Discover an Active Lifestyle in Newport, Rhode Island: A Guide to Recreation and Relaxation


Imagine waking up each day to the refreshing sea air and endless possibilities for recreation. Newport, Rhode Island, isn’t just a vacation destination – it’s a vibrant, active community. Beyond the rich history and stunning scenery, Newport offers a dynamic array of activities to keep each day engaging and fulfilling.


This curated guide highlights just a taste of Newport’s offerings. From challenging golf courses and invigorating hikes to scenic boat cruises and dog-friendly parks, Aquidneck Island caters to a diverse range of interests. Whether you envision a life filled with adventure or a slower pace of relaxation, you’ll find activities that perfectly complement your ideal lifestyle.






Newport Pickleball Club

Located in Hunter Park, the Newport Pickleball Club has three dedicated pickleball courts and one lined tennis court. Full details


Newport Pickleball

Opening in Summer 2024 on the site of the former Island Cinema 10 in neighboring Middletown, RI, Newport Pickleball will have eleven courts, event space, and a lounge and bar. Few details are listed on their website, but memberships will be available soon. For more information


Tennis Courts

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Play the same historic grass courts as Newport’s Gilded Age finest! The outdoor courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, are available to members and the public by appointment. 


Public City Courts

The City of Newport maintains several public tennis courts throughout the city, including Hunter Park, Murphy Park, Pop Flack Courts, Rogers High School, and Vernon Park. Access to the courts is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the courts at Rogers High School are available to the public only outside of school hours.




Newport National

Spread across 200 scenic acres in Middletown, RI, Newport National is an 18-hole links-style course that offers sloping fairways, marshes, and strategically placed bunkers for a challenging and fun game. For more details



Also located in Middletown, Wanumetonomy, or Wanu, as some locals call it is an 18-hole, par 70, links-style course. For more details




Green Valley

Portsmouth’s Green Valley Country Club has an 18-hole championship-style course and is known as Newport’s finest semi-private country club. For more details



 Photo credit to Mike Bailey

This semi-private course in Portsmouth, RI, has three of the toughest starting holes in the state, according to some. Beautiful views of Mount Hope Bay and the Mount Hope Bridge and their signature par 5, 16th hole make for an entertaining outing. For more details


Read our blog post about Newport County’s Golf Courses for more detailed information about each course.



Bay Cruises, Sailing Charters & Luxury Boat Charters


Newport Classic Cruises (Sail Newport)

Newport Classic Cruises offers private yacht charters, ticketed cruises, and sunset sails that leave from their dock in Bowen’s Wharf off America’s Cup Boulevard. For more details



Sightsailing of Newport

Sightsailing is the oldest, locally-owned sailing company in Newport and offers a variety of experiences from mimosa cruises and day sails to private charters for 2-13 people and sunset cruises. 



Heron Luxury Charters

Heron Luxury Charters offers private luxury charters for up to 40 guests on their 63-foot catamaran.



America’s Cup Charters

From custom charters to ticketed excursions, set sail on a restored classic twelve-meter class America’s Cup yacht. With almost 40 years in operation, America’s Cup Charters offers a unique sailing experience.







Newport Charter Group

Cruise from Goat Island in style aboard Camelot, a boat inspired by the 1930s American commuter boat. Meticulously restored, Camelot can accommodate up to six guests for 2-hour, half-day, and full-day adventures. For more details



Dog Parks


Portsmouth Dog Park

The Portsmouth Dog Park is an off-leash park with free parking. In addition to its many amenities, the park is also completely handicap accessible.


Dog-Friendly Public Parks

Some local public parks are listed on the City of Newport’s website as dog-friendly. There are different amenities available at each park. Some have water fountains for dogs and many have waste bag stations throughout. More details can be found on the City of Newport’s websiteFort Adams State Park and Brenton Point State Park are also very dog-friendly. Please remember that dogs in these public spaces must be leashed at all times.

Read our blog on the top pet-friendly places in Newport for more details about dog-friendly parks, beaches, trails, and restaurants.


This is just a glimpse into the vibrant lifestyle that awaits you in Newport, RI. With its rich cultural offerings, stunning natural beauty, and endless recreation opportunities, Newport County offers the perfect blend of activity and relaxation. If you’re interested in buying or selling a property in Newport, RI, or its surrounding communities, Hogan Associates Christie’s International Real Estate will gladly be your guide. Call us at (401) 680-6588 or send a message to info@hoganri.com.