Spring is a time when the world wakes back up. Everything seems brighter, more colorful, and, of course, warmer. Newport provides so many opportunities to enjoy the blessings of spring. The title of this post suggests spending one spring day; if we’re being honest, we propose that you schedule a few days to truly savor all that the area has to offer.
One Million Daffodils
Newport may be surrounded by water but people flock to the area each spring to witness a sea of yellow. Thanks to Daffodillian, bulbs have been given away to residents each year since 2006. Newport can now claim the honor of being the “Daffiest” city in New England. Visitors are treated to more daffodils at every turn while walking through downtown. There are also multiple fields with 25,000 or more daffodils.
The World-Famous Cliff Walk
The 3.5-mile trail is a National Recreation Trail within a National Historic District. If that doesn’t convince you to visit, just imagine the water views as you stroll along the eastern shore of town. Two-thirds of the walk is an easy traversable trail. Parts of the southern half include natural, rugged trail and rocks that can be slippery; proper shoes are a must. The Cliff Walk is a fantastic way to experience a bit of serenity, architecture, and natural beauty.
Ten Miles of Beauty
If driving from one beautiful spot to the next is more your style, you can see all the beauty of spring along Newport’s Ten Mile Drive. There is so much to see along the drive. Don’t miss Castle Hill Lighthouse which is said by many to be the best most photographed lighthouse in Rhode Island. Rough Point was once Doris Duke’s home; it is now a museum featuring European fine and decorative arts. Take a quick side trip to Fort Adams State Park for panoramic views of Newport Harbor and the East Passage.
Explore the Norman Bird Sanctuary
The nonprofit wildlife sanctuary boasts 325 acres and 7 miles of hiking trails. The sanctuary also features three distinct habitats: pond and stream, woodland, and field. Springtime in the woodlands is an especially good time to search for nesting birds or listen for the downy woodpecker creating a nest in a tree cavity. Guided bird walks are provided every other Sunday.
End the Day with an Unforgettable Sunset
Newport’s unique location on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay presents many locations for
watching this evening miracle. The Claiborne Pell Bridge, more commonly called the Newport Bridge, is the longest suspension bridge in New England. Head to Van Zandt Pier to watch the sun set over the bridge for some amazing photographs. If you want to get a little further away from the hustle and bustle of town, head to Brenton Point State Park on the southern tip of the island and watch from there. Better yet, stay at least two nights in Newport so you can compare the views from each location.