top things to do in newport

If you live in Newport or have ever visited The City By The Sea, chances are pretty good that you’ve been asked “what are the best things to do (or something that I shouldn’t miss) when I visit Newport?”

The What’sUpNewp crew turned to TripAdvisor, considered the world’s largest travel site, to see what their thousands of visitors and reviews have had to say. Remember to share your thoughts and take the poll below!

As of August 10, 2015 these are “The Top 10 Things To Do In Newport” (or the”things” that have the highest percentage and quantity of positive reviews).

10. Specialty & Gift Shops (26)

9. Boat Tours (15)

8. The Preservation Society of Newport County

7. Rough Point

6. Marble House

5. The Elms

4. Historical & Heritage Tours (6)

3. Cliff Walk

2. Ocean Drive

1. The Breakers

Take The Poll: What Are The Top Three Things To Do When Visiting Newport?

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Sources: Photo courtesy of Newport Yachting Center Marina | Top 10 list via TripAdvisor

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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