- The list below includes 282 free or cheap things to do in or near Newport, Rhode Island, including 102 different types of inexpensive activities like Historic Homes, History Museums, Art Museum and Beaches.
- From Ocean Drive to Cliff Walk, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Newport and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Providence, Fall River, Narragansett and Warwick.
National Museum of American Illustration 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI MoreLess Info
Housed in a French chateau–style mansion, the museum showcases the work of more than 150 American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell
Situated in a preserved 19th century school house, the Jamestown Historical Society and Museum features a collection of artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the history of Jamestown Island. The Society hosts a variety of lectures and programs.
Dutch Harbor Boat Yard provides a full service boat yard and mooring field offering boating service, storage, and maintenance. Their moorings also include launch service, Wi Fi and laundry along with indoor and outdoor shower facilities.
Used as a military fort during both World Wars, Fort Getty Park now stands as a historical reminder of Jamestown's early years. The park offers bayside camping, picnic areas and scenic views of the surrounding waterways.
Featuring a lighthouse that was built in 1856, Beavertail Light and Park, is now part of the Rhode Island Parks System. The area includes hiking/biking trails, Lighthouse Museum, and a breath-taking view from the rocky perimeter at the ocean's edge.
Fort Getty Recreational Area, once used during World War I and II, is now used primarily as a camp ground. They offer a boat ramp, fishing dock, dumping station and comfort stations along with water and electric hookups for trailers.
Located inside Beavertail State Park, the Beavertail Aquarium is a managed, small aquatic site that houses a variety of salt water fish and shell fish. Situated within the lighthouse museum in the park, the aquarium is open to visitors daily.
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Battery Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835 MoreLess Info
A park spanning 22 acres, Conanicut Battery National Historical Park was once the site of fort from the Revolutionary War. The park offers views of the the west passage of Narragansett Bay and plaques explaining the history of certain areas.
Bonnet Shores Beach is a small-crescent beach on the north of Narragansett Bay. The beach features rocks which people can climb or dive off as well as little tide pools that provide opportunities for swimming and exploring.