Newport RI Attractions
Historic Washington Square
Washington Square contains various Newport RI attractions. It is part of the Newport Historic District, which encompasses 250 acres and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.
If you visit Newport Rhode Island, you'll definitely want to put this spot on your to do list. Here you'll see well-maintained architecture on display in this former Colonial capital.
Newport Courthouse in Narragansett Bay
The Colony House - c. 1739
Completed in 1741, this was the home of the Colonial, and later, the State Legislature of Rhode Island.
Presidents George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower both visited here, inspiring the names of the Square and its park (Eisenhower Park). Before being named after Washington, this area was called The Parade.
If you've seen Steven Spielberg's film, Amistad, this area may look familiar to you. Many Newport RI attractions can be seen in the film. The Colony House was used for both exterior and interior shots during the court room scenes.
The Colony House is open for tours:
Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex
45 Washington Square
This is Newport's Courthouse. It is one of the Newport RI attractions where you don't want to be a guest.
Bank of Newport
10 Washington Square
Opera House Cinemas
19 Touro Street
Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center
49 Touro Street
This historic theater was built in 1834, and was home to the Zion Episcopal Church. Today, it hosts live events and shows a variety of films on its screens, including opera performances and independent films.
Situated in the middle of Washington Square, this park has seen much history over the years.
The statue is right across the street from Perry's former home, the Buliod-Perry House, which was built in 1750.
I love the words on the pedestal of the statue, which came from his report on the battle:
Yesterday's and The Place Restaurant and Ale House
28 Washington Square
This location is one of the most popular spots for locals year-round, and was probably the busiest spot in town back in 1997, when Steven Spielberg's film Amistad was shot in Washington Square.
Army and Navy YMCA
This structure, built in 1911, is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built by a local philanthropist to serve the large Naval presence in Newport.
Ocean Coffee Roasters
22 Washington Square
Museum of Newport History
127 Thames Street
The museum is located in the old Brick Market building, which was designed in 1762 by famed architect Peter Harrison. Harrison also designed Newport's Redwood Library and Touro Synagogue between 1747 and 1772.
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