Newport Port, Rhode Island is one of the finest ports of call in the region. The exact location of the Newport port of call is in the Aquidneck Island in Newport County. Approximately 30 miles away from the main city of Providence, it lies in an area of history and natural resources.
The Newport area is famous for being the home of Newport Mansions. The Mansions, owned by some of the greatest American families in the East Coast, makes the nickname “New England Summer Resort” a fitting name for Newport. Newport cruise port not only has rich natural surroundings but an abundance of history. It was the site of the famous Battle of Rhode Island; a joint action between American and French forces to drive out the British colonizers.
Newport cruise terminal is a teeming port of call that is one of the most well known tourist destinations in the United States. Perhaps the most associated event connected with the region is the wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in St. Mary’s Church.
Former Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy made the city their “Summer White Houses" thereby increasing national interest to the pristine surroundings of the island; the abundance of shopping sites comes to no surprise for cruise tourists. National brands such as GAP, Banana Republic and Limited are located here.
For some local souvenirs, wood crafts, scrimshaw, and Nantucket baskets are abundantly available. The wide variety of crafted items provides insight to the culture of the friendly locals. The Thames Street offers a wide selection of stores that sell paintings, handicrafts and antiques.
Things to See
Historical sites are among the best assets of Newport. One of these sites is the Newport Historic District. Listed as one of the three National Landmark Districts in the city, it offers old-fashioned homes that are the only remains of great architectural designs of colonial years. The Brick Market, today known as the Museum of Newport History portrays a classic yet classy design of Georgian influence. Built in 1762 by architect Peter Harrison, it is a great display of sophisticated grandeur.
Another great sight in the district is the Trinity Church. The oldest parish church in the state, it is still an active place of worship for Episcopal Christians. An image that remains one of Newport’s greatest landmarks, the church is made of wood.
Visitors love to tour the incredible mansions that abound in Newport; visitors can spend days wandering through the fantastically opulent structures that were built by the wealthiest families toward the end of the nineteenth century. One of the most well known is the Vanderbilt mansion.
Newport is also a famous sailing port; it has been the home of the America’s Cup. Every summer the port hosts an in the water boat show as well as the Newport Jazz festival.
Newport also has three nice beaches with a park; visitors can be entertained by locals flying kites here.
Restaurants and Bars
Seafood dishes of lobster and crab are the typical items on menus in Newport; lobster is a typical New England specialty. The Canfield House offers eclectic dishes with continental flavors. Favorites are the escargot cooked with cream sauce and the lamb chops with scallop entrée.
Yesterday’s Ale House offers great fish and meat soups that are creamy and tasty; a visit to Rhode Island is not complete without trying New England clam chowder. The ale house has the atmosphere of an English pub; it also serves great burgers, fries and grilled pizzas.