Introduction to Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 15 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The city is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 26,475 people lived in Newport.
Newport was established in 1639. It was founded by William Coddington, Nicholas Easton, William Brenton, Jeremy Clark, John Clarke, Henry Bull, John Coggeshall, and Thomas Hazard. The city was named after Newport, England. It became the most important port of Rhode Island in the colonial period. The first public school was built in 1640. The Quaker meetinghouse of Newport, established in 1699, is Rhode Island's oldest house of worship. The city's first newspaper was published in 1732 and known as the "Rhode Island Gazette." Newport was incorporated in 1784.
Newport and nearby Attractions
- Fort Adams State Park
- Newport Mansions
- Museum of Yachting
- Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
- Museum of Newport History
- Fort Adams
Things To Do In Newport
Newport offers easy access to Easton Beach, Bailey Beach, Collins Beach, Gooseberry Beach, and Hazard Beach. One can also visit the Long Wharf Mall Shopping Center and Bellevue Shopping Center and enjoy a great shopping experience. The Belcourt Castle, Naval War College Museum, Newport Exploration Center Aquarium, and Newport Art Museum are also worth visiting.
Theodore Francis Green State Airport can be reached within several minutes.
Newport Higher Education
Salve Regina University is within the city. Other universities nearby are Roger Williams University and University of Rhode Island.