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Newport is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island that is famous for its mansions, shopping, and scenery. Newport is also known for hosting the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival and many other Festivals and Fairs. Cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks accent an upscale touristy downtown area with many shops, galleries and great restaurants and its all located along water. Newport sits on the southern end of Aquidneck Island and features several fine beaches, rocky cliffs and much history including an old fort.

Four Days in Newport, Rhode Island offers a detailed itinerary of many of the attractions featured in this article. A Family Weekend in Newport (Summertime) provides a condensed and a bit more detailed version of this article and only includes appropriate suggestions for families traveling with children in the summertime.

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  1. America’s first jazz fest was held in 1954 in Newport.
  2. In Newport, it’s illegal to smoke a pipe after sunset.
  3. Pelham Street in Newport was the first gas lit street in America.
  4. Newport may be home to the oldest standing building in America, the Viking Tower in Truro Park, with some estimates pulling its construction at 1120 AD.
  5. In 1774, Newport became home to the country’s first official circus performance.

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