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Newport: Ocean Drive Historic District Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: VoiceMap

Newport: Ocean Drive Historic District Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: VoiceMap

From US$ 9.99 per group up to 20

Grab your phone and hop in your car to explore Newport's history on this self-guided excursion. Experience the magic of GPS-playback as you drive to landmarks like Fort Adams and Brenton Point parks.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Audio guide included


  • Hear the rowdy Newport history of America’s famous and infamous mansions
  • Guide yourself through Ocean Drive's historic district on a driving adventure
  • See the most iconic local mansions, such as The Breakers and Rough Point
  • Drive past President Eisenhower's old summer home, as well as major state parks
  • Get unlimited use of the audio tour before and after your booking date
Full description

Take in the awe-inspiring views and cool breeze that have attracted visitors to Newport for centuries. Learn about the colonialists who first settled along the harbor and the stunning summer cottages wealthy industrialists built on a self-guided driving journey.

Download the tour app and head out on a trip through architectural gems like Rosecliff, where scenes from The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses were filmed. See Newport’s largest house, The Breakers, as well as Rough Point, which was owned by heiress Doris Duke. While cruising through the Ocean Drive Historic District, gain a deeper appreciation for the history of the area. Drive past a 19th-century fortification at Fort Adams State Park, President Eisenhower’s old summer residence, and the Monument to Portuguese Discovery in Brenton Point State Park.

Take in the impressive architecture of The Elms, Marble House, Ochre Court, and the Belcourt of Newport, and hear about Newport’s colonial and Gilded Age history from the audio guide. Enjoy the flexibility of stopping whenever you feel inspired or need a break.

  • Self-guided audio tour
  • Lifetime access to tour app
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any attractions en route
  • Transportation

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Meeting point

The tour begins in the parking lot of the Newport Gateway Center at 23 America's Cup Avenue.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • The tour uses a mobile app. You'll need a fully charged smartphone to begin the activity
  • You'll need your own vehicle to complete the drive
  • This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace
Customer reviews

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We are visiting Newport with an 8 week old and a 10 pound dog. That kind of disqualified us from any of the trolley history tours. This tour we can listen to via a narrated app on our phones was wonderful! Unlike most tours were one of us goes to the other “what did they say?” The narration is nice and clear and easy to follow. We do wish there was a playback button and it was kindly confusing in downloading when getting started. But we’d def recommend!

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Product ID: 425475