Newport Aquidneck Island makes a great base for enjoying Rhode Island's natural beauty, along with its beaches and sailing, a major sport in the area.
There is so much to do on Aquidneck Island all year round. Golf, fishing, polo, fine dining, beautiful beaches, hiking, cycling and horseback riding are some of the most popular activities. Those wanting more cultural activities can visit the many museums and theatres in the area. Being an island, many visitors enjoy boating, sailing and watersports in the area around Aquidneck Island holiday rentals. Newport Yacht Club offers sailboat rentals and lessons. There are miles of bike trails to explore and surfing is popular on the top-ranked beaches. Visit local farmer's markets, browse the small shops and spend the evening in delightful pubs, clubs and restaurants. You can also sample the local seafood at one of the clam shacks in the area or go wine tasting at the local wineries.
Most visitors staying in Newport Aquidneck Island holiday rentals will be charmed by the magnificent Newport mansions. Built by wealthy American families such as the Vanderbilts as summer retreats overlooking the ocean, no expense was spared when they were designed and built. They are lavishly furnished and are now open to the public for tours. The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff all overlook the famous Cliff Walk where you can take a bracing walk with magnificent sea views. The Newport Museum of Yachting is fascinating as Newport was the home of the America's Cup for 53 years until 1983. The Naval War College Museum is another interesting day out, based at the city's naval base.
Visitors staying in Aquidneck Island holiday rentals near Newport will find the area has four distinct seasons. Summers are hot but showery, reaching an average 28°C (83°F). Winters are cold with snow and freezing overnight temperatures from December through March. Spring is a beautiful season in New England with daytime highs of 12-19°C (54-66°F) and the autumn is famous for its vivid fall foliage. The area has rain showers throughout the year.
Providence (PVD) Regional Airport is the most convenient major airport to Aquidneck Island holiday rentals, near Newport, RI. It is 35 miles away and is an easy drive south along the Col Rodman Highway and then east on RI-138 Highway. A car is essential for enjoying a holiday in the Newport Aquidneck Island area. The nearest international airport is Boston Logan (BOS) International Airport which is just 71 miles away along route MA-3 then the MA-79/24. Boston Airport offers nonstop flights to 72 domestic and 30 international destinations making it very easy to reach from all over the world.