10 Romantic Things To Do In Newport, Rhode Island

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It is the season of love in Rhode Island. Come along with us as we show you the most romantic places in Newport, with its decadent glamour from a time long past. Rich with culture, Newport boasts everything from cozy dinner spots to breathtaking nature views- take the time to explore Newport, with that special someone on your arm. You don’t need an occasion to celebrate love with your significant other! Explore a slice of luxury and American glamour, and scroll through this article to learn about the most romantic things to do in Newport, Rhode Island, with your loved ones. There is surely something for everyone.

1. Visit the stunning Rosecliff Mansion

Built in 1898-1902, Rosecliff mansion features an extravagant baroque interior. Modeled after garden retreats of French kings in Versailles, the mansion used to host the lavish parties of Newport’s social elite. Lose yourself in the luxuries of the past as you explore a chapter of Newport’s rich history. Scenes from The Great Gatsby and 27 Dress have been filmed in the Rosecliff Mansion, so you and your significant other can live out your movie star fantasies.

Rosecliff Mansion

Address: 548 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Website: Rosecliff Mansion

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 44.36 USD

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2. Admire the breathtaking sea view at Newport Cliff Walk

Explore Newport’s idyllic oceanside with your loved one on the cliff walk trail. Completing the entire trail would take anywhere from two and a half to three hours, but stopping along the way grants you access to the Newport Mansions, the Ochre Court and The Forty Steps. The Cliff Walk boasts one of the most romantic coastal views in New England, and it is a famous proposal spot. The Cliff Walk begins at 1st Beach and Memorial Boulevard and stretches to Reject’s Beach and Bellevue Avenue.

Newport Cliff Walk

Address: Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

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3. Stroll along Bowen's Wharf

Once the focal point of Newport sea trade and economy, the popular destination is now a rich hub of culture and vibrancy. Featuring a range of activities like shops and eateries, Bowen’s Wharf also offers you and your loved one the unique chance to go boating. Home to Newport’s most famous restaurant, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille, there is something for every type of couple, from the foodie to the adventurer!

Bowen's Wharf

Address: 13 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm

Price: Free

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4. Enjoy a night of song and dance at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

There’s no other way to enjoy a night of luxury with your significant other than a night of song and dance at the cabaret! Indulge in a buffet with a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, sides and desserts. The theatre also has a bar, so count on having some delicious drinks to round out your night followed by delightful entertainment from a cast that will surely leave you in stitches.

Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

Address: 102 O, JT Connell Hwy, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Website: Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 4pm (closed on Sun)

Price: 54.95 USD

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5. Learn about tennis legends at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

A place for the tennis loving couples hoping to vacation in Newport is the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Boasting more than 2000 items on display, couples will have plenty of exhibits to check out. With items on exhibition ranging from racquets to attire, and trophies, as well as a variety of interactive exhibits, the museum boasts a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with memorabilia from your favorite tennis heroes.

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Address: 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3515Map

Website: International Tennis Hall of Fame

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 16 USD

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6. Enjoy a cup of coffee at The Coffee Grinder

Located on the very end of Bannister’s Wharf, overlooking the scenic Newport Harbour is The Coffee Grinder café. Get transported back to a simpler time, as you enjoy an array of caffeinated delights, paired with a wide selection of light snacks. Take the chance to watch the sunset over the Newport harbor with your loved one as you enjoy this unique cafe experience.

The Coffee Grinder

Address: 33 Bannisters Wharf, Newport, RI 02840-3049

Website: The Coffee Grinder

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 6pm

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7. Unwind in bliss at Bodhi Spa

Take a break in style with your significant other at Bodhi Spa, located on Thames Street. The pinnacle of relaxation in Newport, Bodhi Spa offers a full range of spa treatments, along with special messages for expecting mums and a couples package for you and that special someone. What a great way to relax after a day of shopping, or sightseeing through the rolling countryside.

Bodhi Spa

Address: 654 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Website: Bodhi Spa

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 9am - 9pm; Fri - Mon: 8am - 8pm (closed on Tue)

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8. Shop till you drop on Thames Street

Located along Newport’s waterfront is the iconic Thames Street. One of the oldest and most used streets to this day, spending your day shopping and dining along Thames Street will certainly prove to be a culturally enriching activity. If you are visiting the street during the day, Thames Street offers a wide array of eateries, like the Brick Alley Pub and Firehouse Pizza. If you fancy a quick drink before continuing on your travels, there is also a selection of pubs to choose from, like O'Brien’s Pub and One Pelham East. To indulge in some retail therapy, be sure to check out the variety of shops that are local to Newport, small businesses like Muse and Tropical Gangsters, offering unique goods that you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Thames Street

Address: Newport, RI 02840

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9. Experience a home-style diner at Annie's

A quaint diner nestled in Bellevue Avenue, Annie’s offers quaint, homestyle delights to patrons. Famous for its homely feel and quality all-day breakfast, having a meal at Annie’s with your significant other will be sure to leave you feeling like you’ve found a home away from home. After all, nothing spells romance like breakfast for dinner with that special someone! Do take note that Annie’s is a cash-only establishment.


Address: 176 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, United States

Website: Annie’s

Opening hours: 7am - 4pm (daily)

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10. Indulge in a sweet treat at Harry's Bar + Burger

There is no better way to wrap up a day than with a sweet delight shared between you and your partner. Harry’s Bar + Burger on Lower Thames offers not only a wide range of desserts but also juicy burgers with all the usual sides. Grab dinner here and chase it down with an alcohol-infused milkshake to end the night on a sweet note.

Harry's Bar + Burger

Address: 464 Thames Street Newport, RI 02840

Website: Harry’s Bar + Burger

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 10pm

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Scenic Newport

Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Source: Photo by user Martin de Lusenet used under CC BY 2.0

Perfect for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Newport is certainly the place to be. Boasting a rich culture in a town seemingly pulled from a storybook and activities for couples just embarking on their journey together, to couples celebrating their golden years - Newport should be the next destination on your mind.

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