Whether you’re at one of Rhode Island’s state parks or lighthouses, or on a cruise along Newport’s waterfront, you are bound to enjoy an unforgettable sunset.
In case you are looking for that perfect sunset photo-op, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Newport:
- Brenton Point State Park: Located right where the Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, and midway along Ocean Drive, Brenton Point State Park is one of our favorite spots to watch sunsets along the East Coast. Easy parking, plenty of benches and picnic tables, and a large lawn for spreading out a blanket. The park is located on the southwest tip of the island, on the grounds of one of Newport’s former majestic estates. Arrive before sunset and you will see a colorful array of kites, as this is also the best location in Newport for kite flying.
- Fort Adams State Park: Fort Adams State Park is another picture-perfect location for enjoying views of the sun setting against the background of the iconic Newport Bridge and Fort Adams itself. If you arrive before sunset, enjoy the Bay Walk, a 2.5 mile walking trail around the perimeter of Fort Adams State Park. The walk features stunning views of Newport Harbor, Newport Bridge, and Narragansett Bay. The parking is free and their are public restrooms for visitors.
- Ocean Drive: Not to be missed, and if you enjoyed the drive during the day…make sure you return to take in the beautiful views before and as the sun is setting….soft lighting, long shadows and a sky full of color! Bring your camera or your canvas to capture the lovely coastal scenery.
- Rose Island Lighthouse: The lighthouse is perched on an 18-acre island just minutes away from Newport. Set about a mile into the Narragansett Bay, just south of the Newport Bridge, visitors can travel make their way there on the Newport-Jamestown Ferry or on their own boat. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Lighthouse Museum is open to the public between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. Guests can walk the grounds, the beaches, and sit on Adirondack Chairs on the lawn below the historic lighthouse while the sun sets.
- Castle Hill: When you stay at the Cliffside Inn during the summer, you will undoubtedly here us talk about “The Lawn” at Castle Hill. It is such a lovely venue, they have “branded it”. And guess what, The Lawn at Castle Hill is open to the public, not just guests at the inn, arrive early and relax in on of the Adirondack chairs…get out your camera and enjoy a glass of wine. If you want to stretch your legs for a bit, take the 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the Castle Hill Light House. Visitors are welcome to walk the paths around the lighthouse and enjoy the views of the bay.
Newport Sunset Cruises
Sunset Cruises: Sailing or yachting in Narragansett Bay is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the colors of the setting sun. There are several public sailing opportunities from Newport’s waterfront, on beautiful schooners and classic wooden yachts, that we can arrange for you. The evening sunset cruises are generally about two hours long, and guests enjoy complimentary champagne, a Dark and Stormy or a local brew while watching the sun set over the Narragansett Bay.
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As locals, and Newport insiders, we know the best spots that Newport has to offer (including our colorful sunsets). Give us a call, or book on-line, and we will do everything we can to help you get the most out of your Newport vacation.
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Photo Credit: CC Image of Boat Sunset Courtesy of claumoho