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  • Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour with Optional Breakers Entry

    1. Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour with Optional Breakers Entry

    Hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley and explore Newport, Rhode Island during this 90 minutes scenic tour. Begin your day meeting at the Visitor Center of Newport where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Begin your adventure as you set off into Newport to enjoy the charm of the historic downtown area and restored homes to glorious mansions on the water. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. Enjoy viewing homes and architecture from the Modern Age to the Gilded Age. During this narrated tour you will view over 150 points of interest including Historic Thames Street, The Newport Waterfront, The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff.  Upgrade your ticket and visit the historic Breakers Mansion located on the elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and ...

    Joe, our trolley driver was very informative and entertaining. The tour itself was nice, better with the admission to a mansion. If there is a negative at all, it is not having the option of “hop on, hop off” tour.

  • Newport, RI: Scenic Narragansett Bay Cruise

    2. Newport, RI: Scenic Narragansett Bay Cruise

    Take in some classic New England scenery aboard the Coastal Queen. Listen as local guides share their knowledge of many of the historic sites that surround Newport Harbor and Jamestown shoreline. See historic church steeples, Bowen’s and Banisters Wharves, the International Yacht Restoration School, four historic lighthouses, two historic forts, offshore lobster and fishing vessels, mega yachts, and so much more. While on the water, cool off with your favorite summer beverage at the Coastal Queen’s grand, teak wood center bar located in the main salon. Equipped with a warm and weatherproof main salon and an open-air upper deck for catching ocean breezes, the Costal Queen ensures that you'll enjoy panoramic views in absolute comfort.

    The boat ride was excellent!!! There was 13 of us and we all had a fantastic time!!!!!!!

  • Providence, RI: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide

    3. Providence, RI: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide

    Join in on this delightful guided bus tour around Providence, Rhode Island. Begin your day meeting up with your expert guide and hop aboard a climate-controlled tour bus as you head into the city. Explore some of the most exciting neighborhoods in the state's capital city. Your expert guide will tell you the stories of Providence, the celebrated citizens from here, and its contribution to American history. From Brown University to Federal Hill, you will admire the most beautiful settings in the city and discover places you will want to go back to and explore at your own pace. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. After making your way around town, your tour will conclude where you first met.

    Exactly what I was looking for to familiarize myself with Providence! Informative and entertaining!

  • Newport: Self-Guided Combo Tour

    4. Newport: Self-Guided Combo Tour

    Start the tour at the visitor center and explore Newport with a self-guided driving tour. See everything this seaside town has to offer at your own pace. As you drive down Bellevue Avenue, known as the "most beautiful avenue in the world", see and learn about the gorgeous Gilded Age Mansions along the way - including The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Château-Sur-Mer, and more. Continue along Ocean Drive, featuring breathtaking vistas. Learn about Newport's historic past, and iconic American millionaires like the Vanderbilts and Astors. Then, park up and stroll along the famous Cliff Walk which features the raw, untamed, crashing waves of the Atlantic to one side and lavish Gilded Age mansions to the other. This juxtaposition creates one of the most beautiful scenic walks in the world.

    It was very educational and easy to understand. I got to do the tour of the mansions but I would like to listen to the tour of the cliff walk now that I’m back in New York just to listen to the history. Will I be able to do that.

  • From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

    5. From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

    Your trip begins with a hotel pickup in a luxury minibus, where the approximately 2-hour journey to Newport starts. Along the way, enjoy some complimentary snacks and bottled water while reading over a provided Newport guide book. The first stop is the Breakers, the Vanderbilt family's summer home. On a 90-minute self-guided audio-tour, you will explore the 70 room summer cottage and see how the wealthiest families lived during the gilded age.  Here, you can also spend some time exploring the cliffs on a scenic cliff walk. Next, it's back to the mini-coach for a bus tour of Newport, which passes St Mary's Parish, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in 1953. After the bus tour, visit America's oldest existing synagogue, the Touro Synagogue. With your free time, you can do some shopping or have lunch on the waterfront. If you're a sports fan, you can enjoy discount...

    We took the Boston to Newport RI tour and, had a great time! Our Tour Guide Chris was very knowledgeable. Outstanding day! Thanks Chris for a memorable adventure!!!

