place. It’s one of those rare attractions that excites both kids and adults. You won’t believe your eyes. (more…)

Step Back In Time With the Artillery Company of Newport

Artillery Company of NewportStep back in time with a visit to the the Artillery Company of Newport; the oldest military unit operating under its original charter in the United States!

The Artillery Company of Newport was the first chartered independent unit in the Rhode Island Militia. The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741 by the Rhode Island General Assembly. That’s during the reign of King George II, by the way – and they’re still serving to this day.

Let that sink in a moment. It’s not often you find a U.S. military unit that’s 276 years old (and counting)! (more…)

The Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County – Part 2

Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County - Rose Island Light

The Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

Last post we highlighted four of the Rhode Island Lighthouses in Newport County. In that post we visited Beavertail Lighthouse, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse, and the Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse.

That’s three more lighthouses than most other areas could list – but we’re just getting started! As we mentioned last post, Rhode Island is home to 21 lighthouses, 8 of which are right here in Newport County!

Few structures are as iconic and romantic to the eye as a lighthouse. Lighthouse tourism is a popular pastime, something we know about here on Rhode Island with our 21 lighthouses! In this post, we’ll continue our look at the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County. If you missed Part 1 of our post on the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County, you should take some time to read it, as well. (more…)

The Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island – Part 1

See the Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island! - Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

People come to Newport County, Rhode Island for many reasons but one of the most common is all the beautiful Newport County lighthouses!

Lighthouses! If there is a more iconic and romantic coastal structure, I can’t think of it. Rhode Island is known for its lighthouses. This may be a small island be we have lots of coastline! There 21 lighthouses on Rhode Island: 13 are active and 8 are right here in Newport County!

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Discover and Explore The U.S. Naval War College Museum

Visit the U.S. Naval War College MuseumHistory and navy buffs alike will enjoy a trip to the U.S. Naval War College Museum on Coasters Harbor Island in Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay.

Visitors to the Naval War College Museum will enjoy the many exhibits detailing U.S. Naval history, as well as the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay. You’ll see detailed accounts of heroism, naval and military developments throughout U.S. history, stirring memorials, and more. You can even access the U.S. Navy 20th Century Ships History Database. (more…)

Discover Narragansett Bay On A Newport Seal Watch Cruise!

Newport Seal Watch CruiseSummer isn’t the only time you can tour Narragansett Bay! You can book a Newport Seal Watch Cruise or Lighthouse Cruise with Save The Bay right now!

Save The Bay has made their Nature, Lighthouse, and Seal Watch Cruises available October through April for over 15 years! It might seem like an odd season to get out on Narragansett Bay but it’s actually a great time to go!

Nature, after all, doesn’t have an off-season. All you lose by coming to Rhode Island during the winter are the crowds of other tourists. Rates are down all over the island during this season. So you’ll save some money but the wildlife, scenery, and lighthouses are all still here! (more…)

Explore Fort Adams and Discover Fort Adams’ Bay Walk

Fort Adams in Newport, RINewport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams is a former U.S. Army post turned park that hosts both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. More than that, it is a National Historic Landmark and the Fort Adams’ Bay Walk is known for its panoramic views and eye-popping sunsets.

Fort Adams has been standing guard at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, in one form or another, since the late 1700’s. It became a state park in 1965 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976. While it is probably most famous for hosting both Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, it easily stands as an attraction of its own and is well worth a day’s visit. (more…)

Life’s A Beach On Newport County Beaches!

Newport County BeachesNow is the perfect time to take that beach vacation you’ve been dreaming of! Among other attractions, Rhode Island has many beaches – and Newport County beaches are some of the best the state has to offer – so what are you waiting for?

Is there anything more relaxing than the beach? Stretching out on a blanket or lounger near the waves, the soft susurrus of the surf, the sun baking sand to your toes – aaaahhh.

Now is the perfect time to plan your Newport County beach vacation. It is with that in mind that we offer you this short guide to Newport County beaches. (more…)

Beavertail Lighthouse – Third Oldest Lighthouse in the U.S.

Discover Beavertail LighthouseBeavertail Lighthouse, in Jamestown, RI is the third oldest lighthouse in the United States. Come see the panoramic views of Narragansett Bay from Jamestown’s most visited landmark!

Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1856, making it the third oldest lighthouse in the U.S.. Only Boston Light on Little Brewster Island (1716) and Brant Point Light on Nantucket Island (1746) are older. Beavertail Lighthouse remains Rhode Island’s premier lighthouse, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. (more…)

Experience Japan at Black Ships Festival 2016!

2016 Black Ships Festival

Enjoy the drama of Japanese Taiko drumming and more
at the 2016 Black Ships Festival!

Come experience and celebrate Japanese culture and at the 33rd annual Black Ships Festival in Newport, RI – July 14th through the 17th, 2016!

Newport’s annual Black Ships Festival celebrates America’s friendly relationship with Japan and commemorates Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who was instrumental in the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened trade between Japan and the United States. (more…)

Step Into the Past on a Newport History Tour

Newport History Tour

Start off your Newport history tour with a visit
to the Brick Market: Museum & Shop

There’s so much more to historic Newport than Gilded Age mansions and the best way to learn about the significant role the city played in American history is on a Newport History Tour.

You can’t come to a place rich in history like Newport and not take a walking tour. Most people don’t realize how significant the area was in America’s early days. A Newport history tour will introduce you to times long gone by but whose echoes are still heard today. (more…)

Newport Distillery Tours and Tastings

Newport Distillery Tours and TastingsSee the revival of an old, Rhode Island tradition first hand with a Newport Distillery tour and tasting!

It comes as a surprise to many but America and rum have a long, deep history together – so long and deep, in fact, that rum might very well have become America’s drink over whiskey, had the vagaries of history been a little kinder to the industry.

Rum was invented in 17th century West Indies and caught on quickly in the American colonies, because it was so cheap and easy to make, with cane sugar or molasses as its base. At its peak in 1770, America’s colonies were importing six million gallons of molasses from the Caribbean a year – most of which was distilled into rum. (more…)

11th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park

Illuminated Garden at Ballard ParkCome see Newport’s Ballard Park all a-glow with beautiful and artistic light displays composed of thousands of bulbs at the 11th annual Illuminated Garden event, scheduled for February 18th through the 20th, 2016.

Newport’s only nature preserve, Ballard Park, is always worth a visit. Its 13 acres of views, trails, natural pool, diverse foliage and wildlife make it seem far more vast than it actually is. During the annual Illuminated Garden event, however, you wont believe your eyes as the otherwise lush and verdant quarry meadow is transformed from an unencumbered green-space into a magical land of light and wonder. (more…)