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Adventure Awaits: 10 Awesome Activities for Your Stay in Newport, R.I

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One of the best aspects about Newport is that there are endless activities to do. Here’s a list of 10 perfect for anyone looking for an adventure!

#1: Enjoy an Action-Packed Parasail Trip with Island Style Parasail

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The first step in a parasailing adventure is boarding the boat in the Bowen’s Wharf Marina, where you’ll be greeted by the fun and friendly staff members, who tout an impressive perfect safety record. As they undock the boat and head out, you can take in the scenery filled with ornate super-yachts and elegantly crafted sailboats housed in Newport’s breathtaking harbor. When you arrive at the go-to location, you’ll begin your 10-minute parasail flight. Once you’re in the air, you’ll be blown away by the incredible views as you float over the sea. The entire excursion clocks in at about 1.5 hours and will surely be an unforgettable experience!

#2: Explore Newport with a Scoot Coupe Rental from Scooter World

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Located right off Thames Street, Scooter World offers scoot coupe, scooter, polaris slingshot, and trek bicycle rentals. Although you’ll be riding in style no matter what you choose, nothing beats driving around Newport with a scoot coupe and a smile. Once you’re suited up, you’re free to cruise all around town. Whether you head down Ocean Drive to smell the fresh air or ride to Front Adams State Park to check out a Newport landmark, you’re guaranteed a great time!

#3: Get Your Steps in at the Cliff Walk

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One of the most beloved attributes of the Cliff Walk is that it encompasses such vastly different terrain. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful ocean-side walk or traversing rocks is more your speed, the Cliff Walk has something for you. The entire walk is about 3.5 miles, but since it has many easy entry and exit points throughout, you can create a customized journey that is right for you!

#4: Fly a Kite at the Brenton Point State Park

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At Brenton Point State Park, it doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur kite flyer or practically a professional. The park’s consistent breeze makes for perfect flying conditions. You’ll find kids and adults with excited smiles, delighted at the sight of their kites in the air wherever you look. Added bonus – a Del’s truck is almost always parked there, so you can grab a delicious cup of frozen lemonade!

#5: Go for a Surf Session at First Beach with Rhody Surf

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From seasoned pros to complete beginners, everyone can enjoy a surf sesh with First Beach’s friendly waves. And what better way to do it than through Rhody Surf – a company that provides a great time at great prices? They offer rentals, give private lessons, and even host a surf camp. If something a little calmer is more your style, they have SUPs (Stand-Up Paddleboards) too!

#6: See Newport from Above with Newport Helicopter Tours

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We all know Newport is one of the most charming coastal towns, with everything from meticulously built Gilded Age mansions to a beautiful harbor. But from a birds-eye view, you can see it in a whole new way, and Newport Helicopter Tours does a wonderful job at making this happen. They have a wide selection of tours that focus on different areas around Newport. What’s more exciting than a helicopter ride? – a helicopter ride with spectacular views!

#7: Hang Out with Goats at Simmons Farm

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If you’re looking for a rustic excursion, Simmons Farm is right up your alley. They have just about any goat-related activity you can think of. There’s goat yoga, a petting zoo, and goat hikes. Once you’ve gotten your fix of goat cuteness, you can check out their farm stand. It’s filled with fresh produce, including eggs, vegetables, and cheese. This place truly is a must-visit!

#8: Test Out Your Artistic Skills with a Glassblowing Class through Thames Glass

When you walk into the shop, you’ll be blown away by the handcrafted, masterful, and intricate designs, clearly evidence of years of practice. Luckily, Thames Glass’s “Make Your Own” classes give you the chance to try this art for yourself without any prior knowledge needed. You can choose from making an ornament, a paperweight, a vase, or a bowl. They’ve orchestrated the class to balance making sure you get a hands-on, customized project and a fantastic looking final product. It really is a crowd-pleaser!

#9: Check Out Some Incredible Cars at the Audrain Auto Museum

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No need to be a car connoisseur – the Audrain Auto Museum is sure to impress you no matter the degree of your automobile knowledge. Their current exhibit showcases Corvettes, Mustangs, and so many other muscle car era classics. With prices ranging from $8 to $18, it makes for an amazing group activity!

#10: Put Your Puzzle-Solving Skills to the Test with Paradigm Escape Rooms


Are you a problem or puzzle-solving enthusiast? If so, Paradigm Escape Rooms is a great place to put your skills to the test. They currently have two different themed rooms and put together an excellent experience!

We hope this list gave you some activity inspiration! Whatever you choose to do, we hope it’s a memorable part of your trip to Newport!

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