10 Best Editor Picks For Tours and Excursions in Newport, Rhode Island

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.



Built in traditional colonial style and dedicated in 1762, Touro Synagogue is the oldest in the U.S. and a national historic site. George Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport is on display in the synagogue. The letter is an...  Read More



Newport has its share of traditional sailing vessels, but Privateer offers a slightly different experience. If tilting sailboats and ducking under the boom isn't your thing, relax on a 52-foot catamaran and sprawl out on the spacious deck or on...  Read More



There's something whimsical and intriguing about the process of glassblowing, and Thames Glass brings it to life. Visitors can create an ornament, paperweight, or vase out of hot, molten glass under the supervision of a skilled professional....  Read More

The Breakers


Once home to the legendary Vanderbilts, The Breakers is one of Newport's most glamorous mansions and is located on 13-acres of cliffside ocean front property. It was built in 1895 by railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The mansion was...  Read More



Finding parking in Newport is a hassle – and an expensive one. If you find a free spot for your car, leave it there and explore the area with a Segway tour of Newport. Three different itineraries are offered ranging from one to three hours...  Read More

12 Meter Charters
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For a quintessential sailing experience, look no further than 12 Meter Charters, which offers hands-on cruises that allow the guests to assist the crew and steer the ship around the harbor. The company's fleet consists of five vessels that were...  Read More



A visit to a historical city like Newport wouldn't be complete without visiting some of its older residents – or having a visit from them. The Old Town ghost walk is a lantern-led tour with an enthusiastic and costumed guide as your learn...  Read More



A tour of the National Museum of American Illustration gives you two for the price of one: a museum and a mansion! The three-acre grounds were inspired by King Henry VIII's gardens, and the museum venue is located in Vernon Court, an...  Read More



Are you a fan of TV shows like Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" or "Man vs. Food?" Newport Gourmet Tours offers the chance to have a food and travel adventure of your own. Recently, the culinary scene in Newport has expanded dramatically,...  Read More



History comes alive on easy-paced, nine-mile bike tour that shows riders how Newport shaped the nation in the past and the present. The Classic Newport Tour is a relaxing ride that educates guests about the hidden history of Newport with...  Read More


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Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber