by Allen J. Sheinman | September 06, 2019

Newport, RI, offers authentic New England history, Gilded Age architecture, miles of beaches and hiking trails, sailing and some of the coast's freshest seafood (we're talking lobster rolls and chowder!). Be sure to leave your group some time to admire the mansions along Newport's Cliff Walk and the following top activities. 

Bike Ride Along the Bay

Channel your inner locomotive engineer and ride the Rhode Island rails with Rail Explorers (pictured). The company provides pedal-powered vehicles that travel along abandoned tracks on Narragansett Bay.

Don't be nervous: The bikes are easy to pedal, the terrain is mostly flat and the ride is relaxing and enjoyable. Available from mid-May through October, the route takes approximately 90 minutes and offers views of Jamestown, Mount Hope Bridge, Hog Island Lighthouse and coastal woodlands.

Savor by the Sea

Opened in 1673, the White Horse Tavern bills itself as America's oldest tavern, a claim buttressed by the Colonial architecture and a menu of classics with a modern twist, like Native Lobster and Shellfish Cioppino -- a dish of lobster, scallop, clams, calamari and native seafood on saffron tomato squid-ink pasta and a toasted baguette. Yum! 

Waltz Around and Ride

From Ford to Ferrari, Buick to Benz, this town really loves old cars, and the Newport Car Museum showcases more than 70 classic examples. The museum also has Playseat drive simulators and even golf simulators (to practice a different kind of drive). 

Tour in Style

Experience Newport's 10-mile Ocean Drive (or other cool road) in the back of a 1924 Studebaker (or other vintage vehicle) via Newport Classic Car Tours. There's also a full "Darling Day in Newport" excursion.