Welcome to Newport County Rhode Island
Newport is famous worldwide for its Gilded Age mansions, its history of victories in the America’s Cup yacht race, its Cliff Walk and other spectacular seaside lookouts, its authentic Colonial buildings, its Newport jazz and folk festivals, and more.
Newport Harbor was the home of the American’s Cup from 1930 to 1983. Yachting is a major sport in Newport still, and its history is strong, especially at the Newport Museum of Yachting. The Newport Yacht Club offers sailboat rentals and sailing lessons. Fans of museums and naval history enjoy the Naval War College Museum at the city’s naval base.
Newport appeals to music fans and people of all ages through its year-round festivals. The legendary Newport jazz, folk, and classical festivals take place in the summer, and other off-season festivals include an Irish Festival at Labor Day; Christmas in Newport in December; and Newport Winter Festival in January.