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Newport offers a compound of things to do on the water, in the harbor, and in the heart of the city. Sailing has always been an integral part of its history and culture, and numerous opportunities abound to experience a traditional vessel on one of its many harbor cruises. 10 Best recommends 12 Meter Charters, a fleet of vessels that competed in America’s Cup, or – for a more modern sailing experience – try Privateer Catamaran Sailing Excursions.
On the shore, experience Newport’s exploding foodie scene on a behind-the-scenes culinary tour with Newport Gourmet. Another unique experience is introductory glassblowing at Thames Glass which allows visitors to keep their work of art. Speaking of art, the National Museum of Illustration combines art exploration with a mansion experience. Newport’s streets – particularly Bellevue Ave– are home to the summer cottages of the wealthy during the Gilded Age and are open to the public. One that should not be missed is The Breakers, the Cliffside home of the Vanderbilts. Newport’s history also includes the oldest synagogue in the United States which makes a fascinating visit.
Those looking to get a little exercise can try one of the walking or biking tours, including a spooky ghost walk for tales of the area's gruesome past.