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The Breakers, Newport

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The Breakers was once the lavish summer home of the powerful Vanderbilt family. Today, the well-maintained property is a National Historic Landmark. You can wander through the two main floors and the kitchen wing of this 70-room, Italian Renaissance-style building. Admire the opulent furnishings and grand architecture designed by Richard Morris Hunt, one of America's most influential architects. Pick up an audio guide for more information about the mansion and the life of America's mega rich at the turn of the 20th century. Be sure to stroll through the grounds and take in the ocean views. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Breakers by using our Newport vacation planner.
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  • We toured five mansions in Newport last week and saved this one for the last, because we knew that it was the largest. Wow! Not only are there 70 rooms, but most of the rooms are huge as well. I recal...  more »
  • Unbelievable sums of money spent in the construction of this Vanderbuilt mansion which is adorned with the finest materials of its time in history.  more »
  • I visited the Breakers first, and I'm glad I saw it before the other mansions. It's definitely the most opulent and it gives you a sense of what life was like back in the day.  more »
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  • Wow, just wow. I went into the tour not knowing much about the Breakers but I definitely learned a lot. The place was amazing to walk through... the detail and decadence of every room in this place. It's fun to see exactly how the historically super wealthy live. Pro tip definitely get the audio tour. Warning, it is $25 but it is definitely worth it. It's a self guided audio tour that will definitely cover almost everything and teach you a lot about the times, the family, and the art of a mansion.
  • We visited The Breakers and Marble House. Very very interesting audio tours and the houses are stunning. Well worth a visit whilst in Newport! I particularly enjoyed the stories about the construction of the mansions and how it was done so ridiculously quickly! The oak doors, trim and staircase to the servants quarters were absolutely stunning!
  • This house is beyond amazing. The recorded too or was a great walk through the house and really give you a feel and an understanding of what it used to be to live there. I highly recommend taking a walk around the back of the house and along the water to see the other houses. This was definitely the most impressive on the street. I highly recommend you see this house if you're in the area.
  • I enjoyed touring The Breakers mansion. So beautiful and definitely worth the trip and $. Great for anyone who likes architecture or history or both. It's an audio tour, so you can go at your own pace. In each room, there's options to hear more about certain people and life at the mansion. You can learn more or just continue on with the basic tour. If I'd been there by myself, I definitely would have listened to all the extras.
  • We loved seeing how the rich lived back in the 1800s. Also they provided an audio tour which was very nice because you can go at your own pace and learn as much or as little as you would like. Very nice