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Things to Do in Newport in the Spring

Activities for Your New England Spring Getaways

Newport truly blooms during the spring. With the awakening of the daffodils throughout Newport and on the Cliff Walk, Newport shows itself as a vibrant town by the sea. Explore all of nature's glory with great outdoor activities or by taking a scenic drive along Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. As the weather gets warmer, we recommend going for a bicycle ride to explore Newport. The Chanler's exclusive collaboration with Tokyobikes provides complimentary bicycle service, complete with stylish helmets, bells and Nantucket baskets that can hold a picnic lunch. 

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Check out our recommendations below for our favorite things to do in Newport in the spring during your stay at The Chanler!

Daffodil Days Festival 

There is no town in the United States that celebrates the arrival of the daffodil bloom quite like Newport. Daffodillion will host its fourth annual Daffodil Days Festival this year. Throughout its history, Daffodillion has donated and helped plant over 680,000 daffodil bulbs. Newport will celebrate with a multi-day event that includes a 'daffy' dog parade, a private garden tour, wine tastings, bouquet bar, car rally, garden rally and the annual Spring Fling on our Cliff Walk Terrace at The Chanler at Cliff Walk. 

April 15 – April 23

More Mansions Open Daily and Extended Mansion Hours 

Spring in Newport means more of our iconic mansions will be open on a regular basis. It also means that most of the mansions will have extended hours of operation. Chateau-sur-mer re-opens for the season on Saturday, March 18. Green Animals, Kingscote, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House and Chepstow will be open daily beginning on May 20. Discover the glamour behind Newport's historic mansions on Bellevue Avenue this Spring. 

Newport Craft Beer Festival 

Thirty-five of the region's craft breweries are represented at the Newport Craft Beer Festival. The sixth annual event features two days of taste-testing, live music, and local flavors. The festival supports the RI Brewers Guild and the Newport Historical Society. Breweries have a storied tradition in Newport. In fact, Newport's brewing history dates back to before the American Revolution. Support a good cause and enjoy an afternoon of unwinding while sampling some of the more than 200 beers available at this year's event. 

April 28 & April 29

Newport Vineyards 

Warmer weather means more comfortable outings at Newport Vineyards. Discover Newport's very own vineyard, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Wine and cheese classes, comedic performances, and yoga are all scheduled this spring at Newport Vineyards. Tour Newport Vineyards to learn all about the unique climate and how it helps the vineyard produce some of the best wines on the East Coast. 

Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival 

Experience oysters from across the state at Newport's Oyster Festival, May 21-22 at Bowen's Wharf. Each oyster draws its distinctive flavor from the environment in which it is grown, and Rhode Island’s endless miles of clean coastline serve as the perfect host for more than 45 oyster farms. There’s also plenty of entertainment to go along with all that eating, including on-site aquaculture educators, a shucking contest and live music.

May 20 & May 21

Newport International Polo Series

Polo returns to Newport for its 26th season on June 3rd. The Newport International Polo series offers 17 action-packed matches every Saturday thru September. The Opening Day match will feature USA vs Peru. Top matches this year include USA vs France, USA vs Italy, USA vs Ireland, Newport vs Boston, Newport vs Palm Beach and Newport vs New York. 

Occurring Saturdays through September 30th