  • Newport, Rhode Island: Scenic Self-Driving Audio Tour

    6. Newport, Rhode Island: Scenic Self-Driving Audio Tour

    Discover the city known for its picturesque Gilded Age mansions on a self-driven audio tour. Found out how the rich in America made and spent their money at the turn of the twentieth century. This 12 mile-long tour covers the essentials of scenic Newport, Rhode Island, in 1-2 hours. Start from the Visitor Center on America’s Cup Avenue. Here, listen to the story of Gilded Age America and how it shaped the future. While driving, you will first see the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Next up is the Audrain Auto Museum before you start exploring the Gilded Age mansions. Marvel at the first among them, Edward King House, followed by Kingscote and Bellevue House. Continuing on the avenue, come across The Elms, Chepstow, Ochre Court, and then The Breakers. From there, proceed to Chateau-Sur-Mer, Rosecliff, Beechwood, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle before ending this part of the tour a...

    Great tour at your own pace. First time in Rhode Island and to try this kind of tour and we enjoyed the whole trip. Recommended if you got your car and spend the tour with the whole family or group of friends.

  • Newport: Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

    7. Newport: Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Embark on a scenic cliff walk along a 3.5-mile trail along the eastern shore of Newport Rhode Island. Use your audio guide which has been created by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Begin the tour at Easton’s Beach. As you walk down the path, see Gilded Age mansions representing an era of lavish wealth and unbridled excess. Hear the stories of the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other American millionaires behind mansions like The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, and others. After the walk at 40 Steps, continue to the Ochre Court. Discover the second-largest of Newport’s famous mansions, built for banker and real estate mogul Ogden Goelet. Finally, end the tour with scenic views at Bailey’s Beach.

  • From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

    8. From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

    Marveling at scenic views and learn about the history and culture of the Ocean State on this full-day bus tour. Uncover the things that make Rhode Island so attractive, including the quaint New England villages, scenic islands, magnificent beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and spectacular mansions. Start your day meeting up with your expert guide and hop aboard a climate-controlled tour bus as you embark on this full-day journey. Explore the smallest state in America, at 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. Begin in historic Providence and wind your way around the largest estuary in New England. Pass through charming Wickford, stunning Newport, Bristol (deemed America’s most patriotic town), and many other places. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. After a full day of exploration, your tour will conclude where you first m...

  • Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

    9. Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

    Explore Rhode Island's capital city on a self-driving audio tour and discover the city's history, culture, and architecture.

    Start your self-driving adventure from the Convention Center downtown and head into the historic Federal Hill area, home to both history and the city's best restaurants. Enter the Welcome Gateway, featuring the iconic pineapple, and learn about how this neighborhood grew and changed over the years including the infamous Macaroni Riots and the secret of the Coin-O-Matic. Continue past the 9-acre park which was a gift from one of the greatest philanthropists in Providence's history. Explore the Wedding Cake House, a 3-story historic house located in the Broadway-Armory Historic District, and other architectural marvels, such as the State House and Barnaby Castle.

    Finish your tour at the Lippitt House Museum, a National ...

  • Providence: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

    10. Providence: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in downtown Providence. Travel to the first stop of the tour, passing Burnside Park along the way. Visit the Rhode Island State House, the Capitol building of the state of Rhode Island. With your guide, explore the building which houses the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer. After your statehouse visit, continue with a fact-filled, narrated drive through the city while passing by multiple points of interest including Prospect Terrace Park, the Old State House, and Brown University. Next, visit the John Brown House Museum where you will learn about the Brown family who were one of the most wealthy and influential families in the colonies, and later in the United States. Learn more about their daily life at the turn of the 18th century, the pressing issues of the time, and the role that Rhode Island p...

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What people are saying about Rhode Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Joe, our trolley driver was very informative and entertaining. The tour itself was nice, better with the admission to a mansion. If there is a negative at all, it is not having the option of “hop on, hop off” tour.

We found that the trolley was the best way to see and be learn about the sights. I would Highly recommend taking this way of transportation.

Exactly what I was looking for to familiarize myself with Providence! Informative and entertaining!

The boat ride was excellent!!! There was 13 of us and we all had a fantastic time!!!!!!!

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a fun experience!