3-Day Itinerary in Newport, RI for Summer

Our complete guide for your perfect 3-day trip to Newport, RI in the summer.

Let us take the guesswork out of your stay. If you’re on the island for a few days or a long weekend, follow our recommended itinerary below for a fun-filled visit that shows you the best of Newport.

Included in this 3-day itinerary are a variety of activities that range from mansion tours to scenic walks along the ocean, seasonal activities like berry picking, along with some of my favorite places for shopping and of course the best restaurants.

Keep in mind summer is high season. Many restaurants require reservations so please check the website and be sure to call ahead or if available book a reservation online.




Travel & Lodging


3-Day Itinerary in Newport, RI for Summer

day one

Morning, Breakfast and Activities


  • Great weather? Visit the Cliff Walk (the route starting at Memorial Blvd and ending at Narraganset Ave is stroller friendly). Cliff Walk is dog friendly (on leash).
  • Looking for something indoors?  Tour one of the area’s historic mansions. Choose Marble HouseRough Point, or The Breakers. All are family friendly and offer self-guided tours.
  • For a family friendly activity, head to Sweet Berry Farm to pick fresh berries (changes each month of the summer season).

Afternoon, lunch and activities

  • Grab a scenic lunch with a view at The Mooring
  • For a more casual option grab salads and sandwiches at Cru Cafe


Evening and dinner

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day two

Morning, Breakfast and Activities



If it’s a beach day, get lunch to go at one of these spots:

Or head to downtown Newport and dine at

Afternoon, dinner and evening

day three

Morning, breakfast and activities

  • Take a walk on Third Beach or at Fort Adams (beach parking is free and open until 8am, Fort Adams has free parking all day)
  • Enjoy breakfast outside with a view of the harbor and Newport Bridge at Belle’s Cafe
  • Or for a quick bite and delicious pastries try Le Bec Sucre
View of Newport Bridge from Fort Adams
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Third Elm Press in the Point neighborhood in Newport.



If you’re looking to relax and unwind


  • For your last night, opt for dinner on the deck at Giusto or TSK
  • For a family friendly option check out Brick Alley Pub

Here are some additional tips for planning your trip:

  • Book your accommodations in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the peak season (June-August).
  • Pack comfortable shoes for walking, as you’ll be doing a lot of it. Many streets are cobblestone and brick, leave the spiky heels at home!
Giusto Newport
Outdoor dining at Giusto