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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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  • There is a reason this is the most visited mansion in Newport! The rooms and views were incredible, and the audio tour was so thorough and fascinating! Highly recommend!!  more »
  • We toured the Breakers on our first visit to Newport. It's an amazing display of wealth. When you buy your ticket you can buy just for the Breakers or any combination of the 6 mansions. When you enter...  more »
  • It's a very impressive and grandiose mansion. Equipped with an audio guide, you can listen to the description in each room, which is very convenient. Photos without flash are allowed, which is very cool.
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  • This house and property are gorgeous. The tour is a self guided audio tour through the house. We went on a rainy, misty day, so outside views of the ocean were limited, but it was still a very enjoyable day. Parking is free with a lot located directly across the street from the entrance to the property. We went on a Friday in July and were able to find a spot right away, but I saw many other people having to circle the lot a few times.
  • Historically enlightening...to the point that feels like time traveling. If you want to be immersed into the gilded age here's your chance! Having an obsession for years with that time period and being a huge fan of The Age of Innocence, since my teenage years, that place and the rest of mansions transport you in time or a movie setting!
  • This is one of my favorite mansions in Newport. The grand ballroom has so many details. Every time I visit it is an amazing experience. Now that the weather is perfect we were able to enjoy the grounds.
  • Wasn't very sure when I decided to see this place, but absolutely loved it. Ended up listening to almost everything on the audio tour. Speaking of which, the tour is concise and to the point. Highly recommended.
  • We took the new "Beneath the Breakers" tour, which is new since January and is not yet well-known. It was fascinating! We learned a lot of the engineering that went into the house, as well as the fear that drove Mr. Vanderbilt to have the house constructed as it was. Because there were no other guests on the tour, we were able to have a nice conversation with our tour guide, Kathy. She stuck to her script very professionally, but because it was essentially a private tour, it was very relaxed and informal. This tour isn't for everyone. You don't see any of the interior of the house. If you're interested in engineering or in understanding some of the mechanics behind the house, take the tour. We very much enjoyed it.

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There is a wide array of hotels situated in and around Newport’s center, providing easy access to the city’s restaurants and nightlife. The area’s five-star hotels provide the sort of luxury Newport’s famous 20th-century vacationers were accustomed to, complete with sumptuous restaurants and ocean views for you to enjoy while on holiday. Bed and breakfasts are often a more budget-friendly option, and the city boasts many charming ones in the center and outskirts of town.
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