Surfing Rhode Island BeachNEWPORT – Discover Newport announces new and seasonal happenings for the summer inviting visitors and to revel in “America’s Summer Playground,” with exciting hotel renovations including the Newport Harbor Island Resort, the new home of the Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium, art galleries, culinary jaunts and more.

“Summer brings about unparalleled beauty and excitement to our shores as we invite visitors and locals alike to experience everything Newport and its surrounding coastal communities have to offer this season. With a consciously evolving creative community, our town is constantly developing and bringing new offerings to the table,” said Evan Smith, President & CEO of Discover Newport. “Our laid back, vibrant arts scene, culinary delights, and iconic events like the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Bermuda Race truly make this a destination unlike any other.”


Latest Accommodations

Inside a room at Harbor Island ResortFollowing a highly anticipated $50 million renovation, the Newport Harbor Island Resort reopened this April. Located on Goat Island in Newport and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, this luxury resort boasts 257 rooms and suites, most offering water views, and includes a 22-slip marina, spa, and indoor and outdoor pool, two dining venues and two decks with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. Just a short walk, bike ride or shuttle into the heart of downtown, this resort offers the feeling of a private island, within minutes of all Newport has to offer.


New and Award Winning Dining

Beyond taking a meal at one of the five 2024 James Beard Semi Finalist restaurants across the region including Giusto and Yagi Noodles in Newport, Newport Vineyards in Middletown, Foglia in Bristol or Bywater in Warren, enjoy the flavors of The Classic Coast dining at one of the newest establishments The Quencher overlooking Newport harbor. Additional  Newport openings include Newport Sandwich Co. and The Cluck House, or head to Warren for the Stingy Alley or the Love Shack Live Fire Grill. For a truly unforgettable experience, Aurelia at Castle Hill, a Forbes and Relias & Chateaux restaurant, offers a six-course pix fixe menu in their reimaged restaurant overlooking Narragansett Bay from their 40-acre property.


Anticipated  for later in the summer, get excited for upcoming Bristol restaurant openings of Folklore Provisions by famed Chef Eli Dunn, two time Food Network Chopped champion and The Franklin, a sophisticated French brasserie that is a high end patisserie by day and a candlelit bar and restaurant by night, brought by The Groundswell group of Tiverton.


 Attractions For All Interests

Inside Hamilton Family AquariumFor some family-fun, Downtown Newport’s newest attraction Save The Bay‘s Hamilton Family Aquarium has opened following a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation producing a one-of-a-kind facility perfect for families and adults of all ages. With over a dozen exhibits that focus on the Bay’s habitats—from the rocky shore to its deeper waters—the Aquarium offers 7,000-square-feet of discovery opportunities, complete with three touch tanks, and even an augmented reality watershed model. For some outdoor fun, Newport Mini Golf which debuted in late 2023, is the region’s only mini golf experience and is a great addition to a Classic Coast getaway.

Cusp Art GalleryIf you’re looking for more of a high-culture experience, after five years on Bradford St. in Provincetown, MA, owner and artist Curtis Speer has opened his CUSP fine art gallery in the heart of Newport. The gallery’s core mission revolves around providing emerging artists with a platform to exhibit their work and take bold creative strides. And lastly, no trip to The Classic Coast is complete with a downtown shopping trip. For wearable souvenirs, we suggest checking out Tatters in Warren. Located in a converted church, this handmade clothing store and afternoon tearoom is a world of unique atmosphere and historic charm. Additionally, check out The Sundance Company new brick-and-mortar for unique hand-designed swimsuits heading into the warm season.

Experience the magic of summer on The Classic Coast. Visit for a full list of the season’s events.

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