Family Vacations: Newport

Newport's bustling wharf is home to luxurious yachts and lobster trawlers.

Newport has much more than magnificent mansions to recommend it as a family destination. This historic Rhode Island seaport has beautiful beaches and a bustling wharf where lobster boats unload their catch.

Be sure to amble along the town's famous Cliff Walk. You can pick up the trail along Newport's eastern shore, and you'll eventually end up at Easton's Beach, where you'll find a carousel, a skateboard park, and free weekly concerts in summer.

The extravagant summer homes where America's wealthiest families spent leisurely summers are great to explore. The Vanderbilts, Astors, and Dukes were among the families that vacationed here. The family tour of The Breakers focuses on the more personal stories of the Vanderbilts and their children who lived in this palatial home. Older children especially enjoy Belcourt Castle's Ghost Tour or Candlelight Tour.

For more information about Newport, call the Visitor's Information Center: 401/845-9123 or 800/976-5122

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Rhode Island State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Rhode Island, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.


Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.