rainy day newport

What is there to do here in Newport when a rainy days occurs? If you’re interested in more than just curling up with a good book or watching a movie on the couch, here’s some ideas of what to do in Newport when it rains.

1 – Tour The Mansions – A visit to The Preservation Society of Newport County‘s Properties (The Breakers, The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House and Rosecliff) or Newport Restoration’s Doris Duke’s Rough Point is a perfect thing to do on a rainy day!

2) See A Movie – It may not be the most original idea, but who  ever wants to go to a movie on a nice, sunny, beach-worthy day, so a rainy day is a great time to see a flick. Head to the historic Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center for a movie, a Newport Stormy (yes they have a bar) and some delicious popcorn.

3) Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum on Bellevue Avenue.

4) Stop by the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market Museum and Shop and get acquainted with Newport’s history.

5) Browse through Redwood Library on Bellevue Avenue, it’s the oldest continuously operating library in the United States.

6) Visit the Touro Synagogue, the oldest house of Jewish worship in North America

7) Take a tour of The City By The Sea with a trolley tour, yes you will stay dry!

8) Learn how to blow glass at Thames Glass on Lower Thames Street.

9) Relive your childhood days at Ryan Family Amusement Center, located at the corner of Pelham and Thames Street.

10) SHOP – there are so many great local and family owned boutique shops in the area, throw on a rain coat, grab an umbrella and hit the street and do some shopping for yourself or your loved ones.

11) Attack our Top 50 Thing to Eat in Newport, RI before you die list

12) Drink Local – Aquidneck Island is the home to several great breweries – Ragged Island Brewing (Portsmouth), Coddington Brewing Company (Middletown), Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling (Newport), and Taproot Brewing Company (Middletown). And also home to a couple of great vineyards – Newport Vineyards (Newport) and Greenvale Vineyards (Portsmouth).

13) Art – Newport is home to many great art galleries and The Newport Art Museum, visit and let your mind wander.

14) Cars – Audrain Automobile Museum has an extensive and impressive collection of historic and luxury cars, head to Bellevue Avenue and see these cars! Newport Car Museum celebrates the art of the car in Portsmouth.

15) Head to the spa – have you heard about The Bodhi Spa? Spend the day (yes, you can literally stay there all day) at New England’s premier hydrotherapy spa.

What would you add to this list? We love feedback, email your thoughts and ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

This story was originally published on November 22, 2015, it has been updated.

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.

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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.

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