Newport County residents and employees of the hospitality industry are invited to visit many great local attractions from Saturday, June 18 through Monday, June 20, 2016.  A total of 17 attractions/organizations are participating, including three in Bristol. Visitors showing proof of residency (driver’s license or other identification with an address) or proof of hospitality employment (business card, employee ID or pay stub) will enjoy free admission or another value as noted when visiting the attractions listed below.

Specific dates of participation vary from location to location, as noted below.  Please visit websites or call the individual attractions for details.

Ballard Park (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Free guided tour at 11 a.m.  Meet at Hazard Road entrance.

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Complimentary wine tasting

Gansett Cruises (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
2-for-1 tickets on 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. harbor tours.  Call for reservations.

Greenvale Vineyards (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Complimentary tour & tasting

Historic Fort Adams (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Free guided tours only

International Tennis Hall of Fame (SaturdaySunday & Monday, June 18-20)
Free admission. Guided tours available at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Museum of Newport History (SaturdaySunday & Monday, June 18-20)
Free admission

Newport Art Museum (Sunday, June 19 only. Closed Monday)
Free admission

Newport Mansions® (SaturdaySunday & Monday, June 18-20)
The Preservation Society of Newport County
Free admission to The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, The Elms, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House & Rosecliff, and a 10% discount at all Newport Mansions Stores

Newport Vineyards & Winery (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Complimentary  tour & half price tasting.401-848-5161

Norman Bird Sanctuary Hiking Trails & Natural History Museum (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Free admission

Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton’s Beach (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Free admission

Touro Synagogue (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20 only)
Free admission. Guided tours at 12 p.m.12:30 p.m.1 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.


Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center (Sunday & Monday, June 19-20)
Free admission (limit 6 persons per party)

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum (Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19 only)
Free admission

Linden Place (Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19 only)
Free admission
June 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
June 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

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